The Great Race
The Great Race (1965)

In this expensive, expansive spoof of turn-of-the-century auto races, The Great Leslie is a hero among heroes. Leslie's great rival is Professor Fate. Long envious of Leslie's record-setting accomplishments, Professor Fate schemes… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: June 4, 2002
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Critic Score: 77% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Lemmon plays it dirty throughout and for huge effect. Curtis underplays for equally comic effect. Wood comes through on a par with the two male stars.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Perfect family movie is fun from beginning to end.

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This is one of those spectacular comedy star vehicles which is perfectly watchable on a wet Sunday afternoon but which, looked at from almost any other perspective, is just a waste of celluloid.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

It's highly inventive, self-conscious camp, made in 1965, well before the genre wore itself out in superciliousness.

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Clint Morris
Tsunami Magazine

Laughs aplenty! Lemmon is hilarious!

Emanuel Levy

Not a great film but one with some funny moments and line of stars.

Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Comedy masterpiece, and one of the few films to look at votes for women.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Both panned and praised when it was released, this zany cross-continental romp zooms ahead full throttle for all of its 157 minutes.

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Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

Jack Lemmon and Peter Falk save this overblown comedy that tries too hard to be too slapstick.

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Flixster Audience Score: 84% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Edwards
The film does drag on somewhat slowly, it makes up for it for one lone reason and one lone reason only, JACK LEMMON AS PROFESSOR FATE!!! He is so damn funny to… More
AJ Verser
This race isn't that great, it's predictable and has a lot of stupid jokes. There are some good actors in it, though. Overall, it's okay.
Apeneck Fletcher
The fun of this tribute (of sorts) to the old silent films is watching the cast simply live it up. Curtis gets to hero it, Wood gets to sexy all American girl… More
Jens S.
A childhood favorite of mine that still works great nowadays, as aged as it is. It's basically a roadrunner/coyote cartoon with humans racing around the… More
Jennifer D
I didn't know it was a kids movie when I started, but I really, really liked it. Why? Because Jack Lemmon is a comic genius and made me crack up more than… More
Anthony Lawrie
Lemmon, Curtis & Wood. Love it, a childhood favourite and a very underrated comedy classic!