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  • "Useless, Useless"

    • Frank Barnhill
    • 4/6/14

    What a horrible waste of talent this film was. Long faces and long dry lines from two of the all time great comedians in this travesty of a film. TCM should never air this film again, and nor should anyone else.

  • Critic's Choice (1963)

    • Bruce Reber
    • 10/10/11

    "Critic's Choice", starring comedy legends Bob Hope and Lucille Ball, has a few laughs in it, but for the most part it looks contrived and mediocre. Hope plays a New York theater critic who's not only shocked by wife Ball's decision to write a play, but also has the dreaded task of reviewing it. He and every other critic give it awful reviews, she wants to walk out on him, finally he convinces her that he loves her (as a wife, but not a playwright), and they reconcile. This seems like a premise for a good comedy, but the comic possibilites are never realized. The supporting cast is pretty good (Jim Backus, Rip Torn, Jesse Royce Landis, Warner Bros. veteran character actor Jerome Cowan, etc.), and it seems like their efforts are wasted in this below-average comedy. Hope and Ball were much better in their previous film "Facts Of Life" (1960).

  • Critic's Choice (1963)

    • James Higgins
    • 2/15/10

    This comedy is a bit strained, and the screenplay just doesn't quite work, it comes off as very rehearsed and not very natural. Bob Hope and Lucille Ball always seem like they are reading their lines, not acting. They still do try, it's not them, it's the script. Nicely produced.

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    • Robert Evans
    • 11/6/06

    This is one of Bob Hope's best as well as Lucille Ball. These two actors were naturals together. of note in this movie is the drunk scene by Bob Hope. It is the funniest I have seen. I am amazed that this is not on home video.

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