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Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

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Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 33
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 9

It's undeniably shallow, but its cheerful lack of pretense -- as well as its grand scale and star-stuffed cast -- help make Around the World in 80 Days charmingly light-hearted entertainment.

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Average Rating: 5.5/10
Critic Reviews: 6
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 2

It's undeniably shallow, but its cheerful lack of pretense -- as well as its grand scale and star-stuffed cast -- help make Around the World in 80 Days charmingly light-hearted entertainment.

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Razzle-dazzle showman Michael Todd hocked everything he had to make this spectacular presentation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel Around the World in 80 Days, the second film to be lensed in the wide-screen Todd-AO production. Nearly as fascinating as the finished product are the many in-production anecdotes concerning Todd's efforts to pull the wool over the eyes of local authorities in order to cadge the film's round-the-world location shots--not to mention the wheeling and dealing to convince

May 18, 2004

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All Critics (33) | Top Critics (6) | Fresh (24) | Rotten (9) | DVD (10)

The wonder is that this Polyphemus of productions does not simply collapse of its own overweight; but, thanks principally to Showman Todd, the picture skips along with an amazing lightness.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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With a smash lineup of stars in major and minor parts, Todd has turned out a surefire hit.

January 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Proof that you can buy an Academy Award.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader | Comments (2)
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Is the whole thing too exhausting? It's a question of how much you can take. We not only took it but found it most amusing.

March 25, 2006 Full Review Source: New York Times
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An interminable travelogue interspersed with sketches in which star-spotting affords some relief.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The movie has not aged well. To its credit, it is benign and charming, with an intoxicating musical score, compelling cinematography and a continually advancing locale.

July 3, 2004
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It is by far too long and has lost a significant amount of its wonder, but spending a rainy Sunday afternoon with Verne's adventure seeking story is a surprisingly easy, diverting experience.

March 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
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An epic very much of its time, this vastly entertaining star-studded travelogue was put together (with some difficulty) by the great showman Michael Todd.

January 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

Michael Anderson's direction couldn't be more unimaginative and flat. A movie like this should be swimming in creative whimsy, and a sense of wonder. There's nothing of that sort here.

July 9, 2013 Full Review Source: Film Geek Central
Film Geek Central

Thanks to its grand scale and great central performances by Niven and Cantinflas, the original fantastic voyage still holds up very respectably.

February 18, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Just goes to show you what dreck can win the Oscar if you got the money and know how to promote your product.

June 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Everything about this big, beautiful movie smacks of authenticity, excitement, and massive showmanship.

December 12, 2006 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

An amusing trip around the world in a style befitting Jules Verne, Around the World in 80 Days lives up to its hype as a massive, glossy epic.

November 8, 2006
Cinema Sight

This is the worst film to win the Best Picture Oscar.

September 10, 2006 Full Review Source: Goatdog's Movies
Goatdog's Movies

The most magnificent travelogue disguised as adventure spectacle ever made. Or is it the other way around?

May 25, 2006
Video-Reviewmaster.com

This globe-trotting adventure was not the first to use Todd-AO, but it put the new technology to better effect, taking audiences to exotic places, where they could spot Hollywood stars like Sinatra, MacLaine, and Dietrich, in cameo roles.

April 23, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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Lighthearted, pretty, and entertaining

May 31, 2005

lavishly entertaining epic

April 18, 2005
Shadows on the Wall

Big, loud, flashy fun. But "Best Picture"? I don't think so.

April 17, 2005
eFilmCritic.com

The movie has not aged well. Many of the performances are arch, playing the comedy broadly, which is blandly predictable as the film grinds on and on.

February 15, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie City News
Movie City News

80 Days is pure fluff, but it's so delightful in its fluffiness that the lack of any real depth doesn't matter.

February 9, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Around the World in 80 Days

How this won Best Picture (beating out Giant, Friendly Persuasion, The Ten Commandments, and The King and I, and The Searchers (which wasn't even nominated) is beyond me. This is a big, epic adaptation of the classic Jules Verne story of an archetypical Englishman who makes a bet he can travel across the entire world in only 80 days. As an event, sure, yeah, this was probably quite a fun spectacle to see back in 1956. Today though, this is just an overlong, kinda boring cameo fest with rather blah acting, and little sense of real adventure and excitement.

I guess for people who at the time weren't used to seeing exotic places were wowed by what this film offers, but today it's just an unspectacular and dated travelogue. Don't get me wrong, there are some things I liked. The music is decent, if a little repetitive, the end title credit sequence by Saul Bass is really cool, some of the cameos are fun (SInatra, Carradine, Keaton, Dietrich), and Cantinflas is admittedly an absolute scene stealing joyt to watch, but Niven didn't stand out for me as a wonderful lead, and Shirely MacLaine ,though I like her and understood that she did this film near the beginning of her career, really feels out of place.

The cinematography is quite excellent though, and the locations do look nice (though idealized), but overall, this is just another one of those Best Picture winners that really didn't deserve it.
February 20, 2012
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Chris Weber

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This movie is incredibly long, and has many boring scenes with old guys sitting around talking, which got on my nerves. On the other hand the cast is good, and the story is a classic. Overall it's interesting, but it could be better.
November 14, 2010
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

Best picture?! Really? Hodgepdoge travelogue with ridiculous situations and indifferent acting. How this won over "Giant" or any of the other nominated films and prevented the immeasurably superior "The Searchers" from even a nomination is a mystery.
February 2, 2010
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jay nixon

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Quite terrific entertaining of Jules Verne's classic tale that has remains a treat for those who bask in the glow of gorgeous cinematography, lavish production values, and a whimsical script that retains the novel's essential elements. This film also features cameos by more than 40 cinema legends. Cantinflas made a wonderful performance as Phileas Fogg's servant, Passepartout, he's quite so funny like Charlie Chaplin.
July 13, 2008
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Dean McKenna

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