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The Master of Disguise (2002)



Average Rating: 2.2/10
Reviews Counted: 102
Fresh: 1 | Rotten: 101

An ill-concieved attempt to utilize Dana Carvey's talent for mimicry, The Master of Disguise is an irritating, witless farce weighted down by sophomoric gags.


Average Rating: 2.3/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 31

An ill-concieved attempt to utilize Dana Carvey's talent for mimicry, The Master of Disguise is an irritating, witless farce weighted down by sophomoric gags.



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Dana Carvey ventures into the world of PG-rated, family-oriented entertainment as star and co-writer of this light adventure comedy, which requires the actor to assume more than three dozen different identities. Carvey's primary role in Master of Disguise, however, is that of Pistachio Disguisey, an ordinary waiter with a hidden, mostly untapped talent for transforming himself into any persona he wishes. When his kindly parents, Mama (Edie McClurg) and Frabbrizio (James Brolin), are kidnapped by


Comedy, Kids & Family

Dana Carvey, Harris Goldberg

Jan 28, 2003


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All Critics (102) | Top Critics (31) | Fresh (1) | Rotten (101) | DVD (12)

Such a sad irony that Dana Carvey, who's made his name bringing celebrities to life with uncanny impersonations, should make such a lifeless movie based on characters of his own creation.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press
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George W. Bush in the flesh would have been much funnier than this movie's impersonation.

January 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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There follows a fusillade of farts, dud sight gags and inconsequential butt jokes.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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The Master of Disguise represents Adam Sandler's latest attempt to dumb down the universe.

September 26, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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In just over a minute you can see everything that's wrong with this one-joke farce.

August 20, 2002
Rolling Stone
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An awful, stillborn comedy assembled out of rusty spare parts from secret agent movies and run-of-the-mill Saturday Night Live skits.

August 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comment (1)
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If Carvey's looking for a comeback, then playing a cloying dimwit with an annoying accent isn't the place to start.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

The humor here is relentlessly juvenile, and not even the kids in the audience seemed to like it much.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

It is not as funny as it could be, and none of it makes sense, especially Pistachio's ability to mimic any dialect but standard US English. But his versatility is astonishing.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

A film about as funny as a seeping wound.

May 29, 2013 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A messy disappointment for Dana Carvey fans.

December 26, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This is a bad flick that will appeal mostly to kids ranging from ages 5-11, but adults will leave halfway through. I found it almost tolerable.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (2)
Cinema Crazed

This misfiring disaster shows just how over-estimated Carvey's writing and acting talent has been.

April 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

... Mike Myers has already milked this type of gag-dense character comedy bone dry.

March 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

Master of Disguise may be a real hoot, if you're under 10 years old, or drunk, or both. Not a bad time-waster on a rainy Sunday, but a time-waster nonetheless.

July 25, 2004

It is virtually impossible to watch The Master of Disguise and not feel embarrassed for stars Dana Carvey, Jennifer Esposito, and Brent Spiner.

January 15, 2004
Radio Free Entertainment

In the end, Dana Carvey is left wishing he could disguise himself as Mike Myers, or himself circa 1986. At least then, he would be funny again.

June 26, 2003 Full Review

The worst film ever made: a film about idiots, made by idiots, for idiots.

June 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (3)
Empire Magazine

The fart jokes get the biggest laughs.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

...Occasional moments of Carvey genius (many of which are seen in the trailer) sprinkled sparsely throughout a senseless, leaden production...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

It is cut with all the precision and timing of an irritating kids' TV show, with kids themselves in charge of the production, and their pets operating the equipment.

January 26, 2003

In the dire The Master of Disguise, Carvey is seen to maximum disadvantage as a dim-witted Italian-American waiter whose family have an inherited gift for turning themselves into anyone from Bo Derek to George Bush.

January 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This is a serious contender for the title of The Worst Film Ever Made.

January 18, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

Audience Reviews for The Master of Disguise

The Master of Disguise is really the master. He use the disguise of a funny movie, but is just a sad way to lose time. Rotten.
March 20, 2012
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

Yeah. No. Full review later.
October 3, 2011
Thomas Bowler

Super Reviewer

It had his moments, but overall fails as a comedy.

Grade: C-
February 13, 2011

Super Reviewer

I did like this movie, it is a stupid movie with no real point to the storyline but i have to say it does make you laugh the different characters he gets disguised as is funny and i have to say the best character is turtle man he is soo hilarious we were reciting it weeks after the movie so it is a film to watch but only if you just want a silly movie to easily follow and cheer you up!
May 2, 2009
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    1. Devlin Bowman: Ha ha ha. [farts]
    – Submitted by Zach W (16 months ago)
    1. Pistachio Disguisey: [as Tony Montana] Say hello to my little friend. [shows shrunken head]
    – Submitted by Redwan A (21 months ago)
    1. Pistachio Disguisey: [while slapping Trent] Who's your daddy, who's your daddy, who's your daddy?
    – Submitted by Jakub L (24 months ago)
    1. Pistachio Disguisey: This is what your doing. This is what I want you to do. Get it, got it, doubt it.
    – Submitted by Carolyn F (2 years ago)
    1. Pistachio Disguisey: Am I not turtley enough for your turtle club?
    – Submitted by Stephen D (2 years ago)
    1. Grandfather: Ahh you're too young for the job. Go home and ask your mommy to change you're diaper.
    2. Barney: I don't wear a diaper.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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