Around the World in 80 Days
Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Razzle-dazzle showman Michael Todd hocked everything he had to make this spectacular presentation of Jules Verne's 1872 novel Around the World in 80 Days, the second film to be lensed in the wide-screen Todd-AO production. Nearly as… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: October 17, 1956
DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
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Critic Score: 74% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: It's undeniably shallow, but its cheerful lack of pretense -- as well as its grand scale and star-stuffed cast -- help make Around the World in 80 Days charmingly light-hearted entertainment.

TIME Magazine

The wonder is that this Polyphemus of productions does not simply collapse of its own overweight; but, thanks principally to Showman Todd, the picture skips along with an amazing lightness.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Is the whole thing too exhausting? It's a question of how much you can take. We not only took it but found it most amusing.

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Glenn Dunks

It is by far too long and has lost a significant amount of its wonder, but spending a rainy Sunday afternoon with Verne's adventure seeking story is a surprisingly easy, diverting experience.

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Variety Staff

With a smash lineup of stars in major and minor parts, Todd has turned out a surefire hit.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

An interminable travelogue interspersed with sketches in which star-spotting affords some relief.

Tony Sloman
Radio Times

An epic very much of its time, this vastly entertaining star-studded travelogue was put together (with some difficulty) by the great showman Michael Todd.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

Proof that you can buy an Academy Award.

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Douglas Pratt
Hollywood Reporter

The movie has not aged well. To its credit, it is benign and charming, with an intoxicating musical score, compelling cinematography and a continually advancing locale.

Austin Kennedy
Film Geek Central

Michael Anderson's direction couldn't be more unimaginative and flat. A movie like this should be swimming in creative whimsy, and a sense of wonder. There's nothing of that sort here.

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Flixster Audience Score: 57% Flixster User Reviews
Mark Hobin
There's no other way to say it. Around the World in 80s Days is nothing more than a bland travelogue. What must've seemed like a grandiose marvel in… More
jay nixon
Best picture?! Really? Hodgepdoge travelogue with ridiculous situations and indifferent acting. How this won over "Giant" or any of the other… More
Chris Weber
How this won Best Picture (beating out Giant, Friendly Persuasion, The Ten Commandments, and The King and I, and The Searchers (which wasn't even… More
Dean McKenna
Quite terrific entertaining of Jules Verne's classic tale that has remains a treat for those who bask in the glow of gorgeous cinematography, lavish… More
Aj V
This movie is incredibly long, and has many boring scenes with old guys sitting around talking, which got on my nerves. On the other hand the cast is good, and… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Charming epic comedy with gratifying special appearances by some cinema legends. David Niven plays the quintessential english gentleman, but Cantinflas is the… More