The Pink Panther


The Pink Panther

Critics Consensus

Though Steve Martin is game, the particulars of the Inspector Clouseau character elude him in this middling update.



Total Count: 141


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A world-famous soccer coach has been murdered and his priceless, legendary ring has been stolen -- a ring set with the stunning diamond known as the "Pink Panther." The French government needs a master detective to solve the crime and recover the gem. But, he's not available, so they recruit none other than Inspector Jacques Clouseau. Who committed the crime: a stunning pop star, a soccer player, a Chinese assassin? - And, can anyone solve the case? Clouseau and his partner, Ponton, must unmask the murderer and keep their boss, Dreyfus, from taking credit for the victory -- all without bringing the French legal system to a screeching halt.

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Critic Reviews for The Pink Panther

All Critics (141) | Top Critics (38)

  • The plot, needless to say, is negligible.

    Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…

    Anna Smith

    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • As for Martin, no matter how many he times he stumbles, fumbles, burns his balls or mispronounces the word hamburger, he never gets close to making the Clouseau persona his own.

    Mar 14, 2006 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The Pink Panther moves Clouseau into the modern world while keeping the jokes older than dirt.

    Feb 17, 2006 | Rating: C+

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • What is the point?

    Feb 16, 2006
  • The most that can be said for this strenuously bland reconstitution is that Steve Martin was clearly alive during filming. But just how alive, unfortunately, is at issue.

    Feb 14, 2006
  • For those who recall Sellers and the role he made famous, 'travesty' seems to be the right descriptor.

    Feb 11, 2006 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Pink Panther

  • Sep 07, 2014
    I don't even see the point of having a remake of the classic. Even the talent from Steve Martin cannot save the film.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2013
    Steve Martin is on the case in The Pink Panther. When the coach of France's national soccer team is murdered and his famous Pink Panther diamond stolen, bumbling police detective Inspector Jacques Clouseau is tasked with solving the case. Co-starring Kevin Kline, Jean Reno, and Emily Mortimer, the cast is pretty good and has a talent for this style of broad comedy. However, it's the comedy stylings of Steve Martin that have to carry the film, and he does a great job with the slapstick humor. Still, there's a lot of juvenile stuff that doesn't really work, and Beyonce Knowles is dead weight. The Pink Panther is a fun film with plenty of laughs, but they don't always land.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 24, 2013
    I resented the very idea of this from the beginning, even the suggestion, and so was pleasantly surprised when some of the nonsense actually garnered a hard earned smile from me. Reno as the second banana: a surprise. And Mortimer? Why didn't they give her more? Martin's behind the scenes too on the script, so this is essentially his baby, and its not as ugly as I thought it was going to be.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Apr 15, 2012
    Waste of time, Steve Martin is not Peter sellers
    Brendan N Super Reviewer

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