Hello, Dolly! Reviews

April 2, 2019
It relies almost exclusively on the celebrated eyes, ears, nose and throat of Streisand. Her musicianship remains irreproachable. But her mannerisms are so arch and calculated that one half expects to find a key implanted in her back.
April 2, 2019
...fares best with the ensemble dance numbers that elegantly combine group movement and individual footwork.
March 26, 2019
It's an exercise in star turns, surrounded by elephantine blandness.
March 26, 2019
Gene Kelly directed, a long way from Terpsichore apparently, though not, alas, from the Thanksgiving turkey.
August 27, 2014
For all its failures in other areas - a bloated, heavy farce, or a character comedy full of generally tedious cartoons - its abysmal shortcomings as a musical are the saddest.
March 24, 2009
Inexplicably nominated for Oscars, Gene Kelly's last musical is a big, bloated, stagy film--despite the presence, charm and voice of Barbra Streisand.
October 18, 2008
The movie creaks along to its happy ending, ultimately suffocating under way too many layers of brocade, velvet, and ostrich feathers.
February 19, 2007
It doesn't escape the overproduction trap, not by a long shot.
June 24, 2006
The Jerry Herman score is unmemorable, Michael Kidd's choreography is foreshortened to accommodate yards of additional dialogue by Ernest Lehman, and the rest is Streisand capably doing her thing in a series of plushily colossal sets.
May 9, 2005
[Director Gene Kelly and produce Ernest Lehmann] have been reverential to the point of idiocy, since, by preserving something basically thin and often witless on a large movie screen, they have merely inflated the faults to elephantine proportions.
January 7, 2005
November 15, 2003
August 27, 2003
More infamous for bringing Fox financially to its knees than for being the last major musical directed by Gene Kelly, Dolly! is one big-assed bull in a china shop.
August 5, 2003
Hello, Dolly! is one of those films from the late sixties that helped nail down the coffin lid on musicals.
May 24, 2003
Kelly's direction is colourful enough, but it is flashy to the detriment of everything else.
April 24, 2003
Kelly managed to turn out a film that combined the worst elements of canned theater with the sillier excesses of the musical film.
January 10, 2003
Watch Hello, Dolly! in close succession to, say, The Sound of Music, and the latter film's elegant editing and harmonious visual schemes are all the more conspicuous.