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  • 75
    Peter Travers Rolling Stone

    It's really inventive and bizarre and marvelously entertaining. show more

  • 75
    Ruthe Stein San Francisco Chronicle

    A highly amusing combination period film and mockumentary. show more

  • 80
    Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal

    The result is a movie more concerned with movie-making than with the stuff of Sterne's great book, but a movie that's good for lots of laughs if you share its fondness for actors and for fatuous actors' banter, which I do. show more

  • 100
    Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer

    If that sounds highbrow and pretentious, it's not. The neat trick of Tristram Shandy is that the whole thing comes off as a lark. show more

  • 88
    Jack Mathews New York Daily News

    More fun than a company picnic - and a lot more fun than the classic 18th century novel that inspired it - Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is the first good comedy of 2006. show more

  • 70
    Sheri Linden The Hollywood Reporter

    Long deemed unfilmable, the 18th century novel finds the perfect interpreters in director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan. show more

  • 100
    Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times

    Because their work is so varied, the director Winterbottom and Boyce, his frequent writer, are only now coming into focus as perhaps the most creative team in British film. show more

  • 100
    Ken Fox TV Guide

    Rather than adapt the novel per se, Winterbottom has adapted Sterne's hilarious attempts to make the mess of life fit the neat contours of the novel by making a movie about an attempt to make Sterne's chaotic and confusing novel fit the contours of a film. show more

  • 88
    Chicago Tribune

    It's a little bit "Tom Jones," a little bit "Adaptation," a smidge of Monty Python and a dash of Fellini's "861/2," right down to Winterbottom's use of music by the brilliant Fellini composer, Nino Rota. show more

  • 88
    Ty Burr Boston Globe

    The movie's still a wickedly droll put-on. Better yet, beneath the fun lurks a dry and weary sigh at life's refusal to match the tidiness of art. show more

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