Howard the Duck
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In this sci-fi comedy from executive producer George Lucas, Howard the Duck is an extra-terrestrial fowl who is accidentally beamed to earth by physicist Dr. Jenning (Jeffrey Jones) and his assistant Phil (Tim Robbins). The two go looking for Howard and find him in the home of Beverly Switzer (Lea Thompson), who was rescued by the interstellar duck from some mean-looking thugs. Beverly and Phil are friends, and when the government finds out about Howard, she helps Phil and Dr. Jenning hide him from the authorities until they can zap him back home. In the meantime, several wild chases and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 14%

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"In the absence of anything resembling structure, character, point of view or sense of purpose, there is no place else for this empty project to go."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"For all those who cottoned to the charm of the comic books, the duck stops here."
‑ Sheila Benson, Los Angeles Times
"In duck talk, it's a quacker -- noisy and shrill."
‑ Joe Baltake, Philadelphia Daily News
"Marvel Comics meets George Lucas's Industrial Light and Magic, and an uneasy, bland alliance it is, too."
‑ Sue Heal, Radio Times
"It really is that bad."
‑ Bill Gibron,
"What can you say about a comedy in which the biggest laugh is in the end credits?"
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The movie is too scuzzy to beguile children, too infantile to appeal to adults."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The sad fact is that the duck gets lost in what becomes a special effects film suspiciously reminiscent of Ghostbusters."
‑ Candice Russell, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"If you want to know why grown-ups don't go to the movies anymore, try suffering through this ludicrous curiosity."
‑ Scot Haller, People Magazine
"Howard the Duck is the first clear sign that George Lucas, who exec produced this mess, ran out of pixie dust after wrapping "Return of the Jedi."
‑ Christian Toto, What Would Toto Watch?
"Reservations aside, it's hard to fault the tongue-in-bill high spirits of a movie like Howard the Duck."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Who was this stupid film made for?"
‑ Gene Siskel, Chicago Tribune
"As the film shifts from drab, duck-out-of-water comedy to madcap chase caper, things modestly improve."
‑ , Total Film
"...a hopelessly uneven and needlessly frenetic piece of work that's unlikely to hold much appeal for viewers over a certain age..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Howard the Duck isn't quite the booming nightmare its reputation suggests, but I defy most viewers out there in DVD land to sit through the entire feature without maintaining a sweaty, alert finger on the fast-forward button."
‑ Brian Orndorf,
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