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Victor Victoria (1982)

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96

Average Rating: 8.1/10
Reviews Counted: 25
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 1

Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.

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Average Rating: 8.8/10
Critic Reviews: 5
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 0

Driven by a fantastic lead turn from Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' musical gender-bender is sharp, funny and all-round entertaining.

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On the verge of starvation in 1930s Paris, erstwhile entertainer Victoria (Julie Andrews) is rescued by gay cabaret performer Toddy (Robert Preston). What she needs to succeed, opines Toddy, is a gimmick. What if she becomes a male impersonator? Better still: what if she becomes a male impersonator, pretending to be a female impersonator? As "Victor/Victoria," s/he becomes the toast of Paree, and an object of fascination for big-time Chicago gangster King Marchan (James Garner), who can't quite

Apr 4, 2000

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Victor/Victoria is a sparkling, ultra-sophisticated entertainment from Blake Edwards.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Don't miss this one. It sends sparks.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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Not only a funny movie, but, unexpectedly, a warm and friendly one.

October 23, 2004 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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Victor/Victoria is so good, so exhilarating, that the only depressing thing about it is the suspicion that Mr. Edwards is going to have a terrible time trying to top it.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Blake Edwards's 1982 sex comedy has the most beautiful range of tones of any American film of its period: it is a work of dry wit, high slapstick, black despair, romantic warmth, and penetrating intelligence.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Robert Preston is marvelous.

June 14, 2012 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing
Creative Loafing

A musical boudoir farce, captivating at times, infuriating at others.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Edwards odd reworking of his orginal German-language film garnered awards at the time but hasn't aged well.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A star vehicle for his wife Julie Andrews, Blake Edwards' Victor/Victoria takes its gender-bending premise to preposterous levels, but results in a sparkling and hugely enjoyable musical comedy.

May 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

All time classic in writing, Mancini music, and great stars.

March 20, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

Edwards' enjoyable musical farce boasts terrific turns from Julie Andrews as a starving artist playing a man impersonating a woman, Garner as a Chicago gangster, Preston as the flamboyant gay friend, and Lesley Ann Warren as the perpetually horny floozie

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com
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absolutely wonderful!

November 8, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

Victor/Victoria is an entertaining romantic comedy with an appealing light-heartedness.

February 4, 2004 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

Because Edwards' cast so skillfully convinces us that his tightly controlled environments are loosely thrown together, the energy level of Victor/Victoria rarely flags.

November 3, 2002 Full Review Source: MovieMartyr.com
MovieMartyr.com

Gorgeous to look at, thoughtful, but marred by star Garner's insistene that he not appear gay

August 7, 2002
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

For fans of lightweight song and mildly controversial subject material, Victor/Victoria makes for delightful farce.

June 24, 2002
Movie Metropolis

Audience Reviews for Victor Victoria

A woman impersonating a man impersonating a woman falls for a gangster in Paris of 1934.
This film is not only delightful entertainment, there's also a feminist/gay rights point subtly at play. At one point, Victoria actually suggests that the degradation homosexuals are subjected to, which is seen in the gangsters' homophobia as well as King Marchan's reaction to publicizing his relationship with Victor(ia), is less of a hardship than what women must endure.
I thought some of the musical numbers went on a little too long, and I didn't think Norma needed a song to advance her character's part of the story; also, the weakest number is the one that was repeated. But this is Julie Andrews we're talking about, so obviously she has a legendary voice, and the songs here are great for her.
The performances by Andrews and Robert Preston are great. James Garner plays the straight man, no pun intended, and he does so well. Lesley Ann Warren over-acts as Norma, King's ditzy girlfriend, but it all fits with the camp atmosphere created by director Blake Edwards.
I especially like the exposition. Victoria watching a fat man grossly eating and fainting at the sight was an excellent way to communicate a lot about her character's situation.
Overall, Victor/Victoria is a fantastic film both on the level of sheer enjoyment and on a deeper, intellectual level.
July 30, 2011
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Jim Hunter

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Talking about our Beloved Julie Andrews, playing a man that is playing a woman --- She was awesome
December 6, 2008
sainttom93
Tom Ericksen

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Victor/Victoria has to be one of my favs of Julie Andrews.

Julie Andrews plays a lady whom is down on her luck in France. She partners up with a man (Robert Preston) that make her go into disguise as a man who dresses up as a woman hence Victor/Victoria. It is a sensation to one and all and then Victor/victoria meets a charmer played by James Garner..what is a girl or a man to do?

Lesly Ann Warren is Garners girlfriend and is a big scene stealer...one of my fav characters in the film...love her! Go see this film!!!
June 8, 2008
mwilliams078
Mason Williams

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Fun comedy musical with Julie Andrews and James Garner!
August 15, 2007
YosemiteSamFan

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