Mary Poppins Returns
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All Critics (18)
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We weren't particularly affected by Arthur's encounters with various strangers along the way. We think we know why: For the most part, we found ourselves watching a grown actor pretend to have a special connection. With a duck.
Writer-director Nic Bettauer can't decide whether to play Duck for tears or laughs.
Much of the journey becomes redundant, and the film likely would have been more effective as a 20-minute short.
There isn't much to it, but this odd little road movie from writer-director Nic Bettauer does boast a sincere charm, and fine performances from its two leading actors.
There are precedents for this kind of old-coot-and-adorable-pet cinema, but the director, a USC film grad, demonstrates little in the way of keenness or even sentimentality.
The filmmaker is good with actors, and in Hall, she has a lead with such innate authority that you can't take your eyes off him, even when he's manhandling flapping waterfowl.
...a thoughtful look at who we might be and what we can be, with just a little tenderness that remains embedded in the heart for a long time after.
Hosts a promising premise and some pretty interesting dialogue in spurts. But as the tail waddles across Los Angeles the originally agile storytelling suffers some bumps.
A series of stagy vignettes that never builds to a point.
Whimsical, quirky, strangely endearing road movie - and certainly unique!
The movie is about as interesting as a duck would be as a pet.
Possessed of one of the most hangdog faces in Hollywood, Hall meshes expertly with the movie's hopeful sadness. That we watch him toting a live duck around without once losing his dignity -- or breaking out in laughter -- has to count for something.
Dumb. Here's the thing, this was SUCH a good idea for a movie, and it was done SO wrong... the screenplay made no sense... he mentions WWII and Kilroy was here, then decides to name the Duck Joe... there were absolutely no transitions between scenes, the music was overly distracting, and all the extras were terrible actors that just kept pulling away from the ultimate point of the movie... which I guess there were several of... also a bad idea... Started out strong, and then committed suicide within the first five minutes... This movie could have been great 50 years ago, as a cartoon, or as a high school senior's film project where the budget was ... a duck... to whom I give one star.
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