Mary Poppins Returns
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All Critics (18)
| Top Critics (5)
| Fresh (6)
| Rotten (12)
You don't see that many supernatural serial-killer romantic comedies.
It's a Wonderful Afterlife may be a busy trifle, but it has its good-natured charms and agreeable gross-outs.
Its comic premise seems too silly, and at times, too tedious, to hope for much cross-cultural appeal, despite a fine, committed cast.
Chadha and her team, with their TV-sitcom color palette and quick comic pacing, clearly aren't shooting for plausibility, and audiences in search of a few easy laughs won't be disappointed.
Broad enough to drive a truckload of samosas through, yet achieving the miracle of genuine silliness only through Sally Hawkins' turn as a daffy psychic, this gluttonous ghost story should appeal to Chadha's loyal customers.
Chadha's recipe for the film appears to be: kooky comic supporting characters, crime, romance and essence of Ealing, together with big chunks of other films. Shame, then, that the result is a bit of a hash; more of a lumpy mish-mash than a tasty masala.
I found myself laughing more at badly composed scenes, lame make-up, and poor performances than at the humour.
A refreshingly spry romantic comedy that never loses sight of the fact that levity and love, even against the darkest and most unlikely of backdrops, always prevail.
A magical realist comedy about the idealization of state-sanctioned heterosexual coupledom.
The feature doesn’t strive hard enough to remain delightfully insane. Instead, Chadha would rather play with broken hearts than entrails. A shame.
This stodgy supernatural farce is riven with insoluble problems.
With jokes that routinely miss the mark and cringeworthy slapstick, this black comedy farce shouldn't work. Somehow, though, it does.
Harmless fluff which makes little sense and is even less believable but has the ever wonderful Sally Hawkins to light up her scenes, especially a fun 'Carrie' spoof.
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