Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? Reviews

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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
April 9, 2013
[Mansfield] constantly catches you off guard. She's this unabashedly crude movie's bleached-blond heart and soul.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Guardian
January 3, 2011
The picture sends up and encapsulates the complacency of the conformist Eisenhower years.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
October 17, 2007
A panic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine
August 12, 2006
Frank Tashlin never could harmonize his celebratory/critical impulses toward American pop culture, so it comes as no surprise that this is both his funniest and most despairing picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Variety
July 21, 2006
In converting the stageplay Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? to his purposes, Frank Tashlin turns out a vastly amusing comedy.
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
February 14, 2006
Cynical look at America during the 1950s.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The not inconsiderable charms of Jayne Mansfield are much to the fore, but it's Randall's performance as timid advertising executive Rockwell Hunter that holds the whole thing together.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 27, 2005
| Original Score: 4/5
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
October 25, 2004
True Mansfield vehicle, one of the few.
| Original Score: 3/5
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
August 19, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
April 30, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Rebecca Murray
About.com
November 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
October 10, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
A highly entertaining satirical extravaganza that's executed with style and manic energy.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
March 10, 2003
The film is filled with a hmorously jaundiced view of the advertising and motion picture industries and the American star machinery.
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Tashlin had a huge stylistic impact on the New Wave. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, his greatest film, is the template for Godard's bold use of primary colors and 'Scope in the 60s.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
Aging but still funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
February 1, 2014
"...it's not the targets that failed to entertain me as much as the way the movie takes aim."
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bosley Crowther
New York Times
March 25, 2006
[Tashlin], as the writer, producer and director of the film, has let it go mushy and sprawling even more than the original play of George Axelrod.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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