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Both of the leads had some work done
- el debbo
Compare their faces to Facts of Life, 3 years prior. Ahem. 'Nuff said. This movie was not funny to me at all, until Hope almost fell off the balcony. Two laughs. It's good to watch with the sound off, because the sets and clothes (all done in posh autumnal tones) are lovely, but the script is a crashing bore and the grand finale is not at all credible. After all the big risks and hard work she forgives him for once more denigrating her efforts? Oh well, I always like watching Ms. Jessie Royce Landis... she's a treat. She should have been the Whitman's Chocolates spokesperson with that kisser. Critic's Choice? Just 3 dim stars for this effort.
- Luckie Westlund
I love Lucy and will watch her in anything but this movie was a dud from the get go. The conflict was set up nicely at the beginning but spins out in the middle and stalls in the end. Nothing funny about the arguments between them and the Hope character seems like a complete boor who never redeems himself and inexplicably wins the girl back while almost aggressively learning nothing. Lots of plot holes. Lucy looks gorgeous but both she and Hope seem a little less than believable as a couple hot for each other and trying to conceive. Just, nope.
- Mark in Florida
Stiff, unfunny performances; script is dumb and obvious. Waste of 2 comic legends. I guess it shows they are mortal. They can really stink in bad material.
- Frank Barnhill
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
"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
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.
- Robert Evans
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.