Radioland Murders (1994) - Rotten Tomatoes

Radioland Murders (1994)

TOMATOMETER

——

AUDIENCE SCORE

Critic Consensus: No consensus yet.

Radioland Murders Videos

Movie Info

In 1939, the gala opening night of a new radio station takes a turn from chaotic to catastrophic when people start turning up dead. This nostalgic, cameo-laden comedy-mystery focuses on Roger, one of the station's writers who must solve the murders to clear his own name and save the station.

Watch it now

People Who Like this movie also like

Cast

Ned Beatty
as Gen. Whalen
Michael Lerner
as Lt. Cross
Jeffrey Tambor
as Walt Whalen Junior
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Max Applewhite
Larry Miller
as Katzenback
Anita Morris
as Claudette
Corbin Bernsen
as Dexter Morris
Bobcat Goldthwait
as Wild Writer
Billy Barty
as Himself
Tracy Byrd
as Herself
Candy Clark
as Billy's Mom
Anne De Salvo
as Female Writer
Bo Hopkins
as Billy's Father
Robert Klein
as Father Writer
Harvey Korman
as Jules Cogley
Joey Lawrence
as Frankie Marshall
Peter MacNicol
as Son Writer
Mary Boucher
as Soap Box Girl
Wilbur Fitzgerald
as "Tortured" Actor
Randell Haynes
as Difficult Actor/Interrogator
Mark Joy
as Jack Granite
Rebecca Koon
as Mildred's Mom/Ma
Gary Kroeger
as Gork, Son of Fire
Tammy Lauren
as "In the Mood" Bandleader
Charles Marsh
as Upside Down Yodeller
Richard K. Olsen
as "Lt. Cross" Actor/Pa
Jack Sheldon
as Ruffles Reedy
Barry Bell
as Cop #1
Harold Bergman
as Affiliate
Dave Hager
as Laughing Man
D. Anthony Pender
as Revolving Stage Operator
Jeffrey Pillars
as Nerdy Stagehand
Pam Stone
as Dottie
Amy Parrish
as "The Miller Sisters" Member
Ed Lillard
as Loud Affiliate
Show More Cast

Critic Reviews for Radioland Murders

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (3)

See it with low expectations, this is an uncomplicated film that's not as bad as it looks. [Full review in Spanish]

January 13, 2016 | Full Review…

What an inglorious pity.

August 29, 2006 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…
Film Threat

What were they thinking?

March 1, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

The cast must get an A for effort.

January 27, 2004 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not the slightest bit funny. Annoying and obnoxious attempt at retro '30s humor.

July 14, 2003 | Rating: 0/5
About.com

The bottom line: If you can get past that sagging first third, there are some laughs to be had.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

Audience Reviews for Radioland Murders

It does come across that everything Mr Lucas has put his chubby finger to since Star Wars doesn't quite turn out so well (apart from 'Indy'), the recent 'Red Tails' for example. This goofy slapstick comedy on paper had promise and I was quite excited to watch it as the period setting plus the 'who dunnit' murder aspect I like. The whole thing sounded like a kind of 'Clue' or 'Haunted Honeymoon' type venture, that nice dated 30's to 50's setting with smart suits with well spoken chaps n dames all set within a spooky atmosphere. Unfortunately this film is really quite boring and insanely stupid, there is way too much slapstick in your face screwball comedy...and its not even very good, just forced. Everyone is falling arse over tit every five minutes and the editing is so damn choppy, you zip from one pratfall to the next as if they were individual sketches pasted together. Awesome cast line up, every well known character actor in Hollywood has been stuck in this but that can't save the film. Brian Benben was for me a bad choice of lead for the story, he's one of those guys that just fits TV roles better and he's also annoyingly unstable here with the most lame physical comedy display. Good ideas with a great era and concept to homage but this falls flat on its face, it should of been a classic but somehow its been fudged well and truly, damn it Lucas!

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer

½

Gosh, almost as pedantic as a Woody Allen movie. The characters are cardboard cutouts against the CGI backgrounds, which were a test-phase for Star Wars prequels. It's claustrophobic and annoying. I didn't want to be there.

Lafe Fredbjornson
Lafe Fredbjornson

Super Reviewer

Radioland Murders Quotes

Discussion Forum

Discuss Radioland Murders on our Movie forum!

News & Features