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It's Kind of a Funny Story Reviews

January 31, 2011
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
January 5, 2011
A pleasant movie, but no more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 6, 2010
The journey is aided immeasurably by the casting of Keir Gilchrist as young Craig. He has dark, sensitive eyes and a probity about him that wins you to his side.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 15, 2010
Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film's co-writing-directing team, are too principled to tip the film into the slacker reaches of sorrow.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 11, 2010
The writing-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have created a solid mix of serious, darker scenes and flights of fancy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 11, 2010
The acting is strong, with Galifianakis doing an especially good job as the likeable Bobby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2010
This is a strange failing for the tag team who has handled the wounded so well in previous outings.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 8, 2010
Weird. And disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
October 8, 2010
Like a short course of intelligence-numbing anti-depressants: Though it may make you feel temporarily better, it's probably not worth the icky aftertaste.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2010
Disarmingly gentle, sweet and whimsical.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 8, 2010
Despite the pleasant, loopy energy and fine performances -- Galiflanakis conjures a surprisingly sad character, and I grew fond of Gilchrist, with his impenetrable black eyes and rosebud mouth -- you walk out of it shaking your head.
October 8, 2010
So many elements, from its setup to scenes of therapy sessions and hallway high jinks, seem as canned as the blandest dayroom Muzak.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
October 8, 2010
Co-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, who directed the gritty indie dramas Half Nelson and Sugar, go all gooey and sentimental here.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 8, 2010
A funny and warm film that addresses its serious issues with sensitivity but refuses to become bogged down in somberness.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 7, 2010
Mental illness is not inherently funny. But people acting crazy can be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2010
The film itself is fairly slight: I'm not sure what it adds up to. Still, I enjoyed every moment...
October 7, 2010
Above all, Fleck and Boden break the fourth wall brilliantly and frequently, and that inventiveness is one of the film's great charms.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
October 7, 2010
... limp and phony and cute, smothered in fantasy sequences... depicting serious mental illness as a series of charming quirks or stick-on makeup scars, peddling the same tired obligatory but-wait-maybe-it's-we-who-are-the-crazy-ones clichés.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 7, 2010
Galifianakis is a comic force of nature, but he digs down here and delivers a beautifully nuanced performance that gets under your skin. Just like the movie.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2010
From start to finish, It's Kind of a Funny Story walks an uncommonly deft line: Playful comedy gives way to moments of shockingly immediate and honest emotion.
October 7, 2010
If a movie about schizophrenia, delusion and attempted suicide can be called pleasant, even mild-mannered, this is that movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2010
The plot isn't all that original and the movie isn't all that flawless, but It's Kind of a Funny Story has a sweet and sincere quality that won me over.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 7, 2010
Few studio directors would be able to bring the warmly democratic touch to this subject that Fleck and Boden manage without even seeming to try. At the same time, you sort of wish they'd tried harder.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2010
If there's a psych ward for motion pictures, It's Kind of a Funny Story should check itself in. Boden and Fleck's film suffers from bipolar disorder: manic and silly one minute, moody and muted the next.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 7, 2010
Though engaging and sweet, with a nice feel for the purgatory-like blankness of mental hospital life, It's Kind Of A Funny Story suffers from a serious, if not quite fatal, attack of the cutes.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 7, 2010
It's Kind of a Funny Story, divided into neat little daylong chapters in Craig's stay, lacks the staying power and bittersweet layering of Half Nelson and Sugar. Yet it holds together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 6, 2010
The densely built and bearded Galifianakis demonstrates, in an impressive display of quieter dramatic skills, that he knows when to dial it down.
Full Review | Original Score: B
October 6, 2010
It's Kind of a Funny Story really isn't so funny. Cute, bordering on cutesy, yes. Light and shallow and inconsequential in a lot of ways. But funny? Rarely.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
October 6, 2010
The kid's problems are less interesting than the whackos surrounding him, but that prevents the movie's coming-of-age narrative from becoming too pat: like the space between comedy and drama, the one between sanity and insanity is where real life [is].
October 6, 2010
It's the worst kind of post-ironic, my-week-of-healing dramedy, set in an NYC mental ward in which cute patients flirt, tease and scamper around hallways like runaways in a John Hughes film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 5, 2010
I used to think art was just bourgeois decadence, a wiser Craig says in the end, which is funny, because thats kind of what this film is.
September 14, 2010
Zach Galifianakis steals the picture as the chronically dysfunctional but eminently wise Bobby, who teaches the adolescent how to like himself. Warts and all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
September 13, 2010
The filmmakers fully retain their offbeat sensibility and attentiveness to character while providing perhaps the sharpest showcase yet for Zach Galifianakis' outsized talents.
September 13, 2010
A dramatically inert, lethargic dramedy that isn't nearly as quirky and poignant is it perceives itself.