100

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
If that sounds highbrow and pretentious, it's not. The neat trick of Tristram Shandy is that the whole thing comes off as a lark.
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100

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Rather than adapt the novel per se, Winterbottom has adapted Sterne's hilarious attempts to make the mess of life fit the neat contours of the novel by making a movie about an attempt to make Sterne's chaotic and confusing novel fit the contours of a film.
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100

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The first great, mind-tickling treat of the new movie year.
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100

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Because their work is so varied, the director Winterbottom and Boyce, his frequent writer, are only now coming into focus as perhaps the most creative team in British film.
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88

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
The movie's still a wickedly droll put-on. Better yet, beneath the fun lurks a dry and weary sigh at life's refusal to match the tidiness of art.
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88

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
More fun than a company picnic - and a lot more fun than the classic 18th century novel that inspired it - Michael Winterbottom's Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story is the first good comedy of 2006.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
The result is a movie more concerned with movie-making than with the stuff of Sterne's great book, but a movie that's good for lots of laughs if you share its fondness for actors and for fatuous actors' banter, which I do.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
A highly amusing combination period film and mockumentary.
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75

Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
It's really inventive and bizarre and marvelously entertaining.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Sheri Linden
Long deemed unfilmable, the 18th century novel finds the perfect interpreters in director Michael Winterbottom and actor Steve Coogan.
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80 out of 100
Universal acclaim
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