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  • Summary: In this homage to the 1936 Frank Capra classic "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town," Adam Sandler plays Mr. Deeds, a young man from the small town of Mandrake Falls, NH who inherits controlling interest in a massive media corporation from his deceased uncle.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 33
  2. Negative: 18 out of 33
  1. 75
    Armed with a dinner theater accent and hair that looks like an LP melted on his head, Turturro pockets the picture. As a demonstration of his newly accessed maturity and benevolence, Sandler helps him do it.
  2. Sandler nimbly steps into the role created by Cooper and makes it his nebbishy own, something that cannot be said for Ryder's attempt to rethink the Arthur part. Ryder is lovely, but perhaps too sincere an actress to play a wiseacre.
  3. 50
    Though it's enjoyable, you can't help but feel the squandered situations and talent, flattened by mediocre writing and direction. Scoff if you will, but the gifted Sandler and his audience deserve better.
  4. 38
    There's no chemistry between Deeds and Babe, but then how could there be, considering that their characters have no existence, except as the puppets in scenes of plot manipulation.
  5. Sandler is -- à la "The Wedding Singer" -- in his washout romantic mode here, and no amount of spastic-colon jokes, cartoon violence or good-buddy cameos (Al Sharpton, John McEnroe) can distract from the fact that Gary Cooper he ain't.
  6. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    20
    A perfectly dreadful film.
  7. Nothing about this movie works.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 53
  2. Negative: 14 out of 53
  1. CharlesM.
    Jan 31, 2006
    10
    There are some of the funniest scenes ever produced in a movie. Don't take it to serious or compare to anything else.
  2. BrettD.
    Nov 30, 2005
    10
    Mr. Deeds is the best movie ever!! I have watched around 30 times and I still love it. All my friends like the movie as well.
  3. JoeMamma
    May 24, 2009
    9
    Loved it, why is Adam Sandler so looked down upon by critics. Not just this movie but in general.
  4. Dec 31, 2011
    7
    I thought it was a good comedy. It does get generic and corny ,like every Sandler film, but it was still well enough overall for a watch. II thought it was a good comedy. It does get generic and corny ,like every Sandler film, but it was still well enough overall for a watch. I enjoyed it. Expand
  5. Feb 1, 2015
    6
    Mr. Deeds has lots comedy a bit over the years, but I really enjoy the characters, many of these characters are only in the movie to use asMr. Deeds has lots comedy a bit over the years, but I really enjoy the characters, many of these characters are only in the movie to use as jokes. Certainly not the best movie in the world but it was worth watching. Expand
  6. kitty
    Jul 8, 2008
    6
    This is the only movie I have actually liked Adam Sandler in, so that's pretty self-explanitory.
  7. Jan 12, 2012
    3
    I like Adam Sandler but his role as Mr. Deeds lacks his ambition and this is one of his worst films I've seen. It's a predictable that'sI like Adam Sandler but his role as Mr. Deeds lacks his ambition and this is one of his worst films I've seen. It's a predictable that's unpleasant in too many scenes of humor for such a comedy that tries to be light. Expand

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