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  • Summary: An unemployed actor (Williams) loses custody of his children after his wife leaves him. Desperate to spend more time with the kids, the crafty thespian decides to dress up as a 60-year-old British woman and interview with his ex-wife for a nanny position. He lands the job, but he'll have to give the performance of his life to keep it. (Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Director Chris Columbus shrewdly brings together many of the same selling points as in his "Home Alone" movies, mixing broad comedic strokes with heavy-handed messages about the magical power of family.
  2. 80
    And you will laugh till your ribs ache -- not because director Chris Columbus of the "Home Alone" movies has a gift for farce, which he does, but because Williams is to funny what the Energizer Bunny is to batteries. He keeps going and going and going.
  3. Williams gives an inspired comic performance. Unfortunately, he outclasses the movie, which is basically a patchwork rip-off of Tootsie.
  4. Williams has to break out of a second-rate "Tootsie" imitation, ankles clamped in pathos and face covered in latex. He pulls it off in the end, but it's not pretty.
  5. Anyone looking for the kind of comic brio that Dustin Hoffman and company brought to "Tootsie" will not find it here. [24 Nov 1993 Pg. F1]
  6. Reviewed by: Terrence Rafferty
    But the picture as a whole isn't in the class of "Tootsie" and "Some Like It Hot," mostly because its premise is sentimental, not cynical.
  7. 20
    Mrs. Doubtfire is overlong, barely funny, and a surprisingly bitter movie especially for a film aimed at children.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
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  1. Dec 29, 2012
    This is an incredibly heartwarming movie, you will absolutely fall in love with the heartwarming grandmother, I am absoulutely amazed at anyone who has not completely fallen in love with this film has surely no heart. It's the perfect film to just put a warm smile on your face.

    Robin gave us a family member, you will absolutely fall in love with his "Mrs Doubtfire" character.
  2. Mar 4, 2013
    Robin Williams plays a 60 year old nanny with a soft Scottish accent. There's literally no words to describe this. I'll just um give it a 10.
  3. May 6, 2012
    Don't know how I ever went so long without writing a review of this movie. Robin Williams is in top form as Daniel, a man whose wife asks for a divorce, leaving him with no chance to see his kids without supervision from the court. Thankfully, he finds out that his ex-wife Miranda, played by Sally Field, is advertising for a housekeeper. Seeing an opportunity, he, along with his brother Frank, and Frank's lover Jack, creates the character of Mrs. Doubtfire. Watching Daniel try to keep his true identity hidden is a scream! I don't think anyone could have played the role of Mrs. Doubtfire any better than Robin Williams. Expand
  4. Mar 25, 2013
    Robin Williams leads an exceptional cast for this hilarious comedy about a divorced father desperate to spend more time with his children to the point where he is willing to dress up as a sixty-year-old nanny. Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2013
    When you think of the name Robin Williams, movies like this come to mind, because without him, a film like this would never be on the radar. Williams is classically funny in a way that no one else is and he shows again in Mrs. Doubtfire. Separated from his children in a divorce, he needs a way to see his kids every day, and the idea of Mrs. Doubtfire is born. The cast is a mix of veteran comedy actors and young kids and they all do a phenomenal job. Williams of course is genius and makes the film, in a role that is clearly written for him. On the surface it seems like a kids movie, but it's not. There is a lot there for everyone and even thou it's only a PG film, it is genuinely funny. Expand
  6. Jun 17, 2013
  7. Aug 5, 2013
    La pelicula es chistosa, entretenida y original, Robin Williams en uno de sus mas poderosos personajes logrando destacarlo en la comedia, recomendada para los que quieran pasar 2 horas de solo risas con una solo risas Expand

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