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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
January 21, 2014
A too cutesy musical.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Emanuel Levy
August 27, 2012
Starring Dick Van Dyke, this pleasant family fable with music was nominated for the Best Song Oscar
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Common Sense Media Editors
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
A fantastical car story custom made for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
November 7, 2010
Ask yourself, would you rather show your kids Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Marmaduke? I don't want to live in a world where the answer is the latter. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
November 7, 2010
ultimately all in good fun, although it's hard to shake entirely the sense that something is slightly askew, which is probably the point
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Don Willmott
August 30, 2008
I'm old enough to have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang during its original theatrical run, and I've just about recovered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
May 5, 2008
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was made in Britain for American consumption, but its magic works on kids and adults of any nationality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Steve Crum
February 23, 2008
Has become modern classic, but falls so short of great.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Milne
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Ken Adam's sets are inventive, but the special effects are shoddy, the songs instantly forgettable, and the leisurely length an exquisite torture.
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Renata Adler
New York Times
May 9, 2005
A fast, dense, friendly children's musical, with something of the joys of singing together on a team bus on the way to a game.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang contains about the best two-hour children's movie you could hope for, with a marvelous magical auto and lots of adventure and a nutty old grandpa and a mean Baron and some funny dances and a couple of [scary] moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
May 23, 2004
Time has not enhanced its doubtful charms.
| Original Score: 2/5
Jake Euker
F5 (Wichita, KS)
March 18, 2004
Tedium incarnate.
| Original Score: 0/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 14, 2003
Given that the film runs almost two-and-a-half hours, it's fairly clear that a substantial amount of trimming would have been appropriate.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
December 3, 2003
It's some fresh circle of hell to revisit childhood favourites only to inevitably discover that, as a child, one is almost indubitably an idiot.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
November 2, 2003
...if children can stay awake long enough, they will undoubtedly find much of it entertaining.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Neil Jeffries
Empire Magazine
November 2, 2003
The film is too long at well over two hours, but the effects are impressive for the time and the musical numbers zippy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

August 19, 2003
Something of an oddity doubtless. But memorable for its visuals and its creepy, evil baddie.
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
A High-flying, quality family production
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
January 27, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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