Popeye Reviews

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April 16, 2007
The plotting of this 1980 feature -- outsider in a hostile environment -- is personal to Altman, though few of the feelings survive the clutter.
Top Critic
April 16, 2007
It is more than faint praise to say that Popeye is far, far better than it might have been, considering the treacherous challenge it presented. But avoiding disaster is not necessarily the same as success.
June 24, 2006
You wonder how on earth Altman did it; equally often, you feel you are watching a wacky masterpiece, the like of which you've never seen before.
October 23, 2004
He takes one of the most artificial and limiting of art forms -- the comic strip -- and raises it to the level of high comedy and high spirits.
August 30, 2004
A thoroughly charming, immensely appealing mess of a movie, often high-spirited and witty, occasionally pretentious and flat, sometimes robustly funny and frequently unintelligible.
July 31, 2015
Reputation be damned, Popeye is a wonderful movie, beguiling and deeply strange. It's also a stealth remake: McCabe for kids.
January 2, 2011
An eccentric take on Popeye and friends.
February 21, 2010
A lot of it is klutzier than you may remember it being, and it leads to a wretched climax involving the fakest-looking octopus since Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster.
November 4, 2007
July 10, 2007
I reeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy hated this movie...
April 16, 2007
A good idea gone down the drain under Altman's spotty direction.
May 26, 2006
Most people hate this rambling, Robert Altman-directed comic strip movie, but I loved it as a kid and I still love it.
October 21, 2005
July 6, 2005
May 12, 2005
The film's not much chop, but Williams is right at home as the spinach-swallowing sailor
January 7, 2005
January 7, 2005
December 27, 2004
Curious paring of Williams and Altman in a live action adaptation of the famous cartoon. Altman's odd sound techniques are not well suited for the material.
June 5, 2004
The fantastically cartoonish look isn't enough to compensate for the plodding story and overall disinterest I had in the characters.
May 16, 2004
Kooky and odd and brilliant in the most warped way imaginable.
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