Leave It to Beaver Reviews

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Brian Costello
Common Sense Media
February 6, 2013
Modernized take on '50s TV show, with some bullying.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
November 1, 2008
Unnecessary film take on the classic TV series. Leave it.
| Original Score: 1/5
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
May 19, 2008
[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.
Maitland McDonagh
TV Guide's Movie Guide
May 19, 2008
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Joe Leydon
Variety
May 19, 2008
Fuzzily conceived and blandly executed.
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 4, 2004
Turner is delightful
| Original Score: 2/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
July 17, 2003
This. Is. Just. Bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Margaret A. McGurk
Cincinnati Enquirer
October 15, 2002
Slight, bouncy and sweet-tempered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 12, 2002
The Cleavers have come to represent the stereotype of the white-bread family.This reverent '90s remake doesn't do much to challenge it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Scott Renshaw
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
This Leave it to Beaver is unabashedly 90s in a fairly depressing way: it takes paternal incompetence as a given.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Barbara Shulgasser
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
I wouldn't say this movie is actually harmful, but skipping it is probably the wisest policy.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Edward Guthmann
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Leave It to Beaver just stumbles about in a bland, irony-deprived suburbia that denies the movie any juice or bite and renders the Cleaver family even duller than it was.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
January 1, 2000
The result is depressingly halfhearted.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
Reasonably charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Russell Smith
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Some things never change -- and we think that's good.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Credit the makers of Leave It to Beaver for their kindliness.
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Lawrence Van Gelder
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Leave It to Beaver is the sort of movie that could be described as good clean fun if it happened to be good or fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
Why? That's the question foremost in my mind when I consider this latest motion picture retread of a defunct television series. Why was this movie made in the first place?
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Ward, I'm worried about the Beaver's new movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Schmalzy and trite, it relies heavily on the goodwill and nostalgia.
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