The Producers Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 30, 2013
...suffers from a pervasive lack of laughs that's compounded by writer/director Mel Brooks' relentlessly (and exhaustingly) over-the-top sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Phil Villarreal
COED.com
July 2, 2013
But despite the too-wacky-for-their-own-good jokes and slow pacing, there's no denying the genius of Gene Wilder and Zero Mostel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Hollis Griffin
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Slapstick comedy-musical -- not meant for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Rob Nelson
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
August 21, 2009
Like The Producers itself, Springtime for Hitler, with its Busby Berkeley-meets-Leni Riefenstahl choreography and creatively crude lyrics, ends up proving that bad taste can be irresistible.

Film4
August 12, 2008
Quite possibly Brooks's finest hour.
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TIME Magazine
August 12, 2008
The Producers has many things going for it -- notably a wild, ad-lib energy that explodes in a series of sight gags and punch lines.
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 12, 2008
Mel Brooks has turned a funny idea into a slapstick film, thanks to the performers, particularly Zero Mostel.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 12, 2008
The original, and by far the best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
August 12, 2008
Everything that can go wrong in an amateur film does go wrong, from the timing to the structure to the pitch of the performances.
Amber Wilkinson
Eye for Film
December 7, 2007
An anarchic reminder that laughter can be mightier than the sword.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Brooks' first feature, an absolutely hilarious and tasteless New York Jewish comedy about Broadway.
Mark Bourne
DVDJournal.com
April 6, 2006
You don't need to be a WWII vet to feel the glee as the movie invites us to dance on Hitler's grave.
January 16, 2006
If you love and understand live theatre, or the old-school movie musicals of the 1940s, you will enjoy this much more than people who cannot transfer their minds to that world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
January 8, 2006
Wilder's like a baby monkey--you get the feeling he'd cling to your leg if you let him.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 15, 2005
Scathingly hysterical.
Scott Weinberg
DVDTalk.com
December 5, 2005
If Mel Brooks is remembered for only three films, then he can rest easy knowing that they're three of the funniest ones ever made. And The Producers was the first.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
October 22, 2005
Nobody does it like Brooks! The best interpretation of the tale to date.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
September 7, 2005
A great introduction to Mel Brooks' humor.
| Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Collins
Empire Magazine
October 6, 2004
It's the ultimate punchline, the killer gag, that a proto-novel that turned into a proto-play that ended up as a movie about the worst musical in history, is now the most popular musical in town.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
August 25, 2004
I suppose you could call it a time capsule. Then again, Brooks' Broadway blockbuster may prove that blustery bad taste is timeless ... Ferrell is so ferociously over the top, I hope the other cast members all got rabies shots.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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