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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 toAn 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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 3 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    90
    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
    Although the broad comedy of the first half soon gives way to a tidal wave of entirely uncalled for sentimentality, this is still a laugh riot - the sight of our hero setting fire to his falsies never fails to amuse.
  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. 50
    That Mrs. Doubtfire, a Tootsie Poppins for our times, misfires in the plausibility department and mis-aims its well-meaning if muddled messages about divorce doesn't matter. [24 Nov 1993 Pg. 01.D]
  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: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
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  1. Dec 29, 2012
    10
    This is an incredibly heartwarming movie, you will absolutely fall in love with the heartwarming grandmother, I am absoulutely amazed atThis 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.
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  2. chw
    Aug 5, 2014
    10
    Mrs. Doubtfire was actually a great movie. Don't listen to the critics when it comes to this, they don't know what they're talking about. TheyMrs. Doubtfire was actually a great movie. Don't listen to the critics when it comes to this, they don't know what they're talking about. They say it's inappropriate for children even though it's aimed for children, but the children wouldn't understand the inappropriate content. Expand
  3. Myles#13
    Sep 8, 2006
    10
    Look... if you love Robin Williams's work (like I do), you will love this movie. Williams is at his very best in 'Mrs. Look... if you love Robin Williams's work (like I do), you will love this movie. Williams is at his very best in 'Mrs. Doubtfire'... every scene he's in will bring a smile and a laugh to your face. He manages to disappear within his disguise, the sign of a phenomenal actor... even though you know it's him, you'll have to think twice. MUST-SEE! Expand
  4. Mar 13, 2015
    9
    I love this movie. Throughout my childhood, this movie game me hope, faith, and joy. This film has a special place in my heart and had a greatI love this movie. Throughout my childhood, this movie game me hope, faith, and joy. This film has a special place in my heart and had a great impact on my childhood. I'll never forget out beloved Robin Williams, it's a shame that we lost him so soon. Expand
  5. Feb 23, 2013
    9
    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.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. GerrickC.
    Nov 24, 2006
    8
    This movie allows for some seriousness along with some of William's comedic abilities. The movie has one overlying theme: family. This movie allows for some seriousness along with some of William's comedic abilities. The movie has one overlying theme: family. Williams shows his sensitive side and his ability of portraying older women with funny accents. The movie is funny, sad, and also very good. Expand
  7. May 29, 2015
    7
    Mrs. Doubtfire is incredibly unique and winds up being a great blend of comedy and heartfelt family drama. Robin Williams manages to blend theMrs. Doubtfire is incredibly unique and winds up being a great blend of comedy and heartfelt family drama. Robin Williams manages to blend the two things he was great at in this one: being absolutely hilarious, but also just being a great actor. Throughout, the film really pulls on your heart strings and makes you feel invested as you root for Williams' character to be able to see his children. The film is pretty well-written and is relatively well directed, which also help here. My main complaint is that it did get a little ridiculous at times. There were moments that just angered me with how stupid it was and how far-fetched it was. Sure, the premise is a little far-fetched, but not as out there as some of the stuff that happens in the film itself. Those moments aside, this one is quite funny and incredibly touching and makes for quite the entertaining film. Expand

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