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Fletch Lives Reviews

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Boyd Farrow
Empire Magazine
July 1, 2015
Funny and inventive vehicle for Chevy Chase's hapless and genuinely funny comic creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2015
In this meager sequel, as in its popular predecessor, Chevy Chase demolishes every easy target in sight with a quip of the tongue. Some of the lines are funny, but after a while you just want to smack him.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 1, 2015
Being so sour about Fletch makes one feel like Kvetch, but seriously, is all it takes to be a screen comic the ability to flare the nostrils and to fall down?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2015
With arbitrary laugh lines coming along to strip the credibility from every situation and the integrity from every character, there's hardly a moment in the new film that seems as authentically alive as a California Raisins commercial.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Candice Russell
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
July 1, 2015
With the exception of an elaborate fantasy sequence straight out of a Disney movie and a running gag about a Cadillac without brakes, Fletch Lives should have been called Fletch Staggers.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
July 1, 2015
The sequel, like the original, is entertaining in a slightly stale, basically sitcomy way.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
July 1, 2015
Chase delivers a one-note performance, consisting mainly of predictable comebacks and salacious leers, while the characters who become the targets of his witty rejoinders are weak and silly stereotypes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dennis King
Tulsa World
July 1, 2015
Your appreciation of this film will rest largely on your taste for Chase's particular brand of snide comedy. If you like Chase, Fletch lives; if you hate Chase, Fletch dies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sue Heal
Radio Times
July 1, 2015
The plot, such as it is, doesn't so much revolve around Chase in a variety of ill-fitting disguises, as spin mercilessly out of control.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5

People Magazine
July 1, 2015
This sequel to Fletch, in which Chase played novelist Gregory McDonald's Los Angeles newspaperman-detective, seems to have a chip on its shoulder, daring an audience not to laugh.
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Variety Staff
March 26, 2009
Chevy Chase is perfectly suited to playing a smirking, wisecracking, multiple-identitied reporter in Fletch Lives.
David Cornelius
August 14, 2008
The mystery is barely there, and nobody really cares, as long as Chase gets to ham it up under a wider array of fake moustaches and silly accents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Kermode
Time Out
January 26, 2006
The humour throughout is alternately mindless, sexist, racist, and homophobic, and would probably offend if you managed to stay awake.
Chuck O'Leary
Fantastica Daily
October 5, 2005
A very disappointing sequel that's not nearly as funny and witty as the original.
| Original Score: 2/5
Clint Morris
Film Threat
May 6, 2005
Not quite as good as the first, but still an enjoyable jaunt
| Original Score: 3/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
September 17, 2003
The original Fletch somehow took on minor-cult-film status, and the sequel may do the same.
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Mr. Chase is such an agreeably low-pressure comedian that a movie has to be very inept to be as irritating as Fletch Lives.
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
April 24, 2003
Fairly funny sequel.
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 20, 2002
Too bad, he did. Maybe if he hadn't this sequel won't have been necessary.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Fletch Lives is one more dispirited slog through the rummage sale of movie cliches.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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