Popeye (1980)

In the town of Sweetville, lovable sailor Popeye seeks out his long-lost father. Along the way, he vies with the rough Bluto for the affections of Olive Oyl and adopts the young Sweet Pea. This unconventional musical was based on the… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 12, 1980
DVD Release Date: June 24, 2003
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Critic Score: 59% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Altman's take on the iconic cartoon is messy and wildly uneven, but its robust humor and manic charm are hard to resist.

Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The plotting of this 1980 feature -- outsider in a hostile environment -- is personal to Altman, though few of the feelings survive the clutter.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

He takes one of the most artificial and limiting of art forms -- the comic strip -- and raises it to the level of high comedy and high spirits.

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

An eccentric take on Popeye and friends.

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It is more than faint praise to say that Popeye is far, far better than it might have been, considering the treacherous challenge it presented. But avoiding disaster is not necessarily the same as success.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A thoroughly charming, immensely appealing mess of a movie, often high-spirited and witty, occasionally pretentious and flat, sometimes robustly funny and frequently unintelligible.

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Rob Gonsalves

A lot of it is klutzier than you may remember it being, and it leads to a wretched climax involving the fakest-looking octopus since Ed Wood's Bride of the Monster.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

You wonder how on earth Altman did it; equally often, you feel you are watching a wacky masterpiece, the like of which you've never seen before.

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Sean Burns
The ARTery

Reputation be damned, Popeye is a wonderful movie, beguiling and deeply strange. It's also a stealth remake: McCabe for kids.

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Stefan Birgir Stefansson

I reeeeeaaaaaaalllllllyyyyyy hated this movie...

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
A delightful and sweet adaptation that captures the innocent spirit of the comic strip and the cartoon, translating it to the screen with great songs, a… More
Tim Salmons
People have tried to dissuade me into believing that Robert Altman's 1980 adaptation of the beloved character and story of Popeye is nothing more than a… More
Alex roy
Considering that Popeye is such an icon, this live action adaptation of the comic is mediocre to say the least. I went into this one wanting to really enjoy… More
Aj V
I saw this movie when I was a kid, and I'd love to see it again sometime soon. I remember it being very funny, so I gave it four stars. Plus, Robin… More
Manu Gino
The sailor man with the spinach can! Good movie! This was Robin Williams first serious movie role and he is a brilliant Popeye. He brings so much humanity and… More
Conner Rainwater
Definitely one of my favorite childhood movies. This brings all the goofy and amazingly bizarre elements of the cartoons and throws it into live action.… More

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