Howard the Duck
Howard the Duck (1986)

Director and co-screenwriter Willard Huyck has taken Steve Garber's abrasive, beer-drinking and cigar-smoking comic-book character and castrated him, turning him into a wide-eyed cutesy-pie available for the toy shelves. Huyck's… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 1, 1986
DVD Release Date: March 10, 2009
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: While it has its moments, Howard the Duck suffers from an uneven tone and mediocre performances.

Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

As you watch "Howard the Duck," you get the vivid sensation that you're watching not a movie, but a pile of money being poured down the drain.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

Reservations aside, it's hard to fault the tongue-in-bill high spirits of a movie like Howard the Duck.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A fun and fast paced piece of eighties schlock...

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

In the absence of anything resembling structure, character, point of view or sense of purpose, there is no place else for this empty project to go.

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Sheila Benson
Los Angeles Times

For all those who cottoned to the charm of the comic books, the duck stops here.

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Jason Bailey

The first big-screen adaptation of a Marvel comic book makes their subsequent films seem like the flowers that bloom beneath a heavy load of dense fertilizer.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

What can you say about a comedy in which the biggest laugh is in the end credits?

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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine

The movie is too scuzzy to beguile children, too infantile to appeal to adults.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The best to cling to is that some of the elements are merely insipid and not actively rancid.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Nicki Marie
Somehow I got right through the 80's and up until now without seeing this one. What can I say, aside from the icky suggestion that Lea Thompson was… More
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[img][/img] Due to the plot and nostalgic visual style, it was always going to be a misfire if… More
Phil Hubbs
Back in 1973 Howard the Duck was created and began life as a secondary character for the Man-Thing comic, a kind of grown-up adult version of Daffy Duck… More
Spencer S.
The film that killed Lea Thompson's career, made it apparent that George Lucas is a quack (no pun intended), and ruined feather boas for everyone, Howard… More
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Goofy film (oh, sorry - he was a dog)
Aj V
Yes, it was a bomb at the box office, yes, it's cheesy and the idea of a duck from space crash landing on Earth and joining a rock band is nuts, but this… More