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Toys (1992)

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Critic Reviews: 4
Fresh: 0 | Rotten: 4

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Barry Levinson directed this cautionary fantasy fable--a triumph of production design--concerning the clash between benevolent, funny toys and malevolent, violent war toys and video games. Donald O'Connor is the kindly, gentle Kenneth Zevo, founder of Zevo Toys. The workers love him and the love they feel for Zevo comes through in the lovingly cute toys they produce. His son Leslie (Robin Williams) is an eccentric inventor who concentrates on coming up with different styles of plastic vomit and

PG-13,

Action & Adventure, Comedy

Valerie Curtin, Barry Levinson

Oct 16, 2001

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

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All Critics (29) | Top Critics (10) | Fresh (6) | Rotten (17) | DVD (8)

Despite title, edgy fantasy-fable isn't geared toward kids.

August 31, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A big, colorful movie. The film is absurd, but likeable.

June 25, 2003
Juicy Cerebellum

Unwatchable muck.

May 12, 2003 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

It's a terminally flawed film, and almost gleefully so.

November 8, 2002
Needcoffee.com

Batteries 'definitely' were'nt included

September 17, 2002
Moviehole

Beware of any film where the most interesting character is a machine.

August 13, 2002 | Comments (2)
Flipside Movie Emporium

A grab-bag of novelties and visual gags

January 1, 2000 Full Review
rec.arts.movies.reviews

The audience is likely to leave this one filled with disappointment and a sense that some wonderful opportunities have been missed.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Toys

Getting down to the nitty gritty of the plot this is basically a blend of imagination taken from 'Willy Wonka', 'War Games' and strangely enough a few Charles Band movies I reckon. Maybe even some 'Pinocchio' and classic children's fairytales.

All it involves is a surreal toy company run by some surreal people that make charming little toys (the kind of endearing little handmade stocking fillers) which is overtaken by the former owners brother and promptly used to make war toys.

Its almost like a fairytale really, the nice old toy maker dies and leaves his company to his war obsessed naughty brother who abuses the gift. I'm sure as you all know by now this film is certainly not short on visual fantasy elements. The creativity in the film is really quite stunning and deserves much credit for design and construction.

Some gorgeous sets with unusually fantastic colour schemes and backdrops. The toy factory is made to be as bizarre and wondrous as possible which leads to my comparison with 'Willy Wonka' and his marvellous chocolate factory. The later sequences in the plot remind you of 'War Games' in the fact all the toys end up going to computer controlled war with each other much like Charles Band and his dolls/puppets battling each other (visually). This is where the film gets too ridiculous and truly loses its suspension of disbelief.

Until that point its a quirky fun pleasant ride with Williams up to his usual zany antics. Williams and Cusack fit this Dali-ish world perfectly really, that's not to say their performances are exactly great, more annoying to be honest, but could you see anyone else doing this craziness?. Gambon actually does well as the war crazed brother with a stiff upper lip. Drunk with power over the company and his war toys his fall is surprisingly fun to watch, silly but the fact he's a great British actor makes it worth while. LL Cool J...epic miscast.

Everything about this film is plain weird right down to the location for the toy factory. Its a little uncomfortable in places really, unsure if that was done on purpose or not. There are nice ideas here and it could of been a really good children's bedtime story type fable but its overly long with not much going on. Its lavish but rather dull, plus its a bit jumbled and gets carried away with the surrealism.
July 28, 2012
phubbs1

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I really liked this movie when I first saw it, but seeing it again later, I thought it looked silly. The basic themes and the story are really good, though, and Williams gives a good performance too.
May 11, 2011
ajv2688

Super Reviewer

This is an odd film, it?s not bad, I just didn?t like it that much!
September 24, 2009
SirPant

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    1. Patrick Zevo: Shut it down, Hoganstern!
    – Submitted by Doug C (2 years ago)
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