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Mr. Deeds

Romance . Comedy

When Longfellow Deeds, a small-town pizzeria owner and poet, inherits $40 billion from his deceased uncle, he quickly begins rolling in a different kind of dough. Moving to the big city, Deeds finds himself besieged by opportunists all gunning for their piece of the pie. Babe, a television tabloid reporter, poses as an innocent small-town girl to do an exposé on Deeds.

Actors: Peter Dante , Conchata Ferrell , Steve Buscemi , Jared Harris , Erick Avari , Peter Gallagher , Allen Covert , John Turturro , Winona Ryder , Adam Sandler
Directors: Steven Brill
Country: USA
Release: 2002-06-28
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  • Connie Ogle

    Surprisingly sweet and, dare we say it, old-fashioned, with an engaging sense of humor that's a definite improvement on lame, lowbrow efforts such as "Little Nicky."

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Carrie Rickey

    Sandler nimbly steps into the role created by Cooper and makes it his nebbishy own, something that cannot be said for Ryder's attempt to rethink the Arthur part. Ryder is lovely, but perhaps too sincere an actress to play a wiseacre.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    If Sandler felt compelled to take on a role immortalized by Gary Cooper, at least it wasn't as "Sergeant York," "Lou Gehrig" or the sheriff in "High Noon."

    USA Today Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The supporting cast is almost uniformly good, from Conchata Ferrell as a sympathetic waitress to Erick Avari as a corporate type with a surprisingly big heart and a hidden silly streak. Turturro relishes his quiet overplaying and steals the bulk of his scenes.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • William Arnold

    Mr. Deeds, is -- perhaps predictably -- pretty much of a disaster. It's a bit like someone scrawling a mustache on the Mona Lisa.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    Sporadically funny, dumbed-down version.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    A stink bomb of a movie.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Mr. Deeds is flat, except on those rare occasions when Sandler reverts to form or when John Turturro steals one of many scenes.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    An idiot variation on Frank Capra's ''Mr. Deeds Goes to Town,'' might have been thrown together in even less time than it takes Sandler to get dressed in the morning; it feels sort of like the dumbest corporate comedy of 1987.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Kim Morgan

    Though it's enjoyable, you can't help but feel the squandered situations and talent, flattened by mediocre writing and direction. Scoff if you will, but the gifted Sandler and his audience deserve better.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    The film owes as much to Caddyshack as to Capra.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Joshua Rothkopf

    Sandler adapts his sweet-natured doofus shtick to this remarkably faithful remake of Frank Capra's 1936 rube-in-the-big-city comedy Mr. Deeds Goes to Town--which suggests that Capra may have invented dumb movies before their time.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Michael Dequina

    Not that the lackluster love story will matter any to the Sandler faithful, who are there to see the star beat people up and work his regular joe mojo on snooty types; those viewers will certainly get their fill and then some.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Andrew O'Hehir

    Utterly predictable, thoroughly sentimental and -- worse -- not all that funny. It makes your average episode of "Third Rock From the Sun" look like the edgy mutant offspring of John Waters and Ingmar Bergman. Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    There's no chemistry between Deeds and Babe, but then how could there be, considering that their characters have no existence, except as the puppets in scenes of plot manipulation.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Wilmington

    Turturro is the one thing that's right with the movie. Perhaps the weakest thing about the new "Deeds" is its utter lack of a strong viewpoint and real emotion.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    This is a terrible movie in its own right, tasteless and condescending -- if Sandler's character is an Everyman, than the Everyman of today is a boorish jackass

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Adam Sandler does Frank Capra wrong. His unfunny remake stomps all over the honest values and endearing qualities of the original.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    Hollywood movies are once again taking on the job that Andy Griffith–era TV sitcoms used to fill, touting homespun values in Never Land.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Hazel-Dawn Dumpert

    Sandler is -- à la "The Wedding Singer" -- in his washout romantic mode here, and no amount of spastic-colon jokes, cartoon violence or good-buddy cameos (Al Sharpton, John McEnroe) can distract from the fact that Gary Cooper he ain't.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    Mr. Deeds is mostly terrible, a shambles of a comedy that looks as if it was shot by a tabloid news crew.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    A perfectly dreadful film.

    Variety Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    Crazy, ugly and scary. In fact, a sense of the grotesque runs thought the film; an extended joke about Sandler's black, dead foot (from frostbite as a kid) borders on something you find in John Waters.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's not just that the movie itself is wicked awful, it's that Mr. Deeds brings out the worst in Adam Sandler.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    What's most interesting about this new film is how lacking it is in any of the things, from humor to emotion to halfway decent acting, we might go to a movie for. There's not even enough here to get mad at.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    This is another of those post-Saturday Night Live vehicles in which ineptitude and laziness are supposed to be taken as irony: It's not bad, it's "bad." Actually, it's "terrible":

    Slate Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    The projectors in the theater practically shut down with boredom.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Nothing about this movie works.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Atkinson

    Stay home. Your entertainment-seeking efforts would be better expended perusing old phone books. The white pages.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Armed with a dinner theater accent and hair that looks like an LP melted on his head, Turturro pockets the picture. As a demonstration of his newly accessed maturity and benevolence, Sandler helps him do it.

    Boston Globe Full Review
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