Mr. Magoo
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Action-adventure director Stanley Tong (Supercop, Rumble in the Bronx) did a change of pace by directing this live-action adaptation of UPA's bumbling, near-sighted Mr. Magoo the animated-series character created during the '40s by John Hubley and others for the cartoon short Ragtime Bear (1949). Millionaire Quincy Magoo (Leslie Nielsen) won't admit he needs glasses, so nephew Waldo (Matt Keeslar) removes obstacles in Magoo's path. At a museum exhibition, when Magoo steps up to cut a ceremonial ribbon but instead severs a power line, it sets in motion events making Magoo the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 4%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"By turns frenetic and flat-footed, Mr. Magoo is an uninspired live-action comedy."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Here's where I'm supposed to suggest how the film might be better. But I can't think of anything to say other than to make the film again, with different writers and a new director."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Nielsen, an actor who is either brilliant or abysmal depending on the material, veers towards the latter."
‑ , Film4
"The film is almost unbearable."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"Among those who will be insulted by this painfully unfunny comedy are women, the elderly and members of several ethnicities, as well as moviegoers with even the slightest modicum of taste."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"If you really hate your kids, pack them off to this slapdash farce, whose only funny moment is the PC disclaimer at the end about the Disney company's humanist concern for blind people."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Only a couple of good gags in its pileup of otherwise lame jokes keep the production from being an unqualified stinker."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"Instantly forgettable but fun while it lasts."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A lousy movie without a single laugh."
‑ David Noh, Film Journal International
"Hopefully, this picture will force producers to think harder about which subjects have promise and which do not."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"Incomplete as a cartoon, indecisive as comedy, halting as adventure, Mr. Magoo turns out to be a shortsighted project."
‑ Lawrence Van Gelder, New York Times
"Mr. Magoo is not just an insult to the blind and near-blind, it's an insult to every human being who has the misfortune to suffer through this dreadfully unfunny, 90 minute atrocity."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Stinkier than a visit to the local tip"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"One star, for principle."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"It's a mess best left to the nitrate ashes of forgotten film and television history."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
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