A widower advice-columnist (Steve Carell) faces a personal and professional challenge when he falls in love with his brother's (Dane Cook) girlfriend (Juliette Binoche).
" [Carell's] uncanny ability to make us care what happens to him salvages Dan in Real Life. "
" A movie nicely packed with pleasantly unpredictable surprises. "
" Carell plays it fairly straight in a movie that hits high on the scales of comedy and romance, with just a dollop of dramatic reality. It's almost as if he were playing, well, real life. "
" Dan in Real Life fires on so many circuits that at times it's actually shocking how good it is. It tells a funny and emotional story without any of the sentimental shorthand found in most romantic comedies. "
" Hedges is not the most subtle of storytellers, but his sincerity shines through, as does a certain gentleness. Dan in Real Life is one of those films you cheer to succeed, even when it doesn't come close to real life. "
" If what you want is a star-driven sophisticated romantic comedy that is successfully aimed at actual adults, the wait can seem like forever. Until now. "
" It's a nice film. There's some nice touches to it. "
" Now, everybody knows that Steve Carell is lovable. "
" One character says she's looking for something 'not necessarily hahaha laugh-out-loud funny, something human funny,' and that's what we get. "
" Smoothly entertaining fare, but with a bit more nerve it could have been so much more. "
" The heart is there, and the message gets you. "
" This is his [Carell's] most assured and rounded performance to date. "
" A mediocre and unbelievable romantic comedy. "
" A surprisingly plain, sappy, even insipid comedy, considering the filmmaker behind it. "
" In the end, the commercial necessity of wrapping up a family comedy in less than 100 minutes seems to have trumped anything real about Dan's life. "
" Sweet it is. Remotely connected to real life, however, it is not. "
" The previews make Dan in Real Life look like a tepid romantic comedy that makes little use of Steve Carell's gifts. Well, the previews are right. "
" Why must so many family-friendly romantic comedies give us such wan, forgettable dialogue and predictable situations? Dan is derivative at best, and feels like filmmaking by focus group at worst. "
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