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Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy


It's the 1970's and San Diego super-sexist anchorman Ron Burgundy is the top dog in local TV, but that's all about to change when ambitious reporter Veronica Corningstone arrives as a new employee at his station.

Actors: Ben Stiller , Luke Wilson , Vince Vaughn , Chris Parnell , Fred Willard , Steve Carell , David Koechner , Paul Rudd , Christina Applegate , Will Ferrell
Directors: Adam McKay
Country: USA
Release: 2004-07-09
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  • Eric Campos

    Full force Will Ferrell at his best. And as an added bonus, we all get one of the funniest movies of the year...that is if you don't mind your humor on the rude and crude side.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It strides above its crudeness like a colossus. It's smart people telling dumb jokes with a brilliant sense of irony. Anchorman gives you permission to laugh like an idiot.

    Slate Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    You will laugh. Then you will laugh some more. Then you will laugh still again.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    To discover why movie fans are screaming for more Will Ferrell, and to savor the work of improv wizards like Carell, go see Anchorman.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    In this context Ferrell seems more than just comic relief. He's a reminder that the greatest, deepest laughter doesn't come at the expense of some other guy, but from the glints of self-recognition we get when the screen becomes our mirror.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Generates enough inspired lunacy to sail past the arid stretches and provide a welcome splash of breezy, at times jaw-droppingly bizarre summer fun.

    Variety Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Wonderfully silly all the time.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The voice-over narration by Bill Kurtis is a stroke of genius.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    There's no sense to the scene in which the boys get together for a close-harmony rendition of "Afternoon Delight" -- just pure pleasure.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Most of the time, though, Anchorman works, and a lot of the time it's very funny.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    It takes a while to get used to the film's campy characters and its broad, "Ace Ventura" stylings. But Ferrell is the anti-Jim Carrey -- his deadpan comic mannerisms are infectiously funny, and his cluelessly narcissistic Burgundy is a joy to follow.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    An engagingly knuckleheaded comic vehicle for former Saturday Night Live trouper Will Ferrell.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    That he can make his anchorman chauvinistic, deluded and ridiculous but still manage to give him some humanity is testimony to Ferrell's comic talents.

    USA Today Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    It's hard to say whether Anchorman is the funniest movie of the year - it has enough offbeat and gut-busting moments to make it worth consideration in that category.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    Anchorman is the kind of wonderful, cotton-candy escapism that should leave you with the right kind of stomachache.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Does make you laugh even if you hate yourself for doing so. A creation of former "Saturday Night Live" colleagues, the comedy plays like an extended skit with bits of improvisation and several slightly extended sequences.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Rick Kisonak

    Burgundy and Carell's Brick Tamland, by himself, would be worth the price of admission.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    In McKay, Ferrell has found an unusually simpatico collaborator for the type of humor that's made him a comedy force: outsized, unexpectedly sweet, and unrelenting.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Robert Wilonsky

    At its best it plays like modern-day Marx Brothers in which every single thing that happens makes no sense and serves no purpose and nothing happens for any reason at all. It exists solely to get a laugh, not to make a point.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    What we get is more of the same from Ferrell – funny faces, goofy accents, pratfalls aplenty – and that ain't bad. It just could have been a lot better.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    The movie may lack a lot of things, but it doesn't lack comic timing--or, in its own way, a nose for the news.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    Sloppy, crude, pursuing the most far-flung tangents in hopes of a laugh, Anchorman still gave me more stupid giggles than I'd care to admit.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Stephen Cole

    Will Ferrell is a scream, no doubt about it. And Anchorman contains some of his best work. But, Knights of Columbus! Wouldn't it be great if TV-based comedians weren't afraid of making movies that were funnier than they are?

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Angel Cohn

    The film is wickedly funny and a first-rate showcase for Ferrell.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    If it were any more manic you’d have to put it on Ritalin.

    Empire Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    It has a pleasing, noodly elasticity about it -- the picture knows what its limits are and proceeds to boogie unself-consciously far outside them. Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    More amusing than annoying. It is not as maniacally uninhibited as "Old School" or as dementedly lovable as "Elf," but its cheerful dumbness is hard to resist.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    The movie is funny when it's nasty, as when Ron and Veronica trade insults at the anchor desk. Most of the time, though, it's not nasty enough.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    A lazy, self-satisfied piece of work -- a comedy made by people who think so highly of themselves, they assume they'll get a laugh just by showing up in front of the camera.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Megan Lehmann

    Often so silly, it's surreal.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Feels like an extended skit stretched and stretched, maybe not to the breaking point, but to the sagging point.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    I can't help but feel that a funny movie was waiting to be unearthed amid all this self-congratulation and juvenile prankishness.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Ed Park

    As parody, it's toothless and often smug, but as random Ferrellspeak generator, it has its delights.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Ferrell, of course, has his moments. But he doesn't have an engaging "center" as a comedian.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Ella Taylor

    Anchorman has one amusing character, a dumb weatherman played by Steve Carell, and a nicely observed set piece about what newscasters really say to one another when they're shuffling papers between segments. Otherwise it's a long string of heavy-footed sight and sound gags.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Imagine a movie where every character is more self-centered than Ted Baxter in "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" of old, add a caboodle of idiotic jokes, and you have some idea of this ugly, unfunny farce.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Karen Karbo

    Their collective timing is so off that the dead space around their endless bits is like that more commonly experienced during a job interview gone wrong.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The sweet spirit that made last year's "Elf" such a success has curdled considerably.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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