88

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Stranger Than Fiction is slicker than Kaufman's work - and Forster's direction is certainly more studio-ish than Kaufman collaborators Spike Jonze's or Michel Gondry's. But it's a clever idea, and you feel a little smarter watching the thing unfurl.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What a thoughtful film this is, and how thought-stirring. Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction comes advertised as a romance, a comedy, a fantasy, and it is a little of all three, but it's really a fable, a "moral tale."
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
In a film that easily could have been cold or ironical, Ferrell provides the emotional thrust.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
This is a Ferrell you've never seen before, nailing a role that calls for breakneck humor in the final race against the clock and touching gravity in the love scenes with Gyllenhaal.
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75

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It has a nifty premise and outstanding performances from Ferrell, as the protagonist-in-progress, and Emma Thompson, as his blocked creator.
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75

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Intricately plotted without being contrived and exhilarating in its eccentricity.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

In practice, "Fiction" isn't nearly that unusual. Less like "Adaptation" than a smarter version of "Click," the picture pleases while remaining unchallenging to a broad audience.
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70

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Pulls us along in a state of pleasant expectation.
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67

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
An eminently easy-to-watch piece of one-joke pop japery, is a movie that mimics the I'm-a-character-in-my-own-life metaphysical playfulness of "The Truman Show."
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38

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
Watching the movie made me long for the big , risky ideas and entertainingly fearless filmmaking in David O. Russell's "I Heart Huckabees " and Spike Jonze's "Adaptation ," which Kaufman wrote. Both were similarly conceptual escapades, but they let it all hang out.
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67 out of 100
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