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Will Ferrell
Writers, Actors, A Night at the Roxbury (1998)
Let's look at the bright side. America is still the land of opportunity if Will Ferrell and Chris Kattan can make a movie. At the very least, A Night at the Roxbury will encourage new talent. Hundreds of thousands will see it this weekend and walk out saying, “I could do better than that”. They'll be right.
(Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)
Actor, Anchorman (2004)
Ferrell is a very popular comedian right now, and he can be funny, especially when reading the fluffiest of news stories in a tone of deep seriousness. But, like Jim Carrey before him, he kills a lot of gags by going so far over the top in his face-pulling that he loses touch with anything plausible, and becomes embarrassing to watch.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
Actor, Kicking & Screaming (2005)
The most agonizing ingredient in Kicking and Screaming is the sting of watching Will Ferrell, after two surprisingly witty performances in Elf and Melinda & Melinda, revert to the same old one-note, dim-bulb clowning that aggressively stupid plots seem to bring out in him. Can't somebody get this man a gourmet script and keep him away from such cinematic junk food?
(Rob Blackwelder, Splicedwire)
Will Ferrell is far from a scream, and I kept wanting to kick him. Ferrell’s leading character is so wildly egocentric and over-the-top in his behaviour, and so lacking in common sense, that it is impossible to believe he is human, let alone redeemable. Compared with this guy, Brian Clough was Gandhi. Ferrell managed some charm and vulnerability in Elf, but here hogs the screen with the least funny gurning since Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura 2. He’s a horrific sight – quite, quite dead behind those little, piggy eyes. It’s as though someone has Botoxed the upper half of his face, and the lower half is madly over-compensating.
(Chris Tookey, Daily Mail)
As for the alarmingly ubiquitous Ferrell (eight films in the last three years), one does feel he has delighted us long enough.
(David Gritten, Daily Telegraph)
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