Peter Iovino
Owen Gleiberman
February 04, 2009 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Pink Panther 2

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
Wide Release Date
02/06/09
performer
Steve Martin, Jean Reno, Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, Emily Mortimer
director
Harald Zwart
author
Steve Martin, Scott Neustadter
genre
Mystery and Thriller, Comedy

We gave it a B-

Taking Inspector Clouseau into his fifth decade of bumbling, Steve Martin does respectable riffs on Peter Sellers’ demented obliviousness. He artfully gibberizes words like hamburger, sniggers at his own deductive élan, and does slapstick battle with everything from wine bottles to the Pope’s miter. Martin, though, is so respectful of the role that he doesn’t really make it his own; he does warmed-over Sellers instead of blissed-out Martin. When a series of world artifacts disappears, Clouseau is placed in charge of a dream team of detectives (Andy Garcia, Alfred Molina, etc.), which gives him too many straight men. The Pink Panther 2 provides genial chuckles, but it’s never excitingly rude. B-

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