Hello, Dolly! (1969) (mini-review++)

hello(If you’re curious, my review process. It’s also pasted at the end of this post. I don’t believe in Rotten Tomatoes. I just believe in me.)

(***all-purpose SPOILER ALERT*** there may be some in this review)

acting 5

directing 5

effects 6

editing 5

writing 6


2.7 out of 5 🐙


I don’t usually like musicals. This was no exception. There were strange contradictory bits. On one hand, they have entire song numbers about how women should be dainty and fragile. but then the main subplot centers around two independent, employed, ladies who fall in love with two working-class fellows. I suppose the guy who sings about fragile women does eventually come around. And there are odd bits that made me laugh. But I just can’t get past my main objection; singing is not acting. And I don’t love Barbra Streisand’s voice or acting skills. I know the former dislike puts me in a very small minority but that’s just how it is.







(1) Shark Wrighter (SW) Score: Based on a sum of 5 sub-scores (acting, directing, writing/story, effects: cinematography &/or animation &/or effects, editing) with 1 being terrible and 10 being terrific.

(2) Octopuses (0-5 🐙, with 5 being fantastic and 0 being feces)

(3) Octopuses are my unquantifiable feeling…not that SW score is scientific…but this one is even less so

(4) ++ This optional section includes any incredibly *brilliant observations that don’t fit into simple quantitative slices like the scores and octopuses *(they are likely NOT brilliant)


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