Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?
Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? (1957)

Jayne Mansfield recreated her starmaking stage role in this film adaptation of George Axelrod's Broadway comedy. Mansfield plays a Monroe-like movie queen whom adman Tony Randall hopes to sign for a product endorsement. Through a fluke,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 8, 2006
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90%
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York

[Mansfield] constantly catches you off guard. She's this unabashedly crude movie's bleached-blond heart and soul.

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Time Out

The not inconsiderable charms of Jayne Mansfield are much to the fore, but it's Randall's performance as timid advertising executive Rockwell Hunter that holds the whole thing together.

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Philip French
Guardian

The picture sends up and encapsulates the complacency of the conformist Eisenhower years.

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Variety

In converting the stageplay Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter? to his purposes, Frank Tashlin turns out a vastly amusing comedy.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Tashlin had a huge stylistic impact on the New Wave. Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?, his greatest film, is the template for Godard's bold use of primary colors and 'Scope in the 60s.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

A panic.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

[Tashlin], as the writer, producer and director of the film, has let it go mushy and sprawling even more than the original play of George Axelrod.

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Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm

"...it's not the targets that failed to entertain me as much as the way the movie takes aim."

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Fernando F. Croce
Slant Magazine

Frank Tashlin never could harmonize his celebratory/critical impulses toward American pop culture, so it comes as no surprise that this is both his funniest and most despairing picture.

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Flixster Audience Score: 79% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Frothy, fun comedy with some smart jabs at advertising and fan worship. Tony Randall is a hoot as the suddenly fish out of water main character and Jayne… More