Dennis the Menace (1993)



Critic Consensus: Walter Matthau does a nice job as Mr. Wilson, but Dennis the Menace follows the Home Alone formula far too closely.

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John Hughes continues the trend he began with the Home Alone series in Dennis the Menace, the Hughes-scripted film version of Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip, cartoon show, and television comedy. The film opens as Dennis (Mason Gamble) is seen careening down a sidewalk in a beautiful and idealistic suburban town on his training-wheeled bike -- cans on string clattering behind him, baseball cards flapping in the spokes of the wheel, his red wagon filled to the brim and his dog following … More

Rating: PG (For comedic mischief)
Genre: Comedy, Kids & Family
Directed By: ,
Written By: Hank Ketcham, John Hughes
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 28, 2003
Warner Home Video


as George Wilson

as Dennis Mitchell

as Martha Wilson

as Switchblade Sam

as Alice Mitchell

as Henry Mitchell

as Police Chief

as Margaret Wade

as Mickey

as Edith Butterwell

as Edward Little

as Boss

as Photographer

as Hide and Seeker

as Babysitter

as Broken Arm Babysitte...

as Elderly Babysitter

as Gaggle Lady

as Gaggle Lady

as Gaggle Lady

as Gaggle Lady

as Gaggle Man

as Ruff
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Critic Reviews for Dennis the Menace

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (9)

Its unholy mixture of peppy sadism and pious, self-righteous sentiment comes straight from Hughes' crabbed cinematic heart.

Full Review… | July 7, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Very young children may find the numskull, by-the-numbers gags here amusing, but teens will consider this kids' stuff and adults will be pained.

Full Review… | July 22, 2008
Top Critic

A smooth blend of sentiment and slapstick.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Mr. Hughes and Mr. Castle try hard to re-create a kind of timeless, idealized comic-strip atmosphere, but except for the performances of Lea Thompson and Robert Stanton... nobody in the movie seems in touch with the nature of the comedy.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Those good qualities are undermined, unfortunately, by the Switchblade Sam character, who is dirty, threatening and scary.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Most children will get a kick out of it, although adults roped into accompanying their offspring may find themselves yearning to escape through the nearest exit.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dennis the Menace

OH HELL YEA!!! im bustin this one out tonight! and i aint talkin about Nicky Hilton.

Coxxie Mild Sauce

Super Reviewer

A highly amusing kids film with a big Home Alone influence I'm sure. Walter Matthau was ideal for the role of Mr Wilson and the film as a whole is a fun watch

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Dennis the Menace is a bad movie, but kids will love it and thats the important thing, that its target audience loves it, and to be honest its pretty funny.

Jim Careter

Super Reviewer

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