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November 9, 2017
This is probably one of my favorite entries in the Pink Panther series of films with Peter Sellers. This is the movie where the character of Clouseau begins to become an icon for comedic slapstick comedy. It does feel a tad long winded at times, but if you watch it when you're in the right mood then I am sure you will laugh.
½ October 18, 2017
March 11, 2017
Probably the best of the Pink Panther films
½ February 26, 2017
Second film in the Pink Panther series is even better than the first. Peter Sellers gives a more refined and more funny slapstick performance than in the first film and the addition of the character Kato adds even more hilarity. It also manages to have a decent mystery woven in between the comedic scenes, a brilliant score, solid camerawork and though the script gives way more towards the comedy than the plot it is still solid.
Antonius Block
Super Reviewer
½ November 30, 2016
Peter Sellers can still draw a smile in the role of the bumbling Inspector Clouseau. The scene where he tries to burst down a door where a lady is singing in a recital (thinking her in trouble), only to have the door opened and then flail through the room on his way out of the window opposite and the river below, made me chuckle. That gives you an idea for the physical comedy to expect in this film, some of which works, and some of which has lost its edge over the years. Elke Sommer plays the suspected murderer who Clouseau can't believe has done it because he has the hots for her, but wasn't all that appealing to me. You can certainly do worse, but I doubt you will be blown away either.
½ August 29, 2016
For me, "A Shot In The Dark" delivers in all the ways that "The Pink Panther (1963)" did not. It removes Peter Sellers's legendary "Clouseau" character from the sidelines and thrusts him into the protagonistic role, allowing him to convey his comedic talents more clearly. It serves up loads of effective jokes and gags - an amount that outpaces the number of jokes in the previous film by at least an ocean or two. It also cuts down on the complexity of the mystery at hand, giving the audience members just enough to go off of, but still leaving them in the dark enough to keep their collective interests at bay. In short, "A Shot In The Dark" is the "Pink Panther" film I wanted "The Pink Panther (1963)" to be. It's smart, engaging, silly, and - most importantly - hilarious. A true comedic classic.
½ April 22, 2016
While there are some genuinely funny moments, the plot is very week and the film does not hold up in its old age.
½ April 6, 2016
Not as consistent in tone as the first film in the series, but Seller's impeccable brilliance and Blake's nuanced directing make for a near perfect pair despite.
½ February 25, 2016
Peter Sellers is back as Inspector Clouseau in this sequel to The Pink Panther that now revolves around him. He is called in to solve a murder in the mansion of rich George Sanders, presumably committed by Elke Sommer who is caught more-or-less red-handed. However, Clouseau believes she is innocent, probably for no good reason. As you would expect, there is heaps of slapstick and awkward moments. Burt Kwouk plays Clouseau's butler, ready to attack him (for training purposes) at any moment. Herbert Lom is Commissioner Dreyfus, Clouseau's commanding officer, cracking up with every Clouseau accident that occurs but unable to bring himself to remove Clouseau from the case. Although there is a mystery plot - and all the suspects are brought together into one room at the end for Clouseau to announce the murderer - there is actually no real plot to speak of. Instead, we just get some great set-ups for laughs (particularly, the nudist colony scene), where perhaps my anticipation sometimes outweighed the actual jokes. Still this is better than the first film.
½ October 4, 2015
This sequel to The Pink Panther contains some classic comedy and funny scenes, largely centred around Sellers.
½ September 12, 2015
I struggled to get into Sellers' buffoonery. Grows tired unlike the original
February 1, 2015
Fortunate and hilarous murder mystery.Peter Sellers funny as ever in the suit of dimwit Clouseau
½ January 29, 2015
The original and the best of the Pink Panther collection. Full review later.
January 20, 2015
Realmente muy divertida secuela de la Pantera Rosa, Blake Edwards y Peter Sellers unos genios.
½ December 29, 2014
Perhaps the most funny murder mysteries to hit cinema featuring Peter Sellers in brilliant form as the world's most clumsy police officer. Out of all the Pink Panther movies this is the most playfully cartoonish (in a good way) with visits to a nudist colony leading to Clouseau to wander around in the nip with only a guitar to cover his modesty, and the part in which he is undercover as a hunter is strait from the animated series; and it all works so well. The romantic elements are also very well handled giving Cluseau another layer of character rather than simply keeping him as simple, foolish clown. This one of the very best comedy movies out there, and a high mark in the series.
October 18, 2014
Too much stupid humor.
September 20, 2014
I really enjoyed it. Classic clever slapstick Peter Sellers Jacque Clousseau. 09/20/14
August 12, 2014
For my money, this is the pinnacle of the Pink Panther series. Sellers is totally insane and his pantomime rivals Chaplain or Fields.
June 14, 2014
I own this on DVD in an eight movie pack along with:
* The Pink Panther (1963)
* The Pink Panther Strikes Again (1976)
* The Revenge Of The Pink Panther (1978)
* Trail Of The Pink Panther (1982)
* Curse Of The Pink Panther (1983)
* The Pink Panther (2006)
* The Pink Panther 2 (2009)
½ May 18, 2014
Probably the best of them all.
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