The Producers Reviews

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 15, 2005
The Producers is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And that's probably the funniest thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
December 27, 2005
It may not be great, but it is a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
December 15, 2005
Very little of the stage show's fizziness has found its way into a strangely pallid-looking picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
December 25, 2005
Maybe they should call it "The Do-Overs," "The Remakers" or simply, "We're Out of Ideas."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Kevin Lally
Film Journal International
February 22, 2007
The play is everything in this uneven movie, which is alternately groan-inducing and side-splitting.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 9, 2005
The Producers is simply a missed opportunity.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 27, 2005
You could think of The Producers as a way to see most of the Broadway cast for 1/12 the price of a Broadway ticket. Or you could think of it as a bad idea at any price.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
August 2, 2007
The original was far funnier and somehow managed to cut to the chase with less of a song and dance.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 10, 2005
It's hard to envision a worse big-budget film version of Mel Brooks's Tony Award-winning musical The Producers than this dreadfully lifeless affair.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
December 9, 2005
Flaccid, shambling, and ill timed, The Producers evokes the crumbling remnants of its predecessors, devoid of their energy or charm.
Full Review | Original Score: D
Brian Orndorf
FilmJerk.com
December 23, 2005
If you're new to this crazy Mel Brooks creation, this 2005 cinematic torture chamber is the last way anyone should experience it for the first time.
Full Review | Original Score: F
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 16, 2005
Mildness and blandness/ Mugging like madness/ Who knew that Rent would win this fight?/ Murdering a genre's just not all right!
| Original Score: 1/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
January 1, 2006
The play may be lousy, but the actors are great.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
December 16, 2005
The stage show veterans have done these roles so many times, they're more than second nature, and also a little stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 16, 2005
Enough is enough. Somebody should just stop remaking The Producers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
December 15, 2005
An inert musical and a pale copy of a comedy classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
December 15, 2005
a series of pathetic attempts to give stars Lane and Broderick more opportunities to mug for the camera in tepid and unnecessary song and dance numbers
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Joe Utichi
FilmFocus
December 28, 2005
By the end you're asking yourself if they went to any trouble at all or simply took a film camera to a performance of the musical itself
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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.
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
May 4, 2006
Shows such affinity for the stage that it barely qualifies as a movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
Hanh Nguyen
Zap2it.com
December 17, 2005
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Entertainment Insiders
December 18, 2005
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