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Critic's Choice (1963)

Approved  |   |  Comedy  |  13 April 1963 (USA)
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Bob Hope is a New York theater critic and his wife (Lucille Ball in their final motion picture pairing) writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Hope must either get out of ... See full summary »

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Philip 'Phil' Yardley (as Evan McCord)
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Harvey Rittenhouse
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Geoffrey Von Hagedorn
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Bob Hope is a New York theater critic and his wife (Lucille Ball in their final motion picture pairing) writes a play that may or may not be very good. Now Hope must either get out of reviewing the play or cause the breakup of his marriage. Based on the Broadway play by Ira Levin. Written by laird-3

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Warner Bros. happily brings Broadway's 'choice' comedy to the screen! See more »

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Cuando el corazón manda  »

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While talking about Broadway hits, Bob Hope's character mentions Mary, Mary, the film version of which Warner Bros. had turned into a Debbie Reynolds vehicle released later that same year. See more »

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John Ballantine: So, the trouble must be psychosomatic. Nonorganic, therefore psychically motivated.
Parker Ballantine: Will you stop talking like a child?
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Ending: "The absolute End" See more »

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Not This Critic's Choice
28 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I saw the video in the library and the box advertising certainly made the movie sound good, as well as the all-star cast listed. But on bringing it home and watching it, neither my mother or I cared for it or bothered to see it to the end. There were hardly any laughs and the whole thing was basically unappealing.

Perhaps the play it was based on was much better. But theater critic Parker was simply a mean-spirited and unlikeable man, destroying theater productions by his bad reviews, being obnoxious to family and friends, sneering at his wife's creative efforts, yet expecting people to like him anyway. He also attaches too much importance to his job, saying he would lose his self-respect if he didn't review things as he did. If Lucille Ball, who played his wife, acted as she did in her other roles, she would have reacted far more strongly to him. This is one of the dullest performances of her career.


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