“ Don't waste your time.
“ It is confusing and so many characters (played by a plethora of famous faces) come and go it's hard to keep track of them.
“ Writer Neil Simon borrows heavily from the Bogart/Sam Spade films but comes up with a sometimes confusing mystery wrapped in a sometimes fun spoof.
“The actual story is secondary, the fun here is the snappy and absurdly funny dialog.
“The set up section was a bit slow and had me wondering if I would stay through to the end.
“ I haven't seen the 'Murder by Death' film the other reviewers reference, but this film as a stand-alone is highly worth watching.
“ I'm not a big Hitchcock fan or history buff personally, but I still found both of those movies very funny and very enjoyable even after multiple viewings.
“ Somewhere between dull and painful .
“"For the most part, it's boring.
“This movie is not hilarious, nor exceptionally intelligent comedy, but it is still very entertaining.
“ Airplane got a lot of things connected all at once whereas this just had the snappy dialogue.
“ The dialogue is amusing and often emulates and parodies the snappy dialogue of "Casablanca" and "The Maltese Falcon".
“ Or when Louise Fletcher goes into a patriotic rant to which the Nazi officer says that she 'is beautiful and amazing, and yet an absolute bore'.
“ And there seem to be entire scenes that go by without a solid chuckle, as in the pointless episode with Ann-Margaret and Sid Caesar.
“ It is not ha ha laughter funny, just smirky funny -- but enjoyable smirky.
“ Enjoyable Pastiche Of Old Private Detective Movies .
“ This one stars Peter Falk as a private eye up to his neck in two hopelessly confusing plot-lines goofing on both THE MALTESE FALCON and CASABLANCA.
“ Dull lines, dull and strained delivery (especially by Louise Fletcher who, whatever else she was, was no comedienne.
“ With a huge big-name cast, a well-known director in Neil Simon and a good premise (a takeoff on The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca), I was expecting big things from this movie, especially since it was hyped as kind of a sequel to the immensely-entertaining "Murder By Death.
“ I honestly found "Murder by Death" to be a much more enjoyable experience.
“ The gag is repetitive and doesn't build on itself.
“" There's a dumb beginning, with underinspired opening credits and a drawn out joke about a killer who works so fast the victims haven't time to fall.
“) For my money if people played it straight they might have got something out of Simon's dull script.
“ Simon, in pretty much all he's done, demonstrates a genius for the mediocre and there's really noone in this laboured and strained farce who stands out in this waste and time and talent.
“ There is just far too much tediously self-indulgent talk (despite the brisk pace with which some it is delivered).