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The Producers Reviews

February 9, 2006
This is extraneous for anyone who's seen the original film or show, presumably leaving everyone else to wonder what all the fuss has been about.
December 31, 2005
Not so much a film as an awkwardly framed souvenir of the Broadway hit musical, The Producers needs a live audience like a candle needs oxygen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2005
... an unabashedly old-fashioned musical filled with song, dance, and shtick so shticky you could hang wallpaper with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2005
The jokes are in its tackiness, and gauchery, and raspberry-inducing send-up of Broadway traditions. On that level, the movie works fine -- and is a whole lot cheaper for the ticket buyer.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2005
Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Gary Beach have their singing, dancing and kvetching in the Broadway smash The Producers immortalized on film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
December 27, 2005
There's a song in the stage musical version of 'The Producers' that, if you flipped the title to pose the opposite question, could summarize the letdown diehard fans will feel if they catch the new movie of Mel Brooks' gloriously retro Broadway smash.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 27, 2005
... a kitschy celebration of all things Mel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 27, 2005
There are bad movies, there are terrible, misguided mistakes and there are unbearable and embarrassing ordeals. The Producers: The Movie Musical is all of those.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 27, 2005
On film, Lane and Broderick are stuck in manic overdrive, like a couple of guys who have been assigned the impossible task of reviving vaudeville.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 27, 2005
It may not be great, but it is a movie.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 27, 2005
[T]he most recent Producers is a clone of a clone, and what it adds in song and dance it loses in brevity and, as is so often the case, wit.
Read More | Original Score: 3/5
December 24, 2005
Ms. Stroman's efforts to open up the play lack imagination, and all the musical numbers probably worked better on stage.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
December 23, 2005
... to have seen either the original movie, or Lane and Broderick on Broadway (I saw both) is to be reminded what a lamentable knockoff this is.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 22, 2005
So how good is the movie of the musical of the movie? The answer is: It's pretty good.
December 22, 2005
If this film were any funnier, the world would explode.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
December 21, 2005
Brooks and Stroman have taken a classic and flattened it into just the sort of glib, tired-businessman's musical adaptation that Max Bialystock once built his sagging reputation on.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 21, 2005
The small, silly details that made you laugh in spite of yourself are only garish and hammy on a screen the size of a mobile trailer.
December 18, 2005
It's not all it was on stage and it's not all it could be on film. The result is a often jolly, highly-polished compromise, which can't be what anyone intended. Or wanted.
Read More | Original Score: C
December 16, 2005
The stage performances haven't been scaled down: Everything is pitched to the second balcony. And Mel Brooks' material -- especially the retro queeny stereotypes -- is excruciatingly dated.
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December 16, 2005
A good time is had by all, and the spirit is infectious.
December 16, 2005
Enough is enough. Somebody should just stop remaking The Producers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2005
The stage show veterans have done these roles so many times, they're more than second nature, and also a little stale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2005
You can't kill all the laughs, not from a script by Mel Brooks, but Stroman sells Brooks' songs with the subtlety of cannon fire.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2005
The picture is so garish and creatively lazy at times, it almost becomes the very sort of vapid spectacle it parodies.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
December 16, 2005
Mildness and blandness/ Mugging like madness/ Who knew that Rent would win this fight?/ Murdering a genre's just not all right!
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
December 16, 2005
First-time film director Susan Stroman has been painfully faithful in bringing her multi-Tony-winning Broadway musical to the big screen, at full volume and as theatrical as ever.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 16, 2005
This isn't a movie. It's a Broadway musical captured on film.
December 16, 2005
Stroman keeps things lively, and Lane, in particular, comes into his own. He mugs too much for my taste but then again, The Producers isn't exactly subtle. It wouldn't be The Producers if it were.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 15, 2005
Watching The Producers is simply exhausting.
December 15, 2005
The Producers is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And that's probably the funniest thing about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
December 15, 2005
If you have seen the play, especially if you've seen it with the original cast, treasure the memory and protect it. The movie will attack it like a virus.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
December 15, 2005
As creaky as the traditional musicals it once poked fun at, The Producers has been entombed -- lox, shtick and two smoking bagels -- as a theatrical fossil, and reinforces the danger in returning to the same material one time too many.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 15, 2005
Very little of the stage show's fizziness has found its way into a strangely pallid-looking picture.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
December 15, 2005
In theory, what's not to like? In reality, the whole schmear.
Full Review | Original Score: C
December 15, 2005
It may be that as audiences queue up for this latest incarnation of Brooks' undying brainchild - - not unlike the patrons who turn back to their seats, mid-exit, during the opening-night performance of Springtime for Hitler - - the joke is on them.
December 15, 2005
The new movie is a success, that I know. How much of a success, I cannot be sure. Someone who has seen the original once or twice, or never, would be a better judge.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 14, 2005
Uma Thurman as a would-be actress is the one bit of genuine radiance in this aggressively and pointlessly shiny, noisy spectacle.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/5
December 13, 2005
There's no business like show business, and the musical Producers' considerable success showed the original movie to have been prophetic -- of itself.
December 12, 2005
[It's] a little jarring at first on film because it's so big and so broad and so over the top -- but I like that.
December 12, 2005
With hundreds of performances in New York and London under their belts, Lane and Broderick have their characterizations down cold.
December 9, 2005
The Producers is simply a missed opportunity.