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TV Guide
May 23, 2011
The plot is much the same as in the Ernst Lubitsch original, with everything played for laughs and Brooks at his funniest in impersonations of Nazis. What's missing is the relevance of the 1942 film, released while Germany occupied Poland.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Bancroft's sustained delights are not matched by Brooks, who seems to be trying too hard.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Johnson may not quite have Lubitsch's lightness of touch, but he puts an excellent cast through their paces with great verve, and the charm is as potent as ever.
Chuck O'Leary
October 9, 2005
A very well-executed farce, and Brooks' most underrated movie.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Brooks combines a backstage musical with a wartime romance and comes up with an eclectic comedy that races off into several directions, usually successfully.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
Ssmashingly funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 26, 2004
Superfluous remake of the Lubitsch classic is OK on its own merits, but no more.
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
May 20, 2004
Kind of a dud.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
May 1, 2004
This movie has its moments; but it is not as funny as the Jack Benny original; Brooks for all his wit, is no Ernst Lubitsch.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 1, 2004
I can't remember another film that took so little care with the details of ambience: the cruddy sets and flat, underworked sound track drain any sense of life from the project.
Frank Ochieng
May 30, 2003
Brooks and his comedic cohorts bring their brand of high-strung mockery to Alan Johnson's flavorable farce...relentlessly riotous!
| Original Score: 4/5
Emanuel Levy
June 29, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
July 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
March 22, 2004
| Original Score: 2/5
Lori Hoffman
Atlantic City Weekly
February 8, 2004
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
October 15, 2003
| Original Score: 3/5
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