Max Dugan Returns
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Max Dugan (Jason Robards Jr.) is an elderly ne'er-do-well whose tenuous mob connections have made him persona non grata with his daughter Marsha Mason. Struggling to raise her restless son Matthew Broderick on her own, Mason is none too pleased when Max returns to the family fold with yet another portfolio of get-rich-quick schemes. Forced to leave town due to the investigative habits of cop Donald Sutherland, Mason's new boyfriend, Max does one last good deed to renew the faith of the disillusioned-with-life Broderick. Watch for Donald Sutherland's son Kiefer in his film debut,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A consistently happy comedic fable which should please romanticists drawn to a teaming of Neil Simon, Marsha Mason and Herbert Ross."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A clumsy, heavy film, its most profoundly expressed emotion is greed."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Crowd-pleasing domestic comedy that's based on a Neil Simon screenplay."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Delivers some trickle-down emotional benefits."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Simon's gift also is his downfall. He's so good at writing lightweight dialogue that it all begins to sound the same."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This sentimental outing was written by Neil Simon and stars Marsha Mason as Nora, a single parent trying to raise her son Michael (Matthew Broderick)."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A delightful comic fantasy."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Ross directs competently and the cast could not be bettered."
‑ , Film4
"There are certainly some questionable ingredients to the story, but you're not likely to notice them while the film is under way. You're likely to be laughing."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Comic, clever, and satisfying fairy tale of redemption."
‑ Renee Schonfeld, Common Sense Media
"...entertaining throughout..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
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