Mixed Nuts
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A holiday comedy with dark overtones, Mixed Nuts presents a supposedly humorous look at the behind-the-scenes events at a crisis hotline on Christmas Eve. Philip (Steve Martin) runs Lifesavers, a Venice, California organization dedicated to helping the depressed and troubled. Unfortunately, Philip is a bit down himself, having learned that Lifesavers is on the verge of eviction. His staff isn't feeling particularly helpful either, with Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) giving gruff, often insulting advice, and Catherine (Rita Wilson) obsessing over her own unspoken love for Philip. As the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 7%

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"Director/co-scripter Nora Ephron pitches the humor at a cacophonous level and displays the comedic equivalent of two left feet in evolving an absurdist, slapstick yarn."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"A relentlessly hectic, poorly structured farce that falls embarrassingly flat."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A dreadful, dreary would-be dark comedy."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Terrible comedy with a few amusing moments. Not dark enough on one end, not silly enough on the other."
‑ Fred Topel, About.com
"Ephron's timing and sensitivity have deserted her, leaving behind only the sentimentality."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Is there anything more excruciating than failed farce?"
‑ Hal Hinson, Washington Post
"The beginning of Steve Martin's non-funny comedies. Ephron should know better as well."
‑ Louise Brealey, Empire Magazine
"Quirky, enjoyable comedy with an unknown Parker Posey on roller skates and Adam Sandler being charming in a real minor part."
‑ Brandon Judell, PopcornQ
"Odd, oddly likable little comedy."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A title song incorporating the names of nut varieties is only one of the film's desperate ploys."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"Every character shines with such dazzling intensity and such inexhaustible comic invention that the movie becomes tiresome, like too many clowns."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Martin's comedic talents show no signs of life in this truly abysmal adaptation of a superior French farce..."
‑ , Film4
"Awful -- even worse when you think about the caliber of talent involved"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
"So many nuts, so few laughs"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
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