It's Kind of a Funny Story
It's Kind of a Funny Story (2010)

It's 5 a.m. on a Sunday in Brooklyn. Craig Gilner is bicycling up to the entrance of a mental health clinic. This bright 16-year-old is stressed out from the demands of being a teenager. Before his parents and younger sister are even… More

Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Drama, Comedy
Release Date: October 8, 2010
DVD Release Date: February 8, 2011
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Critic Score: 58% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's amiable, and it does a surprisingly good job of sidestepping psych ward comedy cliches, but given its talented cast and directors, It's Kind of a Funny Story should be more than just mildly entertaining.

Connie Ogle
Miami Herald

It's Kind of a Funny Story lacks substance, but after you've spent a short time in this ward, you have to agree with Craig: These crazies aren't so bad.

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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, the film's co-writing-directing team, are too principled to tip the film into the slacker reaches of sorrow.

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Simon Miraudo

Galifianakis [is] able to turn on a dime; balancing his disarming humour with moments of anguished outbreaks. His is one of the best supporting performances of recent memory; equally funny and heartbreaking. If only I could say the same of the movie.

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David Jenkins
Time Out

A pleasant movie, but no more.

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Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

The writing-directing team of Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden have created a solid mix of serious, darker scenes and flights of fancy.

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Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy

For all its problems, though, the film is easy-going, frequently channels into a sweet-natured tone and is able to raise a few chuckles.

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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

The journey is aided immeasurably by the casting of Keir Gilchrist as young Craig. He has dark, sensitive eyes and a probity about him that wins you to his side.

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James Berardinelli

The acting is strong, with Galifianakis doing an especially good job as the likeable Bobby.

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Dave White

It may not be One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, but it's also not Patch Adams.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Red Lats
I'm a sucker for the teenage angst type of movie, and this is a version of that genre. It would be lovely if everyone could find out so much about their… More
Kevin M. Williams
A week in a mental ward is one sobering reexamination and reappraisal for one depressed teen in this predictable New York dramedy. Zach plays Yoda.
Chris Weber
When I first saw the traielr for this, I feared it was going to be some big rip off of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, and, while there are traces of… More
Jennifer Xu
It's a very gentle portrayal of mental instability and I really liked it for that. The mental ward was so peaceful and loving. I'm glad this fictional… More
Alice Shen
I don't wanna be a dick and say teenagers don't have real problems, or even that the teenager in THIS movie has no real problems, BUT the teenager in… More
Sam Barnett
Bland is a good word to define this movie - not only does it feel sterile and tonally inept, but it also seems to be trying so hard to break free from those… More