Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
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One of the stars of Walt Disney's Mary Poppins, Dick Van Dyke, is re-united with that film's composer and lyricist, Richard M.Sherman and Robert B. Sherman, in this big budget and bloodless children's fantasy musical, based on the children's book by James Bond author Ian Fleming. Van Dyke plays Caractacus Potts, a failed inventor who lives in a big house with his two children -- Jemima Heather Ripley and Jeremy Adrian Hall -- and eccentric father Lionel Jeffries. Potts has to raise 30 shillings so his children can buy a broken-down racing car from the junkyard. After a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 65%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Ken Adam's sets are inventive, but the special effects are shoddy, the songs instantly forgettable, and the leisurely length an exquisite torture."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"A too cutesy musical."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Ask yourself, would you rather show your kids Chitty Chitty Bang Bang or Marmaduke? I don't want to live in a world where the answer is the latter. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang was made in Britain for American consumption, but its magic works on kids and adults of any nationality."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tedium incarnate."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"A fast, dense, friendly children's musical, with something of the joys of singing together on a team bus on the way to a game."
‑ Renata Adler, New York Times
"Starring Dick Van Dyke, this pleasant family fable with music was nominated for the Best Song Oscar"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"ultimately all in good fun, although it's hard to shake entirely the sense that something is slightly askew, which is probably the point"
‑ James Kendrick, Q Network Film Desk
"Has become modern classic, but falls so short of great."
‑ Steve Crum,
"Given that the film runs almost two-and-a-half hours, it's fairly clear that a substantial amount of trimming would have been appropriate."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang contains about the best two-hour children's movie you could hope for, with a marvelous magical auto and lots of adventure and a nutty old grandpa and a mean Baron and some funny dances and a couple of [scary] moments."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A fantastical car story custom made for kids."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"I'm old enough to have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang during its original theatrical run, and I've just about recovered."
‑ Don Willmott,
"Time has not enhanced its doubtful charms."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's some fresh circle of hell to revisit childhood favourites only to inevitably discover that, as a child, one is almost indubitably an idiot."
‑ Walter Chaw, Film Freak Central
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