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The Pink Panther (2006)


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Reviews Counted: 139
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 108

Critics Consensus: Though Steve Martin is game, the particulars of the Inspector Clouseau character elude him in this middling update.

Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 31

Critics Consensus: Though Steve Martin is game, the particulars of the Inspector Clouseau character elude him in this middling update.


User Ratings: 515,986


Movie Info

A world-famous soccer coach has been murdered and his priceless, legendary ring has been stolen -- a ring set with the stunning diamond known as the "Pink Panther." The French government needs a master detective to solve the crime and recover the gem. But, he's not available, so they recruit none other than Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Who committed the crime: a stunning pop star, a soccer player, a Chinese assassin? - And, can anyone solve the case? Clouseau and his partner, Ponton, must unmask … More

PG (for occasional crude and suggestive humor and language)
Drama , Action & Adventure , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Len Blum , Steve Martin
In Theaters:
Jun 13, 2006
Box Office:
MGM/Columbia - Official Site



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Critic Reviews for The Pink Panther

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (40) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (108) | DVD (17)

The plot, needless to say, is negligible.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The Pink Panther moves Clouseau into the modern world while keeping the jokes older than dirt.

Full Review… | February 17, 2006
AV Club
Top Critic

What is the point?

Full Review… | February 16, 2006
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

The most that can be said for this strenuously bland reconstitution is that Steve Martin was clearly alive during filming. But just how alive, unfortunately, is at issue.

Full Review… | February 14, 2006
Village Voice
Top Critic

For those who recall Sellers and the role he made famous, 'travesty' seems to be the right descriptor.

Full Review… | February 11, 2006
Top Critic

As if the curse of the Pink Panther wasn't dire enough, Martin's Clouseau is haunted by more than the ghost of Peter Sellers. He's also being trailed by the old Steve Martin.

Full Review… | February 10, 2006
Toronto Star
Top Critic

The best that can be said about it is that Kevin Kline is note perfect as the smarmy, scheming Chief Inspector Dreyfus and his undisguised contempt for Clouseau.

Full Review… | April 25, 2011

From the witty franchise that Peter Sellers and director Blake Edwards made famous comes a pale offshoot that lacks sufficient tempo, tone and supporting characters to make it satisfying.

Full Review… | April 20, 2009

I hope nobody misunderstands when I say: Steve Martin, you are no Peter Sellers. And while I'm at it; Shawn Levy, you are no Blake Edwards.

Full Review… | January 16, 2009
Apollo Guide

Without a whit of subtlety, this tired retread induces nary a laugh, only groans of disbelief that we're expected to find such a sorry string of dumb puns, infantile farts, awful accents and endless pratfalls funny.

Full Review… | May 30, 2007
Upstage Magazine

All of [Martin's] hard work does pay off

Full Review… | March 1, 2007
Film Journal International

Perhaps it's time to admit that The Pink Panther series is ready for permanent retirement.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

...a slight yet sporadically hilarious update of the classic Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards film series.

Full Review… | August 26, 2006
Reel Film Reviews

This remake, sadly, is far inferior to the original two Pink Panther films, despite the top-notch talent involved.

Full Review… | May 13, 2006
Laramie Movie Scope

For now, though it's a mixed blessing, this seems like the movie Martin deserves.

Full Review… | May 12, 2006
Sacramento News & Review

Ciente de que Peter Sellers é inimitável como Closeau, Martin cria sua própria versão do personagem e, ainda que não chegue perto de se igualar ao original, consegue gerar boas risadas.

April 14, 2006
Cinema em Cena

A fun and animated return to film for one of cinema's favourite characters, and a treat for the generation that have never seen him before.

Full Review… | April 12, 2006
Brag Magazine

When it comes to humor, this Pink is extremely pale.

Full Review… | March 24, 2006
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)

Martin's valiant performance, however hamstrung by Sellers' ghost, is mired in a silly, inane plot that keeps the movie firmly grounded.

