Little Shop of Horrors
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It started as a 1960 Roger Corman horror comedy, filmed in two days; it then inspired a lavish 1982 Broadway musical with music and lyrics by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman. Finally in 1986, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) graduated into a multimillion-dollar, all-star film musical. Rick Moranis plays nebbishy Seymour Krelborn, who works in a rundown flower shop on Skid Row. While his boss (Vincent Gardenia) bemoans the lack of business, Seymour seeks a way of bringing the shop -- and himself -- fame and fortune. He purchases a strange plant from an even stranger oriental street vendor (Vincent… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

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"The best moments in this 1987 release belong to Dr. Steve Martin as a dentist with a professional yen for pain."
‑ Pat Graham, Chicago Reader
"This wild and witty musical is great fun."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"Some of the slower tunes tend to grind but the sort of musical/ retro irony is still amusing in places. Not if you don't like dentists though."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"One and a half hours of freaky, scary nonsense set to a killer doo-wop soundtrack."
‑ , Film4
"a classic black comedy musical"
‑ Stefan Birgir Stefansson,
"You can try not liking this adaptation of the Off-Broadway musical hit -- it has no polish and a pushy way with a gag -- but the movie sneaks up on you, about as subtly as Audrey II."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"A full-blown movie musical, and quite a winning one."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Comic book creepiness, jazzy tunes, and fab cast."
‑ Joly Herman, Common Sense Media
"For all its expensive excess, fails to recapture the spirit of the original."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's the professionalism that I admire."
‑ Kevin A. Ranson,
"A fractured, funny production transported rather reluctantly from the stage to the screen."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"I have seen a lot of musicals (probably more than most people under the age of 50), and few are as lively and fun as Little Shop of Horrors."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"As a whole, the story is uninteresting, most of the characters contrived, and the vast majority of the 94 minutes is almost instantly forgettable, especially the man-eating plant from outer space."
‑ Blake French,
"Oz was no doubt hired to handle the plant monster puppet, but his brisk, lightweight direction spreads satisfyingly across the entire movie."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"I'm in love with Ellen Greene!"
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
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