Popeye

Popeye

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Popeye Reviews

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

An eccentric take on Popeye and friends.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2011
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com

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 Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 2/5

February 21, 2010

I reeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy hated this movie...

| Original Score: 0/4

July 10, 2007
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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The plotting of this 1980 feature -- outsider in a hostile environment -- is personal to Altman, though few of the feelings survive the clutter.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

April 16, 2007

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A good idea gone down the drain under Altman's spotty direction.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 2/4

April 16, 2007

Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

April 16, 2007
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

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 Source: Combustible Celluloid | Original Score: 3/4

May 26, 2006
Clint Morris
Moviehole

The film's not much chop, but Williams is right at home as the spinach-swallowing sailor

| Original Score: 3/5

May 12, 2005
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders

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

December 27, 2004
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

October 23, 2004
Vincent Canby
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 30, 2004
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide

The fantastically cartoonish look isn't enough to compensate for the plodding story and overall disinterest I had in the characters.

Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Original Score: 58/100

June 5, 2004
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

Kooky and odd and brilliant in the most warped way imaginable.

Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Original Score: 5/5

May 16, 2004
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A wacky treat.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B+

February 5, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Splendid live-action cartoon from Altman. In need of reassessing.

| Original Score: 5/5

August 21, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

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

August 11, 2003
Bill Chambers
Film Freak Central

Popeye is a sustained eureka.

Full Review Source: Film Freak Central | Original Score: 3.5/4

June 30, 2003
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

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 Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 8/10

June 23, 2003
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine

If you strip away the film's loyalty to its source material, it's not difficult to see that, in many ways, Popeye is Altman's comic spin on McCabe & Mrs. Miller.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine

June 19, 2003
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