Funny Girl
Funny Girl (1968)

"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… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: September 19, 1968
DVD Release Date: November 21, 2001
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Barbara Streisand elevates this otherwise rote melodramatic musical with her ultra-memorable star turn as Fanny Brice.

Renata Adler
New York Times

When she is singing--in a marvelous scene on roller skates--when she throws a line away, or shrugs, or looks funny or sad, she has a power, gentleness and intensity that rather knocks all the props and sets and camera angles on their ear.

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Variety Staff

Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.

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Brandon Judell
Huffington Post

William Wyler's adaption of the stage musical is transformative for many millennials. Whether wearing a hijab, sporting a yarmulke, or bareheaded, my students embrace Streisand's Brice and the star/character's professional chutzpah & insecurities.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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.

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Time Out

Well worth watching, even if most later Streisand movies aren't.

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David Keyes

In lesser hands this would fall flat because nothing is written to comfort the supporting players. They are extras with names and blurred faces.

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TIME Magazine

This extended Streisand Special has done absolutely nothing to correct the flaws in the Broadway original.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It is impossible to praise Miss Streisand too highly; hard to find much to praise about the rest of the film.

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Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Dazzling musical romance is long but entertaining.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Alice Shen
Epic freaking musical about a singing comedienne wedging her way into her big break. The beginning is a bit slow, and I tired of Fanny's repetitive… More
Jennifer Xu
Whyyyyy is this movie so long? There's nothing I dislike more than an overstuffed musical. Babs is cute, sometimes.
Christian C
Despite a tight and coherent film score, good singing, and a pleasantly avuncular performance by Pidgeon, "Funny Girl" is a real snoozefest. The only… More
Cassie Hill
This movie is the vision of what a Ziegfeld dancer should be, Barbra Streisand does a WONDERFUL JOB!!! :)
Daniel Perry
I was surprised at how relevant this story still is - take a look in the news lately and see how many columnists are talking about our changing work world, the… More
Spencer S.
This is a "yes I can!" biopic, with Streisand's zeal and down to earth appeal, magic vocal cords, and deliberate humor. Omar Sharif is… More

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