Funny People Reviews

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September 11, 2009
The film is also an admiring portrait of the artist as Californian solipsist -- unburdened by personal ties or even the need to seem intelligent, free to follow his own random, petty, moment-by-moment train of thought.
September 10, 2009
Funny People has some very funny moments but don't expect a joke fest. And don't expect a tight film either. At two and a half hours, it is not one but two films... and at least one of them shouldn't have been made.
September 9, 2009
It's a good deal more interesting than your average mainstream comedy.
September 9, 2009
While you believe a lot of what happens in the first part of the film, credibility lessens in the second.
September 9, 2009
Despite its flaws, this film has a beguiling candour and reflectiveness which is new for Apatow and Sandler.
September 9, 2009
Funny People would have been funnier and more meaningful with fewer offensive jokes and more self-control from the undeniably talented Apatow.
September 8, 2009
Comedy king Judd Apatow delivers another hit with this hilarious personal story that also deals with the big issues in a touching way.
September 8, 2009
While not Judd Apatow's finest hour, Funny People still strikes the same rich vein of well-produced drama-comedy as previous efforts.
September 6, 2009
A boisterous first hour builds good will. Strong performances sustain us through the next uneven 90 minutes.
September 4, 2009
A surfeit of the kind of crude, sexually graphic jokes that work in a darkly lit stand up comedy stores and Adam Sandler's unremittingly morose George drag the film down
September 4, 2009
A slice of life from a pie whose ingredients comprise the eccentricities, foibles, egos and motivations of jaded man who has forgotten why he does what he does. There are some great moments but plenty of self indulgence by Apatow as the film drags
September 1, 2009
It should probably have been apparent to Apatow, well versed in the structure of comedy on film, that it was far too long.
September 1, 2009
The first part of the film is terrific and very funny. Apatow perfectly captures the ruthless competitiveness of young comics.
September 1, 2009
The film is drawn out, its mixture of coarse comedy and deep seriousness about the theory and practice of comedy both embarrassing and self-indulgent.
August 31, 2009
A relatively sophisticated comedy - despite the male insecurity fixations - and one that rings true on the oddballs paid to make us laugh.
August 31, 2009
Apatow marries his edgier, raunchier humor with some more serious, thoughtful ideas and a gentler touch.
August 29, 2009
An absolute treat. In spite of its disappointing climax, this is Apatow's smartest, rudest and - yes - funniest film yet.
August 29, 2009
This is a generous, goodhearted, enjoyable movie, loaded with memorable characters and genuine wit. But there's such a thing as giving a little too much.
August 29, 2009
Roll up, ladies and gentlemen, and witness the unfortunate case of the conjoined films: a 90 minute comedy with some winning performances stuck to a 60 minute made-for-TV life drama.
August 29, 2009
A healthy dose of negativity might have helped to tone this baggy indulgence of a movie into some kind of workable shape. Not every idea is a good idea, after all.
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