The Pink Panther

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  • Summary: In this action-packed comedy, the bumbling Inspector Closeau (Martin) takes on his most important case ever. (Sony)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 35
  2. Negative: 14 out of 35
  1. The staging of the physical comedy in The Pink Panther is not always adept - director Shawn Levy is no Blake Edwards - but Martin, who co-wrote the screenplay, keeps spinning in his own orbit anyway. And what an orbit it is.
  2. The best thing about the replica is how wholeheartedly Martin throws himself into the physical comedy, which is uniformly hilarious.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    Neither the disaster one might have suspected nor a fully realized madcap farce; rather, Steve Martin's foray as Inspector Clouseau exhibits bursts of wild-and-craziness, but hardly enough to sustain even its relatively brief running time.
  4. 40
    With the exception of one scene with an accent coach, his (Martin) Clouseau is flabby and obvious, like your dad doing an impression at the dinner table.
  5. 38
    At every moment in the movie, I was aware that Peter Sellers was Clouseau, and Steve Martin was not. I hadn't realized how thoroughly Sellers and Edwards had colonized my memory.
  6. The mirthlessly sadistic gags tend to target people in wheelchairs or hospital beds and betray a mild if all-encompassing disgust for the source material and the audience.
  7. 0
    Sellers' comic mastery is completely fumbled by Martin and director Shawn Levy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 38
  2. Negative: 11 out of 38
  1. KatelynB
    Feb 22, 2009
    10
    This was an entertaining movie and deserves a 100 I think steve Martin did a captivating job, playing Clouseau.This a movie people will This was an entertaining movie and deserves a 100 I think steve Martin did a captivating job, playing Clouseau.This a movie people will remember for ages! Expand
  2. MatthewL.
    Apr 26, 2006
    10
    That was the best comedy show I ever saw in years! I almost died of laughing!The oringinal one sucks!
  3. Sep 28, 2011
    9
    Comedies these days have become far too predictable with gross outs and other modern techniques, but Steve Martin with vast years ofComedies these days have become far too predictable with gross outs and other modern techniques, but Steve Martin with vast years of experience and talent, really knows the genre of comedy. From slapstick, melodrama, parody, satire to the most subtle of facial cues , Steve can do it all. A comedy that can appeal to a wide range of age groups and people needs a good mix of comedy types, and Steve delivers on all levels. A great film for sheer talent. A tribute to Sellers. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2012
    6
    Doesn't deserve all the bad press it got. Sure, it's a dumb comedy with a ridiculous plot (what soccer trainer tries to kill a pop starDoesn't deserve all the bad press it got. Sure, it's a dumb comedy with a ridiculous plot (what soccer trainer tries to kill a pop star because she went out with two other guys?), but many of its jokes are very funny, and at the very least it's not a worthless waste of two hours like its sequel. Expand
  5. Rev.Rikard
    Feb 20, 2006
    5
    Let's be honest, Peter Sellers will always be "The" pink panther. Still, if anyone could pull off a refreshing visit with this long lost Let's be honest, Peter Sellers will always be "The" pink panther. Still, if anyone could pull off a refreshing visit with this long lost friend it would be Steve Martin. This movie doesn't dispel the judgment that Martin remains among the funniest people in the business; however, it does reveal that he should start picking his scripts more carefully. This screen-play did not tap into bumbling character personified in Sellers. It is little more than slap-stick comedy with few novel gags. Like many "comedies"? this film tries to make us laugh with sophmoric, toilet humor. Martin doesn't need it to be funny. Consequently, the Pink Panther remains where he should be: laid to rest as one of the great comic characters of the 70s. Steve Martin remains where he has been for some time: looking for that script that resurrects his comic genius. Expand
  6. firaf
    Jun 24, 2009
    2
    Absolutely awful If Steve Martin thinks his movie is any good then should play a different character in a different story other than Absolutely awful If Steve Martin thinks his movie is any good then should play a different character in a different story other than Inspector Clouseau and the Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers. I say this because those not familiar with his predecessor think this movie might be good, they ought to watch this as a standalone movie about a different character unrelated to the PINK PANTHER movies !!! what a shame for Peter Sellers a lost opportunity to follow on from his films. Expand
  7. Oct 12, 2015
    0
    When you see how Steve Martin completely messes up his interpretation of Clouseau, you start to realise how incredible gifted Peter SellersWhen you see how Steve Martin completely messes up his interpretation of Clouseau, you start to realise how incredible gifted Peter Sellers (the one and only Clouseau) was. Expand

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