Stranger Than Fiction (2006) Synopsis
A mentally unstable IRS auditor (Will Ferrell) hears an author's (Emma Thompson) voice in his head.
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 "...
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It was good

By Luna_Magic_Movie
I liked it but did not like the ending....

quite possibly the most unique movie I've EVER seen!

By Kookamunga
This movie was so incredibly creative and unique! I loved it. The premise is far fetched, but I found myself sucked in, and feeling empathy for Harold, and Emma T.'s character too. It's very rare...

Enjoyable and Quirky.

By Quirky_Mango
Generally, this was a good movie. Ferrell and Thompson were fun to watch, and the comedy was at times sharp, at others silly. It's quite unique- that certainly can't be disputed- and unexpectedly...

Great Interesting fun

By bunkyaz
Emma Thompson was faboulous as the frustrated difficult author. Dustin Hoffman was very believable as an Literature professor. Maggie Gyllenhall was super as the semianarchist bakery owner. But...

Will Ferrell is the BOSS

By ital_dredness
I loved seeing Will Ferrell in this role.  I usual enjoy his movies in which he plays the typical dumb@$$ but in this role as Joe Bloke he is not only hilarious, but moreover, he is endearing....

Great movie

By rmehta
Stranger Than Fiction was a pleasant surprise. The concept is unique and refreshing, the acting was superb. The movie's plot is a little odd, so embrace the oddness before you get into the theatre....

Magic!

By sodapop1
Stranger Than Fiction stars the funny Will Ferell and Maggie Gyllenhaal (stars in The Dark Knight). Ferell is Harold Crick. A man who does the same thing every day. Count his steps, brush strokes, and...

Very good movie!!

By oleo2883
If you are hoping for the normal Will Ferrell dumb comedy, this isn't it. I'm not a fan of Ferrell's comedy movies, but I absolutely LOVED this movie! He did a fantastic job. The story line is great...

death and taxes

By julita108
funny, touching and ultimately profound story, with an awesome performance by Emma Thompson and a surprisingly intelligent performance by Will Ferrell, not in his usual hysterical over-the-top mode. ...

Probably not for everyone - but if you like it at all, you'll REALLY like it

By Pat
Quirky and bright and thought-provoking and amusing and touching. Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson are extremely good. Great writing; art-directed ALMOST to death, but that just constantly (and...

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Rated PG-13 | For some disturbing images, sexuality, brief language and nudity
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 13+ Touching dramedy is heavy; won't interest most kids.
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