Stranger Than Fiction 2006

Stranger Than Fiction

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A fun, whimsical tale about an office drone trying to save his life from his narrator, Stranger Than Fiction features a subdued performances from Will Ferrell that contributes mightily to its quirky, mind-bending affect.

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A mentally unstable IRS auditor (Will Ferrell) hears an author's (Emma Thompson) voice in his head and discovers that he is the ill-fated protagonist of her latest work. While a book-company employee (Queen Latifah) tries to cure the author's case of writer's block, the auditor and a professor (Dustin Hoffman) set out to find the woman and make her change her story.

Cast & Crew

Will Ferrell
Harold Crick
Dustin Hoffman
Dr. Jules Hilbert
Queen Latifah
Penny Escher
Tom Hulce
Dr. Cayly
Linda Hunt
Dr. Mittag-Lefler
Eli Goodman
Augustus Chatman
Joseph Drake
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Nathan Kahane
Executive Producer
Eric Kopeloff
Executive Producer
Roberto Schaefer
Cinematographer
Matt Chesse
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Kevin Thompson
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Than Fiction

All Critics (175) | Top Critics (46) | Fresh (127) | Rotten (48)

  • The actors and the filmmakers all take a more restrained approach than you might expect, keeping the humor gentle, and the jokes mostly as literary as the premise.

    October 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

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  • An uncommonly plastic bit of Hallmark sentiment-mongering, with exactly the kind of New Age psychobabble ending youâ(TM)d expect.

    February 3, 2007 | Rating: 1/6 | Full Review…
  • Ferrell rules in this film. I take back my words of prejudice. This is the smartest film in town.

    January 26, 2007 | Full Review…
  • Screenwriter Zach Helm's comedy has some quirky points, but it's very sugary and sentimental, and feeble compared to the work of those who have done the same sort of thing better: Woody Allen or Charlie Kaufman.

    December 30, 2006 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Instead of finishing with a bang it peters out, but this existential yarn is still fresh and funny enough to justify taking two hours out of your life.

    November 30, 2006 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • A film well worth seeing and savoring.

    November 15, 2006

    Andrew Sarris

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Audience Reviews for Stranger Than Fiction

  • Jan 20, 2016
    An interesting premise that is smoothly made into one good film.
    Maymay A Super Reviewer
  • Feb 08, 2014
    Most of Willl Ferrell's characters are morons. Ricky Bobby, Ron Burgandy, and so many others just stupid. Normally when I hear Will Ferrell's movies I get excited an then disappointed. This movie is different from the others. This movie is focused on Harold Crick an IRS agent whose life is being written on by a person who kills off all of her main characters. Crick now has to find a way to stop it. The author learns of what she is doing and is forced with a tough decision to let him live or to write the novel anyway. This movie isn't one of Will Ferrell's stupid comedies. It truly has a meaning and a great one at that. 5 Stars 1-24-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Oct 26, 2012
    Will Farrell unfortunately fades into the wall but the writing and Emma Thompson do enough to make this memorable. Very interesting concept.
    John B Super Reviewer
  • Aug 31, 2012
    Ferrel gives a legit serious performance for once, and unlike a few other comedian actors, Ferrel does a fantastic job at this role.
    Michael E Super Reviewer

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