90

Variety

By Brian Lowry
Director Chris Columbus shrewdly brings together many of the same selling points as in his "Home Alone" movies, mixing broad comedic strokes with heavy-handed messages about the magical power of family.
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80

Empire

By Caroline Westbrook
Although the broad comedy of the first half soon gives way to a tidal wave of entirely uncalled for sentimentality, this is still a laugh riot - the sight of our hero setting fire to his falsies never fails to amuse.
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80

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
And you will laugh till your ribs ache -- not because director Chris Columbus of the "Home Alone" movies has a gift for farce, which he does, but because Williams is to funny what the Energizer Bunny is to batteries. He keeps going and going and going.
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Williams gives an inspired comic performance. Unfortunately, he outclasses the movie, which is basically a patchwork rip-off of Tootsie.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
Strictly speaking, it's not a top example of movie making, but it offers two hours of undeniably solid entertainment, and not too many viewers can argue with that.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
But the film is not as amusing as the premise, and there were long stretches when I'd had quite enough of Mrs. Doubtfire.
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63

TV Guide

Daniel is so hopelessly immature, and played with such puppy-dog overkill by Williams, that it's impossible to root for him--until you meet his wife, whom Sally Field makes even less appealing.
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50

USA Today

By Susan Wloszczyna
That Mrs. Doubtfire, a Tootsie Poppins for our times, misfires in the plausibility department and mis-aims its well-meaning if muddled messages about divorce doesn't matter. [24 Nov 1993 Pg. 01.D]
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30

Austin Chronicle

It's just raw, uncoated stupidity that sticks in your throat.
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20

Film Threat

By Brad Laidman
Mrs. Doubtfire is overlong, barely funny, and a surprisingly bitter movie especially for a film aimed at children.
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53 out of 100
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