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Beethoven (1992)

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71

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

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Feeling that something is lacking in their lives, the family of suburbanite Charles Grodin adopts a stray St. Bernard puppy. The cute lite beast grows up to be the less-than-cute Beethoven, a sloppy, slobbery, oversized and extremely destructive animal. Beethoven also brings with him a lot of hidden baggage in the form of evil veterinarian Dean Jones, who'll stop at nothing to steal Beethoven for the purposes of his insidious lab experiment. Several sequels followed, beginning with 1993

PG,

Kids & Family, Comedy, Special Interest

John Hughes, Amy Holden Jones

Jul 4, 2000

Universal Pictures

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All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (18) | DVD (2)

Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post
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It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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A family comedy about a wacky & destructive St. Bernard that is totally without any merit whatsoever.

November 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

A sloppy but lovable pooch of a movie.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

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.

August 12, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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.

May 16, 2006 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

I love dogs, but still had trouble getting through this.

March 24, 2005
Juicy Cerebellum

Overbearing (actually overdogging) family comedy.

October 25, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Anti-working mom bias gives a sour feeling to an otherwise innocuous dog movie.

September 16, 2004
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

You'll laugh, You'll cry, You'll Howl?

September 19, 2002
Moviehole

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.

July 26, 2002
eFilmCritic.com

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.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

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).

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

[Grodin's] acting is so detached and lifeless that it is close to an out of body experience.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
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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.
November 21, 2011
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Great
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

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I love all of the Beethovens.
June 23, 2011
murphmann93
Bethany Murphy

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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.
May 6, 2011
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