Stranger Than Fiction Reviews

  • There's no denying the movie has a surface allure.

    Owen Gleiberman — Entertainment Weekly

  • While Stranger Than Fiction traffics in a bit of darkly funny existential anxiety, it also finds room for romantic fantasy and sentimental uplift.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • 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.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Besides being inventive and witty, Stranger Than Fiction is a tribute to the power of literature. But art is not its only domain. It also delves into the world of ultimate certainties: death and taxes.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It's not the original story we signed up for -- or thought we did.

    Desson Thomson — Washington Post

  • Stranger Than Fiction is uptight. [Writer Zach] Helm is clearly pro-love and happy endings, but he's short on loose, fresh ideas.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • [The] performances succeed where Harold fails: gaining a life independent of their author.

    Jim Ridley — Village Voice

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

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • For all of the film's narrative intricacies, it's love in bloom that carries the day.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • 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.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Yes, Stranger Than Fiction is a head trip. But it's a very friendly one, and well crafted at that.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • 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.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • Stranger Than Fiction is a meditation on life, art and romance, and on the kinds of responsibility we have. Such an uncommonly intelligent film does not often get made.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • The deader the deadpan the better. When Ferrell and Hoffman do their thing together, a charming bit of whimsy becomes something more. It becomes really, really funny.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Take a cool premise, a smart director and a top-flight cast, then throw an ex-TV sketch comedy knucklehead into the mix - and voila, a thinking person's dramedy that grapples with issues of fate and free will, love and liberation. Look out, Oscars.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • There's no joy in seeing Ferrell play an office drone, and the life lessons he learns are of the "All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten" variety.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • 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.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • If Stranger Than Fiction has a central flaw, it's overly sentimental. Although the story would work better as a tragedy, Forster and Helm can't resist tacking on a mushy love story, involving Crick and combative tax cheat Ana Pascal.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • A film well worth seeing and savoring.

    Andrew Sarris — New York Observer

  • It remains inventive and funny to the end, features fine performances from Will Ferrell and especially Emma Thompson, and offers enough to enjoy and dispute to make it a good B.O. attraction.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

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