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6.51 h 34 min2003X-Ray13+
The life story of comic genius and icon Lucille Ball depicts her rise from poverty and struggle in 1930s New York to the pinnacle of Hollywood success. Lucy finally gets her big break when she lands a television show based on her real-life marriage to dashing young Cuban bandleader Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy would become one of the most successful and influential shows in the history of television.
Glenn Jordan
Rachel YorkDanny PinoAnn Dowd
English [CC]
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3.7 out of 5 stars

79 global ratings

  1. 44% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 19% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 13% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 9% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 15% of reviews have 1 stars
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Derek DavisReviewed in the United States on October 4, 2021
3.0 out of 5 stars
Where's the rest of the film?
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I love this movie, but I am very disappointed with the version available on Amazon Prime. I recall certain scenes, especially when Lucy is at dramatic school with Bette Davis. Where is that scene? Why was it cut out? If you're gonna put a film for the public to watch, put the whole thing on and not just the majority of the film!
45 people found this helpful
Clifford Taylor Jr.Reviewed in the United States on November 7, 2021
1.0 out of 5 stars
Heavily edited version
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This originally aired as a 3 hour movie on CBS. Without commercials it is 2 hours and 8 mins. This version available on prime in only 1 hour 34 mins. Tons of scenes are cut. Not a great movie to begin with but now it’s just unwatchable
40 people found this helpful
NYC Gal Out☆Reviewed in the United States on December 12, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
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I actually love this biopic, but I'm taking a star off because they cut scenes out - why did they do that!? The scenes weren't even that long! So, this was a CBS biopic, and was originally broadcasted in 2003. A few years later, Netflix had the streaming rights to it, and it was available in 2012, and recently Crackle had it to stream - Amazon is coming out with another Lucy biopic starring Nicole Kidman (poor choice), and that will be available this month, on December 21st to stream. Danny Pino is an excellent character actor. He even got Desi Arnaz's accent and mannerisms and facial expressions perfectly. They should have offer him the role again, not to mention that Pino is actually Cuban himself. For Lucy, they should have went with Debra Messing (who is a redhead and a comedian herself, and a New Yorker). I'm disappointed in the poor casting choice... Kidman is freaking Australian or something! The guy they chose for Desi doesn't even look anything like him - they're both too freaking old to be Lucy and Desi! Anyway, in THIS movie, the star off is for the following missing scenes: Lucy's time in NYC studying acting where one of her fellow classmates is Bette Davis; Lucy's headshot being passed around the studio executives; Lucy and her friend going on a double date with the guys that decides who the Chesterfield models will be; Lucy being upset because one of the makeup woman has birds on her flock... why would Amazon broadcast this movie with all those deleted scenes!? Seems like Netflix has been the only network to stream this movie in its entirety (because Crackle cut out the same scenes too). I'm disappointed in that.
23 people found this helpful
stephReviewed in the United States on December 22, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Way better than the 2021 version
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The actors had great performances. I don’t usually review movies; however, I just watched the new 2021 Nicole Kidman version and it was so awful. I had just watched this one previously and found myself comparing throughout. All in all, this is a good film. No one really knows exactly the personal interactions between Lucy and Desi, but we know it was complicated and I think the script and actors for this movie did a nice job portraying their life. The two main actors did a great job picking up the mannerisms of Lucy and Desi and gave great performances. The Nicole Kidman version was truly painful to watch as none of the actors even resembled their characters and had none of their mannerisms except maybe Ethyl. If you’re going to watch a movie about Lucy and Desi, this is a good one. Avoid the Nicole Kidman, Being the Ricardos, unless you plan to fast forward a lot. Actually watch it too; and then leave a review for that one also so others can see just how dreadful it was. Kudos to the actors for doing such a great job in this version!
17 people found this helpful
Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great movie and the actors make it work
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i was skeptical when i first started the movie because i was worried about the actors taking on the Herculean task of playing Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. But I was wrong. After about 15 minutes, i felt the presence of the actors and fell into the story. I enjoyed seeing the rise of the show "I Love Lucy." For viewers and other reviewers, this movie is really about the "I Love Lucy" show and how it came about and what happened during the filming. The movie also recreates some of the funniest episodes. I really liked it and would give it 4.5 stars if I had the opportunity. But I am rounding up to five stars because I enjoyed it immensely.
10 people found this helpful
DesiraeReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than the new version
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I hadn't seen this made for tv film before. When I saw it pop up on Prime a few weeks ago, I actually thought it was the new one. 15 mins in I almost turned it off, but I rallied and watched it all the way through. It was not terrible, and is much better than the new. Though the actress who played Lucille felt more like an impersonator, she tried to get the essence of Lucy through the facial expressions, which were much better than the new one. The actor who played Desi, also tried to get the facial expressions and the signature accent for certain words. After a while, I stopped comparing these actors with the original. Though some of the wigs were pretty awful, Lucy's makeup was good. From her signature lip shape to the classic Hollywood eyelashes, the makeup artist really paid attention to authenticity, which the new ones does not. I also liked a lot of of the costuming. Again, this isn't a great film, and it's a story that's been told time and time again, but I prefer this version.
6 people found this helpful
Suzanne BennettReviewed in the United States on November 25, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
Enjoyable! :)
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I haven't seen the original version of this movie, so I can say that as is, it holds together and plays fine. If I had seen the cut scenes before, I would miss them, and I would complain, but not having seen them, I don't miss them. Their absence is not glaring.

The actors did a wonderful job playing Lucy and Desi, and the reenactments of scenes from I Love Lucy were surprisingly touching. This was a pleasant hour and a half.
7 people found this helpful
SundayAtDuskReviewed in the United States on December 29, 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Believable Characters . . . .
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Not having seen the original version of this film, I have no complaints about cut scenes. There is no choppiness to the story, and it covers the time period from Lucy's childhood to the end of her marriage to Desi Arnaz. Both actors are believable as the characters they portray, and one did feel genuinely sad when the end came and it was obvious Lucy and Desi would not go on together as husband and wife. What if they had worked out all their problems and stayed together? One can only wonder.
6 people found this helpful
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