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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: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
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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. Jun 17, 2013
    9
    Simplemente una buena comedia para ver en familia. En conclusion una buena pelicula.Simplemente una buena comedia para ver en familia. En conclusion una buena pelicula. XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Expand
  5. Patrick
    Oct 15, 2006
    9
    Reviewers really annoy me... This is a great, funny film. To think that this was rated lower than all the overrated crap like Star Wars and Reviewers really annoy me... This is a great, funny film. To think that this was rated lower than all the overrated crap like Star Wars and lord Of The Rings really annoys me. Robin Williams is great in this, go watch it. Expand
  6. Mar 25, 2013
    9
    Robin Williams leads an exceptional cast for this hilarious comedy about a divorced father desperate to spend more time with his children toRobin 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
  7. Aug 5, 2013
    8
    La pelicula es chistosa, entretenida y original, Robin Williams en uno de sus mas poderosos personajes logrando destacarlo en la comedia,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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