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Popeye Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
November 4, 2007
| Original Score: 1/5
Ryan Cracknell
Apollo Guide
June 5, 2004
The fantastically cartoonish look isn't enough to compensate for the plodding story and overall disinterest I had in the characters.
| Original Score: 58/100
Nicolas Lacroix
Showbizz.net
December 2, 2003
| Original Score: 2/5
July 10, 2007
I reeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy hated this movie...
| Original Score: 0/4
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 7, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 6, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Altman's live action take on the comic strip sailorman is typically idiosyncratic and wilful, but, sadly, far from being any good.
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Variety
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.

TV Guide
April 16, 2007
A good idea gone down the drain under Altman's spotty direction.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Eric Henderson
Slant Magazine
June 19, 2003
If you strip away the film's loyalty to its source material, it's not difficult to see that, in many ways, Popeye is Altman's comic spin on McCabe & Mrs. Miller.
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
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.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
May 16, 2004
Kooky and odd and brilliant in the most warped way imaginable.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
May 12, 2005
The film's not much chop, but Williams is right at home as the spinach-swallowing sailor
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
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.
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
June 23, 2003
Altman's job was to convey the spirit of the old cartoons, not dish up some ultraslick Hollywood sitcom fodder. He gets the job done right.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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