Metascore
65

Generally favorable reviews - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Dan in Real Life fires on so many circuits that at times it's actually shocking how good it is.
  2. A nimble and supple and moving comedy.
  3. 88
    Carell shows a whole new side to his talents.
  4. As a director Hedges is smart enough to allow his actors to share the frame and interact and let the material breathe.
  5. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    88
    A smart, sweet, and thoroughly disarming ensemble comedy that isn't afraid to wear its humanism on its sleeve.
User Score
6.6

Generally favorable reviews- based on 154 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 87
  2. Negative: 28 out of 87
  1. Shannon
    Feb 7, 2009
    10
    I loved it! Great storyline, clean humor, very heartfelt... definitely one to add to the family collection.
  2. Aug 31, 2014
    6
    Despite numerous emotions thrown together all at once, Dan in Real Life is a curious look at life and family. Steve Carell proves to be much more than a simple television actor and surely much more than Michael Scott. Full Review »
  3. Dec 15, 2013
    10
    "You are a murderer of love!" This is a simple story that comes at you from a lot of angles which is uncoincidentally... real life. I felt so connected with Dan's frustrations. Such an easy movie to watch over and over again. Full Review »