What About Bob? (1991) - Rotten Tomatoes

What About Bob? (1991)



Critic Consensus: Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss' chemistry helps make the most of a familiar yet durable premise, elevating What About Bob? into the upper ranks of '90s comedies.

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In Frank Oz's wildly funny comedy What About Bob?, Bill Murray plays Bob, a overwhelmingly neurotic patient who follows his stuffy psychiatrist, Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), and his family on vacation. While his family takes a liking to Bob, Leo grows increasingly frustrated with his patient's antics and repeatedly tries to get Bob to leave him alone and go home. Both Murray and Dreyfuss give excellent performances, and while the script is frequently silly, the move never quite sinks into the ridiculous.more
Rating: PG
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Schulman, Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 11, 2000
Touchstone Home Entertainment


Bill Murray
as Bob Wiley
Richard Dreyfuss
as Dr. Leo Marvin
Julie Hagerty
as Fay Marvin
Charlie Korsmo
as Siggy Marvin
Kathryn Erbe
as Anna Marvin
Tom Aldredge
as Mr. Guttman
Susan Willis
as Mrs. Guttman
Brian Reddy
as Carswell Fensterwald
Doris Belack
as Dr. Tomsky
Melinda Mullins
as Marie Grady
Aida Turturro
as Prostitute
Stuart Rudin
as Crazy Man in New Yor...
Cortez Nance Jr.
as Lobby Doorman
Lori Tan Chinn
as Bus Driver
Dennis Scott
as Motorcycle Cop
Charles Thomas Baxte...
as Nursing Home Guard
Donald J Lee Jr
as Nursing Home Attenda...
Reg E. Cathey
as Howie--Director
Tom Stechschulte
as Lennie--Producer
Russell Bobbitt
as TV Crew Member
Richard Fancy
as Minister
Joan Lunden
as Herself
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Critic Reviews for What About Bob?

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8)

Murray, with his curious blend of pathos and aggressiveness, is terrific, and so is an acutely uptight Dreyfuss, never once copping a plea for our sympathy.

Full Review… | October 5, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

This cruel but effective black comedy violates credibility at almost every turn, but the concept itself is so strong hat it winds up working pretty well anyway.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Bill Murray finds a real showcase for his oft-shackled talent in this manic comedy.

Full Review… | March 13, 2007
Top Critic

With Dreyfuss and Murray on top form, not even the familiar plotline -- uptight rich person meets free-wheeling poor person and learns about life -- can prevent this lunatic comedy from being funny.

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

Somehow, Mr. Dreyfuss maintains his sound comic timing even when Frank Oz's antic direction calls for hand-waving hysteria.

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

Above all else, What About Bob? addresses the way many a patient feels when his psychiatrist has the nerve to go away without giving a thought to his problems. Perhaps it is just one desperate cosmic cry for help. Then again, maybe it's a threat.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for What About Bob?

Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus play off each other so well that I really believed they were those characters. When a man with issues get's assigned a new shrink just as that shrink is about to go on vacation with his family, he follows him all around to make himself better and overcome his phobia's. Due to this, unintentional hilarity ensues for them and I found myself busting a gut every minute. No, "What About Bob?" is not a masterpiece in an regard, but if you look at it as a straight up comedy then you can have a blast with it. Well-written, well-acted, and well-directed, this film is very solid all around, but there was just something about Richard Dreyfus's character that pissed me off. He never really has a full character arch and he becomes more and more of an annoying dick as the film comes to a close, almost to the point of me not caring about his character anymore. Overall, this a very very funny movie that I would highly recommend.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Murray and Dreyfuss are great.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer


A little rare jewel. A terrific, unique and obligatory comedy. Fresh.

Lucas Martins
Lucas Martins

Super Reviewer

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