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To Be or Not to Be (1983)

To Be or Not to Be

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Reviews Counted: 16
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 6

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

60%
Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,990

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Movie Info

Mel Brooks and his real-life wife Anne Bancroft play Frederick and Anna Bronski, musical comedy stars in 1939 Poland. The highlight of the Bronskis' act is Frederick's imitation of Adolf Hitler, but he is forced to eliminate this turn for fear of offending the Nazis. Meanwhile, Anna enters into a harmless flirtation with Polish bomber pilot Andre Sobinski (Tim Matheson). The pilot's nightly signal to visit Anna in her dressing room is "To Be or Not to Be," spoken by Bronski during the … More

Rating:
PG
Genre:
Drama , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Thomas Meehan , RONNY GRAHAM , Melchior Lengyel , Ernst Lubitsch , Edwin Justus Mayer
In Theaters:
On DVD:
Jan 25, 2005
Runtime:


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Critic Reviews for To Be or Not to Be

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (6) | DVD (6)

Bancroft's sustained delights are not matched by Brooks, who seems to be trying too hard.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

Johnson may not quite have Lubitsch's lightness of touch, but he puts an excellent cast through their paces with great verve, and the charm is as potent as ever.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Brooks combines a backstage musical with a wartime romance and comes up with an eclectic comedy that races off into several directions, usually successfully.

Full Review… | October 23, 2004
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ssmashingly funny.

Full Review… | August 30, 2004
New York Times
Top Critic

I can't remember another film that took so little care with the details of ambience: the cruddy sets and flat, underworked sound track drain any sense of life from the project.

Full Review… | February 1, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

The plot is much the same as in the Ernst Lubitsch original, with everything played for laughs and Brooks at his funniest in impersonations of Nazis. What's missing is the relevance of the 1942 film, released while Germany occupied Poland.

Full Review… | May 23, 2011
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A very well-executed farce, and Brooks' most underrated movie.

Full Review… | October 9, 2005
FulvueDrive-in.com

Superfluous remake of the Lubitsch classic is OK on its own merits, but no more.

May 26, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Kind of a dud.

Full Review… | May 20, 2004
Filmcritic.com

This movie has its moments; but it is not as funny as the Jack Benny original; Brooks for all his wit, is no Ernst Lubitsch.

May 1, 2004
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Brooks and his comedic cohorts bring their brand of high-strung mockery to Alan Johnson's flavorable farce...relentlessly riotous!

May 30, 2003
TheWorldJournal.com

Audience Reviews for To Be or Not to Be

Very funny remake of a zany original. One of my favorite Mel Brooks films.

cchclaw
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

Excellent and long forgotten spoof from funny man Brooks, his version of a classic satire. Some excellent casting with his regular bunch of misfits and character actors...Chris Lloyd, Charles Durning, George Wyner, George Gaynes etc..Its quite a touching little plot too, but ultimately very funny and quite witty, especially loving Lloyd and Durning as nazi soldiers :)

phubbs1
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

The Nazis march into Poland and that spells big trouble for the greatest musical comedy star there (and his wife) --- the premise itself is a joke in this mostly-for-the-fun-of-it remake. Its not the original, true, but its fun watching the cast have fun funning the idea of a master race, all who are portrayed as anything but that. Sometimes the kraut accents sound as bad as your friends doing it and the sets look only a little better than that.

ApeneckFletcher
Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

½

Lighthearted remake of the classic Benny/Lombard film. Mel Brooks and Anne Bancroft seem to be having lots of fun while handling the serious moments well. The supporting cast couldn't be better. A winner.

jjnxn
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

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