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  • Summary: In this zany comedy, four disparate characters (Cleese, Curtis, Kline, Palin) attempt a daring jewel heist.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Reviewed by: Carmel Dagan
    Director Charles Crichton's hilarious romp.
  2. 100
    The funniest movie I have seen in a long time.
  3. I laughed so hard, my eyes watered. I laughed so loud, I lost track of whether anyone else was laughing. I laughed so much, I ached afterwards. [29 July 1988, Daily Notebook, p.E1]
  4. Crichton keeps the laughs coming with infectious energy.
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Curtis steals the show with her keen sense of comic timing and sneaky little grins and asides.
  6. 75
    Contains some gaspingly funny moments. [29 July 1988, Friday, p.A]
  7. The dialogue reports funny things instead of showing them. The movie remains in a limbo halfway between the informed anarchy of Monty Python comedy stripped of all social and political satire, and the comparatively genteel comedy of "The Lavender Hill Mob." [15 July 1988, p.C8]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. Feb 23, 2014
    An awesome script, wonderful acting especially from Kline and Cleese and damn funny from start to finish. Has more than a touch of Python humor in it but it still very sophisticated. This is a movie I have watched time and again over the years and never get tired of it. Expand
  2. Aug 12, 2010
    This is a very well written and often very funny film which doesn't let-up for a second. Cleese, Palin, Kline and Lee-Curtis are magnificent as Precarious, Sexy, Disconnected and Chaotic (you can probably match them up if you've never seen this film before). The fact that two are American and two are English gives the film a clashing, tasty quality that I can't remember seeing anywhere else. Though never all in the same room at the same time, they all rub up against each other at some point in brilliantly positioned scenes that frequently have me in stitches. The roots of this film come from the old English comedies of the 1950's but this is firmly set in the 1980's within the very ordinary and everyday. This all adds to the charm beneath the madness. Gone in 60 Seconds this is not - more bumbling motorbikes than shiny super cars and it is all the better for it. Standouts are too many to mention but I would have to say that Kevin Kline's Otto steals just about every scene he bursts into. He adds more than a bit to the out-of-control element throughout what feels like a series of set-pieces. All useful set-pieces though which flow together as one shimmering crime caper. Not a second is ever wasted. It has been said that someone died of laughter while watching this. If I was to die while watching anything, A Fish Called Wanda would be perfect. Classic English humor with an American twist, this continues to be my favorite comedy of all time. Expand
  3. Aug 24, 2013
    F***ing hilarious. Sophisticated, understandable, and genuinely funny. Me and my brother fell to the ground. Kevin Kline is the real guy to look at. His ineptitude cultivates in everyone else's f**k ups. He deserved the oscar. Why didn't he get the golden globe, I have no idea. Expand
  4. Sep 22, 2011
    This was just pure comedy, what happen to comedy nowadays. This movie was amazing, well written, with good dialogues between the characters, it kept the public interested, and they sure did select the perfect cast for this movie, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kevin Kline, John Cleese and Michael Palin were able to do everything in the movie, but they completely smashed it in the comedy scenes, so freaking funny, and therefore the result was pretty damn good. Collapse
  5. Aug 27, 2014
    Adventures aren't always as funny their creators intend for them to be. This one is. In fact, it's one of the funniest flicks out of Britain ever. Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline are dynamite. Expand
  6. May 20, 2014
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This is the kind of movie you watch again and again, and enjoy every time.

    The plot is hilarious. What was supposed to be a successful diamond robbery turns something completely different when some of the robbers try to get the loot for themselves. Wanda and Otto, siblings with benefits, are trying to cross George, but it seems the man was smarter than that. With George is taken in by the police - thanks to Otto and his sister - there is still George's stuttering accomplice, Ken, to deal with.

    To complicate the matters, Wanda tries to get to the man defending George to find out where the diamonds are, and that takes a bit more than the usual level of persuasion. Otto, who is jealous and definitely not to be called stupid, keeps appearing at the most inconvenient times.

    And to keep the plot going, of course there is an eye-witness who saw George just after the jewel heist; an elderly woman whom Ken must now deal with. His several attempts to cause an "accident" are quite fatal - to the old lady's three Yorkies!

    The characters brilliant, and the acting never leaves you hanging. The most hilarious is perhaps Kevin Kline as Otto, who plays with accents, charms his sister with Italian, and used to be a hitman for CIA - or so he says.

    The plot is solid and funny, especially the end. The way things are going, you cannot tell what is really going to happen before the ending titles start to roll!
  7. Aug 29, 2012
    Hardly a Monty Python vehicle, but its remnants, Cleese and Palin has brought forth perhaps their best work so far (including the python period), a contemporary satire homing in the UK/USA self-mocking kernel, with their US counterparts, Curtis and Kline. Entertaining to its very core, the crime-light, pratfall-heavy comedy ingenuously spikes British humor in its comparatively foolhardy story of a manipulative woman Expand

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