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Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

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Average Rating: 7.4/10
Reviews Counted: 48
Fresh: 43 | Rotten: 5

Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

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Average Rating: 7.8/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 0

Remixing Roger Corman's B-movie by way of the Off-Broadway musical, Little Shop of Horrors offers camp, horror and catchy tunes in equal measure -- plus some inspired cameos by the likes of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.

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It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself --

May 23, 2000

Warner Bros. Pictures

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The best moments in this 1987 release belong to Dr. Steve Martin as a dentist with a professional yen for pain.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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You can try not liking this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit -- it has no polish and a pushy way with a gag -- but the movie sneaks up on you, about as subtly as Audrey II.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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A fractured, funny production transported rather reluctantly from the stage to the screen.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This wild and witty musical is great fun.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A full-blown movie musical, and quite a winning one.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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I have seen a lot of musicals (probably more than most people under the age of 50), and few are as lively and fun as Little Shop of Horrors.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Some of the slower tunes tend to grind but the sort of musical/ retro irony is still amusing in places. Not if you don't like dentists though.

May 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Comic book creepiness, jazzy tunes, and fab cast.

December 19, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

As a whole, the story is uninteresting, most of the characters contrived, and the vast majority of the 94 minutes is almost instantly forgettable, especially the man-eating plant from outer space.

August 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Comments (8)
Filmcritic.com

One and a half hours of freaky, scary nonsense set to a killer doo-wop soundtrack.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

For all its expensive excess, fails to recapture the spirit of the original.

August 25, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Oz was no doubt hired to handle the plant monster puppet, but his brisk, lightweight direction spreads satisfyingly across the entire movie.

July 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

a classic black comedy musical

March 8, 2008

It's the professionalism that I admire.

January 31, 2005
MovieCrypt.com

I'm in love with Ellen Greene!

January 8, 2005
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

The offbeat nature of the story, the wayward characters and the forgettable musical numbers make the film unappealing in every way.

August 25, 2004 Full Review | Comments (4)
Spirituality and Practice

Both exuberant and mean-spirited, it's just a great musical comedy.

July 22, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Not as good as the Roger Corman original, but you have to love the songs.

December 11, 2003 | Comment (1)
New Times

[H]ilariously pathetic for the extremely minor aspirations of its down-on-their-luck characters...

October 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Flick Filosopher
Flick Filosopher

Entertaining, but it's a conceit that works better onstage.

August 24, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A lively and frequently hilarious adaptation of the the Menken-Ashman stage musical.

March 28, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Little Shop of Horrors

I like this movie, its just very entertaining, the music numbers are superb and i love the plant 'Feed Me' its just great a silly fun, amusing movie thats entertaining and worth the watch!
June 19, 2012
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Audrey II: Does this look "inanimate" to you, punk? If I can move and I can talk, who's to say I can't do anything I want? 

"A Singing Plant. A Daring Hero. A Sweet Girl. A Demented Dentist."

Little Shop of Horrors isn't a horrible musical by any means. It is just an extremely annoying one. I found all the songs to be annoying that weren't sung by the trio of girls who followed the events of the story around. Ellen Greene's voice irritated the shit out of me. She talks in a raspy, soft spoken way that just makes you want to kill yourself. Then when she sings, good Lord when she sings. Rick Moranis's singing tunes are just as bad. He plays his usual character and that character just doesn't translate well to singing.

A flower shop in the ghetto isn't doing very well. No one comes in and the owner is looking at shutting the place down. This is when Seymour shows his new plant and puts it in the window to attract new customers. It works and the business begins to thrive and Seymour becomes an overnight success. Soon he figures out that in order for the plant to grow and not die, it needs human blood. For a while, he is able to feed it with drips from his fingers, but eventually the plant grows to big for that to do any good. 

My favorite thing about this movie are the cameos. There are great cameos from Steve Martin as a sadistic dentist and also from Bill Murray as a pain loving patient of that dentist. Also the songs from the three women who follow the events around are awesome. I wish I could have sold after the initial credits because that was awesome.

The movie is just too dull and actually quite boring. Songs can only go so far, there has to be characters and a plot that can support those songs and in Little Shop of Horrors, the characters cannot. I guess it is still worth one watch for Steve Martin' scenes alone. 
December 4, 2011
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Melvin White

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The best parts of this imaginative remake of the strange little Roger Corman film are the hilarious performances of Steve Martin and Bill Murray.
November 20, 2011
Graham Jones

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS was a very, very quirky musical, but it was contrarily very, very funny. I love Rick Moranis's humor (see my review of SPACEBALLS, if you need further explanation), and this is truly a classic. I love the fact that the plant (Audrey II) can talk--and it can talk dirty, which was a huge, hysterical surprise for me. The music in this movie wasn't all that great (or at least I thought so), and it was, in fact, more corny than anything, but as a comedy, I rarely stopped laughing. Had I been eating popcorn while watching this, I would have choked to death.
September 23, 2011
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    1. Audrey II: Oh, shit!
    – Submitted by Matthew D (14 months ago)
    1. Seymour Krelborn: Here, maybe I can squeeze a little bit more out of this finger.
    2. Audrey II: More! More! More! More!
    3. Seymour Krelborn: There isn't any more! What do you want me to do, slit my wrists?
    – Submitted by Andrew D (20 months ago)
    1. Mr. Mushnik: Listen Seymour. Just because you put a strange and interesting plant in the window doesn't mean that it'll bring customers!
    2. 1st Customer: [opens door] Excuse me, but I couldn't help but notice that strange and interesting plant in the window!
    – Submitted by Andrew D (20 months ago)
    1. Audrey: I don't believe this.
    2. Audrey II: Believe it, baby, it talks.
    3. Audrey: Am I dreaming this?
    4. Audrey II: No, and you ain't in Kansas, neather.
    – Submitted by S.R. H (2 years ago)
    1. Orin Scrivello D.D.S.: What did I ever do to you?
    2. Seymour Krelborn: Nothing. It's what you did to her.
    3. Orin Scrivello D.D.S.: Her who?
    4. Seymour Krelborn: ...
    5. Orin Scrivello D.D.S.: Oh, her.
    – Submitted by S.R. H (2 years ago)
    1. Seymour Krelborn: Look, you're a plant, an inanimate object.
    2. Audrey II: *pulls Seymour closer* Does this look inanimate to you, punk? If I can talk, and I can move, whose to say I can't anyhing I want?
    – Submitted by S.R. H (2 years ago)
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