Brain Donors

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  • Summary: Three manic idiots; a lawyer, cab driver and a handyman team up to run a ballet company to fulfill the will of a millionaire. Stooge-like antics result as the trio try to outwit the rich widow and her scheming big-shot lawyer, who also wants to run the ballet.


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  1. Positive: 2 out of 8
  2. Negative: 2 out of 8
  1. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    Jul 22, 2013
    Like the best Marx Brothers films, Brain Donors has gags for the sake of gags. There's no pretense to plausibility. It's just layers and layers of jokes; some work, some don't. [18 April 1992, p.C3]
  2. Reviewed by: Johanna Steinmetz
    Jul 22, 2013
    A string of slapstick sequences at the end of Brain Donors...finally unleashes its potential for subversive hilarity. But the wait is long and not altogether compensated by Turturro's smooth delivery.
  3. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Jul 22, 2013
    Brain Donors is a short, reasonably snappy attempt at nothing less than a present-day Marx Brothers comedy,
  4. Reviewed by: Pamela Bruce
    Jul 22, 2013
    Turturro-Nelson-Smith come across as nothing more than three strangers with an out of synch, watered-down routine that flounders as a pale imitation of their hallowed predecessors.
  5. Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    Jul 22, 2013
    It's hard to remember when actors have stepped into such a no-win situation and mustered up such panache: Turturro may be on a sinking ship, but he manages to drown brilliantly.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Harrington
    Jul 22, 2013
    Producers David and Jerry Zucker have shown with "Airplane," "The Naked Gun" and "Top Secret" that they are inspired film parodists. Brain Donors suggests that they are clumsy plagiarists.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jul 22, 2013
    The title Brain Donors sounds like a horror film and for those expecting a comedy, it is.

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