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  • Summary: Will Ferrell stars as Ron Burgundy, the top-rated anchorman in 70's San Diego, who finds his position threatened by a hotshot young female journalist (Applegate).

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 38
  2. Negative: 2 out of 38
  1. 100
    Full force Will Ferrell at his best. And as an added bonus, we all get one of the funniest movies of the year...that is if you don't mind your humor on the rude and crude side.
  2. Wonderfully silly all the time.
  3. It takes a while to get used to the film's campy characters and its broad, "Ace Ventura" stylings. But Ferrell is the anti-Jim Carrey -- his deadpan comic mannerisms are infectiously funny, and his cluelessly narcissistic Burgundy is a joy to follow.
  4. What we get is more of the same from Ferrell – funny faces, goofy accents, pratfalls aplenty – and that ain't bad. It just could have been a lot better.
  5. 60
    The film is wickedly funny and a first-rate showcase for Ferrell.
  6. The movie is funny when it's nasty, as when Ron and Veronica trade insults at the anchor desk. Most of the time, though, it's not nasty enough.
  7. Imagine a movie where every character is more self-centered than Ted Baxter in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" of old, add a caboodle of idiotic jokes, and you have some idea of this ugly, unfunny farce.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 160
  1. boolooloo
    Mar 16, 2009
    10
    Between my 3 friends at school and me we have seen this 43 times. Brilliance from Adam Mckay.
  2. CharlieD.
    Oct 3, 2006
    10
    One of the best films ever, this truly is Will Farrell at his best....
  3. j30
    Sep 20, 2011
    10
    Probably the funniest movie of the decade. Will Ferrell plays his funniest character to date. It just puts a stupid smile on your face. It hasProbably the funniest movie of the decade. Will Ferrell plays his funniest character to date. It just puts a stupid smile on your face. It has that unique quality of repeatably, where you can watch this over and over and not get sick of it. Expand
  4. Jun 28, 2013
    8
    There's no denying how funny this movie is. Just about every line is quotable due to how funny they are. In fact, there's a kid in myThere's no denying how funny this movie is. Just about every line is quotable due to how funny they are. In fact, there's a kid in my neighborhood who has, in fact, memorized just about every line in this movie. Every time he quotes Anchorman, I still laugh. I'm super pumped for the sequel. Expand
  5. Sep 4, 2016
    8
    'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' is a hilarious, sometimes strangely structured and bizarre comedy from director Adam Mckay and star'Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy' is a hilarious, sometimes strangely structured and bizarre comedy from director Adam Mckay and star Will Ferrell, who plays the title character, Ron Burgundy.

    The story focuses on a Channel 4 News Team during the 1970s which includes Ron, along with his best friends and fellow anchormen, Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), Champ Kind (David Koechner) and Brick Tamland (Steve Carell). After they hit a ratings high and breaking records, the news team celebrate and Ron bumps into a woman named Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate) who he becomes infatuated with, despite giving the wrong impressions. It also turns out that she is interested in becoming an anchorwoman for the Channel 4 Team, becoming the world's first female anchor, ever.

    This beings a lot of dismay among Ron's friends as they believe that making this kind of progress is a bad name for the Channel 4 News Team, especially in front of their rivals, the Anchorman Wes Mantooth (Vince Vaughn), whose News network has been plummeting in the ratings.

    "Anchorman" is very funny at parts, there are some scenes however, that will seem a little jarring to some as some of the jokes don't land on their feet so to say. But Will Ferrell and his co-stars do some amazing work to keep the movie alive, thanks to their wacky chemistry and obnoxious and perfectly timed humor.

    "Anchorman" is funnier than you'd think it is.
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  6. Mar 4, 2014
    7
    Hilariously absurd, and me being relatively new to Will Ferrell humour, it was incredibly unexpected. A light-hearted, pick-me-up film, butHilariously absurd, and me being relatively new to Will Ferrell humour, it was incredibly unexpected. A light-hearted, pick-me-up film, but nothing groundbreaking. Expand
  7. AndrewH
    Nov 22, 2005
    1
    Old School was funny, and Elf was enjoyable enough to watch twice. This, on the other hand, is an insipid waste of time. If you laugh at Old School was funny, and Elf was enjoyable enough to watch twice. This, on the other hand, is an insipid waste of time. If you laugh at this, you'll laugh at anything. Expand

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