The Producers Reviews

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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
October 18, 2008
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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.
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 31, 2005
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
December 27, 2005
... an unabashedly old-fashioned musical filled with song, dance, and shtick so shticky you could hang wallpaper with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 27, 2005
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 27, 2005
Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Gary Beach have their singing, dancing and kvetching in the Broadway smash The Producers immortalized on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
December 27, 2005
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
December 27, 2005
... a kitschy celebration of all things Mel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 27, 2005
There are bad movies, there are terrible, misguided mistakes and there are unbearable and embarrassing ordeals. The Producers: The Movie Musical is all of those.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 27, 2005
On film, Lane and Broderick are stuck in manic overdrive, like a couple of guys who have been assigned the impossible task of reviving vaudeville.
| Original Score: C
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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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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
December 27, 2005
[T]he most recent Producers is a clone of a clone, and what it adds in song and dance it loses in brevity and, as is so often the case, wit.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
December 24, 2005
Ms. Stroman's efforts to open up the play lack imagination, and all the musical numbers probably worked better on stage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 23, 2005
... to have seen either the original movie, or Lane and Broderick on Broadway (I saw both) is to be reminded what a lamentable knockoff this is.
| Original Score: 1/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
December 22, 2005
So how good is the movie of the musical of the movie? The answer is: It's pretty good.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
December 22, 2005
If this film were any funnier, the world would explode.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
December 21, 2005
Brooks and Stroman have taken a classic and flattened it into just the sort of glib, tired-businessman's musical adaptation that Max Bialystock once built his sagging reputation on.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Rex Reed
New York Observer
December 21, 2005
The small, silly details that made you laugh in spite of yourself are only garish and hammy on a screen the size of a mobile trailer.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 18, 2005
It's not all it was on stage and it's not all it could be on film. The result is a often jolly, highly-polished compromise, which can't be what anyone intended. Or wanted.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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December 16, 2005
The stage performances haven't been scaled down: Everything is pitched to the second balcony. And Mel Brooks' material -- especially the retro queeny stereotypes -- is excruciatingly dated.
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TIME Magazine
December 16, 2005
A good time is had by all, and the spirit is infectious.
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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
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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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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
December 16, 2005
You can't kill all the laughs, not from a script by Mel Brooks, but Stroman sells Brooks' songs with the subtlety of cannon fire.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
December 16, 2005
The picture is so garish and creatively lazy at times, it almost becomes the very sort of vapid spectacle it parodies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 16, 2005
First-time film director Susan Stroman has been painfully faithful in bringing her multi-Tony-winning Broadway musical to the big screen, at full volume and as theatrical as ever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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December 16, 2005
This isn't a movie. It's a Broadway musical captured on film.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 16, 2005
Stroman keeps things lively, and Lane, in particular, comes into his own. He mugs too much for my taste but then again, The Producers isn't exactly subtle. It wouldn't be The Producers if it were.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
December 15, 2005
Watching The Producers is simply exhausting.
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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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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
December 15, 2005
If you have seen the play, especially if you've seen it with the original cast, treasure the memory and protect it. The movie will attack it like a virus.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Kevin Crust
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2005
As creaky as the traditional musicals it once poked fun at, The Producers has been entombed -- lox, shtick and two smoking bagels -- as a theatrical fossil, and reinforces the danger in returning to the same material one time too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
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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
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2005
In theory, what's not to like? In reality, the whole schmear.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
December 15, 2005
It may be that as audiences queue up for this latest incarnation of Brooks' undying brainchild - - not unlike the patrons who turn back to their seats, mid-exit, during the opening-night performance of Springtime for Hitler - - the joke is on them.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2005
The new movie is a success, that I know. How much of a success, I cannot be sure. Someone who has seen the original once or twice, or never, would be a better judge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
December 14, 2005
Uma Thurman as a would-be actress is the one bit of genuine radiance in this aggressively and pointlessly shiny, noisy spectacle.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 13, 2005
There's no business like show business, and the musical Producers' considerable success showed the original movie to have been prophetic -- of itself.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 12, 2005
[It's] a little jarring at first on film because it's so big and so broad and so over the top -- but I like that.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
December 12, 2005
With hundreds of performances in New York and London under their belts, Lane and Broderick have their characterizations down cold.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 9, 2005
The Producers is simply a missed opportunity.