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The Producers (2005)


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

Critics Consensus: 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
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 13
Rotten: 28

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


Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 280,622


Movie Info

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 … More

PG-13 (for sexual humor and references)
Musical & Performing Arts , Comedy
Directed By:
In Theaters:
May 16, 2006
Box Office:
Universal Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for The Producers

All Critics (156) | Top Critics (42) | Fresh (76) | Rotten (74) | DVD (16)

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.

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 31, 2005
Boston Globe
Top Critic

... an unabashedly old-fashioned musical filled with song, dance, and shtick so shticky you could hang wallpaper with it.

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

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
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | December 27, 2005
Miami Herald
Top Critic

The original was far funnier and somehow managed to cut to the chase with less of a song and dance.

Full Review… | August 2, 2007
Eye for Film

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

Full Review… | May 25, 2007
Upstage Magazine

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

Full Review… | February 22, 2007
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.

Full Review… | December 30, 2006
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.

Full Review… | December 13, 2006
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.

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

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

Full Review… | May 4, 2006

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.

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

Arguably the funniest movie of the year.

Full Review… | January 24, 2006
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.

Full Review… | January 17, 2006
Sydney Morning Herald

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

Full Review… | January 15, 2006

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.

Full Review… | January 14, 2006
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

My suggestion: rent the original

Full Review… | January 13, 2006
Atlantic City Weekly

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

Full Review… | January 12, 2006
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.

Full Review… | January 11, 2006
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.

Full Review… | January 9, 2006

Audience Reviews for The Producers

Hmmmmmm so very very tricky to decide here, what can I say...I enjoyed this as a stand alone film on its own, and when not compared to the original. As a stand alone farce its a great piece of comedy but of course it so difficult not to think and look back to the original material.

To be honest this is a classic example of a remake that, in terms of the movie, didn't succeed in doing anything other than show you should never try to remake a classic. Of course because of the flick there was a big renewed interest in the forgotten classic and a very popular theatre show, which is all good as its perfect for the theatre in every sense but the actual film is a poor imitation.

There are certain parts in this film I loved, mainly anything to do with Nathan Lane who is a superb comedic actor with fantastic skills in facial and physical comedy. Some of his leers and chubby prat falls are brilliant and really compete with Mostel's first performance. On the other hand there are some truly awful moments of...plagiarism basically where the same funny line or sequence has been attempted from the original and it just bombs hard. Some scenes simply cannot be replicated from the genius of Wilder and Mostel.

A huge issue with me was the casting of Broderick who is so so so so weak an actor I just don't understand how he gets work. Is it all simply down to 'Ferris Bueller'!!?. Terrible actor and he really shows it here with a dreadful performance that lets the whole film down badly. Sure he can sing a little, move well and he does look the part but he just isn't a strong enough character for comedy, he's too shy and reserved and a bad partner to Lanes terrific greasy comb over sleaze.

To be honest some of the casting is poor in this film accept for Lane, Beach and Bart all of which were inspired choices. Thurman and Ferrell were totally out of place and show why it can be a bad decision to cast big names when lesser known folk would work so much better. Also Lovitz could of been used in a better role instead of the extra unnecessary sequence he was in. Where was Dom Deluise that's what I wanna know, the perfect film for him.

The film looks fantastic I gotta say, well it basically looks like a stage performance that's just been filmed really. Not a bad thing as the colour and razzle dazzle is all very well directed and comes up peachy on your screen. Lots of musical numbers and extra padding to fill out the length which is again nice but also loses some of the originals charm. The old adage of less is more and this new film really does go overboard when it didn't have to. Obviously the film was meant to be a precursor to the real theatre production (a prequel of sorts to see how it would fare) which is fine but I don't know why they went down the musical route with the film instead of sticking to the better farcical comedic angle. I just felt a lot of the source materials essence was lost trying to craft the film into something else when they still could of done the theatre show and kept this film like the original.

Last thoughts are positive for the film as its nice to see musicals back on the big screen looking as lush as this but as a remake its nowhere near as good as its forebearer. Quite a poor copy in places but it does have its highlights which can make you forgive. If your seeing this for the first time then I strongly recommend the original first of course.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

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.

Martin Bishop

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!

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


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

Full review coming to on 5/19

Alexander Diminiano

Super Reviewer

The Producers Quotes

Mr. Marks:
Bloom, where do you think you're going? You've already had your toilet break.
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 (2 years ago)
Leopold Bloom:
Thank you very much for smiling. That helped a great deal.
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 (2 years ago)
Max Bialystock:
What happened?
Tidy up! Make look nice?
– Submitted by Ben J (2 years ago)
Hold Me-Touch Me:
...How about the virgin milkmaid, and the well hung stableboy?
Max Bialystock:
Oh... ohohoho. Today?
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?
Max Bialystock:
But of course, little lady. First I'll take your milk... and then, I'll take, your virginity!
– Submitted by Ben J (2 years ago)
Carmen Ghia:
Listen here you old queen! He was drunk... you got lucky! Never call here again!
Roger De Bris:
Who was it?
Carmen Ghia:
Wrong number!
– Submitted by Ben J (2 years ago)
Max Bialystock:
There's a lot more to you than there is to you!
– Submitted by Ben J (2 years ago)

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