The Pink Panther
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David Silverman, longtime producer and director of The Simpsons, takes the helm for this hybrid animationlive action comedy centering on the exploits of the mischievous panther previously seen in the popular series of cartoon shorts produced by Friz Freleng and David De Patie in the mid-1960s. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 22%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The plot, needless to say, is negligible."
‑ Anna Smith, Time Out
"For those who recall Sellers and the role he made famous, 'travesty' seems to be the right descriptor."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"The best that can be said about it is that Kevin Kline is note perfect as the smarmy, scheming Chief Inspector Dreyfus and his undisguised contempt for Clouseau."
‑ Joshua Starnes,
"Without a whit of subtlety, this tired retread induces nary a laugh, only groans of disbelief that we're expected to find such a sorry string of dumb puns, infantile farts, awful accents and endless pratfalls funny."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"...a slight yet sporadically hilarious update of the classic Peter Sellers/Blake Edwards film series."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"What is the point?"
‑ Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper
"As if the curse of the Pink Panther wasn't dire enough, Martin's Clouseau is haunted by more than the ghost of Peter Sellers. He's also being trailed by the old Steve Martin."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"From the witty franchise that Peter Sellers and director Blake Edwards made famous comes a pale offshoot that lacks sufficient tempo, tone and supporting characters to make it satisfying."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"All of [Martin's] hard work does pay off"
‑ Shirley Sealy, Film Journal International
"This remake, sadly, is far inferior to the original two Pink Panther films, despite the top-notch talent involved."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"The most that can be said for this strenuously bland reconstitution is that Steve Martin was clearly alive during filming. But just how alive, unfortunately, is at issue."
‑ Ben Kenigsberg, Village Voice
"This movie leaves us with the stale whiff of fake nostalgia and something even more odoriferous: the smell of money."
‑ Dana Stevens, Slate
"I hope nobody misunderstands when I say: Steve Martin, you are no Peter Sellers. And while I'm at it; Shawn Levy, you are no Blake Edwards."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Perhaps it's time to admit that The Pink Panther series is ready for permanent retirement."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"For now, though it's a mixed blessing, this seems like the movie Martin deserves."
‑ Jonathan Kiefer, Sacramento News & Review
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