Funny Girl
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"Hello, gorgeous!" was Barbra Streisand's first comment to the Oscar statuette which she won for her performance in this biopic of entertainer Fanny Brice. This is also her first line in the film itself, the catalyst for a movie-long flashback. Repeating her Broadway role, Streisand stars as legendary comedienne Brice (1891-1951), whose life until the mid-1920s is romanticized herein. A gawky New Yawker, Brice fast-talks her way into show business, certain that she's destined to be "The Greatest Star." Hired as a "dramatic" singer by impresario Flo… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

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"Streisand is stunning, but the film is a trial, particularly when the music disappears somewhere around the 90-minute mark and all that's left is leaden melodrama."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Well worth watching, even if most later Streisand movies aren't."
‑ , Time Out
"Dazzling musical romance is long but entertaining."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"I wish William Wyler's direction was more inventive and humurous (it's his first musical), but Streisand gives a meteoric performance, as Fanny Frice and as herself, showing a tremendous charismatic presence that goes beyond physical looks and acting."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"You will have made your mind up about Babs one way or the other, but for the rare uninitiated, this is a fine introduction to her talents."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"This extended Streisand Special has done absolutely nothing to correct the flaws in the Broadway original."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"It is impossible to praise Miss Streisand too highly; hard to find much to praise about the rest of the film."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A fine movie musical and a nice reminder of the time when Streisand was a talent rather than a 'phenomenon'."
‑ Richard Luck, Film4
"[Streisand gives] a natural, unforced performance, easily one of the three or four best Best Actresses in Oscar history."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Given how she grew into perhaps the most annoyingly egocentric entertainer in all the world, it's difficult to imagine that Barbra Streisand was once an ingenue."
‑ Michael Dequina,
"Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The fun is there whenever Streisand is, and that could be reason enough for reacquainting yourself with Funny Girl."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Few film debuts in the 1960s were more auspicious than that of Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One of the all-time great film musicals with dazzling Streisand."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Barbra Streisand gives one of the musical genre's most sublime performances--unfortunately in a stodgy, badly paced, overly produced movie that don't deserve her."
‑ Nick Davis, Nick's Flick Picks
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