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
    A smart, sweet, and thoroughly disarming ensemble comedy that isn't afraid to wear its humanism on its sleeve.
User Score

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
    I loved it! Great storyline, clean humor, very heartfelt... definitely one to add to the family collection.
  2. Aug 31, 2014
    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
    "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 »