Stranger Than Fiction Reviews

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October 18, 2008
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.
February 3, 2007
An uncommonly plastic bit of Hallmark sentiment-mongering, with exactly the kind of New Age psychobabble ending youâ(TM)d expect.
January 26, 2007
Ferrell rules in this film. I take back my words of prejudice. This is the smartest film in town.
December 30, 2006
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.
November 30, 2006
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 15, 2006
A film well worth seeing and savoring.
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.
November 10, 2006
Stranger Than Fiction is both about a novel and like a novel; you eagerly await the turning of the pages.
November 10, 2006
It doesn't coast on its premise but follows where it leads, which is into some serious territory. What might have been a joke with a tagged-on sentimental ending becomes instead a sensitive movie that affirms the value of life.
November 10, 2006
Willfully eccentric, odd in tone, it is an English major's comedy, a wry exploration of plot, narrative, character and a writer's imprint on her or his work.
November 10, 2006
It seems like the screenwriter may have suffered a shortage of ideas and remedied the problem by watching Charlie Kaufman films.
November 10, 2006
With its musings on free will and God, the story may not be original, but caring about its hero is automatic for the audience. That's more than most movies can say.
November 10, 2006
It has a nifty premise and outstanding performances from Ferrell, as the protagonist-in-progress, and Emma Thompson, as his blocked creator.
November 10, 2006
Stranger Than Fiction may not be the typical crowd-pleaser, but it's a sweet, funny, intelligent film that showcases just how much Ferrell can do, even when he's doing less.
November 10, 2006
Stranger Than Fiction might be film, but it moves like a novel: a literate, unhurried tale marked by softly wrought reflections on the self-made life.
November 10, 2006
So, in lieu of the usual cookie-cutter movie, we at least get the cookie itself, a nice-light treat.
November 10, 2006
A wondrously funny modern fairy tale, Stranger than Fiction manages to blend romance, satire and fantasy into a story that's both fully satisfying and patently absurd.
November 10, 2006
A comedy that takes itself too seriously to be truly enjoyed.
November 10, 2006
[Director Marc] Forster's sweetly engaging concoction bends our minds without too much strain, and even those moments that feel mildly familiar never breed anything close to contempt.
November 10, 2006
Will Ferrell delivers a moving and surprisingly delicate -- though not so surprisingly funny -- turn as the lonesome bureaucrat bedeviled by a voice only he hears.
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