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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)

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One of the stars of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film's composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget and bloodless children's fantasy musical, based on the children's book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with his two children -- Jemima Heather Ripley and Jeremy Adrian Hall -- and eccentric father Lionel Jeffries. Potts has to raise 30 shillings

Nov 10, 1998

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Ken Adam's sets are inventive, but the special effects are shoddy, the songs instantly forgettable, and the leisurely length an exquisite torture.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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A fast, dense, friendly children's musical, with something of the joys of singing together on a team bus on the way to a game.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang contains about the best two-hour children's movie you could hope for, with a marvelous magical auto and lots of adventure and a nutty old grandpa and a mean Baron and some funny dances and a couple of [scary] moments.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A too cutesy musical.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Starring Dick Van Dyke, this pleasant family fable with music was nominated for the Best Song Oscar

August 27, 2012 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
EmanuelLevy.Com

A fantastical car story custom made for kids.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Ask yourself, would you rather show your kids Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Marmaduke? I don't want to live in a world where the answer is the latter. [Blu-ray]

November 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
Groucho Reviews

ultimately all in good fun, although it's hard to shake entirely the sense that something is slightly askew, which is probably the point

November 7, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
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I'm old enough to have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang during its original theatrical run, and I've just about recovered.

August 30, 2008 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was made in Britain for American consumption, but its magic works on kids and adults of any nationality.

May 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Has become modern classic, but falls so short of great.

February 23, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Time has not enhanced its doubtful charms.

May 23, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Tedium incarnate.

March 18, 2004
F5 (Wichita, KS)

Given that the film runs almost two-and-a-half hours, it's fairly clear that a substantial amount of trimming would have been appropriate.

December 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's some fresh circle of hell to revisit childhood favourites only to inevitably discover that, as a child, one is almost indubitably an idiot.

December 3, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

...if children can stay awake long enough, they will undoubtedly find much of it entertaining.

November 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

The film is too long at well over two hours, but the effects are impressive for the time and the musical numbers zippy.

November 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Something of an oddity doubtless. But memorable for its visuals and its creepy, evil baddie.

August 19, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

A High-flying, quality family production

September 18, 2002
Moviehole

Audience Reviews for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

FROM THE VAULTS OF CLASSIC CHILDREN'S MOVIES:
Comes the 1968 comedy-adventure musical "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Dick Van Dyke(who was Oscar nominated for Best Actor for Walt Disney's Mary Poppins)re-unites with musical composers Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman for this huge big budget spectacle that was produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli(of the James Bond 007 movies),and based on a series of children's books by Ian Fleming(who was also the author of the James Bond novels),while literary giant Roald Dahl wrote the screenplay. Need more convincing? The film combines annoyingly catchy tunes(including its theme song,along with classic standards like "Truly Scrumptious","Too Sweets", and "Hushabye Mountain")tweety sweets,and a magical mysterious car that guides Professor Potts(Dick Van Dyke),his children and lady companion(Sally Ann Howes)on exciting fairy tale adventures set in Victorian England. Check out the star-studded cast ranging from Gert Forbe, Lionel Jeffries, Anna Quayle, Robert Helpmann(THE CHILD CATCHER!),and the hilarious British comedian Benny Hill. Not to mention this was a star studded spectacle presented in full Super Panavision 70MM and Technicolor with a running time of over 153 minutes.
November 22, 2011
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Despite the fact it is excruciatingly long and the songs were so bad that it drags the film down. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang is a mostly entertaining family film. I'd call it a minor classic in the fantasy genre.Also, I found that the children stars were more annoying than charming and that the magical feeling promised didn't come of as the film makers probably planned. But its colourful and its mostly fun. For mainstream audiences i'd say its entertaining but easily forgettable but for all you oldie fans you'll adore this.
November 5, 2011
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Good
August 12, 2011
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