The Magic Christian
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This zany British comedy finds a homeless hobo (Ringo Starr) being adopted by the world's richest man, Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers). Setting sail on the luxury liner The Magic Christian, Sir Grand tests the limit of human avarice. With money to motivate the greedy, Laurence Harvey combines his Hamlet soliloquy with a striptease. A vile cesspool of excrement is seeded with cash and the money-hungry dive right in. Wilfred Hyde White is the drunken captain, Yul Brynner is uncredited in his performance as a chanteuse transvestite, and John Cleese is the director of Sotheby's auction… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A spotty, uneven satire (from the novel by Terry Southern) with a number of good yocks, but insufficient sustained wit or related action."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A curdled, unfunny satire made more painful by McGrath's inappropriately jubilant style."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Save for some eye-popping cameos, there's nothing very magic about this dated dog's breakfast of a movie."
‑ Ali Catterall, Film4
"Is it all of its era? Yes, most definitely. But it's also as relevant and funny and pointed as it ever was."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The result is a variety concert of a film in which most of the acts/jokes fall flat."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"Joseph McGrath's movie version remains an acerbic, late-Sixties dark comedy classic."
‑ Violet Lucca, Film Comment Magazine
"A brazen, irreverent, and wild satire that hits more often than it misses."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"It's too long and too silly ("Very silly indeed!") to work in the long run, so feel free to start and stop it at will -- you won't miss a thing."
‑ Christopher Null,
"Funny, uncomfortable and without an ounce of benevolence."
‑ Roger Greenspun, New York Times
"Odd yet fun comedy-fantasy starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr."
‑ Steve Crum,
"...drips with low-gloss British Mod Pop style and a would-be Richard Lester vibe, but with no clue about how to put its abundant British talent, chiefly Peter Sellers, to any worthy purpose beyond playing at adolescent cynicism."
‑ Mark Bourne,
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