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McHale's Navy (1997)



Average Rating: 1.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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Movie Info

The most disorganized crew in the Navy returns in this updated adaptation of the once-popular TV sitcom. Lt. Cmdr. Quinton McHale (Tom Arnold) has retired from the U.S. Navy and is living on the old PT boat he used to command. He spends his days making the rounds of the Caribbean Island of San Moreno, where he was stationed at the end of his career and now peddles pin-up calendars and booze to sailors. However, McHale's idyllic surroundings are soon spoiled when Vladikov (Tim Curry), tired of


Action & Adventure, Comedy

Peter Crabbe

Jun 3, 2003

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (30) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (28)

A ham-fisted, fitfully amusing lark that quickly runs aground.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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By the end, this soporific comedy makes 105 minutes feel more like a two-year hitch.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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A useless movie. Not funny, suspenseful, moving or even offensive enough to want to torpedo. Just devoid of any conceivable value.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Leaky PT-boat of a comedy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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I didn't laugh once, not even giggle.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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Suitable only for movie-goers who have undergone frontal lobotomies.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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All apologies to the handful of Americans who've waited decades for this big-screen update of the '60s sitcom--the result is both awful and awfully irrelevant.

September 5, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

This shotgun marriage of coarse laughs and low-rent action cliches is, of course, utterly predictable: Cutting-edge comedy isn't lurking under the corpses of old TV shows.

May 15, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The most idiotic, unfunny script imaginable.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

Tom Arnold is no Ernest Borgnine. A profound statement.

November 1, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Dear God, why?

September 23, 2003
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

[Trots] out the same tired cliches -- unorthodox heroes, inept commanding officers, officious little weasels getting trampled by the zany crew -- which haven't been funny since...well, ever.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source:

How to turn a so-so series into a witless movie. Earns a half-star for Bruce Campbell.

July 25, 2002

This McHale's Navy would never have floated as programming ballast on a bad night of network TV.

June 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The problem is that when the jokes are as flat as two-day old Coke, your mind has time to think about all the plot incongruities too.

April 17, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Scouts
Film Scouts

An absolutely terrible movie, a comedy devoid of laughs.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

Sink it! Blub, blub, blub!

January 1, 2000
Jam! Movies

Yet another recycled sitcom turned feature film, and is about as appealing as a failed television pilot.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Cinematter

I'm not even going to get into the dialogue, the plot, the other performances, because as the sage advice goes, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source:

The process of conceiving, producing, and distributing this comedic Superfund site required active, premeditated thought and effort that, in a just world, would be punishable by hard jail time.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

A lot like its star, Tom Arnold -- big and bombastic, with no substance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for McHale's Navy

McHale's Navy is a sloppily made comedy film that just isn't funny. Everything about the film just fails. This is an awful comedy that fails to make you laugh. The cast here are awful and there's no time in this comedy where it's actually funny or fun. This is simply put a poorly acted comedy with an unfocused script and poor directing. The jokes fall flat, and the cast are simply not enjoyable. What this film really lacks is a good script, and is stands, it's not a well written script and it felt with too many flaws to make this film work. This is comedy in its most stupid form, and there's absolutely no humor to this film. This film is bland, and fails to make you laugh. In turn, it's an awful film with no redeeming aspects. This film ends being quite boring and uninteresting. This is a film not worth watch, and it's simply a poorly constructed film with no good comedy bits. I enjoy Tom Arnold, but he definitely missed the mark with this film. This is an awful comedy that could have been much better than what it turned out to be. This film just fails at being an effective comedy that can make you laugh. If you're looking for a funny comedy, watch something else because this film is just bland. McHale's Navy doesn't succeed at being a good comedy; in fact it's an awful film that isn't worth your time. Poorly constructed with no effective laughs, this is a laugh free comedy that has a poorly written script that just doesn't work. In fact you wonder how this film could have been made in the first place, it's horrible, and definitely not worth your time.
July 5, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

Lame comedy
February 4, 2007

Super Reviewer

A campy, dumb mess, McHale's Navy is yet another failed attempt to bring a '60s television show to the big screen. When the world's second greatest terrorist sets up a base on a remote Caribbean island the US Navy recalls retired Lieutenant Commander Quinton McHale and has him put together a special ops team to investigate. The cast is packed with great comedic talent, including Tom Arnold, Dean Stockwell, Debra Messing, Tim Curry, and Bruce Campbell, but the performances are universally awful. The writing is also quite terrible; as all the jokes fall flat and the plot is incredible convoluted. McHale's Navy is an out-of-control goofball comedy that doesn't know when to let up.
July 7, 2014
Dann Michalski

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I saw this in the theater simply because Bruce was in it. They must have saw me coming.
December 16, 2008

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