Full Review… | March 18, 2006
Q Network Film Desk

The film has an extremely high gag rate - it's just a shame that so few of them actually work.

Full Review… | March 16, 2006

Rest assured, the decision to remake this film had nothing to do with art, creativity, comedic zen, or some form of tribute to Sellers or Blake Edwards.

Full Review… | March 14, 2006
Norman Transcript

As for Martin, no matter how many he times he stumbles, fumbles, burns his balls or mispronounces the word hamburger, he never gets close to making the Clouseau persona his own.

Full Review… | March 14, 2006

This one will make you laugh early and often, and send you out of the theater in a cheerful mood. And, really, what more could you ask?

Full Review… | March 11, 2006
Premiere Magazine

Animals, I imagine, have dreams with better narrative integrity.

Full Review… | March 9, 2006
F5 (Wichita, KS)

To say that Steve Martin has miscalculated here is a kind way of saying this is the most boring and shallow comedy since You and Your Stupid Mate.

Full Review… | March 4, 2006
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther


I resented the very idea of this from the beginning, even the suggestion, and so was pleasantly surprised when some of the nonsense actually garnered a hard earned smile from me. Reno as the second banana: a surprise. And Mortimer? Why didn't they give her more? Martin's behind the scenes too on the script, so this is essentially his baby, and its not as ugly as I thought it was going to be.

Apeneck Fletcher

Super Reviewer

The Pink Panther is an awful and unnecessary remake of a classic comedy. Steve Martin is awful Clouseau. The film is terrible with bad acting and a bad attempt at comedy, this film fails at delivering anything clever to the screen. The Pink Panther is yet another remake that fails to hit the mark. I don't know what studio executives were thinking, but this film is a waste of time. Steve Martin is wasted here, and usually he's pretty funny, but not here. In this film, he is painfully annoying. The comedy doesn't work have the time, and the jokes feel lazy and uninspired. Steve Martin should've passed on this role, but he didn't. The Pink Panther is a horrible remake of a great classic. The jokes are childish and unfunny, and the film is forgettable. I hated this film because it offered nothing original and it was just a very bad rehash of the original. This film should've never been made, and this is a poor attempt at creating comedy. The Pink Panther falls flat in terms of bringing good, effective laughs. This is a film that you should avoid at all costs. There is absolutely nothing going on that will appeal to the fans of the original. I disliked this film, and is one of the worst comedy films that I had the misfortune to watch. An awful film with no direction, bad jokes and bad acting. This remake shouldn't have been made.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


The Pink Panther diamond is missing.... And the world's greatest detective is solving the case one mistake at a time.

Saw it again! Very funny movie! Beyonce was very sexy in this film.

When the coach of the France soccer team is killed by a poisoned dart in the stadium in the end of a game, and his expensive and huge ring with the diamond Pink Panther disappears, the ambitious Chief Insp. Dreyfus assigns the worst police inspector Jacques Clouseau to the case. His intention is to give a diversion to the press, while he uses his best men to chase the killer and thief. He assigns Gendarme Gilbert Ponton to work with Closeau and inform each step of the investigation. When Clouseau is nominated with honor to the highest prize in France, Dreyfus decides to humiliate Clouseau and take him out of the case. However Clouseau has already solved the mystery.

Manu Gino

Super Reviewer

Really stupid, Steve Martin can do better than this.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

The Pink Panther Quotes

Inspector Jacques Clouseau: What? Gilbert Ponton: Nothing. Inspector Jacques Clouseau: You mean you didn't just say, 'AAAHHHHHHH'?
– Submitted by William Y (2 years ago)
Inspector Jacques Clouseau: What? What did you say? Gilbert Ponton: Nothing. Inspector Jacques Clouseau: You mean, you didn't just say: 'Stop the car, dear God, I beg of you, stop the car'?
– Submitted by Lucas M (3 years ago)

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