San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Funny People is a true brass ring effort, a reach for excellence that takes big risks. It's 146 minutes, with a story that's more European in feeling than American.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's the work of a major talent. Apatow scores by crafting the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The thing about Funny People is that it's a real movie. That means carefully written dialogue and carefully placed supporting performances -- and it's ABOUT SOMETHING.
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Funny People nimbly intersperses humor and reflection. It is a rumination on mortality, fame and life choices, punctuated with Apatow's trademark raunchy humor.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Funny People turns out to be fairly predictable, and not so rough. In a thoroughly satisfying way.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
Apatow is on the right track. In moving his adolescent male comedies into more adult realms, the humor sharpens and characters deepen.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What’s best about Funny People, actually, is Sandler, who takes the weird, resentful anger that has always coursed beneath his comedy and puts it right on the surface.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The message that comes across is: We're all screwed, and then we die. Ba-DUM.
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Gets old fast.
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The denizens of Judd Apatow’s Funny People have been pulled every which way to fit a misshapen concept, yet they remain painfully unfunny, and consistently off-putting.
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60 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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