Penelope Reviews

  • May 05, 2020

    I saw this movie on TV when I was young and thought it was very funny and charming. still think so even so many years later. I was surprised that it was a box office flop when released and Natalie Wood didn't make another film for the next three years! I still like it!

    I saw this movie on TV when I was young and thought it was very funny and charming. still think so even so many years later. I was surprised that it was a box office flop when released and Natalie Wood didn't make another film for the next three years! I still like it!

  • Oct 31, 2018

    Natalie Wood is lovely is this comic misfire directed by Arthur Hiller.

    Natalie Wood is lovely is this comic misfire directed by Arthur Hiller.

  • Nov 28, 2016

    Bland heist comedy with a game cast (Natalie Wood, Dick Shawn) and a solid director, Arthur Hiller, but sadly this film forgot to be funny, charming, or entertaining. Wood plays a bored wife of a banker who decides to rob her husband's band. Meh.

    Bland heist comedy with a game cast (Natalie Wood, Dick Shawn) and a solid director, Arthur Hiller, but sadly this film forgot to be funny, charming, or entertaining. Wood plays a bored wife of a banker who decides to rob her husband's band. Meh.

  • Antonius B Super Reviewer
    Apr 28, 2016

    This 1966 comedy is campy, silly, and a bit ridiculous, but on the other hand, it has Natalie Wood, and that rounds it up to an almost passable film - and if you adore her as I do, worth watching, maybe lightly, in the background while reading. She is absolutely beautiful in the role of an irrepressible housewife who turns to robbery because her husband doesn't pay enough attention to her. Jesus, talk about a plot hole right there. :P Peter Falk is good as the detective on her trail, and it was interesting to see Jonathan Winters in a small part as well (he's a sex-crazed professor who chases her around until her clothes rip off and she's left capering about in her underwear ... not exactly politically correct). On a more somber note, it's sad to think of the troubles this 5' tall daughter of Russian immigrants had in her life, ultimately leading to her creepy drowning death at the age of 43. She took several years off from acting after making this film which speaks to some of the turmoil she was going through, and it's jarring to understand that in light of just how airy this film is, and how happy she seems to be in it.

    This 1966 comedy is campy, silly, and a bit ridiculous, but on the other hand, it has Natalie Wood, and that rounds it up to an almost passable film - and if you adore her as I do, worth watching, maybe lightly, in the background while reading. She is absolutely beautiful in the role of an irrepressible housewife who turns to robbery because her husband doesn't pay enough attention to her. Jesus, talk about a plot hole right there. :P Peter Falk is good as the detective on her trail, and it was interesting to see Jonathan Winters in a small part as well (he's a sex-crazed professor who chases her around until her clothes rip off and she's left capering about in her underwear ... not exactly politically correct). On a more somber note, it's sad to think of the troubles this 5' tall daughter of Russian immigrants had in her life, ultimately leading to her creepy drowning death at the age of 43. She took several years off from acting after making this film which speaks to some of the turmoil she was going through, and it's jarring to understand that in light of just how airy this film is, and how happy she seems to be in it.

  • Jan 19, 2015

    Penelope is one of those 'feel good' comedies, so lighthearted that you can't help but cheering for this wacky but adorable character played by Natalie Wood. The movie had bad reviews back in 1966 but as for now I think it's save to say that is a fine looking comedy and it will surely make you laugh.

    Penelope is one of those 'feel good' comedies, so lighthearted that you can't help but cheering for this wacky but adorable character played by Natalie Wood. The movie had bad reviews back in 1966 but as for now I think it's save to say that is a fine looking comedy and it will surely make you laugh.

  • Jul 09, 2012

    natalie wood is hilarious in "penelope", but aside from her, there isn't very much humor in the film. at least not good humor.

    natalie wood is hilarious in "penelope", but aside from her, there isn't very much humor in the film. at least not good humor.

  • Jun 30, 2010

    Natalie is so funny in this. She had a very ''Holly Golucky' ditsy acting more aware then everyone thinks' attitude to her which I found adorable. Again I watch one of her films and love her instantly. This i slike the forth time this week I've added one of her films to my favorites. The story was cute, I liked the irony about it. It's a tad cheesy I suppose but that's to be expected.

    Natalie is so funny in this. She had a very ''Holly Golucky' ditsy acting more aware then everyone thinks' attitude to her which I found adorable. Again I watch one of her films and love her instantly. This i slike the forth time this week I've added one of her films to my favorites. The story was cute, I liked the irony about it. It's a tad cheesy I suppose but that's to be expected.

  • Jun 30, 2010

    Character inconsistency it seems, but it is still a bunch of fun.

    Character inconsistency it seems, but it is still a bunch of fun.

  • Mar 06, 2010

    Seen xx.xx.xx and again 05.03.10.

    Seen xx.xx.xx and again 05.03.10.

  • Oct 25, 2009

    This movie has a very very thin plot but luckily it has the gorgeous Natalie Wood in it, who was quite funny at times. Too bad the same can't be said about Ian Bannen, who played her husband. There was almost no chemistry between the two and Bannen's acting just was a bit boring. Peter Falk provided a comic note and was more or less his 'Columbo'-persona, but then without the many returns after a conversation to ask a final question. In all it was an amusing movie, but not more than that, ideal for a sunday afternoon.

    This movie has a very very thin plot but luckily it has the gorgeous Natalie Wood in it, who was quite funny at times. Too bad the same can't be said about Ian Bannen, who played her husband. There was almost no chemistry between the two and Bannen's acting just was a bit boring. Peter Falk provided a comic note and was more or less his 'Columbo'-persona, but then without the many returns after a conversation to ask a final question. In all it was an amusing movie, but not more than that, ideal for a sunday afternoon.