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  • Summary: Gumshoe detective Eddie Valiant (Hoskins) is on the job in both Hollywood and Toontown, and the line between reality and fantasy gets blurred as Eddie tries to solve a major "who dunnit." He's thrown for quite a set of curves when he meets Jessica Rabbit, the sultry "toon" who whispers "I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way." When Eddie gets mixed up with the fast-talking "toon" Roger Rabbit (Fleischer) he finds himself crossing paths with such characters as the hilarious Baby Herman, Benny the Cab, the sinister Judge Doom and more, in a wacky adventure of a lifetime. (Buena Vista) Expand
  • Director: Robert Zemeckis
  • Genre(s): Mystery, Fantasy, Comedy, Crime, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 104 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 15
  2. Negative: 1 out of 15
  1. 100
    An instant slapstick classic from Disney and Steven Spielberg. Already, it's a hare's breadth away from legend. [22 June 1988]
  2. Combines live-action and animation with breathtaking wizardry... Alternately hilarious, frightening, and awesome.
  3. 100
    The movie is funny, but it's more than funny, it's exhilarating.
  4. 100
    If you don’t like Who Framed Roger Rabbit, have your pulse checked... You'll forget yourself right through to the end when Porky Pig, dressed as a cop, says "M-move along, there's n-nothing more to s-see folks." [24 June 1988]
  5. It's the year's cleverest comedy in more ways than one. The animated sequences are brilliant... Most important, the story also has dark overtones that lend a hint of seriousness to what could have been just silly. [24 June 1988]
  6. 100
    Brilliantly funny, bracingly smart and surprisingly moving. [22 June 1988]
  7. The plot, the gags, the action are so stupid and strident, so unfunnily parodic, that the film's only interest is in wondering how they did it-the mix of animation and live action. [1 Aug 1988]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 2 out of 24
  1. Sep 6, 2013
    10
    Director Robert Zemeckis has created an extraordinary world of wizardry and magic by combining animation and live-action that' ll make your mind blown into pieces. Expand
  2. Jul 18, 2013
    10
    Hilarious stuff done over the top in major style. Had me surprised for how sexual it was with all the Jessica Rabbit stuff. But all in all, it was a creative and hilarious movie. Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2011
    10
    I see no reason not to like this film, it's uproariously funny, with plenty of memorable scenes and quotes to keep you going for ages. Each and every character are suited to their roles, perfectly picked, as a film, you have to have a particular set of actors and actresses to play certain people, or voice cartoon people and animals, otherwise your film will dramatically flop at the box office. You can see here that the production crew did not fail to call on the best of the people in order to create the classic movie of all sorts.
    Unlike many more modern films where a hybrid of live-action and animation is created, Who Framed Roger Rabbit is one of the best types of these films where the interactions between the live people and the cartoons and accuracy of positioning cartoons in the right place are realistic, and you can actually see relationships developing between real life people and cartoons. Who Framed Roger Rabbit is certainly fine art, in particularly the finest, as well as being funny, there is always a darkness beneath, in the form of Judge Doom, which is played with amazing precision by Christopher Lloyd. It does so without ruining the atmosphere, as some films always fail to combine darkness and laughter in the certain amount of time.
    This film is for everyone - who says its for kids only? Of course there are innuendos and threats which goes over kids heads, but it has a certain something which makes it for everyone. I was 16 when I first watched it, and I loved it.
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    I remember seeing this movie many times during it's summer 1988 theatrical release. I was much impressed and agreed it was deserving of it's critical rave reviews. Rarely does a film present such a sophisticated mix of style, technique, imagination and originality. The concept was simple: combine live action with animation, which was already done before, not so convincingly. Here's a case where the sum truly is greater than it's parts. A rather ordinary live action film is combined with traditional cell animation, in ways that were never seen before in cinema. These many individual techniques already existed, however no one took the time or trouble to put them all together before this film. Besides the realism of the live action and animated world interacting with each other, this film represented another historic first. It was the first time well known classic cartoon characters such as from Disney, Warner Brothers and other studios ever appeared together in a film. This was to be the last time Mel Blanc supplied the voices for so many famous and beloved Warner Brothers cartoon characters, such as Bugs Bunny. This is truly an inspired film in many ways. Unique, highly entertaining, influential and amazing, for children and adults of all ages. Masterfully done.
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  5. Feb 21, 2014
    8
    A crowd-please,r and a funny one at that, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit?" is a very amusing, and doesn't stop to take a breath. It's an all around fun movie; the kind they rarely make anymore. Expand
  6. Mar 24, 2013
    7
    A creative movie where animations are alongside humans. The story line is decent, satisfactory acting performance.
  7. Dec 25, 2013
    0
    It's seriously just annoying. There's a reason things in cartoons only happen in cartoons.

    The production quality is dreadful, all the
    lines are trite, and the plot is thin.

    No redeeming qualities about this movie. The only reason anyone would like this is nostalgia.
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