88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
This is an indie film with big stars - but also an indie films with big ideas about bringing real people to life.
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80

Movieline

By Michelle Orange
Ferrell as Nick Halsey still feels like a fresh idea, a testament to the actor's reliable but rarely tested mettle as much as his long parade of post-2006 buffoons.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
There are too many somber interludes with nothing going on but an acoustic guitar echoing over the soundtrack, the spareness of the score suggesting the emptiness of the characters' lives.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
Ferrell delivers a performance of implosive intensity that rings true in every detail.
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75

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
As he did in "Stranger Than Fiction," Ferrell displays surprising range when he ratchets down the volume.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Like Bill Murray and Greg Kinnear before him, this funnyman reveals serious acting chops.
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50

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
From time to time the movie grabs you (though the music keeps repelling you). Taking stock and letting go-of superfluous things, of worn-out love-is a strong theme. But the progression of the script is like Nick's self-help program. We're familiar with the steps.
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
A comparison to Carver's original story - called "Why Don't You Dance?," easily Googleable, and all of 1,600 words long - is instructive.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
The film just doesn't mine enough humor or drama from this situation. Meanwhile most of the developments are wholly predictable.
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50

NPR

By Ian Buckwalter
It's Rush who makes these characters push one another toward healing, and that feels forced. There are moments of poignancy, but mostly the film feels inert and unremarkable, an off-the-shelf indie-spiration fable that employs a manipulatively cruel twist to move the story away from its inherent darkness and toward an uplifting climactic montage.
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65 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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