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Based on 35 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 0 )
  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    This is a Ferrell you've never seen before, nailing a role that calls for breakneck humor in the final race against the clock and touching gravity in the love scenes with Gyllenhaal. show more

  • 75
    Mick LaSalle San Francisco Chronicle

    In a film that easily could have been cold or ironical, Ferrell provides the emotional thrust. show more

  • 75
    Claudia Puig USA Today

    Intricately plotted without being contrived and exhilarating in its eccentricity. show more

  • 70
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    Pulls us along in a state of pleasant expectation. show more

  • 88
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    Stranger Than Fiction is slicker than Kaufman's work - and Forster's direction is certainly more studio-ish than Kaufman collaborators Spike Jonze's or Michel Gondry's. But it's a clever idea, and you feel a little smarter watching the thing unfurl. show more

  • 75
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    It has a nifty premise and outstanding performances from Ferrell, as the protagonist-in-progress, and Emma Thompson, as his blocked creator. show more

  • 70
    The Hollywood Reporter

    In practice, "Fiction" isn't nearly that unusual. Less like "Adaptation" than a smarter version of "Click," the picture pleases while remaining unchallenging to a broad audience. show more

  • 88
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    What a thoughtful film this is, and how thought-stirring. Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction comes advertised as a romance, a comedy, a fantasy, and it is a little of all three, but it's really a fable, a "moral tale." show more

  • 88
    James Berardinelli ReelViews

    Stranger than Fiction is a wonderful cinematic experience - a welcome way to spend a chilly autumn evening. show more

  • 75
    Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune

    When Ferrell and Hoffman do their thing together, a charming bit of whimsy becomes something more. It becomes really, really funny. show more

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