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The Producers (2005)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 150
Fresh: 76 | Rotten: 74

Despite the rich source material, The Producers has a stale, stagy feel more suited to the theater than the big screen.


Average Rating: 5.2/10
Critic Reviews: 41
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 28

Despite the rich source material, The Producers has a stale, stagy feel more suited to the theater than the big screen.



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After transforming his first motion picture into a smash Broadway musical, Mel Brooks brings the story of two would-be theatrical moguls turned con men back to the screen in this musical comedy. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) was once one of Broadway's most successful producers, but a string of flops has thrown his career into a tailspin, and now he struggles to raise the cash to stage new shows by playing gigolo to lonely old ladies. While going over his books, accountant Leo Bloom (Matthew


Musical & Performing Arts, Comedy

May 16, 2006


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This is extraneous for anyone who's seen the original film or show, presumably leaving everyone else to wonder what all the fuss has been about.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Not so much a film as an awkwardly framed souvenir of the Broadway hit musical, The Producers needs a live audience like a candle needs oxygen.

December 31, 2005 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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... an unabashedly old-fashioned musical filled with song, dance, and shtick so shticky you could hang wallpaper with it.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
Seattle Times
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The jokes are in its tackiness, and gauchery, and raspberry-inducing send-up of Broadway traditions. On that level, the movie works fine -- and is a whole lot cheaper for the ticket buyer.

December 27, 2005
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Gary Beach have their singing, dancing and kvetching in the Broadway smash The Producers immortalized on film.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
Orlando Sentinel
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There's a song in the stage musical version of 'The Producers' that, if you flipped the title to pose the opposite question, could summarize the letdown diehard fans will feel if they catch the new movie of Mel Brooks' gloriously retro Broadway smash.

December 27, 2005 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
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The original was far funnier and somehow managed to cut to the chase with less of a song and dance.

August 2, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film | Comments (4)
Eye for Film

Be prepared to laugh from the opening credits through the closing credits.

May 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Upstage Magazine
Upstage Magazine

The play is everything in this uneven movie, which is alternately groan-inducing and side-splitting.

February 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Confirmed my original opinion that the musical version of The Producers was a flash-in-the-pan success that won't be remembered ten years from now.

December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: NYC Film Critic
NYC Film Critic

Director Stroman (who also choreographed the film) has also paid tribute to the theatre by casting such stage stars as Brent Barrett, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba and Andrea Martin.

December 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Nolan's Pop Culture Review
Nolan's Pop Culture Review

The real reason to see this film is the addition of the musical numbers -- catchy and clever songs, written in the style of classic 1950s Broadway musicals.

September 27, 2006
Christianity Today

Stage director Susan Stroman brings it all in, including the high spirits and naughty fun, though a few more dancers in some of the musical numbers might have filled the screen better.

May 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

Shows such affinity for the stage that it barely qualifies as a movie.

May 4, 2006 Full Review Source:

Is it better than the stage version? Not necessarily. But this is a faithful rendition that should succeed in bringing a delightful old-fashioned crowd-pleaser to a new audience.

February 21, 2006 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Arguably the funniest movie of the year.

January 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It's a broad, slightly naughty comedy in musical form from the skewed, if not a little twisted, comic genius Mel Brooks.

January 19, 2006

Barely adequate.

January 17, 2006 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Not great, but still funnier than most other comedies released in 2005.

January 15, 2006 Full Review Source:

Bad taste can sometimes be fun (check out the Warhol films), but when it's not it turns out to be just plain irritating like this version of The Producers.

January 14, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

My suggestion: rent the original

January 13, 2006 Full Review
Atlantic City Weekly

A shrill and grating production ... watching it is rather like trying on a never ending series of hair shirts.

January 12, 2006 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Laugh til' you drop - the musical version of The Producers is finally here. When Mel Brooks conceived his comedy satire, the subject matter of ridiculing Hitler was brave to say the least. And nearly 40 years later, it still leaves bite marks.

