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Popeye Reviews

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Sean Burns
The ARTery
July 31, 2015
Reputation be damned, Popeye is a wonderful movie, beguiling and deeply strange. It's also a stealth remake: McCabe for kids.
M. Faust
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
An eccentric take on Popeye and friends.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
February 21, 2010
A lot of it is klutzier than you may remember it being, and it leads to a wretched climax involving the fakest-looking octopus since Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
July 10, 2007
I reeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy hated this movie...
| Original Score: 0/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
April 16, 2007
The plotting of this 1980 feature -- outsider in a hostile environment -- is personal to Altman, though few of the feelings survive the clutter.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
April 16, 2007
A good idea gone down the drain under Altman's spotty direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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April 16, 2007
It is more than faint praise to say that Popeye is far, far better than it might have been, considering the treacherous challenge it presented. But avoiding disaster is not necessarily the same as success.
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
June 24, 2006
You wonder how on earth Altman did it; equally often, you feel you are watching a wacky masterpiece, the like of which you've never seen before.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
Most people hate this rambling, Robert Altman-directed comic strip movie, but I loved it as a kid and I still love it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clint Morris
May 12, 2005
The film's not much chop, but Williams is right at home as the spinach-swallowing sailor
| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 27, 2004
Curious paring of Williams and Altman in a live action adaptation of the famous cartoon. Altman's odd sound techniques are not well suited for the material.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
He takes one of the most artificial and limiting of art forms -- the comic strip -- and raises it to the level of high comedy and high spirits.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
A thoroughly charming, immensely appealing mess of a movie, often high-spirited and witty, occasionally pretentious and flat, sometimes robustly funny and frequently unintelligible.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
June 5, 2004
The fantastically cartoonish look isn't enough to compensate for the plodding story and overall disinterest I had in the characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
Scott Weinberg
May 16, 2004
Kooky and odd and brilliant in the most warped way imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 5, 2004
A wacky treat.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
August 21, 2003
Splendid live-action cartoon from Altman. In need of reassessing.
| Original Score: 5/5
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
August 11, 2003
This one really takes an unfair beating, but at the risk of losing your respect entirely, I'll just say it: It's my favorite Altman film!
| Original Score: 4/5
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central
June 30, 2003
Popeye is a sustained eureka.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 23, 2003
Altman's job was to convey the spirit of the old cartoons, not dish up some ultraslick Hollywood sitcom fodder. He gets the job done right.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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