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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    An eminently easy-to-watch piece of one-joke pop japery, is a movie that mimics the I'm-a-character-in-my-own-life metaphysical playfulness of "The Truman Show."

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    In practice, "Fiction" isn't nearly that unusual. Less like "Adaptation" than a smarter version of "Click," the picture pleases while remaining unchallenging to a broad audience.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Pulls us along in a state of pleasant expectation.

  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Intricately plotted without being contrived and exhilarating in its eccentricity.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    What a thoughtful film this is, and how thought-stirring. Marc Forster's Stranger Than Fiction comes advertised as a romance, a comedy, a fantasy, and it is a little of all three, but it's really a fable, a "moral tale."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

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

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that some kids will want to see this movie thanks to star Will Ferrell, although they may be disappointed because it's not his usual silly comedy routine. Instead, the film explores some fairly heavy concepts about life and death. Novelist Karen Eiffel is a depressed chain-smoker, and Harold Crick (Ferrell's character) is a loner who suffers severe obsessive-compulsive disorder.

  • Families can talk about the meaning of life. No, really. This movie is all about living life to the fullest and not sitting carefully on the sidelines while everyone else has all the fun. On the flip side, how can you have fun and experience new things but stay safe at the same time?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Harold learns that there's more to life than doing the same thing (alone) day after day.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Harold experiences some real peril dodging his imminent death (heavy equipment breaks through a wall, etc.). Ana throws things around her kitchen. Some images of animal violence in nature sequences.

  • sex false0

    Sex: Romantic tension between Harold and Ana. Harold studies her breasts. Brief nudity (a character's butt is shown).

  • language false0

    Language: Some name calling. "Shut up, you stupid voices!"

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: A wristwatch figures prominently in the storyline. Also guitars.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: The novelist is a chain smoker. A psychiatrist advises Harold to use medication to quell the voices in his head.