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Blazing Saddles Reviews

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Jason Bailey
June 18, 2016
Its genius, then and now, was the manner in which director Mel Brooks and his writers turned a broad Western spoof into what was, for its time, a revolutionary satire of race relations.

Total Film
May 1, 2014
A movie that neither blazes or misfires, falling somewhere between the horrors of Spaceballs and the genius of Young Frankenstein.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
John Ferguson
Radio Times
May 1, 2014
This all-singing, all-belching western spoof remains one of Mel Brooks's finest creations.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
March 27, 2014
It's the best [director] Brooks has ever offered his audience.
Josh Larsen
February 22, 2014
...may look like a Western, but in actuality it takes place in just another corner of Mel Brooks' mad brain.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Elliot Panek
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Kids may not get all of Brooks' Old West parody.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
August 22, 2008
Goldarned if the whole fool enterprise is not worth the attention of any moviegoer with a penchant for what one actor, commenting on another's Gabby Hayes imitation, calls 'authentic western gibberish.'

TV Guide
April 2, 2008
A lewd spoof of westerns and racial prejudice; enough laughs to cover the fact that it is, essentially, a stupid movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Don Druker
Chicago Reader
April 2, 2008
One of the funniest awful movies ever made.
April 2, 2008
It's tough to beat as an outrageously phlegmy deposit in Hollywood's spittoon.
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Variety Staff
April 2, 2008
Although Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder head a uniformly competent cast, pic is handily stolen by Harvey Korman and Madeline Kahn. Kahn is simply terrific doing a Marlene Dietrich lampoon.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The screenplay is credited to five writers, and it shows in the confused melange of styles.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
I laughed and laughed while viewing this again. Maybe part of it was nostalgia, but part of it came from a refreshing feeling of being shocked once more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
May 21, 2006 once a parody of old Western movies and a social satire on race and prejudice.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Emanuel Levy
April 29, 2006
Madeline Kahn was nominated for the Supporting Actress Oscar for her wonderful parody of all the cabaret singers that Dietrich used to play, including the comedy-Western Destry Rides Again.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Mark Bourne
April 5, 2006
Chalk up Blazing Saddles as only a lampoon of Hollywood westerns and you miss the point by a Texas mile.... Its humor is the palliative that lets Brooks mock prejudices and, with gloves off, prejudiced people.
Widgett Walls
November 10, 2005
Whacked out and brilliant. Eminently rewatchable.
| Original Score: 4/5
Chuck O'Leary
October 21, 2005
Still good for a few chuckles, but I find it somewhat overrated.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
August 14, 2005
Somehow the raunchy humor seemed to pass me by.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Jonathan W. Hickman
Entertainment Insiders
December 27, 2004
The funniest Mel Brooks film, Clevevon Little, who died far too young, is a comic genius. With the success of The Producers on Broadway maybe we can expect a stage version of Saddles which I'd pay good money to see.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
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