Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 15
  2. Negative: 2 out of 15
  1. Manages to honor the theatricality of the source yet becomes a fully cinematic experience. A gem.
  2. Reviewed by: Robert Faires
    It has that bygone style, in which impossibly innocent ingenues suddenly break into blissfully tuneful song.
  3. Has slow patches and requires a generous suspension of disbelief. But it's also sweet and optimistic -- a welcome antidote to gloom.
  4. 70
    This is the first Broadway-sourced movie musical in umpteen years, and you should see it, because the score is gorgeous.
  5. 70
    Scrappy, sappy, and appealing.
  6. 58
    Fans starving for some song and dance celluloid may be satiated, but this movie version really shows the material's age.
  7. The deliberate simplicity that works so well at the Sullivan Street Theater seems flat, anachronistic and almost spooky on the big screen.
  8. 50
    A brave but ultimately futile attempt at adapting a piece that is so quintessentially theatrical that it defies translation to another medium.
  9. It seems like another misstep - the story just doesn't hold up to Ritchie's treatment.
  10. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    Although dated, it's not a bad musical.
  11. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn & Lauren Kane
    While the cast and songs are top notch, the predictability of the madness makes it pretty clear that this musical shouldn't have left the stage
  12. 50
    A sweet, if slender, surprise.
  13. 40
    Shot five years ago by director Michael Ritchie. No release until now. Uh-oh. Disaster? Pretty much.
  14. The movie version overflows with affection and good intention, but unwittingly turns a bauble of cheerful fakery into something that mostly feels phony.
  15. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    The resulting film is one of too much reverence and not enough satire.

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