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The Court Jester Reviews

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Tom Hutchinson
Radio Times

It's as much horseplay as swordplay and, altogether, a witty delight.

Full Review Source: Radio Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 24, 2014
Sam Adams
The Dissolve

Rightly regarded as one of the peaks of Kaye's career.

Full Review Source: The Dissolve | Original Score: 4/5

December 16, 2013
Variety Staff
Variety
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Costumed swashbucklers undergo a happy spoofing in The Court Jester with Danny Kaye heading the fun-poking.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 28, 2011

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A flawlessly executed, beautifully designed genre parody.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

January 28, 2011

TIME Magazine
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In The Court Jester, Funnyman Kaye takes all the laughs he needs, but he takes them when they do not stop the show.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

January 28, 2011
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine

A cracking jest, wonderfully enjoyable.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 4/5

January 28, 2011
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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Some accomplished slapstick, but nothing special.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

January 28, 2011
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Terrific family fun.

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

December 28, 2010
Cole Abaius
Film School Rejects

With most comedies that were still reveling in the world of Vaudeville despite three decades of separation, The Court Jester throws the kitchen sink at the audience.

Full Review Source: Film School Rejects

February 11, 2009
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

The cleverly written plot is suitable for Kaye's talent.

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

March 23, 2008
Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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Whether it's really watchable depends on what you feel about the charmless Kaye, whose vehicle this is from start to finish.

Full Review Source: Time Out

June 24, 2006
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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It's good fun.

Full Review Source: New York Times

March 25, 2006
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

If Danny Kaye doesn't find you wishing you had a gun on you, this is one of his better efforts.

| Original Score: 3/5

May 31, 2004
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

See Errol Flynn in Robin Hood — and then see Kaye in Court Jester. The former is the ultimate swashbuckler; the latter the ultimate swashbuckler spoof.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: A+

March 2, 2004

Film4

Comedy co-producers directors writers Frank and Panama gave Kaye his funniest role since The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

The film has a few classic moments.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

January 1, 2000
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan

| Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2008
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 3/5

June 11, 2005
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

April 3, 2004
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)

| Original Score: 4/5

January 14, 2004
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