• Unrated, 1 hr. 45 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Bryan Forbes
    In Theaters:
    Jul 4, 1966 Wide
  • Columbia Pictures Corporation


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The Wrong Box Reviews

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Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

It is a farce with a lot of class and style, carried off with some brilliant acting. It also has what most films with idiot plots lack, restraint, subtlety and sly wit.

Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope | Original Score: B

November 5, 2011

TIME Magazine
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Some of the gags crumble on impact, others are stretched out like taffy, but there is enough fun left over to leave most moviegoers happily wallowing in greed, sex, homicide, body snatching and other nefarious diversions.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

April 21, 2010

TV Guide's Movie Guide

All of the smaller roles are deliciously cast, with several of the best comic actors England had to offer in that decade, a heyday of British humor.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3/4

April 21, 2010
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Mildly amusing silly black comedy set in Victorian England.

Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews | Original Score: B-

June 3, 2009
Variety Staff
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Mills amusingly hams his way through two or three sequences as one of the dying brothers. Richardson, bland, imperturable old bore, is superb. He and Wilfrid Lawson, portraying a decrepit butler, virtually carry away the acting honors.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 26, 2009
Boo Allen
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Funny farce with an all-star cast.

| Original Score: 3/5

February 16, 2006
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

Hilarious black comedy.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 14, 2005
Bosley Crowther
New York Times
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Some sections and bits are funnier than others. Some are labored and dull. It is that sort of story, that sort of comedy. But it adds up to a lively lark.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/4

May 9, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Black comedy featuring great British comedy actors

| Original Score: 4/5

October 19, 2004


Review Immense, undisciplined, all-star period comedy of a sort that, in the 1960s, was a common feature of American and British cinematic output.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

He only has two scenes, but those two scenes, for my money, are the finest things [Peter] Sellers ever did.

Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) | Original Score: 5/5

May 20, 2003
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium

An inspired English farce; Ralph Richardson is irresistible.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 1, 2002
Jeffrey Bruner
Des Moines Register

Full of fun and wit ... It's a great treat for fans of The Life of Brian and Fawlty Towers who are curious about the history of British comedy.

Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

July 5, 2002

Boxoffice Magazine

Bryan Forbes proves as excellent at directing off-beat period comedy as he is at drama, and the slightly stylized acting technique occasionally used by his all-British cast in The Wrong Box adds plenty of flavor to the fun.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine

March 27, 2001
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)

| Original Score: 3/5

February 18, 2007
Michael Szymanski

| Original Score: 3/5

October 14, 2005
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

June 11, 2005
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