The Magic Christian
The Magic Christian (1970)

This zany British comedy finds a homeless hobo (Ringo Starr) being adopted by the world's richest man, Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers). Setting sail on the luxury liner The Magic Christian, Sir Grand tests the limit of human avarice. With… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 11, 1970
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2003
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A spotty, uneven satire (from the novel by Terry Southern) with a number of good yocks, but insufficient sustained wit or related action.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

A curdled, unfunny satire made more painful by McGrath's inappropriately jubilant style.

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Ali Catterall

Save for some eye-popping cameos, there's nothing very magic about this dated dog's breakfast of a movie.

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Derek Adams
Time Out

The result is a variety concert of a film in which most of the acts/jokes fall flat.

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Violet Lucca
Film Comment Magazine

Joseph McGrath's movie version remains an acerbic, late-Sixties dark comedy classic.

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TV Guide

A brazen, irreverent, and wild satire that hits more often than it misses.

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Roger Greenspun
New York Times

Funny, uncomfortable and without an ounce of benevolence.

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Steve Crum

Odd yet fun comedy-fantasy starring Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr.

Mark Bourne

...drips with low-gloss British Mod Pop style and a would-be Richard Lester vibe, but with no clue about how to put its abundant British talent, chiefly Peter Sellers, to any worthy purpose beyond playing at adolescent cynicism.

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Flixster Audience Score: 68% Flixster User Reviews
Kevin M. Williams
Although this stars Peter Sellers and Ringo Starr it doesn't actually matter, as the two are only used as pop canvases to convey the message, one of the… More
Aj V
This movie is a perfect example of late 60s culture, it's very psychedelic, really goofy, and also tries to get across a message to its audience in the… More
Greg S
A billionaire (Peter Sellers) adopts a bum (Ringo Starr) and uses his fortune to pull outrageous pranks designed to show how far people will debase themselves… More
hawk ledge
Irreverent comedy, whose bizarre sights, cynical world-view and oddball logic at times proceeds free-form. Energy and vitality from Peter Sellers, while Ringo… More
Daniel Mumby
If there was a category of films called 'WTF?!', then The Magic Christian would be the definitive example. Joseph McGrath's late-1960s satire… More