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Speechless (1994)

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Average Rating: 3.8/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 8

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Movie Info

A mix of political satire and a modern take on 1930's-style screwball comedy, this romance from director Ron Underwood was assumed by many to be based on the real-life relationship between liberal political consultant James Carville and conservative commentator Mary Matalin. Michael Keaton stars as Kevin, an insomniac who meets Julia (Geena Davis) in a store late one night as they haggle over the last bottle of sleeping pills. After spending a romantic evening together, Kevin and Julia each

PG-13,

Comedy, Romance

Dec 26, 2001

MGM Home Entertainment

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (9) | Fresh (3) | Rotten (23) | DVD (2)

Never achieves the madcap hilarity of the '40s romantic comedies it seeks to emulate, and some of the dramatic moments feel a bit forced.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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Mugging to an unfunny script, Keaton and Davis are no Tracy and Hepburn, and the funereal pace doesn't help.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Ron Underwood, the director of City Slickers, once again compromises appealing actors and an entertaining premise with a needless overlay of mush.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Speechless is overplotted and underwritten. Every situation is straight out of stock, with no room for variation or originality.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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The movie's a campaign disaster from the get-go, and no amount of damage control (including MGM's extensive publicity) can hide it.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Director Ron Underwood demonstrated a knack for comedy in City Slickers, but when it comes to love scenes ... Keaton and Davis might as well be stampeding cows.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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Utterly devoid of subtlety and grace, Speechless is a desperate, thrown-together hodgepodge that tries to glide by on the supposedly surefire chemistry of the pairing of Davis and Keaton.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The rivalry never sparks, the pace flags and it seems pointless to enter donkeys in a race designed for thoroughbreds.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Toothless as political satire and bland as romantic comedy.

September 2, 2004
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

It comes down to the charms of Keaton and Davis in the end. You like these characters and root for them to score.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

This is intelligent romantic comedy of the kind we get all too seldom these days, and the plot is something Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn would have loved in their prime.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

A limp, poorly structured would-be romantic comedy.

November 6, 2003 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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Great Cast - pity nothing happens in it.

September 20, 2002
Moviehole

The movie starts slow but has two or three good laughs. After that it is downhill all the way.

July 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

There's no snappy exchange of one-liners, and certainly not the fire that would come onto the screen if the characters bothered to talk about their political convictions.

April 27, 2002 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

Director Ron Underwood keeps the film humming along with one surprise after another.

January 10, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Speechless

Remember those romantic comedies of old where the plots for the most part were usually entirely dispensible because all that really mattered was the chemistry between the two leads? Well this one reaches for just that high aspiration ...
May 6, 2011
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Watchable. The story is pretty blah depite it's potential. It could have been something really clever but there was very little as far as romance.
June 14, 2011
SunilJawahir

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