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The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
March 28, 2015
Over-rated but still holds up as a moderately amusing sit-com lightweight parody of the cold-war and small-town America.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
Variety Staff
August 8, 2008
Arkin, in his film bow, is absolutely outstanding as the courtly Russian who kisses a lady's hand even as he draws a gun.
Emanuel Levy
March 14, 2008
Inexplicably nominated for Best Picture Oscar, Norman Jewison's situation comedy is mildly amusing, benefiting from a catchy title and allowing Alan Arkin to sport a Russian accent as sailor of a Soviet submarine.
Full Review | Original Score: C+

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 31, 2007
Though the film is more than two hours long, the pace is always quick, thanks to the fine editing done by Williams and future director Ashby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Empire Magazine
December 30, 2006
Sweet and charmingly funny in many places, this is dated but entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Bourne
April 5, 2006
It skewers hawkish reactionism and mob militancy, and its sympathetic portrayal of the beached Russians -- not to mention the panicky buffoonery of the Americans -- probably gave the more rabid Commie-haters conniptions.
Steve Crum
February 18, 2006
A true classic Cold War comedy told with wit, slapstick, and paranoia.
| Original Score: 5/5
Christopher Null
April 29, 2004
Now terribly quaint (just look at the title!) and not nearly as funny as film historians would lead you to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
June 19, 2003
Fabulously funny!
| Original Score: 4/5
Mike DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
June 5, 2003
At the foundation of this movie is a great script.
Full Review | Original Score: 81/100
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The cast is great and the scene in which Carl Reiner and vaudeville vet Tessie O'Shea are lashed together is unforgettably funny.
Boo Allen
Denton Record-Chronicle
February 14, 2003
Cold war hysteria hits a peak in this clever satire.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 2, 2003
The serious side feels simplistic (we're all just humans) and the comedy feels overstated.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 10, 2002
...a disarming send-up of Cold War paranoia.
| Original Score: 7/10
Top Critic
Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
More memorable for its title than for anything else.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 26, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Tony Toscano
Talking Pictures (U.S.)
July 21, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Cheryl DeWolfe
Apollo Guide
June 7, 2003
| Original Score: 81/100
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