Mr. Magoo (1997)
Average Rating: 2.2/10
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Average Rating: 2/10
Critic Reviews: 9
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Average Rating: 2.3/5
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Action-adventure director Stanley Tong (Supercop, Rumble in the Bronx) did a change of pace by directing this live-action adaptation of UPA's bumbling, near-sighted Mr. Magoo the animated-series character created during the '40s by John Hubley and others for the cartoon short Ragtime Bear (1949). Millionaire Quincy Magoo (Leslie Nielsen) won't admit he needs glasses, so nephew Waldo (Matt Keeslar) removes obstacles in Magoo's path. At a museum exhibition, when Magoo steps up to cut a ceremonial
Dec 25, 1997 Wide
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By turns frenetic and flat-footed, Mr. Magoo is an uninspired live-action comedy.
Incomplete as a cartoon, indecisive as comedy, halting as adventure, Mr. Magoo turns out to be a shortsighted project.
Here's where I'm supposed to suggest how the film might be better. But I can't think of anything to say other than to make the film again, with different writers and a new director.
Only a couple of good gags in its pileup of otherwise lame jokes keep the production from being an unqualified stinker.
Mr. Magoo is not just an insult to the blind and near-blind, it's an insult to every human being who has the misfortune to suffer through this dreadfully unfunny, 90 minute atrocity.
Nielsen, an actor who is either brilliant or abysmal depending on the material, veers towards the latter.
Stinkier than a visit to the local tip
Among those who will be insulted by this painfully unfunny comedy are women, the elderly and members of several ethnicities, as well as moviegoers with even the slightest modicum of taste.
Hopefully, this picture will force producers to think harder about which subjects have promise and which do not.
It's a mess best left to the nitrate ashes of forgotten film and television history.
When even the outtakes you see over the end titles don't raise a single titter, you know you're in trouble.
Audience Reviews for Mr. Magoo
- Agent Chuck Stupak: It's Luanne Leseur, the Black Widow. She kills all of her male accomplices. No one has ever been able to finger her.
- Mr. Magoo: [talking to a bush who looks like his secretary] Goodnight Mrs. Winterbottom!... ugliest hair-do I've ever seen.
- Mr. Magoo: Ugliest child I've ever seen!
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