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What About Bob? (1991)

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82

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 39
Fresh: 32 | Rotten: 7

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.

88

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 1

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 this comedy about a doctor-patient relationship pushed way beyond the office, Bill Murray plays Bob Wiley, a neurotic New Yorker struggling with a whirlwind of paralyzing phobias. When an exasperated colleague pawns the handful off on Dr. Leo Marvin (Richard Dreyfuss), the psychologist has no idea his last appointment will follow him north to New Hampshire on a month's vacation. Bob takes to Dr. Marvin's latest book like no therapy before it, so the well-meaning pest tracks Marvin down at his

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Drama, Comedy

Alvin Sargent, Laura Ziskin, Tom Schulman

Jul 11, 2000

Touchstone Home Entertainment

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All Critics (39) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (32) | Rotten (7) | DVD (11)

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.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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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.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Bill Murray finds a real showcase for his oft-shackled talent in this manic comedy.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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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.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Somehow, Mr. Dreyfuss maintains his sound comic timing even when Frank Oz's antic direction calls for hand-waving hysteria.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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With his twisted lower lip, doleful eyes and trademark deadpan, [Murray] exudes an awkward -- and funny -- vulnerability.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Appealingly silly romp for kids and adults.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
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Its less is more approach makes for a brilliantly constructed plot in which Murray becomes more and more obnoxious and Dreyfuss is gradually driven to distraction by his eccentric little ways.

October 5, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
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A modern-day comedy in the grand tradition of the best screwball comedies of the late 1930s and early 40s.

March 13, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Murray nicely shelves his wise-guy persona in a winning comedy.

March 1, 2007
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

A delightful annoying-person comedy made even more amusing by the fact that Murray and Dreyfuss couldn't stand one another in real life.

February 18, 2006
FulvueDrive-in.com

Dreyfuss e Murray estabelecem uma boa dinâmica nesta comédia irregular, mas agradável.

November 3, 2004
Cinema em Cena

Quirky, wild comedy doings with Bill Murray over the top.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

Boomers being really charming and funny.

October 1, 2004
New Times

Pleasant comedy with droll Murray

September 20, 2004
Film Journal International

Except for the last half hour, one of the best comedies of the 90's.

September 4, 2003
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies

Annoying movie that wastes a talented cast.

February 5, 2003 | Comment (1)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Billy Murray gives an inspired performance. This is a comedy that often makes you simultaneously laugh and wince.

August 2, 2002
Arizona Daily Star

One of the most snicker-worthy movies ever made. Great, great fun for the demented.

July 26, 2002
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Both Dreyfuss and Murray give droll performances, and the film resists the temptation to side with either nut.

January 9, 2002 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

If you're a little discerning, you wont make the distance.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com | Comment (1)
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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.
July 27, 2014
KJ Proulx

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Murray and Dreyfuss are great.
May 4, 2014
Graham Jones

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A little rare jewel. A terrific, unique and obligatory comedy. Fresh.
April 21, 2012
Lucas Martins

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    1. Bob Wiley: Baby Steps, get on a bus. Baby Steps, get on a bus.
    – Submitted by Chris R (15 months ago)
    1. Bob Wiley: I feel good, I feel great, I feel wonderful...
    – Submitted by Chris R (15 months ago)
    1. Bob Wiley: I'm doing the work, I'm baby-stepping, I'm not a slacker! Just look, I'm in really bad shape!
    – Submitted by Chris R (15 months ago)
    1. Dr. Leo Marvin: [just as Bob and Lily get pronounced 'Man and Wife'] NO!
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
    1. Dr. Leo Marvin: [after he finds out the mental institution staff like Bob] I can't believe that I'm hearing this!
    2. Dr. Tomsky: Relax, Leo.
    3. Dr. Leo Marvin: [obviously not relaxed] I'm relaxed!
    4. Dr. Tomsky: Take a vacation.
    5. Dr. Leo Marvin: [losing it] I'M ON VACATION!
    6. Dr. Tomsky: [concerned] ...Maybe you should check in here for a few days. Get a handle on things.
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
    1. Bob Wiley: There are two types of people in this world: Those who like Neil Diamond, and those who don't. My ex-wife loves him.
    – Submitted by David E (20 months ago)
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