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  • Summary: When geeky Seymour Krelborn discovers a very strange and unusual plant, business starts to turn around at the flower shop where he works and (sadly) lives. When the plant's health is threatened, Seymour desperately discovers the gory secret to keeping it alive. As Seymour grows more and more anemic and the number of bandages adorning his fingers mounts, the plant thrives, business booms and Seymour gets the girl. But as the plant grows bigger, so does its demand for the life-nourishing liquid is craves and Seymour must discover other, bigger sources for feeding the sadistic dentist next door. Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Gerald Nachman
    Little Shop of Horrors is consistently amusing and churns with non-stop musical momentum, plus a few old-time Disney touches. This time, it's easy being green. [19 Dec 1986, p.79]
  2. 100
    The Little Shop of Horrors is a thoroughly original adaptation, if that's possible. With its toe-tapping cadences, its class cast and its king-sized cabbage, it's destined to become a classic of camp comedy. It's vege-magic.
  3. A lot of this horrific Little Shop is not only sweet, melodic, funny and oddly idealistic, it's even, well, tasty. [19 Dec 1986, p.1]
  4. Reviewed by: Pat Graham
    Rick Moranis is properly nerdish as the flower-shop attendant who keeps his carnivorous charge supplied with a steady stream of human plasma, and Ellen Greene makes a good scatterbrained innocent in the ersatz Broadway mold, but the best moments in this 1987 release belong to Dr. Steve Martin as a dentist with a professional yen for pain.
  5. Reviewed by: Paul Attanasio
    The pleasures of Little Shop carry you past its dull stretches -- you enjoy its quick-witted wordplay, inventive sketch comedy and the Broadway- and Motown-influenced music (by Alan Menken). And most of all, you enjoy watching a story told through song, as the Hollywood musical, with its glitz and sass, is reborn.
  6. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Although an impressive technical achievement, the film itself is a rather overblown and overhyped affair--which, for all its expensive excess, fails to recapture the spirit of the original.
  7. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    Some of the slower tunes tend to grind but the sort of musical/ retro irony is still amusing in places. Not if you don't like dentists though.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Apr 27, 2014
    This movie is amusing from start to finish. The songs are unbelievably catchy! The characters are hilarious and the story line is just funny really. As a lover of musicals this is definitely a light hearted one with a slightly dark twist that you can enjoy. It is definitely unique! I also love Rick Moranis, Steve Martin and Ellen Greene in their roles, they are perfect! Expand
  2. Feb 11, 2013
    This is a pretty messed up movie but its a great play and the actors do such a great job of it that it hardly matters :P I love some of the songs in this and its just a feel-good 80's musical that anyone can really enjoy. I think the Dentist scenes are a little extra creepy but Steve Martin plays the character spot on so that's OK. After watching this for I think the second time now I can't wait for my production of this Overall a great movie that's nothing but thoroughly entertaining! Expand
  3. Jan 4, 2013
    Some catchy music, a great cast and a funny script. The whole movie does feel like it's being done on a stage, but it doesn't really matter as it adds to the charm. Audrey 2 is just really a great and a fine example of animatronics. Some great cameos, if you can spot them. Overall: A fun comedy musical with a slightly dark edge. Expand
  4. Nov 15, 2013
    "Little Shop of Horrors" isn't horrifying at all. It's just irritating. Audrey's voice is so damn annoying that I honestly wanted to cover my ears when she talks. Some of the music, though, are quite catchy. That's about all I can say that's good about this film. Expand