100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Dan in Real Life fires on so many circuits that at times it's actually shocking how good it is.
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91

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
A nimble and supple and moving comedy.
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88

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
As a director Hedges is smart enough to allow his actors to share the frame and interact and let the material breathe.
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88

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Carell shows a whole new side to his talents.
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Provides Steve Carell and Juliette Binoche with comic roles that fit them like designer threads.
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63

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Sweet it is. Remotely connected to real life, however, it is not.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Almost reflexively, the filmmakers skirt Dan's messier conflicts. But it is the moments when they don't dance around the awkward issue of a brother falling for his brother's girl that Dan is the most poignant.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
There's a great movie to be had in the notion of a busybody whose advice keeps blowing up in his face, but Dan in Real Life merely sets it up and walks away.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Pleasing moments don't add up to a feature film, even though this one strives desperately for substance and coherence by slathering its slender story with treacly family values.
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50

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Dan in Real Life takes a pleasant premise and calls upon the talents of engaging actors and generally squanders both.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.