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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
Allied Artists says it all..., 21 May 2012

Cheapo production. This is supposed to be the 1920s, but there is no attempt to use costumes or hair styles of that era. The men all wear 1950s hats. Robert Blake plays tough as the juvenile gang leader. Barry Sullivan walks through his part as the detective as though he wanted to be somewhere else. His wife,of course, wants him to quit. The gang looks like a Central Casting call for B-list juveniles. As clean and nice looking a bunch of hoodlums as can be imagined. If they could dance they would be ready for West Side Story. The sets are unadorned and look like they were assembled in somebody's garage. There is a lot of unconvincing gunplay and actors falling to the floor, but no blood.

3 out of 7 people found the following review useful:
Too much Zellweger, too little football., 10 April 2008

Pro football in 1925--a really nice premise that was fumbled short of the goal line. Actor George Clooney was believable and occasionally funny as the aging star of the Duluth Bulldogs. Director George Clooney spent too much time on his stars and not enough developing the supporting players, some of whom could have been really interesting. Renee Zellwegger, never one of Hollywood's great beauties, was less so in this one. Something seems to be wrong with her face, preventing her from smiling. Too much Botox? It is embarrassing to note that Clooney is prettier. The big game that provided the finish was just confusing where it should have been satisfying. A couple of slapstick bits did not work at all. This tries to be either a sports movie or a romantic comedy, and succeeds at neither.

2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:
Sunken Gold--fun to watch, but leave logic behind., 2 April 2008

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Ralph Bellamy looks uncomfortable playing a tough deep-sea diver instead of his usual dork-who gets-dumped. He is Mac McCreary, a pipe chomping man of action in this one. His sneaky partner is Karl Shlemmer, former German U-Boat captain, who knows where the gold is and doesn't plan to share it with anybody. Fay Wray is the rich babe who finances the expedition on a boat that looks like a royal yacht. Then there is Lily, a tough waterfront babe who adds little and somehow gets lost along the way. If you can believe all this, how about Miss Wray--rich, beautiful, educated--falling for hunky but dumb, poor, and inarticulate Bellamy? The ending (HERE'S THE BIG SPOILER) is reminiscent of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre when the almost retrieved gold falls back into the ocean, never (for unexplained reasons) to be found again.

4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
A sequel too far..., 5 February 2008

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Calling this third outing for the Shreck gang disappointing is giving it all the best of it. The characters lacked the freshness and pizazz of the first two. The voice characterizations were ho-hum. And who needs all those human-looking computer-generated figures? How about a little imagination here? Having Shreck become a father was a tired ploy used to juice up fading sitcoms. The cute baby ogres belong in early Disney. And what happened to Donkey and Puss-in-Boots? These two rollicking sidekicks are reduced to pratfalling bit players. Worse, for much of the movie their personalities are magically switched. This could have been funny for a quick bit, but it gets old fast. A clue to S-III's problems can be found in the lengthy list of writers, few, if any, of whom were involved in the first two.

Worst of's just not funny.

6 out of 11 people found the following review useful:
Promise broken, 4 October 2007

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This was mildly amusing, if familiar, until the terminally cute kid smart way beyond her years appeared. The newsroom, with improved writing, could be home to some funny stuff. I don't have a problem with the cast. They do need good scripts and a director who will keep them on course. But Omigod, not another single mother riff. Doesn't anybody in television get married before pregnancy anymore? Big mistake to have Kelsey Grammar break character at the end of the pilot episode to leave a soppy phone message about how "magnificent" the kid is. They want us to believe that in eight (or ten) years this woman never dropped a hint to her boyfriend that he was a father? Kelsey Grammar deserves better. And so do the viewers.

5 out of 8 people found the following review useful:
A first-class snorer..., 29 August 2005

Here is another critics' darling that will send Joe Moviegoer, me, back to television. First, there is no story here. Everything at the end, if you can call it that, is the same as it was at the beginning. Nobody has changed, no lessons are learned, no goals achieved, no plans foiled. Bill Murray appears to play the whole thing in a catatonic state. He is usually sitting down, and his woebegone expression never changes. We are supposed to believe that this shlump was in his day a Don Juan. Also that a hot babe half his age or less was a main squeeze until she shows the good sense to move out. The premise is not bad--A swinging bachelor hears he has a son from a 20-year-old affair, and sets out to find which of his girlfriends at the time is the mother. The execution, however, is deadly, thanks mainly to Murray, or possibly Jim Jarmusch's artsy direction. There is no likable character here, except neighbor Jeffrey Wright. And at the ending, which couldn't pass Screen writing 101, the only comment is, "What's the point?"

3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
One half of a very funny movie., 6 August 2005

The first half of this is laugh-aloud funny. Assuming you have seen the originals, the spoofs of these beloved fictional detectives are a joy. Peter Falk deservedly gets most screen time as a Bogart-like Sam Spade type. David Niven and Maggie Smith are never without a cocktail as the urbane Dick and Dora Charleston. Peter Sellers' costuming is a bit over the top, and not Chanlike at all, but Sellers cannot help but be funny in any part he plays. James Coco hams up the Poirot character, apparently unsure whether he is French or Belgian. Elsa Lanchester could have been left out of the cast with small loss. Truman Capote is embarrassing in a part that calls for Vincent Price. The second half of the movie where they all do their "detecting" and "solve" the murder falls down badly.

4 out of 12 people found the following review useful:
Nobody's best., 2 August 2005

You have to cut them some slack since this was filmed at the height of World War II Lee Bowman as leading man was no Gable. He was not even a John Payne. But he was available. The plot is non-existent and the English accents (This is supposed to be London) are laughable. Rita Hayworth looks great, dances acceptably, and has a nice dubbed singing voice. Janet Blair twinkles, and that's about it. Boy dancer Marc Platt was on a rocket to obscurity.

The sets appear to be thrown together from available surplus material. If there was a memorable song in this musical, I can't remember it. Most of the people involved, with the possible exception of young Platt, went on to better things.

0 out of 1 people found the following review useful:
Not as amusing as it thinks., 18 November 2003

Some segments are fun, notably Hugh Grant as Prime Minister, the innocent porno actors, and the old rocker story. The movie lurches to a stop every time the unbelievably cherubic and hyper intelligent kid comes on screen. It tried a little too hard to be casual about the black-white romantic combinations.

Hulk (2003)
Too long, too slow, nobody has any fun., 30 June 2003

Thirty minutes could be cut with only improvement to the movie. Sam Elliot is wasted in a thankless part that any day player could handle. The usual Hollywood anti-military whining helped nothing. The CGI effects have all been seen before. And what's up with the gratuitous split screen? No surprise here that the flick dropped 70 percent B.O. receipts in its second weekend.

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