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Mr. Magoo (1997)

Mr. Magoo (1997)

Mr. Magoo



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Leslie Nielsen has the title role in this live-action adaptation of UPA's bumbling, near-sighted animated character, Mr. Magoo (voice by Jim Backus). The character was created in the late Forties by John Hubley and others for the animated short Ragtime Bear (1949). Later Magoo became a two-time Oscar-winner with the jazz-scored Rooty Toot Toot (1952) and the CinemaScope When Magoo Flew (1955). Filmed in British Columbia and Brazil. Did James Dean ever portray Mr. Magoo? If you answered "no," take a closer look at Rebel Without a Cause (1955).more
Rating: PG (For mild language and action sequences)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Pat Proft, Tom Sherohman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 17, 2001
Walt Disney Productions


Leslie Nielsen
as Mr. Magoo
Kelly Lynch
as Luanne Leseur
Nick Chinlund
as Bob Morgan
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Agent Chuck Stupak
Ernie Hudson
as Agent Gus Anders
Jennifer Garner
as Stacey Sampanahoditr...
Malcolm McDowell
as Austin Cloquet
Miguel Ferrer
as Ortega Peru
John Tierney
as Hebzinski
Rick Burgess
as Molinaro
Bill Dow
as Museum Curator
Frank C. Turner
as Ralston/Stage Manage...
Robert Metcalfe
as Desk Clerk
Dolores Drake
as Female Tourist
Claire Riley
as Newswoman
Pat Waldron
as Soprano
Michael Puttonen
as Security Guard
Pamela Diaz
as Tour Guide
Chancz Perry
as Train Station Porter
Marke Driesschen
as Radio Announcer
Brenda McDonald
as Opera Patron
Joseph E. Davies
as TV Trainer
Shaun MacDonald
as Cook Show Host
David Neale
as Fix It Guy
Carrie Cain Sparks
as Rosita's Dresser
Kristie Yzerman
as Snowboarder
Yvette Jackson
as Snowboarder
Dan Redford
as Snowboarder
Kelly Kay
as Snowboarder
Tara Mead
as Snowboarder
Kirk Coatte
as Snowboarder
David Mylrea
as Baboon Performer
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Critic Reviews for Mr. Magoo

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (9)

By turns frenetic and flat-footed, Mr. Magoo is an uninspired live-action comedy.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Top Critic

If you really hate your kids, pack them off to this slapdash farce, whose only funny moment is the PC disclaimer at the end about the Disney company's humanist concern for blind people.

Full Review… | May 16, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Only a couple of good gags in its pileup of otherwise lame jokes keep the production from being an unqualified stinker.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

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.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

Incomplete as a cartoon, indecisive as comedy, halting as adventure, Mr. Magoo turns out to be a shortsighted project.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Mr. Magoo

I saw this one it originally came out, and thought it was a very bad film that didn't have anything going for it. This is one of Leslie Nielson's worst films, and it is an awful train wreck of a film with bad, stupid humor. This film is a total waste of time and it has absolutely no redeeming qualities about it. This is a stupid film from start to finish, one that really has no good comedic elements. This is sloppy filmmaking, and you can see that the end result wasn't too important for the filmmakers. I hated this film so much, and if you have the misfortune of seeing, it's one of those films that you wish you'd forget about. The film awful and with a poor script and poor performances, it fails at being a memorable comedy. The film should never have been made, and it falls flat more often than succeeds. This is a dreadful film definitely not worth your time. Considering that Nielson was in this, you'd think it would be funny. Unfortunately this is his worst performance ever, and it is a pointless comedy that just isn't funny. This film was bad, and had nothing going for it. With a poor script, poor acting and poor directing, this is one of the worst comedies that you could watch. Avoid this and watch something actually funny instead. Mr. Magoo is not a film worth watching, and it should be avoided. Watching paint dry was funnier than this film, and it is still to this day one of the worst comedies that I've seen, simply awful.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

I haven't ever watched the cartoon of Mr. Magoo, but I always heard what it was about. I don't know why, but when I heard about Leslie Nielsen (one of the best comedy actors there is) starring in "Mr. Magoo," I wanted to see it.
Mr. Magoo is a VERY visually impaired and wealthy man. He unfortunately gets involved in the middle of a plot that deals with thieves stealing extremely valuable jewels. Whether Mr. Magoo successfully gets out of the middle of the action or not, one thing's for sure, he sure needs a new eye doctor.

Unlike what I've read from some of the other reviews, I didn't think that Leslie Nielsen did a bad job at all in "Mr. Magoo." I do agree that the movie seems generic and that it is somewhat pointless, but I still moderately liked it. Mr. Magoo isn't trying to be funny, but he is, since he is nearly blind. You will see him do such things such as go fishing and catch a man, but think that he has a lunker of a fish, take what he thinks is a skiing detour, but that is actually the edge of a cliff, and a lot more.

I thought Leslie Nielsen did a great job of acting like he was nearly blind, and the rest of the people in the film did ok, but not great, with the exception of the dog, who was brilliant.

As for the movie itself, "Mr. Magoo" isn't one of the best comedies and it's not one of the funniest, but I did think parts were hilarious. But there were also many parts that tried to be funny, that didn't even make me grin. All in all, it's a mixed bag of laughs and failed grins. If you're a fan of comedy movies and Leslie Nielsen films, I would recommend renting "Mr. Magoo" before buying it. NOTE: That was my Amazon review from the year 2001.

Jason Owens

Super Reviewer

Leslie plays a millionaire who unwittingly defeats jewel smugglers.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

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