Popeye (1980) - Adventure, Comedy, Family

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The adventures of the famous sailor man and his friends in the seaside town of Sweethaven.

IMDB: 5.3
Director: Robert Altman
Stars: Robin Williams, Shelley Duvall
Length: 114 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 53 out of 188 found boring (28.19%)

One-line Reviews (102)

I was bored to tears.

I gave it a fair chance, but after about 45 minutes, I just wanted to leave.

Where else will I see an animatronic pelican and (a totally spot-on) Shelly Duvall getting dragged underwater by a rubber octopus, least in an Altman film?

I fell asleep for part of it, and couldn't stop thinking about what else I should be doing the rest of the time.

Weird, but oddly entertaining in places .

Like Citizen Kane, Popeye is a beautiful piece of artistry that ultimately made a dull film.

The film that unfolds is stultifying boring and lacking in any real purpose.

I never get tired of watching this warm, visceral musical that pulls me in with its myriad textures, striking colors, and unpredictable pacing and dialogue which never seems contrived or scripted (and of course was often expertly improvised).

The story is perfunctory but entertaining, the art direction and set design are perfectly suited to the film, and the town of Sweethaven is flush with comical characters creating a believable live-action cartoon world.

As a child, I clearly remember being disappointed and bored, except for a few fighting scenes.

The film is not exactly enjoyable, but it's so weird as to be fascinating to watch.

Simple plot gives way to many songs playing back to back with an exciting climax where Popeye must battle Bluto and an octopus.

The first ten minutes of this film had me bored to tears.

At the end of the day it's enjoyable for a lazy afternoon movie.

Of course, in an age of horrendous films like "Jem And The Holograms", it's worth watching over and over.

The songs are boring, sad, and not catchy.

Many musicals – at least to jaded modern viewers – seem disjointed, due to cast members feeling musical numbers `coming on' for no reason.

Upon viewing it again recently, the thing that struck me is despite the fact that I hated it the first time, the second time around it is oddly entertaining in places, just for the downright weird nature of the film.

easily the worst movie I've actually watched the whole way through .

Nicholls), Swee'pea (Wesley Ivan Hurt), Hamm Gravy (Bill Irwin) and many others too numerous to bore you any further.

Nothing happens for a long time, then someone steps in dog poop...

Popeye is clearly one of the worst movies of all time.

The background characters fight for the most unnecessary mug to pull attention, the music is atrocious, the sound track is strangely quiet and confusing, and too much of the dialogue is left in the hands of the improvisationally challenged.

The usually competent Robert Altman completely blows it with this hideously boring exercise in bad musicals.

The story is uninteresting, and the dialogue has no sparkle.

absolutely no story , unsustainable noise that the producers try to pass off as music.

Too slow, WAYYYY too many bad tunes; it rambles around and makes ya start seeing Goons in yer dreamks...

Shelly Duvall (a former Robert Altman protege) pegs Olive Oyl perfectly, especially with her waving of arms and pretzel twisting of legs as she tries to turn around in confusion.

The first movie I ever walked out of.

The sets look like something out of the Popeye cartoons, but at the same time they look dull and low budget.

Still and all, this is a sweet-natured adaptation with Altman's characteristic "let the lunatics run the asylum" directing style allowing top drawer character actors to run rampant over otherwise drab sets.

POPEYE could have gone the standard Hollywood cartoon adaptation route and been a big budget bore (ie.

Popeye is essentially a really goofy and unflattering depiction of a little working class seafaring community, with two talented actors and no story.

What was most enjoyable was how the actors coordinated the gags.

The plot/story seemed to be more appropriate for a short cartoon rather than a full-length movie, and the movie thus was dragged down with far too much `fill' that grew tiresome.

It makes for quite an entertaining film with Duvall dutifully filling the shoes of Olive Oyl and Walston decked out as Popeye's long lost Pappy.

Disjointed, rambling...

A fascinating plunge into an the imaginary universe of "Popeye" .

This dull and listless film COULD have killed Robin Williams' career .

It needed a more compelling story .

I was bored through most of it and I left the theater with no intentions to ever see it again.

It's also worth watching to see Shelley Duvall in the role she was born to play, and she does it almost too well, making Olive Oyl just as annoying in human form as she was as a cartoon.

I mean, the piece is straight-up boring for quite a while and its attempts at humour are the opposite of funny.

The pace it ran was absolutely unbearable to me.

Lyrics are incredibly simplistic and repetitive.

