The Producers
The Producers (2005)

After transforming his first motion picture into a smash Broadway musical, Mel Brooks brings the story of two would-be theatrical moguls turned con men back to the screen in this musical comedy. Max Bialystock (Nathan Lane) was once one of… More

Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: December 16, 2005
DVD Release Date: May 16, 2006
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Consensus: Despite the rich source material, The Producers has a stale, stagy feel more suited to the theater than the big screen.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This is extraneous for anyone who's seen the original film or show, presumably leaving everyone else to wonder what all the fuss has been about.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

The jokes are in its tackiness, and gauchery, and raspberry-inducing send-up of Broadway traditions. On that level, the movie works fine -- and is a whole lot cheaper for the ticket buyer.

Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

The original was far funnier and somehow managed to cut to the chase with less of a song and dance.

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Ty Burr
Boston Globe

Not so much a film as an awkwardly framed souvenir of the Broadway hit musical, The Producers needs a live audience like a candle needs oxygen.

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel

Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick and Gary Beach have their singing, dancing and kvetching in the Broadway smash The Producers immortalized on film.

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Kam Williams
Upstage Magazine

Be prepared to laugh from the opening credits through the closing credits.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

... an unabashedly old-fashioned musical filled with song, dance, and shtick so shticky you could hang wallpaper with it.

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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald

There's a song in the stage musical version of 'The Producers' that, if you flipped the title to pose the opposite question, could summarize the letdown diehard fans will feel if they catch the new movie of Mel Brooks' gloriously retro Broadway smash.

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Kevin Lally
Film Journal International

The play is everything in this uneven movie, which is alternately groan-inducing and side-splitting.

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Flixster Audience Score: 63% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Hmmmmmm so very very tricky to decide here, what can I say...I enjoyed this as a stand alone film on its own, and when not compared to the original. As a stand… More
Jim Hunter
A Broadway producer and his accountant team up to make a flop as part of a get-rich-quick scheme ... set to music. All the problems - the over-acting, the… More
Martin Bishop
I knew going in I probably wasn't going to love this. After all, I find Mel Brooks "comedies" to be the lamest, lowest-common-denominator style… More
Chris Weber
This is a movie based on a play based on a movie about a play. Also, this film, like the play within it, and the play it was based on, is a musical. This is… More
Candy Rose
Excellent adaptation of the Broadway show. All the characters are very funny. Shouldn't laugh at the play but just can't help it!
Bethany Murphy
Quite funny!