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Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 9
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 1

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Robin Williams learns that keeping in touch with his children can be a drag in this hit comedy. Daniel Hillard (Williams) is an eccentric actor who specializes in dubbing voices for cartoon characters. Daniel is a kind man and a loving father, but he's a poor disciplinarian and a shaky role model. After throwing an elaborate and disastrous birthday party for his son, Daniel's wife Miranda (Sally Field) reaches the end of her patience and files for divorce. Daniel is heartbroken when Miranda is

Oct 5, 1999

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Although overly sappy in places and probably 20 minutes too long, this Robin Williams-in-drag vehicle provides the comic a slick surface for doing his shtick, within a story possessing broad family appeal.

July 22, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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I've rarely laughed so much at a movie I generally disliked.

April 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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Sit-com stuff, then, with laboured farcical interludes, and a mushy post-feminist sensibility. Funny notwithstanding.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The dress, the mask and Mrs. Doubtfire's gentility are inherently limiting, but nothing holds Mr. Williams back when he's on a roll.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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In terms of plot, the film is rather feeble, but sometimes there's more to a movie than story, and this is one of those rare occasions when all the other elements pull together and lift the production.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Williams has to break out of a second-rate "Tootsie" imitation, ankles clamped in pathos and face covered in latex. He pulls it off in the end, but it's not pretty.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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The greater story is sacrificed for schticky gags about a guy dressing as an old woman.

August 17, 2008 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures | Comments (3)
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Modern comedy classic w/Robin Williams in and out of drag.

March 22, 2008
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spectacular

December 29, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Chris Columbus' only good movie.

October 5, 2006 | Comments (3)
ColeSmithey.com

A genuinely funny comedy.

August 11, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Mrs. Doubtfire is by no means a bad movie-going experience and still holds up as vintage Robin Williams, but it's certainly an odd idea the more you think about it.

July 7, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

One of Robin William's funniest films to date...an absolute beauty!

March 31, 2005
Moviehole

It is what it is, and frankly I don't like it.

May 22, 2004
New Times

Tedious beyond words.

May 5, 2004 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Clumsy, but you can't go wrong with Robin Williams in drag.

March 12, 2004
Nitrate Online

Rousing comic portrait of a dad who loves his kinds more than anything else in the world.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

An overactive, cheeky costume comedy highlighted by the inspired zaniness of Robin Williams

May 24, 2003
Movie Eye

One of the funniest roles of Williams.

November 14, 2002
Cinenganos

The audience will likely enjoy the good stuff so much that they will easily overlook the film's weaknesses.

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

Raw, uncoated stupidity that sticks in your throat.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Audience Reviews for Mrs. Doubtfire

An eccentric actor specializing in voice over work takes drastic measures to be with his kids after a bitter divorce from his nagging shrew of a wife gains sole custody of their three children. His solution: get his makeup artist brother (and the brother's partner) to make an impressive set of clothes and prosthetics to become Mrs. Doubtfire-the new Scottish nanny hired by his ex-wife to take care of the kids and the house while she focuses on her career.

It's a high concept film that really works. It was great in the 90s, and it still holds up quite well over 20 years later.

Chris Columbus is a rather hit and miss director at times, but this is easily one of his best. It's funny, memorable, highly quotable, and really does a good job at dealing with tough topics. Divorce is hard on kids and their parents, and the film shows this, but does so in a way where the comedy and drama are mixed pretty evenly.

Robin Williams puts his talents to very effective use, and it seems to me as if this role was tailor made for him. He gets to run wild with his shtick, yes, but he also shows his true acting chops when needed as well, and, though he is immature, he changes, and it is earned. Sally Field, good actress though she is, is rather one note here as the nagging wife. She gives the role a bit more weight due to her skill, but sadly it's still not the most developed or fleshed out role. The three kids (including Mara Wilson in her film debut) are fine enough, though the older daughter can be a really unlikable bitch at times. Also, it cracks me up how the boy kinda looks like Dave Grohl to an extent.

Other people who show up are Pierce Brosnan as a well-to-do snob trying to take over Williams's role as family man, Robert Prosky as Williams's boss at his court-appointed job, and Harvey Fierstein as the makeup artist brother.

The film does run long, and, as I said, some of the characters are not all that likeable or developed, but overall, this is a well meaning, enjoyable, and pretty memorable blast.
April 16, 2014
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Chris Weber

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Mrs. Doubtfire is an interesting comedy with a pretty good cast. Starring Robin Williams who plays Daniel Hilliard a voice actor who though is a loving, caring father cannot be a strict one, and eventually his wife played by Sally Field files for divorce after a disastrous birthday party. He hatches a plan to see his kids more often due to the fact that his wife has gotten custody of their kids, thus he poses as a maid named Mrs. Doubtfire. The film is well directed by Chris Columbus and he is able to craft a good comedy that the whole family can enjoy. Sure the film could have been improved, but for what it is, Mrs. Doubtfire is lots of fun. There's good comedy at work here, and the cast deliver good performances. Obviously the actor that holds this film together is Robin Williams, and he gives one of his most unique performances here. The film is not perfect, and it does possess flaws, however the film is still a well crafted comedy that has plenty of good laughs and drama to appeal to anyone looking for a good family oriented comedy. The film works well enough, and is entertaining. Mrs. Doubtfire has been compared to Tootsie; however this one was based on book. Either way, both films are good, and Mrs. Doubtfire is a good comedy worth watching with your family. There's a good cast here that work very well with the humor, and Williams delivers a great humorous performance, he was the perfect choice for the part. Despite its flaws, Mrs. Doubtfire is a good film worth seeing.
October 15, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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While Robin Williams is a great and funny actor, deeming this movie Family Friendly didn't sit well with me. Taking God's name in vain in front of a child and then have that child repeat it back to her mother wasn't a smart thing to do. I don't think this movie is for all ages and parental supervision should be required. Aside from that, I liked this movie pretty well and had some good laughs. Robin is great in that old woman get up. I like the fact that they tol the story about how divorce affects everyone in the family. They did put a comedic spin on this movie and it was worth the watch.
September 1, 2011
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    1. Daniel Hillard: [dressed as Mrs. Doubtfire, but in Daniel's voice] My first day as a woman, and I'm getting hot flashes.
    – Submitted by Jared B (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire: It was a run-by fruiting!
    – Submitted by Howie C (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire: [as the Meringue mask is 'melting' off Daniel's face] As you can see, I can't stay with you, dear. I'm melting like a snow cone in Phoenix.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Daniel Hillard: [to the toy dinosaurs] Take five. Take five million. You're dead.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire: [reading a letter] Dear Mrs. Doubtfire, two months ago, my mom and dad decided to separate. Now they live in different houses. My brother Andrew says that we aren't to be a family anymore. Is this true? Did I lose my family? Is there anything I can do to get my parents back together? Sincerely, Katie McCormick.
    2. Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire: Oh, my dear Katie. You know, some parents, when they're angry, they get along much better when they don't live together. They don't fight all the time, and they can become better people, and much better mummies and daddies for you. And sometimes they get back together. And sometimes they don't, dear. And if they don't, don't blame yourself. Just because they don't love each other anymore, doesn't mean that they don't love you. There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mommy, some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country - and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months... even years at a time. But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart, forever. All my love to you poppet, you're going to be alright... bye bye.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
    1. Mrs. Iphegenia Doubtfire: Look, Nattie. That's called liposuction.
    – Submitted by Kerwin M (2 years ago)
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