Hello, Dolly!
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Twenty-seven-year-old Barbra Streisand seemed an inappropriate choice for middle-aged, match-making widow Dolly Levi, but her energy carries her right through the role and dominates the lackluster movie around her. The plot, drawn from Thornton Wilder's The Matchmaker (itself based on a 19th-century British farce), is set in motion when Yonkers feed store clerk Cornelius Hackl (Michael Crawford) celebrates his promotion by taking his pal Barnaby Tucker (Danny Lockin) to New York City for a "corking good time." But Cornelius and Barnaby can't avoid crossing paths with their… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 44%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its failures in other areas - a bloated, heavy farce, or a character comedy full of generally tedious cartoons - its abysmal shortcomings as a musical are the saddest."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Inexplicably nominated for Oscars, Gene Kelly's last musical is a big, bloated, stagy film--despite the presence, charm and voice of Barbra Streisand."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"More infamous for bringing Fox financially to its knees than for being the last major musical directed by Gene Kelly, Dolly! is one big-assed bull in a china shop."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"This is the movie that established Barbra as truly incomparable."
‑ Audrey Rock-Richardson, Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
"A magical, old-fashioned musical."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"It doesn't escape the overproduction trap, not by a long shot."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Hello, Dolly! is one of those films from the late sixties that helped nail down the coffin lid on musicals."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"It is a work of great entertainment, a product of an era when people looked up at a screen and saw movies instead of cinema."
‑ Phil Hall, IdentityTheory
"Splashy Kelly production with a too-young Streisand...but she's stunning."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Kelly managed to turn out a film that combined the worst elements of canned theater with the sillier excesses of the musical film."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
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