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After transforming his first motion picture into a smash Broadway musical, Mel Brooks brings the story of two would-be theatrical moguls turned con men back to the screen in this musical comedy. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) was once one of Broadway's most successful producers, but a string of flops has thrown his career into a tailspin, and now he struggles to raise the cash to stage new shows by playing gigolo to lonely old ladies. While going over his books, accountant Leo Bloom (Matthew Broderick) notices that Bialystock raised more money than he spent for one show, and points out that… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 51%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is extraneous for anyone who's seen the original film or show, presumably leaving everyone else to wonder what all the fuss has been about."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The jokes are in its tackiness, and gauchery, and raspberry-inducing send-up of Broadway traditions. On that level, the movie works fine -- and is a whole lot cheaper for the ticket buyer."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"The original was far funnier and somehow managed to cut to the chase with less of a song and dance."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"Confirmed my original opinion that the musical version of The Producers was a flash-in-the-pan success that won't be remembered ten years from now."
‑ Ethan Alter, NYC Film Critic
"Stage director Susan Stroman brings it all in, including the high spirits and naughty fun, though a few more dancers in some of the musical numbers might have filled the screen better."
‑ Jim Lane, Sacramento News & Review
"Not so much a film as an awkwardly framed souvenir of the Broadway hit musical, The Producers needs a live audience like a candle needs oxygen."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Gary Beach have their singing, dancing and kvetching in the Broadway smash The Producers immortalized on film."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"Be prepared to laugh from the opening credits through the closing credits."
‑ Kam Williams, Upstage Magazine
"Director Stroman (who also choreographed the film) has also paid tribute to the theatre by casting such stage stars as Brent Barrett, Debra Monk, Karen Ziemba and Andrea Martin."
‑ Michael A. Smith, Nolan's Pop Culture Review
"Shows such affinity for the stage that it barely qualifies as a movie."
‑ Matt Pais,
"... an unabashedly old-fashioned musical filled with song, dance, and shtick so shticky you could hang wallpaper with it."
‑ Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times
"There's a song in the stage musical version of 'The Producers' that, if you flipped the title to pose the opposite question, could summarize the letdown diehard fans will feel if they catch the new movie of Mel Brooks' gloriously retro Broadway smash."
‑ Christine Dolen, Miami Herald
"The play is everything in this uneven movie, which is alternately groan-inducing and side-splitting."
‑ Kevin Lally, Film Journal International
"The real reason to see this film is the addition of the musical numbers -- catchy and clever songs, written in the style of classic 1950s Broadway musicals."
‑ Russ Breimeier, Christianity Today
"Is it better than the stage version? Not necessarily. But this is a faithful rendition that should succeed in bringing a delightful old-fashioned crowd-pleaser to a new audience."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
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