The Survivors
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Director Michael Ritchie spoofs survivalists in this rambling black comedy. Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) is a successful young executive who is called to his boss' office one morning and is fired by a parrot sitting in the CEO's chair -- a method the company uses to axe high-powered execs. Donald meets Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau), a former gas station owner who is out of work because his business was blown up. At a diner, the two newfound friends witness a robbery and catch sight of the perpetrator, Jerry Reed (Jack Locke). Reed is a mob hit man who swears to kill the two men who… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 9%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"An aimless, unfocused social comedy, The Survivors misfires on just about every level."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"No one seems to have paid any attention to the screenplay or to have considered the awful truth that Mr. Matthau and Mr. Williams, each performers of great charm, don't play together very well."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A wayward mess."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"It's a bland piece of merchandise."
‑ , Time Out
"Williams, Matthau, and Reed struggle with the material and generate some bright moments, but overall The Survivors is a bewildering, frustrating movie."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Ritchie displays little initiative, the script meanders and Williams is allowed to reduce the movie to 'some like it manic'."
‑ , Film4
"It's an aimless, self-indulgent, confusing comedy that never comes to grips with its material."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Dumb, forced comedy wastes talents of Robin Williams and Walter Matthau."
‑ Steve Crum,
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