• R, 1 hr. 32 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Mel Brooks
    In Theaters:
    Jan 1, 1981 Wide
    On DVD:
    Oct 5, 1999

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History of the World -- Part I Reviews

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Charles Cassady
Common Sense Media

Dirty jokes, some sparkle in uneven Mel Brooks classic.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

December 15, 2010
Christian Toto
What Would Toto Watch?

Brooks' fractured History is salvaged by the tuneful 'Inquisition.'

Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch? | Original Score: 2.5/4

May 19, 2010
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com

| Original Score: 4/5

October 20, 2007
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com

The fact that there has been no Part 2 is ample proof that God hates us all.

| Original Score: 4/5

June 21, 2005
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Crude, rude Mel Brooks has low laughs

| Original Score: 3/5

October 19, 2004
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal

| Original Score: 3/5

April 23, 2004
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Mel Brooks' The History of the World: Part I contains plenty of belly-shaking laughs.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice

January 31, 2004
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Occasional bright moments, but it's clear why there was no. part two.

| Original Score: 3/5

November 24, 2003
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central

| Original Score: 3/5

July 3, 2003

| Original Score: 4/5

March 6, 2003
James Rocchi
Netflix

Full Review Source: Netflix | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 7, 2002
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)

| Original Score: 5/5

September 22, 2002
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis

| Original Score: 4/5

September 16, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

September 12, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

It succeeds only in fits and starts, but the bits that do work are hilarious!

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2002
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Hearing some of those old, beloved one-liners again made me smile, but they did not have the power to make me laugh anew.

Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid

May 27, 2010
Eric Melin
Scene-Stealers.com

| Original Score: 2/5

September 29, 2006
Chuck O'Leary
FulvueDrive-in.com

Brooks proved that increasing the vulgarity level doesn't necessarily translate into more laughs. Gag after gag falls flat in this potty-mouthed dud.

Full Review Source: FulvueDrive-in.com | Original Score: C-

April 11, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

| Original Score: 2/5

June 7, 2005

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June 9, 2008
Derek Adams
Time Out
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February 9, 2006
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