It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010) - Rotten Tomatoes

It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)



Critic Consensus: It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story should be more than just mildly entertaining.

Movie Info

It's 5 a.m. on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic. This bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents and younger sister are even awake, Craig checks himself into Argenon Hospital. But the youth ward is temporarily closed -- so he finds himself stuck in the adult ward. One of the patients, Bobby, soon becomes both Craig's mentor and protégé. Craig is also quickly drawn to another 16-year-old displaced to the adult ward, the sensitive Noelle, who just might make him forget his longtime unrequited crush, Nia. During his five days' stay, Craig learns more about life, love, and the pressures of growing up.more
Rating: PG-13 (for mature thematic issues, sexual content, drug material and language)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Ned Vizzini, Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 8, 2011
Box Office: $6.4M
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Viola Davis
as Dr. Eden Minerva
Karen Chilton
as Nurse Harper
Aasif Mandvi
as Dr. Mahmoud
Lou Myers
as Jimmy
Novella Nelson
as The Professor
Caitlin Kinnunen
as Science Geek
Jee Young Han
as HS Do-Gooder
Leo Allen
as Mr. Reynolds
Billy McFadden
as Little Craig
Mary Birdsong
as Bobby's Ex
Susan Blommaert
as High School Teacher
Rosalyn Coleman
as Monica/"Under Pressu...
Kenya Brome
as "Under Pressure" Nur...
Delia Reed
as "Under Pressure" Nur...
Stewart Steinberg
as Charlie Custodian
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Critic Reviews for It's Kind of a Funny Story

All Critics (129) | Top Critics (34)

It's Kind of a Funny Story lacks substance, but after you've spent a short time in this ward, you have to agree with Craig: These crazies aren't so bad.

Full Review… | January 31, 2011
Miami Herald
Top Critic

A pleasant movie, but no more.

Full Review… | January 5, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

Galifianakis [is] able to turn on a dime; balancing his disarming humour with moments of anguished outbreaks. His is one of the best supporting performances of recent memory; equally funny and heartbreaking. If only I could say the same of the movie.

Full Review… | August 15, 2011

For all its problems, though, the film is easy-going, frequently channels into a sweet-natured tone and is able to raise a few chuckles.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

It may not be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but it's also not Patch Adams.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

...runs out of steam about half way through but with a likable cast and an interesting setup you'll want to finish what you started.

Full Review… | March 31, 2011
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Audience Reviews for It's Kind of a Funny Story


When I first saw the traielr for this, I feared it was going to be some big rip off of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and, while there are traces of that, the film thankfully is not that, and is its own little thing. That, and since Fleck and Boden were behind it, I got the feeling that this seemed like the sort of film they'd make anyway.

While the film is a little underwhelming and feels a bit too precious or indie, or trite and a little too neat and tidy (which is actually addressed in the film), I liked it. I wanted more, but this didn't leave me unsatisfied, either. The writing was a little weak, and Craig didn't really seem like he needed to be at the hospital, but I found myself able to relate to him and some of the other characters...maybe more than I'm comfortable with, actually.

Where this film really shines is with the acting. As others have said, Galifianakis knocks it out of the park, showing that he really does have some legit and serious acting chops. He gives a really nuanced performance that seems like we knew he had it in him, but just needed to see it to be sure. I look forward to seeing him do more stuff like this. The rest of the cast is good too. Lots of known names and faces, but not in a gimmicky stunt casting sort of way. Galifianakis owns this one, but Emma Roberts is also really quite good, and also achieves the right balance given the type of character she's playing. Keir Gilchrist is not bad as Craig, but I think could have been just slightly better.

While this film didn't grab me like I thought it would, it's decent enough, and should be pleasing in some way for just about anyone who sees it.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer

I don't wanna be a dick and say teenagers don't have real problems, or even that the teenager in THIS movie has no real problems, BUT the teenager in this movie certainly has issues articulating his problems, so I am left with the impression that this movie just wanted to create a young romance in an unconventional location but neglected to set up the proper groundwork for mental illness or distraction.

Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

A week in a mental ward is one sobering reexamination and reappraisal for one depressed teen in this predictable New York dramedy. Zach plays Yoda.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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