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The Producers Review Critics


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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    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.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    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.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The best two performances belong to Uma Thurman and Will Ferrell. For the film to work, though, the two best roles should belong to Tony-winning Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the title roles.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Enough is enough. Somebody should just stop remaking The Producers.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It was fun, it was funny, it was alive.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Long, too-faithful film of stage musical.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film includes broad physical and what might be termed "vaudevillian" humor: ethnic, gay, and sex jokes, with language that might need explanation for younger viewers ("I shall take your virginity!" "You had to schtupp every little old lady in New York..."). The film also makes fun of a neurotic man's blanket fixation, Nazis/Hitler, prison, accountants, and actors ("Kill all ze actors!"). Since the movie is a satire, only kids old enough to recognize the movie's tongue in cheek references should see it.

  • Families can talk about the nature of satire. How does the movie make humor out of crooks, Nazis and sex with old ladies? How can it get away with jokes based on homosexual and heterosexual stereotyping?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The producers scam wealthy women to put up their show. Also the movie satirizes the Nazis and the protagonists are crooks.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence: Minor roughhousing, jokes about Nazis.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Bawdy sex jokes, including references to virginity, bosoms/bottoms, showgirls, elderly women exchanging money for sex.

  • language false0

    Language: Satiric jokes regarding gay men, Nazis.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Visual references to some brands (White Rock) and NYC landmark, Sardis.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigar smoking/chewing.