Bugsy Malone
Bugsy Malone (1976)

Here's the basic "joke" of Bugsy Malone: it's a gangster picture enacted by children. The film details the career of Bugsy Malone, who rises to the top of the criminal ladder in 1920s New York. Whenever gunfire is called… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: April 12, 2005
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83%
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82%


Critic Score: 83% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mark Monahan
Daily Telegraph

Parker's script is as sharp as a wiseguy's suit, his attention to period and genre detail a constant joy, and he coaxes scarily poised performances from his young performers.

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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

The songs and set pieces are still fresh and infectious and most of the child cast are mesmerisingly good. I defy anyone not to be caught up in the charm and nostalgia.

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Clint Morris
Film Threat

A minor masterpiece of it's time

Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

This original concept, a gangster musical spoof with all the roles played by children (Jodie Foster among them), never found its audience, but it's worth checking out.

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Don Willmott
Filmcritic.com

There's little here that delivers even the bare minimum for a musical or a comedy

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

One of a kind, totally clever gangster parody with music and kids.

Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Jodie Foster stars in goofy kid mobster movie.

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Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

Pretty goofy idea, but kids will probably be diverted by it.

Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Gets points for sheer peculiarness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 82% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
Two rival gangsters battle for turf and a new, strategically important armament during the Prohibition Era -- a cliche if the entire cast weren't children.… More
Lady D'arbanville
Created in the shadow and influence of such hardened criminals such as Al Capone and set in the prohibition era. Bugsy Malone is a unique style of Musical,… More
Directors Cat
A smartly made musical set at the time of absolute depression. All the cast are children and Bugsy Malone is one of the few films in which child actors I… More
Thomas Bowler
Great musical with fantastic songs and some actually likeable child actors. Full review later.
Dean McKenna
Good kiddie-gangster-musical flick as what I see is how do we show killing and brutal acts of violence - only bring out the custard pies and cream-firing… More
Anthony Lawrie
"We could've been anything that we wanted to be..la la la, la la la la..." - Im going to be singing that for the rest of the day now! Classic… More