• Released
  • October 8, 2010
  • (Limited 10/8)
  • PG-13 , 1 hr 41 min
  • Art House/Foreign
    Drama
75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Ambles along and has a feeling of randomness about it, but, in fact, it's tightly plotted. Every moment, however seemingly haphazard and casually presented, is keyed to the progress of a young man from lost to not so lost.
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75

Movieline

By Stephanie Zacharek
Sometimes, maybe, it's a little too unoffensive: It's Kind of a Funny Story is so gentle, so anxious not to put a foot wrong, that it doesn't have much sticking power. But its casually compassionate perspective is also what makes it work.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
I don't blame you for backing off a movie that focuses on a suicidal teen who learns warm life lessons by spending five days in a Brooklyn hospital's psych ward. Stop worrying. It's Kind of a Funny Story, based on Ned Vizzini's semiautobiographical novel, breaks the jinx.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
It's Kind of a Funny Story may be the first psych-ward drama to draw on John Hughes movies for tonal reference.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Notable for the easy chemistry of its ensemble cast.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The film itself is fairly slight: I'm not sure what it adds up to. Still, I enjoyed every moment of its beguiling saga of a depressed teen named Craig.
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If there's a psych ward for motion pictures, It's Kind of a Funny Story should check itself in. Boden and Fleck's film suffers from bipolar disorder: manic and silly one minute, moody and muted the next.
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63

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
What's largely missing from It's Kind of a Funny Story: genuine emotional pain. Still, the movie's an often charming example of "Cuckoo's Nest'' Lite.
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60

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Melancholy 16-year-olds are the ideal audience for It's Kind of a Funny Story, which actually feels as though it were made by an especially precocious adolescent.
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40

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
A dramatically inert, lethargic dramedy that isn't nearly as quirky and poignant is it perceives itself.
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63 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
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