Mr. Magoo
Mr. Magoo (1997)

This live-action comedy adaptation of UPA's bumbling near-sighted animated character stars Leslie Nielsen. Magoo is a millionaire who refuses to admit that he needs glasses. After accidentally becoming the target in an international… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 25, 1997
DVD Release Date: July 17, 2001
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Critic Score: 7% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Mike Clark
USA Today

The movie is an insult to the intelligence of the entire human race.

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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times

Incomplete as a cartoon, indecisive as comedy, halting as adventure, Mr. Magoo turns out to be a shortsighted project.

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media

Silly live-action '90s remake of cartoon; pratfalls abound.

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Joe Leydon

By turns frenetic and flat-footed, Mr. Magoo is an uninspired live-action comedy.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

Here's where I'm supposed to suggest how the film might be better. But I can't think of anything to say other than to make the film again, with different writers and a new director.


Nielsen, an actor who is either brilliant or abysmal depending on the material, veers towards the latter.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

If you really hate your kids, pack them off to this slapdash farce, whose only funny moment is the PC disclaimer at the end about the Disney company's humanist concern for blind people.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

Only a couple of good gags in its pileup of otherwise lame jokes keep the production from being an unqualified stinker.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Instantly forgettable but fun while it lasts.

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Flixster Audience Score: 24% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
I saw this one it originally came out, and thought it was a very bad film that didn't have anything going for it. This is one of Leslie Nielson's… More
Dan Schultz
Pretty awful as I recall, Nielsen does his fair share of terrible movies.
Jason Owens
I haven't ever watched the cartoon of Mr. Magoo, but I always heard what it was about. I don't know why, but when I heard about Leslie Nielsen (one of… More
Brendan Nicholls
it is bad and a shame the talent involved didn't pick up on the poor script. Regrettably watched the entire film.
Candy Rose
Leslie plays a millionaire who unwittingly defeats jewel smugglers.
Deb S
Based on the old cartoon, Leslie Nielson plays Mr. Magoo, a clueless myopic millionaire who has to solve the case of a stolen ruby from his museum. The CCTV… More