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Based on 33 Reviews
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fan reviews ( 7 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    I don't blame you for backing off a movie that focuses on a suicidal teen who learns warm life lessons by spending five days in a Brooklyn hospital's psych ward. Stop worrying. It's Kind of a Funny Story, based on Ned Vizzini's semiautobiographical novel, breaks the jinx. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    Ambles along and has a feeling of randomness about it, but, in fact, it's tightly plotted. Every moment, however seemingly haphazard and casually presented, is keyed to the progress of a young man from lost to not so lost. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Notable for the easy chemistry of its ensemble cast. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The film itself is fairly slight: I'm not sure what it adds up to. Still, I enjoyed every moment of its beguiling saga of a depressed teen named Craig. show more

  • 63
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    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. show more

  • 60
    Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News

    Melancholy 16-year-olds are the ideal audience for It's Kind of a Funny Story, which actually feels as though it were made by an especially precocious adolescent. show more

  • 40
    Michael Rechtshaffen The Hollywood Reporter

    A dramatically inert, lethargic dramedy that isn't nearly as quirky and poignant is it perceives itself. show more

  • 75
    Stephanie Zacharek Movieline

    Sometimes, maybe, it's a little too unoffensive: It's Kind of a Funny Story is so gentle, so anxious not to put a foot wrong, that it doesn't have much sticking power. But its casually compassionate perspective is also what makes it work. show more

  • 80
    Mark Jenkins NPR

    Despite some dark undercurrents, the movie emphasizes humor, and its best moments are more than kind of funny. show more

  • 88
    Calvin Wilson St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Gilchrist ("United States of Tara") is immensely appealing as a kid who's just a bit too wrapped up in himself to grasp that perhaps his problems aren't insurmountable. show more

  • January 29, 2012 pz00000000110246
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    Excellent comedy-drama.

  • November 10, 2011 Artdraculclark
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    boring trash

  • September 26, 2011 wixie7
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    Emma Roberts realy comes into her own. That said the movie was both warm and funny at the same time. All of the cast where in character and a realy good story line two thumbs up++++++

  • March 11, 2011 Evilone89Gage33
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    Gave you hope your not alone? Are you dumb? It's a movie so yeah, you probably are alone. The movie is absolutely amazing but the book is even better. I read the book about 3 years ago and still thought about it until it became a movie. The movie of course doesnt go as deep as the book but none of the movies based off books ever do. I give it 2 thumbs way up.

  • February 20, 2011 bpfeeney
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    Thank you for a movie that gave me HOPE and a belief in I am not alone!

  • November 09, 2010 MargaretMmcGann
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    This movie was very different from any other Zach Galifianakis film. It is very funny. It has that ironic down to earth, off the beat humor in it. I enjoyed it very much. Good hearted, funny film.

  • October 09, 2010 thenursisin
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    Beautiful story about the people who suffer with mental illness. Succint and moving and especially pertinent because of the rise in teen suicide. This movie puts a face on those who suffer from mental illness and will hopefully remove the stigma attached to it.

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