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Stranger Than Fiction Reviews

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia
November 16, 2012
Intriguing possibilities, except Helm and Forster aren't quite Kaufman and Jonze. Once their parallel narratives converge, those hoping for a mind-bending meta-pile-up may feel the movie lacks the courage of its fatalistic fiction.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Lessons of Darkness
November 19, 2006
Such a featherweight nothing that it engenders only indifference.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Brian Orndorf
November 9, 2006
Fiction is one large false start, unable to claw out of the pit of its own toxic self-awareness.
Full Review | Original Score: D+
Beth Accomando
September 22, 2007
The place where the film runs into problems is in trying to decide, like Harold, as to whether or not it is a comedy or a tragedy. As we know, comedy sells much better and that's the direction the film leans.
Rebecca Murray
November 9, 2006
...Just another run of the mill, disappointingly mediocre comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Cole Smithey
August 29, 2009
"Stranger Than Fiction" is a sterile and pedantic comedy that tells much more than it shows.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Brian Marder
November 20, 2008
What starts out as a complex, intriguing movie turns stale quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 10, 2006
Stranger Than Fiction seems like an old episode of the Twilight Zone, and the idea would have worked better as one of Rod Serling's half-hour epistles on human foibles.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Felix Gonzalez Jr.
DVD Review
December 2, 2008
It could have been great. But it's just okay.
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
Though there are enough interesting moments to keep it refreshing, Mr. Helm's script never rises above its conceit to reach the giddy Charlie Kaufman heights to which it aspires.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 24, 2007
Stranger Than Fiction never rises above its eye-catching premise, ending up as nothing more than a great idea with absolutely nowhere to go.
Matt Pais
November 9, 2006
Cute title, but a snappy opening dissolves into a relatively simplistic tale of a wet noodle learning to stand up for himself.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
November 6, 2006
A striking implosion of incongruent themes.
| Original Score: 2/4
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
November 9, 2006
...the film also closes on a less than inspired note, but the filmmakers fail to take advantage of the literary irony.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Erik Childress
November 9, 2006
The link between comedy and tragedy is closer than Ferrell believes but the line isn't as clever as it should be and not nearly as profound as it believes it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
November 14, 2006
It's the kind of middlebrow film that pretends it's arty and thinks it's so smart.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Alan Dale
December 31, 2006
[J]ust the kind of numbskull movie that critics call 'smart'.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 6, 2006
The movie is clever, but a little too pleased with its own clockwork intricacy.
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Gene Seymour
November 9, 2006
Sometimes I think movies like Stranger Than Fiction don't experiment with narrative and character as much as cop out on them.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 9, 2006
It's not the original story we signed up for -- or thought we did.
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