88

Baltimore Sun

By Michael Sragow
To discover why movie fans are screaming for more Will Ferrell, and to savor the work of improv wizards like Carell, go see Anchorman.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It takes a while to get used to the film's campy characters and its broad, "Ace Ventura" stylings. But Ferrell is the anti-Jim Carrey -- his deadpan comic mannerisms are infectiously funny, and his cluelessly narcissistic Burgundy is a joy to follow.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An engagingly knuckleheaded comic vehicle for former Saturday Night Live trouper Will Ferrell.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
There's no sense to the scene in which the boys get together for a close-harmony rendition of "Afternoon Delight" -- just pure pleasure.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
That he can make his anchorman chauvinistic, deluded and ridiculous but still manage to give him some humanity is testimony to Ferrell's comic talents.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Does make you laugh even if you hate yourself for doing so. A creation of former "Saturday Night Live" colleagues, the comedy plays like an extended skit with bits of improvisation and several slightly extended sequences.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Sloppy, crude, pursuing the most far-flung tangents in hopes of a laugh, Anchorman still gave me more stupid giggles than I'd care to admit.
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58

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
The movie is funny when it's nasty, as when Ron and Veronica trade insults at the anchor desk. Most of the time, though, it's not nasty enough.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Feels like an extended skit stretched and stretched, maybe not to the breaking point, but to the sagging point.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The sweet spirit that made last year's "Elf" such a success has curdled considerably.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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