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Inspector Gadget (1999)



Critic Consensus: Despite an abundance of eyecandy, the film doesn't amount to much.

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Based on the popular cartoon character of the same name, Inspector Gadget is an adventure comedy about a somewhat naive and inept security guard, John Brown, whose big heart is equal to his far-fetched dreams of becoming the world's greatest police officer. However, nothing is impossible. Suddenly unexpected circumstances make him the ideal candidate for a top secret law enforecment project, and pretty scientist Dr. Brenda Bradford applies her expertise in robotics to build him into a man of many talents--and accessories. Using a vast array of grafted-on gizmos and doohickies to bust bad guys, the often clueless Inspector Gadget must also employ his common sense to crack an especially complicated case. As he penetrates Riverton City's darkest underworld, Inspector Gadget must save not only his good name and reputation, but also rescue the world from the nefarious Claw.

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as Mayor Wilson
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as Kramer
Dabney Coleman
as Chief Quimby
D.L. Hughley
as Gadgetmobile
Rene Auberjonois
as Artemus Bradford
Cliff Emmich
as Bus Driver
Brian Tibbetts
as Boy on Bike
Bob Gaynor
as Robotic Foot Dancer
J.P. Manoux
as Mayor's Assistant
Sam Brown
as Officer McMurphy
Brad Blaisdel
as Officer Johnson
Sonya Eddy
as Hospital Secretary
Don Adams
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Critic Reviews for Inspector Gadget

All Critics (62) | Top Critics (21)

The movie feels like a demonstration reel for toys, action figures and future DisneyQuest installations.

January 1, 2000

Inspector Gadget is a joyless and charmless disaster!

January 1, 2000
Top Critic

This is the worst live-action Disney feature since 1997's That Darn Cat remake!

January 1, 2000

The best thing about Inspector Gadget is that it's only 75 minutes long.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…

If 700 monkeys typed for 700 years, one of them would come up with Hamlet. Give them a week, and six would come up with Inspector Gadget.

January 1, 2000

Inspector Gadget is the longest 80-minute movie ever made!

January 1, 2000

Audience Reviews for Inspector Gadget


Unlike the original television show, this film fails to provide genuine gags and the "characters" are far too flat to even call them characters. Matthew Broderick is literally the only thing that makes this film enjoyable, as he adds depth to whatever may be on the screen in this atrocity of a film. I mean, it's not dreadfully bad, in fact, I do have fun with some scenes, but the overall impact always has me scratching my head as to how these "filmmakers" could have found this to be a good or even decent script. The dialogue is terrible, the acting is over-the-top, the visuals are average, and every single gag falls flat. Still, I had some fun with "Inspector Gadget."

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Being a fan of the cartoon growing up, I was interested in seeing this. I saw it when it was released, and boy did it suck. This film really scraps the bottom of the barrel. The film has a paper thin plot, a pretty bad cast and above all, bad directing. The film is plainly stupid, and doesn't do anything to thrill the audience. This film is another poor attempt at making a film based on a TV show. Unfortunately the result is a film that is purely stupid. Upon watching this, all I wanted was my hour and twenty minutes back. The plot was bad, and the acting was plainly terrible. Inspector has no redeeming qualities, and you wonder how this crap got made. Aside from Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Matthew Broderick hasn't done anything good since, and with this film, his career has sunk to a new low. Inspector Gadget is a terrible film that along with a few other family films such as Thunderbirds should be avoided. This film insults the intelligence, and I found it painful to watch. Inspector Gadget was something neat to watch when I was younger, but as a full fledged live action film, it fails to deliver anything good on-screen. This is one of the worst family oriented films that I have seen, and everything about it is terrible. The acting is awful, and it's understandable with a cast like this. Inspector Gadget doesn't entertain, it frustrates.

Alex roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

Hated by critics and audiences upon initial release: Inspector Gadget will always be a guilty pleasure of mine.

Matt Goodman
Matt Goodman

Super Reviewer

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