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Mr. Deeds (2002)



Average Rating: 4/10
Reviews Counted: 155
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 121

This update of Capra doesn't hold a candle to the original, and even on its own merits, Mr. Deeds is still indifferently acted and stale.


Average Rating: 3.7/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 27

This update of Capra doesn't hold a candle to the original, and even on its own merits, Mr. Deeds is still indifferently acted and stale.



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One of Frank Capra's best-loved stories gets a modernized and wildly slapstick reinterpretation in this romantic comedy starring Adam Sandler. When Preston Blake (Harve Presnell), a remarkably wealthy media magnate, dies with neither a wife nor children, the question on the lips of most of his associates is who will inherit the estate. The surprising answer turns out to be Longfellow Deeds (Adam Sandler), a cheerful but half-bright proprietor of a small-town pizzeria, as well as part-time



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Oct 22, 2002


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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (34) | Rotten (121) | DVD (26)

The star and his numbskull cronies piss on Capra's grave with acrid insincerity.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out | Comment (1)
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No amount of spastic-colon jokes, cartoon violence or good-buddy cameos (Al Sharpton, John McEnroe) can distract from the fact that Gary Cooper [Sandler] ain't.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
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Let's cut to the consumer-advice bottom line: Stay home.

July 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's not just that the movie itself is wicked awful, it's that Mr. Deeds brings out the worst in Adam Sandler.

July 1, 2002
Rolling Stone
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There's nothing funny about this.

July 1, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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The projectors in the theater practically shut down with boredom.

June 28, 2002
Washington Post
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Pretty awful, but teen Sandler fans may like it.

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

The end result isn't dreadful, but it is patchy.

May 28, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4

Sandler barely expends any energy trotting out the "average dude who shakes up stodgy high society" schtick, and director Steven Brill and scripter Tim Herlihy follow lazy suit.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Anyone with an IQ over 85 should stay away.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Peter Gallagher must've been hard up for cash.

February 1, 2004 Full Review Source:

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January 12, 2004 Full Review Source:

Just another Sandler movie, nothing more, nothing less.

January 7, 2004 Full Review Source:

This is a remake which will vaguely satisfy the Sandler faithful and have Capra fans gritting their teeth.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

How could Adam Sandler, of all people, remake Capra? Well, shoddily, as it happens.

March 30, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

...Perpetuates [Sandler's] penchant for idiotic, schoolboy humor, misunderstood-nice-guy characters, and plots which insult the intelligence of anyone over 12.

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

The only saving grace about Mr. Deeds is its functioning as a wise and timely cliche': money can't buy everything--especially for a clunky comedy with no spirit or no spark.

February 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

The film delivers as promised on most levels; however, it does help to be an Adam Sandler fan to begin with.

December 17, 2002 Full Review Source:

A remake so bad it will make your gums bleed. Orphanage fires are funnier.

November 19, 2002 Full Review Source: Guardian

When you've already made something as execrable and universally loathed as Little Nicky, why stop there?

November 3, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon

A very stupid film that's almost watchable but doesn't really have any reason to exist.

October 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

The plot is moth-eaten, the jokes lame, the action sequences idiotic to disgusting, and the whole adds up (or subtracts down) to a complete waste of time.

October 21, 2002 Full Review Source: San Diego Metropolitan
San Diego Metropolitan

There's a price to pay for the guilty pleasure Steven Brill's film affords -- a relentless process of dumbing down that tells the audience it's cool to be a doofus.

October 8, 2002 Full Review Source:

Sandler's poorest film to date.

October 2, 2002

Audience Reviews for Mr. Deeds

December 2, 2013
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Mr. Deeds is yet another awful Adam Sandler comedy. I saw this in the theatre when it came out, and came out disappointed. The film was terrible, unfunny garbage that just didn't deliver anything good or entertaining for the viewer. Mr. Deeds is an unfunny comedy that is simply awful to watch. The acting and comic delivery were terrible. Adam Sandler successfully made another terrible film and it just goes to show that the guy should have retired a long time ago. Mr. Deeds suffers from a bad script that doesn't deliver effective comedy or a good story for that matter. I hated this film, and thought it was a waste of film. Adam Sandler has been unfunny for quite some time, and films like Mr. Deeds showcases that point perfectly. This is a poorly made comedy that is more excruciatingly painful that funny. This is a film that never should have been made, and it's simply one comedy film that you should avoid. Adam Sandler was funny back in the 90's with films like Happy Gilmore, Big Daddy and The Wedding Singer. But now, he misses the mark more often and his use of comedy is pretty stale. Mr. Deeds is a film that definitely should be avoided, the film really doesn't work as a comedy and it ends up being a total mess from start to finish. If you want a comedy with good laughs, you won't find it here. This is a pointless film that isn't worth your time.
February 4, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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People tell me I place too much importance in review scores - that I like movies based on how much critics like them. That is categorically not true, and Mr. Deeds is my go-to example for that. It's a guilty pleasure to say the least - as a Sandler film, its just what you'd expect. Overly silly, not very intelligent, a little too sweet and corny, and yet somehow lovable. While all of those descriptors could be used to describe most of Adam Sandler's starring roles (Billy Madison, Waterboy, etc.), Mr. Deed's stands out because Adam Sandler doesn't play the usual moron, but rather a naive nice-guy. The script, humor, and acting may be directly aiming for "PG-13 for kids under 13," but there's something charming about the strangely earnest performances by Sandler, Jared Harris and John Turturro, not to mention some awesome cameos by Steve Buscemi and John McEnroe.
February 2, 2012
Sam Barnett

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Corney word is written all over it. Watchable.
January 25, 2012
Dead Angel

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    1. Chuck Cedar: Information is good.. Now will you please stop soaking your ass.
    – Submitted by Truth T (12 months ago)
    1. Longfellow Deeds: I got wicked bad frost bite when I was in the scouts. Check it out.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Jan: I was a rodeo clown for six years. You're gonna have to step it up a notch, shorty.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Longfellow Deeds: You said that you didn't know who I was and it made me realize, I don't know who I am. So I started working on it and here's what I've got so far; My name is Babe Bennett. I grew up in Sayasset, Long Island. I have brown eyes and I don't know what my natural hair color is anymore. When I was in fifth grade, I got a crush on Walter Kronkite and I really did have that Holly Hobby notebook I was telling you about. I love Bruce Springsteen, Allman Roka. and Abbott and Costello movies. I don't like liquorice or my ankles. Most importantly, I know that I messed up real bad and I'd be willing to spend the rest of my life begging you to give me another chance because I am so deeply in love with you and I know that it's definitely that forever kind of love.
    2. Longfellow Deeds: You're crazy. You have beautiful ankles.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Longfellow Deeds: Oh, I get it.You all invited me here so you could look down on me. Well, let me tell you that here you may all laugh at me, but down in Mandrake Falls we would laugh at you all.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
    1. Mac McGrath: I feel for you, I do. "Big journalist leaves career for Forrest Gump." I'm really gonna miss you.
    – Submitted by Kelly E (19 months ago)
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