Stranger Than Fiction

2006

Stranger Than Fiction

Critics Consensus

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.

72%

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Reviews Counted: 174

85%
liked it

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User Ratings: 401,805

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Reviews Count: 0
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Rotten: 0

AUDIENCE SCORE

85%
Average Rating: 3.6/5

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An IRS auditor has his life interrupted by the sound of a personal narrator who knows his every thought, feeling and action, including when and where he will die.

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Cast

Will Ferrell
as Harold Crick
Emma Thompson
as Kay Eiffel
Dustin Hoffman
as Professor Jules Hilbert
Queen Latifah
as Penny Escher
Tom Hulce
as Dr. Cayly
Linda Hunt
as Dr. Mittag-Leffler
Kristin Chenoweth
as Anchorwoman
William Dick
as IRS Co-Worker 1
Guy Massey
as IRS Co-Worker 2
Martha Espinoza
as IRS Co-Worker 3
T.J. Jagodowski
as IRS Co-Worker 4
Peter Grosz
as IRS Co-Worker 5
Ricky Adams
as Young Boy
Christian Stolte
as Young Boy's Father
Denise Hughes
as Kronecker Bus Driver
Peggy Roeder
as Polish Woman
Tonray Ho
as IRS Co-Worker 6
Danny Rhodes
as Bakery Employee 1
Helen Young
as Bakery Customer 1
David Pompeii
as Bakery Customer 2
Linara Washington
as Bakery Employee 2
Larry Neumann Jr.
as Homeless Man
John Mohrlein
as Man With Hose
Bruce Jarchow
as Commuter
Bradley Mott
as Large Man on Bus
John Watson Sr.
as TV Author
David Wiegers
as Bakery Customer 3
Jarret Sleeper
as Bakery Customer 4
Karen Lloyd
as Customer With Tan
Keith Kupferer
as Demolition Foreman
Danny McCarthy
as Demoliton Crew
Tab Baker
as Demolition Crew
Mark Buettner
as Claw Operator
Christian Young
as ER Doctor 1
Arraon Hixson
as Young Male Patient
Bryan Kelly
as ER Orderly
Whitney Sneed
as ER Nurse 1
Ray Kurut
as ER Doctor 2
Michael Cook
as ER Doctor 3
Cheryl Lynn Bruce
as Head ER Nurse
Chet Dubowski
as Man in Tweed
Oran "Juice" Jones
as Banneker Press Receptionist
Herb Lichtenstein
as IRS Co-Worker 7
Stacey Jackson
as IRS Co-Worker 8
Jordan Teplitz
as Old Man on Phone
Ricardo Guiterrez
as Bus Company Manager
James Mazza
as Irritated Man on Bus
Oscar Roxas
as Another Man on Bus
Nadiera Bost
as Accident Witness
Sandra Marquez
as Accident Witness
Lacy Coil
as Accident Witness
Will Clinger
as Accident Witness
Albert Samuels
as Accident Witness
Frank Caeti
as Accident Witness
Lucinda Kemp
as Bus Operator
Donna Watkins
as Bus Operator
Julien Heron
as Animal Footage Voiceover
Bob Papenbrook
as Animal Footage Voiceover
Mike McColl
as Animal Footage Voiceover
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Critic Reviews for Stranger Than Fiction

All Critics (174) | Top Critics (47)

  • 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.

    Oct 18, 2008 | Full Review…

    Bob Mondello

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

    Feb 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.

    Jan 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.

    Dec 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.

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

    Nov 15, 2006

    Andrew Sarris

    Observer
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Stranger Than Fiction

Liked this better on a rewatch. Interesting idea.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

review coming

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

Meta sugar. I loved the bus scenes.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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