• PG-13, 1 hr. 24 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Paul Miller
    In Theaters:
    Feb 7, 1997 Wide
    On DVD:
    Jun 13, 2000
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • The Pest
    2 minutes 48 seconds
    Added: May 9, 2008


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The Pest Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

| Original Score: 3/5

August 20, 2004
Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle
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This film is utterly without discipline or focus in a way that -- to one's shame --one eventually finds oddly endearing.

January 1, 2000
Keith Phipps
AV Club
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It seems to be targeted at eight-year-old boys with attention-deficit disorder, and could have been more competently made by any one of them.

Full Review Source: AV Club

August 4, 2009
Ken Fox
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Even surrounded by unbearable sloppiness, Leguizamo is fascinating to watch.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 1.5/4

August 4, 2009
Joe Leydon
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Pic exists solely to showcase Leguizamo's wild and crazy antics, which are very much an acquired taste.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 27, 2009
Emanuel Levy

| Original Score: 2/5

August 14, 2005
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Pass that can of Black Flag, hon.

Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle | Original Score: 0/5

June 25, 2005
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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When Mr. Leguizamo isn't doing third-rate ethnic parody, he is wallowing in scatological jokes that are so poorly prepared and executed that they make similar antics by Mr. Carrey play like classic routines.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 0.5/5

August 30, 2004
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

| Original Score: 0/5

August 4, 2004
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 0/5

May 29, 2003
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

If you have any doubt that John Leguizamo is not funny, this movie will handily reinforce that notion.

| Original Score: 1/5

February 2, 2003
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 2/5

July 30, 2002
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine

The script and Leguizamo's talents don't mesh, so the actor comes off as more offensive than funny.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 1/5

June 5, 2002
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts

There is not a socioeconomic, political, ethnic or gender group that is left unoffended.

Full Review Source: Film Scouts

April 17, 2002
Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
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Talented and versatile actor-comedian John Leguizamo indulges himself so totally with incessant mugging, mimicking and all-around showing off that he begins to wear out his welcome before the opening credit sequence is over.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 1/5

February 14, 2001
James Berardinelli
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It's the kind of movie where every paying customer deserves to receive a handwritten apology from the producers.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000

E! Online

Essentially a collection of ethnic and bodily function jokes punctuated by chases.

Full Review Source: E! Online | Original Score: D

January 1, 2000
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix

This movie defies review. To critique it would be like writing about a restaurant that only serves birdseed. Of course, humans don't like birdseed -- it's not meant for our species.

Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix

January 1, 2000
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies

By their nature, pests are meant to get under your skin and this one certainly does.

| Original Score: 2/5

January 1, 2000
Madeleine Williams

A revoltingly bad stinker that is easily in the running for the worst film of the decade.

Full Review Source: Cinematter | Original Score: 0/4

January 1, 2000
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