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  • Summary: A re-release of Barbra Streisand's 1968 film debut in the reprisal of her Broadway role as Ziegfeld star Fanny Brice.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. You can reexperience the humor and magic -- and the essence of Streisand -- in this William Wyler classic.
  2. 100
    The musical biography of comedian Fanny Brice emerges as a true classic, as enthralling as the day it was released in 1968. It is a superb example of Hollywood craftsmanship in which all elements have been blended to perfection with inspired artistry.
  3. 100
    Funny Girl is old-fashioned; it is also exhilarating.
  4. Despite its two-and-a-half hour running time, the movie flies by, so absorbing are its story, songs and stars.
  5. 90
    It's a cross between confidence and vulnerability that's hard for an actress to pull off, but Streisand hits the note perfectly. And her greatest moment of acting, I think, is also the picture's strongest musical number.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    80
    Barbra Streisand in her Hollywood debut makes a marked impact.
  7. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    60
    Streisand is stunning, but the film is a trial, particularly when the music disappears somewhere around the 90-minute mark and all that's left is leaden melodrama.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 8
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 8
  3. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. May 25, 2013
    9
    For the most part, a wonderfully funny, musical delight. I thought the direction was excellent except in a few brief scenes where Ms Streisand runs amok. However, Ms. Streisand's singing is brilliant and extraordinary, which more than makes up for those few minor lapses. I also thought the cinematography is spectacular, as is the art direction and production design. The costumes (including those in the musical stage numbers) are beautiful, but from a modern humane perspective, there is way too much use of fur and feathers--they must have skinned a whole generation of minks, and wiped out several species of exotic birds. I suppose that might be a historically accurate or glamorized detail, but in my view it detracts from an otherwise superior entertainment, so I deducted one point and give this film a "9" instead of a "10" which it would otherwise deserve. I agree with others who say the film's second half bogs down in melodrama a tad too much, however, that sets up nicely for the stunning musical climax. Expand

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