Metascore
78

Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 90
    Bujalski takes a sledgehammer to the carefully ordered surfaces and dramatic conventions of narrative cinema, favoring instead an unpredictability in which the crosscurrents of quotidian life collide on the screen in a series of brilliantly alive patterns.
  2. As David Rakoff once wrote, "Youth isn't wasted on the young. It is perpetrated on the young." Exactly how is brilliantly captured by Andrew Bujalski in his debut feature, Funny Ha Ha.
  3. Bujalski celebrates the awkwardness of twentysomething life, allowing Dollenmayer to create a beautifully authentic portrait.
  4. 88
    A smartly observed, unpretentious, and unconventional comedy of manners -- or more properly, it's a comedy of mannerisms.
  5. Andrew Bujalski's Funny Ha Ha, an ebullient sliver of a movie, follows a group of men and women in their early 20s, and for once the un-dialogue dialogue doesn't come off as an affectation.
  6. 80
    The kind of film that you just don't want to end.
  7. 80
    The final scene is as close to perfection as any Amerindie has come in recent memory--in a single reaction of Marnie's, we see a small but definite shift in perspective; abruptly, Bujalski stops the film, as if there's nothing more to say. It's a wonderful parting shot for a movie that locates the momentous in the mundane.
  8. It is a small, plain movie, shot in 16 millimeter in dull locations around Boston; but also, like its passive, quizzical heroine, it is unexpectedly seductive, and even, in its own stubborn, hesitant way, beautiful.
  9. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    80
    A beautifully observant and wholly unpretentious film with roots more in Cassavetes than Sundance-style showbiz.
  10. Funny Ha Ha is often offhandedly funny, and Bujalski has a knack for letting scenes build and then cutting out abruptly, duplicating the flow of a life in flux.
  11. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    75
    The dialogue is so real that it makes you wince, then laugh.
  12. Andrew Bujalski's refreshingly modest look at life in the directionless netherworld between college and career is the rare film that finds its story in the minor contradictions and simple conflicts of ordinary people doing, well, not exactly nothing, but nothing important.
  13. 70
    Like a lot of scenes in Funny Ha Ha, the commonplace somehow seems invigoratingly original.
  14. 70
    Dollenmayer has managed to transform a sad sack into an indie screen goddess.
  15. 70
    Bujalski has a knack for the genuine moment.
  16. 60
    The look is rough, but Bujalski's talent is evident.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 20 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 6 out of 15
  1. MickV.
    Jan 15, 2006
    2
    And that's generous, a sort of acknowledgment that yes the director is at least aiming for a sort of feeling. But, my God, what a waste And that's generous, a sort of acknowledgment that yes the director is at least aiming for a sort of feeling. But, my God, what a waste the thing he aims for is. A slice of no life really. Not a single interesting or charming line is uttered in the entire film. Is it possible people could really be so helpless or inarticulate. Only in a film that painfully seeks to mark itself as authentic. A complete waste of time. Full Review »
  2. NickG.
    Jul 31, 2006
    3
    pointless rubbish, no directorial qualities to speak of and rambling dialogue which to little if any funny anything.
  3. E.R.
    Feb 5, 2006
    10
    Charming, real, totally absorbing film that shows real talent from top to bottom, from upstart young director Bujalski to lead actress Charming, real, totally absorbing film that shows real talent from top to bottom, from upstart young director Bujalski to lead actress Dollenmayer. It's artfully shot despite having virtually no budget; the dialogue is fresh, funny, and absorbing. Anyone who has ever experience those awkward post-college years ought to love this--but really, anyone who appreciates a unique new sensibility on film ought to give it a try. Full Review »