63

Miami Herald

By Connie Ogle
Harmless, mildly enjoyable.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
There was a lot I liked in Cletis Tout, including the performances and the very audacity of details like the magic tricks and the carrier pigeons. But it seemed a shame that the writer and director, Chris Ver Wiel, took a perfectly sound story idea and complicated it into an exercise in style. Less is more.
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50

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
Screenwriter Chris ver Weil's directing debut is good-natured and never dull, but its virtues are small and easily overshadowed by its predictability. It's the kind of film that plays better on video than in theaters.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's a respectable B- movie -- airy, inconsequential and a little too cute at times, but fairly entertaining all the same.
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50

Boston Globe

By Janice Page
Ladling in so much schmaltz that even his in-house critic says, ''This thing's worse than `Terms of Endearment.'''
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50

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
It's almost worth the price of admission to see Allen paying homage to "Singin' in the Rain" in the final sequence. Almost.
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50

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
The yarn itself is a winning one.
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25

Seattle Post-Intelligencer

By Sean Axmaker
Who is Cletis Tout? Who cares?
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25

New York Daily News

By Jami Bernard
It all makes the head spin -- in the direction of the exit sign.
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25

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
Allen is no more convincing than the writer-director, Chris Ver Wiel, who strings together faux-QT, faux-Elmore Leonard clichés like so many necklace beads and pretends that's the same thing as making a movie.
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36 out of 100
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