It's Kind of a Funny Story

User Score
7.2

Generally favorable reviews- based on 115 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 78 out of 115
  2. Negative: 6 out of 115

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  1. Dec 27, 2011
    6
    As in its title it is kind of a funng story, an dit is kind of entertaining. Well overall it is a very well made movie with great performances. I give this movie 61%.
  2. Oct 17, 2010
    4
    The book is terrible. I don't know how it got made into a movie in the first place. That being said, the movie is slightly better than the book, but fails to deliver anything funny. However, great acting by Keir Gilchrist, Emma Roberts, and Zach Galifianakas, along with a unique plot lands this at a 4 out of 10. Disappointing is an understatement. Rent it on DVD.
  3. Oct 9, 2010
    5
    This movie is not a funny story. There are amusing moments (thanks primarily to fellow patient Zach Galifianakis), but it's a drama about a suicidal 16-year-old (Kier Gilchrist) who spends 5 days in a mental ward. Call it "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" lite in several ways: The teenage viewpoint, the not-as-crazy crazies, the less intense situations. The attempts at flights of creativeThis movie is not a funny story. There are amusing moments (thanks primarily to fellow patient Zach Galifianakis), but it's a drama about a suicidal 16-year-old (Kier Gilchrist) who spends 5 days in a mental ward. Call it "One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest" lite in several ways: The teenage viewpoint, the not-as-crazy crazies, the less intense situations. The attempts at flights of creative whimsy are jarring and not clever. While the performances are heartfelt, the pacing is glum and every aspect of the plot is painfully predictable. Surprisingly, the adolescent audience at my viewing seemed engaged. Expand
  4. Sep 6, 2011
    6
    What a surprising movie! I really enjoyed it. This film recalls â
  5. Apr 17, 2011
    4
    Can be best summed up by a reviewer who said -
    "I used to think art was just bourgeois decadence," a wiser Craig says in the end, which is funny, because that's kind of what this film is. " -
  6. Feb 23, 2013
    4
    ...except it's not! This film is supposed to be an uplifting comedy, however I found it painfully predictable and a bit sad. Keir Gilchrist was great, playing Craig, a young mental patient who wants to kill himself. Gilchrist and the flashes of his thoughts, that we get to see, are the best part of this film and the only thing really worth seeing. Zach Galifianakis, who is one of my...except it's not! This film is supposed to be an uplifting comedy, however I found it painfully predictable and a bit sad. Keir Gilchrist was great, playing Craig, a young mental patient who wants to kill himself. Gilchrist and the flashes of his thoughts, that we get to see, are the best part of this film and the only thing really worth seeing. Zach Galifianakis, who is one of my favorites, isn't at all funny, he's actually kind of pathetic in this film. Despite Gilchrist performance, the movie is actually quite stupid, I mean what kind of mental hospital lets the patients have access to the roof of the hospital? It looked good, has some really good actors in it, but nothing happens, the story is predictable as hell, and it's a "comedy" in which no one really says or does anything funny. I was hugely disappointed with it. Expand
  7. Oct 10, 2013
    5
    Is average good movie made me feels feels everywhere, pretty OK is a good time i guess, gets 5 chicken heads out of 10, i mean is ok its just not amazing or something i am going to watch again
Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33
  1. 67
    Galifianakis' magnetic performance suggests murky psychological depths the film doesn't have the substance to plumb.
  2. A dramatically inert, lethargic dramedy that isn't nearly as quirky and poignant is it perceives itself.
  3. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    70
    The filmmakers fully retain their offbeat sensibility and attentiveness to character while providing perhaps the sharpest showcase yet for Zach Galifianakis' outsized talents.