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Arthur Lazere
January 1, 2000
The whole production sinks leadenly beneath scene after scene endlessly over-extended beyond the interest of their content.
Robert Marley
January 1, 2000
A long, drawn-out film appealing primarily to most viewers' mothers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
January 1, 2000
It's a confusing mishmash of irrelevance, not least because Mike Leigh, the writer and director, feels the need to jump in and out of hundreds of different locations without ever exploring them.
| Original Score: 2/4
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Don Kaye
TNT's Rough Cut
January 1, 2000
An overstuffed, overlong (160 minutes) period piece.
Greg Muskewitz
January 1, 2000
Topsy-Turvy is all in the details; which wouldn't be so bad if the rest of the movie wasn't missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Scott A. Mantz
Scott Mantz' Movie Reviews
January 1, 2000
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
January 1, 2000
I tried, but I couldn't make it all the way through this film.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
July 21, 2005
If you are a Gilbert and Sullivan buff, you will be in heaven. If you are not, the first thing you will need to know is that the film is nearly three hours long.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 31, 2002
Leigh is a master at evoking conflicted feelings and recreating in his movies a genuine sense of the complexity and ambiguity of adult experience.
Full Review| Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
At the Movies
January 1, 2000
One of the year's best films.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It is a well crafted and solidly entertaining effort that illustrates how expert filmmakers can expand their ranges while still producing movies that are worth seeing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ted Murphy
January 1, 2000
Special note must also be made of Lesley Manville, whose heartbreaking performance as Gilbert's neglected wife gives the film some added dimension.
James Rocchi
November 7, 2002
Tale about "The Mikado" and its creators, Gilbert and Sullivan, provides rich cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Eric D. Snider
January 1, 2000
I do like Gilbert & Sullivan quite a bit, and am a fan of theater history, too. Yet even I found myself wishing the film were shorter and more to the point.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
A great study on the struggle to create live theater, containing beautiful musical sequences and fantastic portrayals of the musical's creators.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
Mike Leigh gives us a very credible view of what it must have been like to be present at the production of The Mikado.
Full Review | Original Score: high +2 out of -4..+4
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
October 25, 2002
There are individual scenes that, when looked at by themselves, are knockouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joe Lozito
Big Picture Big Sound
July 14, 2007
There is not an unrealized or extraneous character in the film, and I can't remember a movie that so completely studies the intricacies of bringing a production to the stage.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Leigh's cast are beyond compare, and the whole bighearted, splendidly droll celebration of the entertainer's lot surely stands among British cinema's one-of-a-kind treasures.
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