Around the World in 80 Days - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Around the World in 80 Days Reviews

Page 2 of 24
½ August 3, 2014
Not bad. Had the potential to be frightfully boring, especially considering its 3-hour running time. The plot is quite conventional, and feels reasonably padded. Also can be a bit mundane if you already know the story (and who doesn't).

However, it was fairly entertaining. Made so mostly by the scenery and excellent cinematography. Felt like a travel documentary.

The occasional humour also helps.

Performances are nothing to write home about. David Niven is overly stuffy as Phileas Fogg. (But that's all he knows how to do). Supporting cast have a host of big names in minor, sometimes very fleeting roles: Noel Coward, Sir John Gielgud, Trevor Howard, Frank Sinatra, Marlene Dietrich, John Carradine, Buster Keaton.

Certainly didn't deserve a Best Picture Oscar, but not that bad.
½ July 29, 2014
(First and only viewing - 11/22/2010)
July 13, 2014
Perhaps the most amazing cast in cinema history, although most of the stars appear for just a few seconds. The script is rather thin but visually it is as big the world it circumnavigates.
July 6, 2014
Great film for its locations. All star cast and cameos. I would love to see it again when it comes out on Blu-ray; that would be something!
½ May 12, 2014
One of the weakest Best Picture winners. A not bad, not good movie.
½ April 21, 2014
Lavish, yes, but too lengthy and drawn out. The music felt cloying to me, as did many of the actors.
April 11, 2014
A travel log for its time.
½ April 3, 2014
Around the World in 80 Days has fine cinematography and visuals, but it has a bloated running time, a cheesy and dated story with a tone that lacks seriousness and is filled with a number of boring and overly stretched scenes making this film one of the least deserved Best Picture winners.
½ February 16, 2014
Michael Anderson puts all of his best efforts into the creation of Around The World In 80 Days, but the entertainment is very limited and there is little payoff from this outdrawn adventure film.
½ January 20, 2014
An extraordinary film. Well-acted, beautifully shot, wonderfully scored, excellently-written. It gets it right in most facets. My qualm is that some of the show numbers wane unnecessarily long. It's simply too long, & I'm not sure that the story is quite defined or involved enough to warrant such extravagant length. Regardless, it is otherwise one of the best illustrations of what a film spectacle should be.
December 15, 2013
Colourful, lavish fantasy tale based on Jules Vernes novel. A touch too long possibly but keep an eye out for all the cameos from a great cast
Super Reviewer
½ September 19, 2013
'Around the World in Eighty Days' is a curious disaster. Its lavish production design, expensive sets and celebrity cameos are used to disguise its shallowness, unevenness and dated British humor, but they don't. Maybe in 1956 they did, but not today. It works in small bits, but not as whole. As a side note, one of the most peculiar things about it is how Cantinflas won the Best Actor - Comedy/Musical award at the Golden Globes while the film itself won the Best Motion Picture - Drama award. No one ever brings that up and it just doesn't make a lick of sense.
½ August 11, 2013
Historical value of this movie is unquestionable. However it ignores all fundamental principles of modern storytelling and that makes these 3 hours almost unbearable. Depiction of native Americans is also ridiculously biased and ignorant.
June 3, 2013
It's infinitely better than the terrible remake, but this is by no means a classic. Should not have won Best Picture.
May 30, 2013
A rich guy travels around the world for the hell of it.
May 13, 2013
Very different from the book. But that didn't mater.
April 7, 2013
I saw it as a very young child and loved it!
April 4, 2013
Wonderful movie based on the Jules Verne novel. David Niven is perfect as the stuffy English traveler but Cantinflas steals the show as Niven's valet and traveling partner Passepartout. It's a little dated and far from perfect but still holds up as a great comedy adventure with tons of stars in all sorts of roles.
March 29, 2013
Sounds epic, but I found it overly long and boring.
Page 2 of 24