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      PG Released Mar 7, 1974 2h 12m Musical Comedy List
      36% Tomatometer 11 Reviews 48% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Wiped out by the crash of '29, a woman (Lucille Ball) marries a Georgia millionaire (Robert Preston) and lives life to the fullest. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Pauline Kael New Yorker With Lucille Ball, Mame becomes a family musical, and all the numbskull worst in it -- the hard-sell uplifting message -- takes over. Sep 21, 2023 Full Review Nell Minow Movie Mom Overstuffed, but the music's still great. Rated: 3/5 Jun 19, 2003 Full Review Steve Warren The Barb (Atlanta) There's really only one thing wrong with it -- Lucy herself... The picture succeeds in spite of her, but she's a tremendous handicap for it to overcome. May 9, 2023 Full Review John Simon Esquire Magazine Suffice it to say about Mame that it is one of the most inept and repugnant items ever to crawl out of the Hollywoodwork. Jul 28, 2020 Full Review Dick Lochte Los Angeles Free Press Mame is an over-sized helping of oldfashioned, clean, wholesome fun, if that's your idea of a good time. I suppose it's mine, sort of. Dec 16, 2019 Full Review Frank Swietek One Guy's Opinion Rated: 1/5 Jul 5, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Tamara K It helps if the star of a musical can actually sing. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 12/17/23 Full Review Leah S I am a broadway baby. I had the pleasure of seeing Angela Lansbury in the original staging of Mame. How could I not like the movie? It took 10 minutes into the movie before I turned it off. What a mistake casting Lucille Ball as Mame. Her casting, aside from being painful to watch, deprived us of having footage of Angela Lansbury as Mame. The footage that exists of Ms. Lansbury's live performance is grainy and blurry. It would have been grand to have her performance captured in a movie. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 10/22/23 Full Review Victor T When you try to visually focus on Lucy as "Mame," you'll think you need a new prescription after seeing fuzzy and blurry features. We know 'life is a banquet,' but this movie is a mere cracker smeared with butter. Enjoy! Rated 1 out of 5 stars 09/27/23 Full Review Robert D I just watched this movie after not having seen it for many years. I simply do not understand the vitriolic hatred for it. I also recently watched Auntie Mame for comparison and I found that Lucille Ball and Rosalind Russell were very similar in the part. I never saw the stage play with Angela Lansbury, so I can't comment on anything except the fact that she was a better singer than Lucille. Clearly, Lucille was too old for the part, but you'd never know it from watching her dance. She probably should have used the year recovery period for her broken leg to get a facelift. That would have eliminated the need for the much maligned soft focus. If you think about it, this movie was doomed to bad reviews even before it was made. The era of big Hollywood musicals was long over--the critics destroyed Hello Dolly as well even though Barbra Streisand was magnificent in it. I don't think an Angela Lansbury movie would have fared too much better. Lucille Ball did everything she was supposed to do for this movie (she was known to be very precise in everything she did) and I think she did a fine job. There were also some moments that no one could have done better: shutting down the snobs from Connecticut for one, and skating out of Bergdorfs for another. The bad reviews are mostly cheap shots at her age and voice. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/25/23 Full Review Joe S HOLLYWOOD HAS A HABIT OF TAKING GREAT MUSICALS AND SCREWING THEM UP. TO HAVE DONE THIS MUSICAL WITHOUT ANGELA LANSBURY'S GREAT PERFORMANCE IS INEXCUSABLE. SHAME SHANE SHAME! Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 07/21/23 Full Review Matt I think all the reviews are wrong about this one. Ok, it's got some issues. And Lucy has definitely seen better days. But my grandma took me to see this at Radio City when I was a kid so it holds a special place in my heart. And I love it!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 09/18/22 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis Wiped out by the crash of '29, a woman (Lucille Ball) marries a Georgia millionaire (Robert Preston) and lives life to the fullest.
      Gene Saks
      Robert Fryer, James Cresson
      Warner Bros.
      Production Co
      Warner Bros., American Broadcasting Company (ABC)
      Musical, Comedy
      Original Language
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Mar 7, 1974, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 1, 2009
      2h 12m
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