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San Francisco Chronicle
Funny People is a true brass ring effort, a reach for excellence that takes big risks. It's 146 minutes, with a story that's more European in feeling than American.
The thing about Funny People is that it's a real movie. That means carefully written dialogue and carefully placed supporting performances -- and it's ABOUT SOMETHING.
It's the work of a major talent. Apatow scores by crafting the film equivalent of a stand-up routine that encompasses the joy, pain, anger, loneliness and aching doubt that go into making an audience laugh.
Funny People nimbly intersperses humor and reflection. It is a rumination on mortality, fame and life choices, punctuated with Apatow's trademark raunchy humor.
Turns out to be one of the most absorbing films of the year. Plus it has lots of wiener jokes.
The result is a raucously funny and poignant love letter to standup comics.
Funny People turns out to be fairly predictable, and not so rough. In a thoroughly satisfying way.
The Hollywood Reporter
Apatow is on the right track. In moving his adolescent male comedies into more adult realms, the humor sharpens and characters deepen.
The message that comes across is: We're all screwed, and then we die. Ba-DUM.
Wall Street Journal
The denizens of Judd Apatow's Funny People have been pulled every which way to fit a misshapen concept, yet they remain painfully unfunny, and consistently off-putting.
Gets old fast.

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