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Leave It to Beaver (1997)

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Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 10
Fresh: 2 | Rotten: 8

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The Cleaver Family makes the jump from the small black and white screen to color and Panavision in this updated version of the classic TV sit-com. Eight-year-old Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Cameron Finley) is a good natured kid with a habit of getting in trouble; he's not bad, mind you, just a bit absent-minded. Beaver lives with his 12-year-old brother Wally (Erik Von Detten), his father Ward (Christopher McDonald), and his mother June (Janine Turner) in a small town in Ohio. Beaver wants a new

Jan 20, 1998

Universal Pictures

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[The] dead-on imitations of some of the characters from the television series created by Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly will seem pointlessly stylized to viewers unfamiliar with the old sitcom.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Fuzzily conceived and blandly executed.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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The Cleavers have come to represent the stereotype of the white-bread family.This reverent '90s remake doesn't do much to challenge it.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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The result is depressingly halfhearted.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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Credit the makers of Leave It to Beaver for their kindliness.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
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The film is disarmingly charming.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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Modernized take on '50s TV show, with some bullying.

February 6, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Unnecessary film take on the classic TV series. Leave it.

November 1, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

All but the most easily pleased kids will be bored as can be, and anyone who has fond memories of TV's Leave It to Beaver would probably rather not besmirch them.

May 19, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Turner is delightful

March 4, 2004
Moviehole

This. Is. Just. Bad.

July 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Slight, bouncy and sweet-tempered.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

This Leave it to Beaver is unabashedly 90s in a fairly depressing way: it takes paternal incompetence as a given.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: rec.arts.movies.reviews
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I wouldn't say this movie is actually harmful, but skipping it is probably the wisest policy.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: San Francisco Examiner
San Francisco Examiner

Reasonably charming.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews
Internet Reviews

Some things never change -- and we think that's good.

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

Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver's new movie.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Schmalzy and trite, it relies heavily on the goodwill and nostalgia.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Leave It to Beaver

Leave it to Beaver is a painful family oriented comedy that is dreadful from start to finish. I felt that the film was poorly constructed, and did not withstand multiple viewings. I find that there are better family films out there than this, and this one just doesn't cut it. The acting is horrible, the script is bad and this is one awful, forgettable film that you should avoid. This is a failed attempt at bringing the classic TV show to the screen. I found nothing entertaining about this film, and nothing worked. For me, this film was just an awful mess, one that should never have been made. This is a lame excuse for a family oriented comedy, and it simply plays out on all the usual clichés that you'd expect from the genre. Even with a script rewrite, I don't think this film would have been watchable. Leave it Beaver fails on all fronts, and everyone involved in this mess should be ashamed. I thought this was too simplistic to enjoy, while most family comedies have a bit more substance, this film lacked that big time. This film failed at delivering anything really entertaining and fun. A pointless film that never should have seen the light of day, Leave it to Beaver is a film that misses the mark due to a bad script, and a painful cast. I hated this film, and it's one of those films that really is forgettable. A film that never should have been made, this is one of the worst family oriented comedies that I have seen.
April 28, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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its safe and a family friendly film, with good comedy and great kid friendly fun.
June 5, 2011
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Michael Edwards

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This movie was dogged but I always liked it. Watched it the other day (VHS) and was crackin' up muthatrucka haha, at least for the first half of the movie. Christopher "Shooter McGavin" McDonald is an underrated actor, he's great.
July 19, 2010
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Lenny Muggsy

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The 1997 TV adaptation movie combines countless themes and storylines from various episodes of the original series, a technique that is enjoyable and funny. The actors are great, and it is wonderful to see some of TV series' cast making cameos in this film.
August 20, 2009
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