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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 37
  2. Negative: 4 out of 37
  1. It's a classic example of how a movie can be great without, strictly speaking, being good. But when something is this funny, who wants to speak strictly?
  2. 75
    Producers hits few wrong notes on the big screen.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    There's no attempt to address the show's endemic weak spots--a slow start and a contrived end. Mostly Stroman just lets it rip. But in some respects the movie is an improvement on the show.
  4. The accountant in Bloom would probably approve of the new Producers: It's an efficient extension of a popular brand. In theory, what's not to like? In reality, the whole schmear.
  5. Reviewed by: Christine Dolan
    50
    The chemistry is intact, but performances that were reaching-for-the-balcony big on Broadway haven't been scaled back a bit for a more intimate, up-close medium.
  6. 50
    The Producers is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. And that's probably the funniest thing about it.
  7. The Producers is nightmarish, in its febrile way, a head-bangingly primitive version of an overrated Broadway show that grew out of a clumsy 1968 movie with an inflated reputation.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 43 out of 61
  2. Negative: 13 out of 61
  1. SuO.
    Dec 15, 2005
    10
    I loved it. A big, old-fashioned, in your face musical with lots of color and singing!
  2. CarlG.
    Dec 20, 2005
    10
    I was completely astonished by this. I never once stopped laughing! Everyone's entitled to their opinions and i think this was very good!
  3. Sep 15, 2014
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I don't care what anyone else thinks. This movie was great! The music, the characters, and even the comedy was great enough to make me feel as if though I was watching a masterpiece made out of another masterpiece. Expand
  4. SaulD.
    Dec 21, 2005
    8
    Best comedy of the year. 40 year old virgin and wedding crashers were simple minded and dumb... This was a laughing riot! Should have been Best comedy of the year. 40 year old virgin and wedding crashers were simple minded and dumb... This was a laughing riot! Should have been directed by someone else though, but still quite good. Expand
  5. JoeyK.
    Jan 1, 2006
    7
    It gets off to a shaky start, with extremely misdelivered lines. Anyone who has seen the original knows how the first Leo and Max scene It gets off to a shaky start, with extremely misdelivered lines. Anyone who has seen the original knows how the first Leo and Max scene should look, and Broderick and Lane just don't live up to Zero Mostel and Gene Wilder's preformances. Later on, though, it isn't as noticable or intrusive. The movie is a rendition of the Broadway musical, and although it's missing 2 songs, (both of which were missed) it sticks to the musical quite well. There are some scenes from the original movie, that weren't in the musical, that could have worked now that it's a movie again, but unfortunately, there was only one part I noticed that did so. Aside from the dissapointing delivery, the main bother was an array of jokes that they should have realized didn't work. There were changed jokes, and changed styles of delivery, seemingly always for the worse, which was surprising and dissapointing. This isn't as good as either of the other versions, but it's still really funny, and worth it if only because it's the only way to get the Broadway version without goin ghtere yourself. Final note: Joe Morgenstern of the Wall Street Journal is a moron. (Second to last review, gave it a 20). This movie itself was no gem compared to the other versions, but the other version were utterly fantastic. The original musical was far from overrated, and that's saying a lot, and the original movie was a flawless comedic masterpeice. There are reasons to complain about this movie, but none of them have to do with the source material. Expand
  6. Leo
    Dec 30, 2005
    5
    This film does have some good jokes, but there are just alot of bad ones as well.
  7. GaryF.
    Dec 20, 2005
    0
    Run for yout life while you still have a chance. simply awful!

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