Funny People Reviews

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November 17, 2011
May 6, 2011
Funny People is funny, moving, dramatic, and alternately hilarious. It's a bit like a stand-up dramedy.
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
Despite its flaws, this film has a beguiling candour and reflectiveness which is new for Apatow and Sandler.
September 1, 2009
The first part of the film is terrific and very funny. Apatow perfectly captures the ruthless competitiveness of young comics.
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
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.
August 29, 2009
Fans of The 40-Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up will find much the same measure of sentiment and ribaldry - ie, too much of both - and, if it's possible, even less of a grasp on what lesser film-makers call "story".
August 29, 2009
One of the most enjoyable films of the year.
August 29, 2009
Despite it being too long, not entirely convincing and being disgustingly but accurately described as a dra-medy, it's still funny as hell.
August 29, 2009
It's a film that is more ambitious than Knocked Up or The 40-Year Virgin and yet somehow more frustrating, too.
August 25, 2009
The good parts of this movie are often wonderful, but Apatow never finds the rhythm to keep it going. It lurches from inspiration to inspiration, but always manages to muddy its feet in mediocrity in between, as it drags on toward the two-and-a-half-hour
August 20, 2009
Judd Apatow (Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin) takes some interesting chances in this messy but engaging comedy, which suggests he may yet mature (no, seriously) into a filmmaker of substance.
August 3, 2009
It walks a perfectly fine line between being funny and tragic.
August 3, 2009
Apatow has always found a balance of heart and humor in his best films, and Funny People is no exception.
July 31, 2009
The film comes dangerously close to stalling, however, once George and Ira visit George's ex, stuck in an untrustworthy marriage. By the time Ira implores 'Can we just go?' you feel the same way.
July 31, 2009
In going for a rethink of All That Jazz with comedy instead of Broadway, Judd Apatow's Funny People turns out to be one of the most absorbing films of the year.
July 31, 2009
Sandler and Rogen and the rest are left to wander aimlessly, with tedious comedy gigs, an even more tedious faux sitcom and relatively vapid relationships masquerading as a plot.
July 31, 2009
The funny thing is, though, that Funny People is, well, funny. It's also richly layered with complicated people and a mad collection of celebrity cameos from Eminem to Andy Dick.
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