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Stranger Than Fiction
A socially isolated IRS agent whose every move is documented by a disembodied female voice discovers that his life is the subject of a book currently being written by a best-selling author, whose creative block has stunted her repeated efforts to kill him off, in a quirky fantasy comedy written by Hollywood hot property Zach Helm and directed by Finding Neverland's Marc Forester. Harold Crick (Will Ferrell) lives a life of solitude. Kay Eiffel (Emma Thompson) can't seem to find a way to finish her latest book. Though Harold and Kay have never actually met, their fates are about to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 72%

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"The actors and the filmmakers all take a more restrained approach than you might expect, keeping the humor gentle, and the jokes mostly as literary as the premise."
‑ Bob Mondello,
"Stranger Than Fiction seems like an old episode of the Twilight Zone, and the idea would have worked better as one of Rod Serling's half-hour epistles on human foibles."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"Intriguing possibilities, except Helm and Forster aren't quite Kaufman and Jonze. Once their parallel narratives converge, those hoping for a mind-bending meta-pile-up may feel the movie lacks the courage of its fatalistic fiction."
‑ Luke Goodsell, Empire Magazine Australasia
"Inventively inverting "Adaptation.'s'" anxiety into light romance, "Fiction" is one of the most intelligent, lively, charming and beguiling concept comedies since "Groundhog Day" and a perfect seriocomic splinter of Will Ferrell's big-baby shtick."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"Forster lards over his whimsically feeble film with sentimentality."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"An uncommonly plastic bit of Hallmark sentiment-mongering, with exactly the kind of New Age psychobabble ending youâ(TM)d expect."
‑ Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York
"Stranger Than Fiction is both about a novel and like a novel; you eagerly await the turning of the pages."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
""It's not the best piece of English literature of the last ten years," Dustin Hoffman says of Emma Thompson's newest novel, "but it's not bad." That just about sums up Stranger Than Fiction, too."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
""Stranger Than Fiction" is a sterile and pedantic comedy that tells much more than it shows."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Some of Will Ferrell's biggest fans might find it overly tame and subtle, but it's interesting, enjoyable and a revelation to see he can keep his pants on and still entertain."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"A film well worth seeing and savoring."
‑ Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"It doesn't coast on its premise but follows where it leads, which is into some serious territory. What might have been a joke with a tagged-on sentimental ending becomes instead a sensitive movie that affirms the value of life."
‑ Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"Touching dramedy is heavy; won't interest most kids."
‑ Jane Boursaw, Common Sense Media
"Suggests how cleverness can suffocate people"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"It could have been great. But it's just okay."
‑ Felix Gonzalez Jr., DVD Review
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