A suburban family adopts a stray St. Bernard puppy, who grows up to become Beethoven, an unwieldy, slobbering mess of a dog that puts a particular strain on the harried father. Nevertheless, the family rallies behind Beethoven when an evil veterinarian attempts to kidnap him in this family comedy.
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Critic Reviews for Beethoven
Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.
Elevated from the doldrums of Digby-esque sentimentality by a surprisingly bouncy script, the film is also redeemed by regular interludes of acerbic dialogue and a brace of fine supporting performances.
Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like.
A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes.
It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply.
A family comedy about a wacky & destructive St. Bernard that is totally without any merit whatsoever.
A safely banal concoction in the tradition of the bland live-action Disney features cranked out during the Magic Kingdom's dispirited years after Walt's death.
Kids will 'ooh' and 'aah' over the shaggy, doe-eyed doggy as it demolishes the family home, but grown-ups should stay on the sofa and enjoy the acerbic asides which distinguish this offering from the glut of cute mongrel movies.
I love dogs, but still had trouble getting through this.
Overbearing (actually overdogging) family comedy.
Anti-working mom bias gives a sour feeling to an otherwise innocuous dog movie.
You'll laugh, You'll cry, You'll Howl?
Family gets dog. Dog is large. Insert laugh track here. Still, it's a whole lot better than the wretched (and endless) series of sequels.
The first half of the film is amusing, but when it turns to a distasteful subplot that has an evil veterinarian/scientist stealing pets for nasty experiments, it goes sour.
Unless you are taking a child, there is absolutely no reason you should put yourself through this almost perfectly mindless exercise in canine celebration (exception: if your favorite comic strip is Marmaduke, this may be the movie for you).
Audience Reviews for Beethoven
Looking at the films I enjoyed when I was a kid, this one always seemed to be a favorite among countless others, and now as an adult, I really don't know why I enjoyed this film. I guess it was what I thought, back then at least, a good film that was simply wonderful. Unfortunately, Beethoven for me, is one of those films that hasn't stood the test of time and doesn't really necessitate another viewing like so many other good family films that I enjoyed when I was a kid, because well looking back, this film is pretty stupid. The film has a poor plot, and despite the decent cast, the film suffers from a poor script, and director Brian Levant doesn't do anything interesting with the film. The film is flawed, and pretty pointless. I disliked it and thought it was one of the weaker family films to come out during my childhood. The film should be avoided and doesn't offer anything that will appeal to the viewer. The kids are annoying, the rest of the cast is wasted and Beethoven is simply a poorly made film that really doesn't belong in the same category as other family oriented classics. This is a film not worth watching and really is one of the worst family films that I've seen in my childhood. The film doesn't work, and is simply a waste of time to watch. There are so many other great family films than this. Beethoven is a forgettable waste of time that is pointless entertainment. I hated this film, and you'd be better off watching films like Casper or The Sandlot. Beethoven hasn't stood the test of time, and the plot not entertaining, and the cast is simply wasted on-screen. A pointless mess of a family film.More
Just another story of kids wanting to take in a stray dog, the kind of thing you'd see on an episode of some family sitcom. It's funny and cute for kids to watch, but other than that, it's not a great movie, it's not too bad either, so I'll just say it's okay.More
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