(1990)

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100
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
Delightfully inventive, consistently funny, clever but not slick, brisk yet never antic, Quick Change is the perfect cinematic date - a summer film for all seasons, the kind of sharp-edged picture that gives lightweight a good name. [14 Jul 1990, p.C3]
75
Quick Change is a funny but not an inspired comedy. It has two directors - Howard Franklin and Bill Murray - and I wonder if that has anything to do with its inability to be more than just efficiently entertaining.
75
San Francisco Chronicle
What's surprising about Quick Change, particularly in light of his more recent mega-budget efforts, is its witty affability. [15 Jul 1990, p.34]
75
Chicago Tribune
It's a particularly great pleasure to encounter Quick Change, a wonderfully loose and graceful character comedy. [13 Jul 990, p.C]
75
Quick Change unfolds cleverly, keeping the audience in the dark on the robbery plot throughout the film's opening reel.
60
Enjoyable nonsense with a superb enemble cast. Pure entertainment.
58
Quick Change starts out fast and loose - it gets the audience primed for a ripsnorting caper comedy. Yet almost nothing that follows is as clever, as surprising, or as casually anarchic as that nifty opening sequence. Murray himself served as codirector, and though he doesn't do anything terribly wrong, the movie lacks comic zest.
50
USA Today
Don't look for any belly laughs, but Quick Change will help you put on a happy face. [13 Jul 1990, p. 4D]
50
Boston Globe
As a performer, Murray moves through the film with a lovely doomed aplomb. And his quick verbal wit is almost enough to pull Quick Change off. But as a director, his inexperience costs him. His camera isn't as quick as his tongue. [13 Jul 1990, p.29]
40
Wall Street Journal
Mr. Murray and his co-director, Howard Franklin, who adapted Jay Cronley's novel for the screen, succeed mainly in illuminating what made them want to direct the material. At least this picture struggles to emit a few gasps of fresh air as it goes down. [19 Jul 1990, p.A8]
0
Derivative and blindingly dull, Quick Change is an occasion for a quick nap.

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