Generally favorable reviews - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16
  1. 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.
  2. 60
    The look is rough, but Bujalski's talent is evident.
  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. 70
    Like a lot of scenes in Funny Ha Ha, the commonplace somehow seems invigoratingly original.
  6. 70
    Bujalski has a knack for the genuine moment.
  7. 70
    Dollenmayer has managed to transform a sad sack into an indie screen goddess.
  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. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    A beautifully observant and wholly unpretentious film with roots more in Cassavetes than Sundance-style showbiz.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 80
    The kind of film that you just don't want to end.
  16. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    The dialogue is so real that it makes you wince, then laugh.
User Score

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
    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
    pointless rubbish, no directorial qualities to speak of and rambling dialogue which to little if any funny anything.
  3. E.R.
    Feb 5, 2006
    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 »