January 11, 2006 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Little more than the show audiences paid to see in New York.

January 10, 2006

This is a very funny idea, made all the more entertaining by the actors going over the top - Ze show is unjinxable.

January 9, 2006 Full Review Source:

Audience Reviews for The Producers

I knew going in I probably wasn't going to love this. After all, I find Mel Brooks "comedies" to be the lamest, lowest-common-denominator style of comedy, full of unfunny puns and slapstick overacting. But I like musicals, so I thought I might at least get some enjoyment out of it. I should give it a shot.

It's even worse than I thought.

The first scene with Lane and Broderick, which seems to go on for about half an hour, is agonizing and interminable, I almost turned it off (again - I started watching it once LONG ago and never made it through that scene), but I powered through and kept watching. The movie never got much better. The songs themselves are slightly less awful, but the rest of the film is just too rooted in bad Mel Brooks style. The performances are equally painful, even from some of the otherwise-decent actors. (What the hell happened to you, Matthew Broderick?!?) It's so overdone and exaggerated - fine if you're playing to a large live theater, but in a movie that kind of exaggeration is not needed and just comes across as dumb.

One of the worst movies I have ever seen.
June 3, 2013

Super Reviewer

Excellent adaptation of the Broadway show. All the characters are very funny. Shouldn't laugh at the play but just can't help it!
June 1, 2013
T Tsang

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"Where did I go right?" Just about everywhere, Mr. Brooks.

Full review coming to on 5/19
May 16, 2013

Super Reviewer

A Broadway producer and his accountant team up to make a flop as part of a get-rich-quick scheme ... set to music.
All the problems - the over-acting, the kitsch - that plagued the original production are on full display here, and added to those is some really bad music. I highly doubt that the discerning viewer will be singing "Unhappy" and "We Can Do It" in the shower the next day, even though some of the original music is kinda catchy.
There are moments when it seems like Matthew Broderick is doing a Gene Wilder impersonation, but I was impressed by his voice; I knew he was on Broadway and could sing, but he's much better than an actor who can act through a song. He's actually got some pipes.
I also liked the changes in the third act, which give the story a more cohesive structure.
Overall, this is a poor effort, a film that should not have been made.
December 13, 2011
Jim Hunter

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    1. Mr. Marks: Bloom, where do you think you're going? You've already had your toilet break.
    2. Leopold Bloom: I'm not going into the toilet. I'm going into show business! And Mr. Marks, I have news for you: I quit! And you're right about one thing. You are a CPA: a Certified Public ASSHOLE! Here's my visor, my Dixon Ticonderoga number 2 pencil, and my big finish!
    – Submitted by David R (18 months ago)
    1. Leopold Bloom: Thank you very much for smiling. That helped a great deal.
    2. Max Bialystock: Well, you know what they say. Smile and the whole world smiles with you. Ha ha ha [whispers to Shakespeare bust] This man belongs in a strait jacket!
    – Submitted by Andrew D (21 months ago)
    1. Max Bialystock: What happened?
    2. Ulla: Tidy up! Make look nice?
    – Submitted by Ben J (22 months ago)
    1. Hold Me-Touch Me: ...How about the virgin milkmaid, and the well hung stableboy?
    2. Max Bialystock: Oh... ohohoho. Today?
    3. Hold Me-Touch Me: Don"t worry, I'll be gentle! Oh, this milk is so heavy! I don't think I'll ever make it to the house. You there, well hung stableboy! Would you care to help me with my milk?
    4. Max Bialystock: But of course, little lady. First I'll take your milk... and then, I'll take, your virginity!
    – Submitted by Ben J (22 months ago)
    1. Carmen Ghia: Listen here you old queen! He was drunk... you got lucky! Never call here again!
    2. Roger De Bris: Who was it?
    3. Carmen Ghia: Wrong number!
    – Submitted by Ben J (22 months ago)
    1. Max Bialystock: There's a lot more to you than there is to you!
    – Submitted by Ben J (22 months ago)
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