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Mixed Nuts (1994)



Average Rating: 2.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 7

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A holiday comedy with dark overtones, Mixed Nuts presents a supposedly humorous look at the behind-the-scenes events at a crisis hotline on Christmas Eve. Philip (Steve Martin) runs Lifesavers, a Venice, California organization dedicated to helping the depressed and troubled. Unfortunately, Philip is a bit down himself, having learned that Lifesavers is on the verge of eviction. His staff isn't feeling particularly helpful either, with Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) giving gruff, often insulting



Dec 4, 2001

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

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Director/co-scripter Nora Ephron pitches the humor at a cacophonous level and displays the comedic equivalent of two left feet in evolving an absurdist, slapstick yarn.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Ephron's timing and sensitivity have deserted her, leaving behind only the sentimentality.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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A title song incorporating the names of nut varieties is only one of the film's desperate ploys.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Is there anything more excruciating than failed farce?

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Every character shines with such dazzling intensity and such inexhaustible comic invention that the movie becomes tiresome, like too many clowns.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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A relentlessly hectic, poorly structured farce that falls embarrassingly flat.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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The beginning of Steve Martin's non-funny comedies. Ephron should know better as well.

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Martin's comedic talents show no signs of life in this truly abysmal adaptation of a superior French farce...

June 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

A dreadful, dreary would-be dark comedy.

October 8, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Quirky, enjoyable comedy with an unknown Parker Posey on roller skates and Adam Sandler being charming in a real minor part.

January 30, 2005

Awful -- even worse when you think about the caliber of talent involved

November 10, 2004
Kalamazoo Gazette

Terrible comedy with a few amusing moments. Not dark enough on one end, not silly enough on the other.

August 13, 2003

Odd, oddly likable little comedy.

November 5, 2002 | Comments (2)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

So many nuts, so few laughs

September 17, 2002


August 19, 2002
Reeling Reviews

Steve Martin can be good, and also very, very bad. This is an example of the latter.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

One of the most poorly conceived, inept, and ridiculous motion pictures ever greenlighted in Hollywood.

December 11, 2001 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

How to take a stellar cast and do absolutely nothing with it.

October 10, 2001 Full Review Source:

Most of the film goes awry with far too many misfired, ill-conceived gags.

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

A typical sight gag is people rollerbladding down the street carrying a Christmas tree between them. An irritated boyfriend then runs into them and knocks the tree over. Boy, that one sure put me in stitches.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Mixed Nuts

Adorable, with Martin, Kahn, and Wilson giving great performances, and a strange cameo from Adam Sandler.
August 2, 2010

Super Reviewer

Although the movie itself was a little weird, I really enjoyed the whole cast. Enjoyable!
December 8, 2010

Super Reviewer

There were a few funny parts, but it was just too much. Good cast, but it was a pretty lame movie overall.
December 1, 2010

Super Reviewer

    1. Gracie Barzini: It's burlap... which is really itchy unless you're dead.
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