Entertaining and underrated live-action musical adaptation of the beloved classic cartoons and comic strip is a wonderful little surprise from Robert Altman.

Second to worst movie I ever saw.

Fast paced music, slow paced chase: it just doesn't work.

i loved Felix The Cat, or Betty Boope and the mandatory Mickey Mouse and even the creepy old Koco The Clown, which did keep me watching despite being so boring as well as nightmarish ...

However I enjoyed it.

Critically lambasted after release in 1980, it was called boring, cluttered, and a lot of attention was called to the songs as being ill-conceived and vapid.

It's set to uptempo bluegrass banjo music, but features two rickety, pokey, slow-moving barges.

I would put this one on the 250 worst movies of all time.

No plot can carry a viewer along if they are aren't seeing the character they expect to see, and already love.

"Popeye" is dull by comparison, although somewhat amusing.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.

I enjoyed it so much as a kid I watched it over and over again.

For all the slow parts, there were some really good goofy sound effects and cartoon like slapstick.

These cartoons didnt make much sense, but they were very predictable.

Still, the piece is never even remotely compelling or, even, all that enjoyable.

Wow, again "the worst movie ever made".

Instead, I got something that felt like it was traveling at a snail's pace while providing very little humor along the way.

but you really have to watch ray walston ( pappy ),evry scene with him is very enjoyable!.

Boring .

Simply put, the worst movie ever made.

I felt the movie dragged on and on - almost like the makers of the movie were trying to pay homage to every scene in every "popeye" cartoon/comic strip ever made.

" But despite (or possibly because of) the oddity of this film, I have always enjoyed it.

And, I didn't realize for the first few unending minutes that Poopdeck Pappy was supposed to be "singing" during the long, boring boat chase.

On the contrary, I found it to be boring, ridiculous, and to put it short, a complete waste of time and money.

So what happened, that every single moment in this movie became an unbearable eye-sore?

So, in all fairness, the last 20 minutes COULD have elevated this movie to a 2 or 3-star rating but based on the tediousness I witnessed, this is extremely unlikely.

My Vote For All Time Worst Movie.

Boring, stupid and a real mess.

Each scene was drenched with a dull, overall light that was absolutely witless.

But there is a quaint lowbrow feel to the songs, as the lyrics are intentionally simple and repetitive.

However, this film is just so boring and so tiring.

Unfortunately, I found the story boring and the excellent seaside Malta set too confining and therefore increasingly dull.

I don't know if it's because it's super predictable or because I've seen too many movies.

Alas, the film Popeye falls flat quite badly, due to lack of plot, banal TV commercial-style direction, stupid jokes rarely scoring a laugh and more (or less?

Walston more than make up for the lulls.

I just know that I was bored silly by this movie.

And the movie was way too long.

In addition to the lack of humour, there's also too much talking, and as a musical, some of the songs aren't bad, but a couple songs sung by Olive Oyl, played by Shelley Duvall, are ridiculously repetitive.

This has to be ranked as the second worst movie I ever saw.

And Fate decided here to morph the classic cartoon into a cute little stage version of itself, so benign, so dull, so non threatening and so lifeless as a movie that it manages to be fascinating.

Boring story makes the movie feel like it lasts an eternity .

this movie is like a car wreck: so bad, you can't watch it, but so fascinating you can't make yourself turn away.

Leonard Maltin declares it's a "bomb," critics have termed it "disastrous," and a lot of IMDb's viewers seem to find it either boring or (more weirdly) "scary.

Instead of exploiting Malta for its natural beauty, the film has a decidedly studio-bound feel and instead of making it more stylish, just makes the whole enterprise drab.

If Altman would have included a more compelling story it would've worked better for adults.

"Popeye" is also unique and has even been called "boring" by the great Leonard Maltin.

The sets are dreary.

Having not seen it for many years, I returned to it and enjoyed it more than I thought I would.

Seldom have I seen a more boring and slow moving movie than this one.

i found it slow and boring,and it had too many musical numbers for my taste.

Finally, to answer the harshest critics, was the plot slow and unfunny?

The reason 1994's The Flintstones" and even the 2000 sequel worked so well (for me anyway) was because they both had interesting and entertaining stories.

Sounds kinda amusing, except that it goes on WAY TOO LONG.

The movie is innocent and child-like, with a fascinating tone to it.

Exciting, Underrated Musical .

Those who watch musicals, or dramas and comedies you can see on a dull January?

the worst movie of all time .