Stranger Than Fiction
Stranger Than Fiction (2006)

An IRS auditor has his life interrupted by the sound of a personal narrator who knows his every thought, feeling and action, including when and where he will die.

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: November 10, 2006
DVD Release Date: February 27, 2007
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Critic Score: 72% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: A fun, whimsical tale about an office drone trying to save his life from his narrator, Stranger Than Fiction features a subdued performances from Will Ferrell that contributes mightily to its quirky, mind-bending affect.

Bob Mondello

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.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

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.

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Luke Goodsell
Empire Magazine Australasia

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.

Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out

An uncommonly plastic bit of Hallmark sentiment-mongering, with exactly the kind of New Age psychobabble ending youâ(TM)d expect.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

Stranger Than Fiction is both about a novel and like a novel; you eagerly await the turning of the pages.

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Joshua Starnes

"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.

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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer

A film well worth seeing and savoring.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

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.

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Jane Boursaw
Common Sense Media

Touching dramedy is heavy; won't interest most kids.

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
Meta sugar. I loved the bus scenes.
Jens S.
review coming
Nicki Marie
Liked this better on a rewatch. Interesting idea.
Sophie Burgess
Highly recommended to all.
Bruce Bruce
Most of Willl Ferrell's characters are morons. Ricky Bobby, Ron Burgandy, and so many others just stupid. Normally when I hear Will Ferrell's movies I… More
Michael Edwards
Ferrel gives a legit serious performance for once, and unlike a few other comedian actors, Ferrel does a fantastic job at this role.