Beethoven (1992)



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Feeling that something is lacking in their lives, the family of suburbanite Charles Grodin adopts a stray St. Bernard puppy. The cute lite beast grows up to be the less-than-cute Beethoven, a sloppy, slobbery, oversized and extremely destructive animal. Beethoven also brings with him a lot of hidden baggage in the form of evil veterinarian Dean Jones, who'll stop at nothing to steal Beethoven for the purposes of his insidious lab experiment. Several sequels followed, beginning with 1993 Beethoven's Second.
Comedy , Kids & Family , Special Interest
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Charles Grodin
as George Newton
Bonnie Hunt
as Alice Newton
Dean Jones
as Dr. Herman Varnick
Nicholle Tom
as Ryce Newton
Sarah Rose Karr (II)
as Emily Newton
Oliver Platt
as Harvey
Stanley Tucci
as Vernon
Laurel Cronin
as Devonia Peet
O-Lan Jones
as Biker Woman
Nancy Fish
as Miss Grundel
Craig Pinkard
as Homeless Man
Sherri Paysinger
as Reporter
Patrick LaBrecque
as 1st Bully
Jacob Kenner
as 2nd Bully
Matthew Brooks
as 3rd Bully
Little Chris
as Newsreader
Maxine Hicks
as Old Woman
Lisa Gerber
as Donna
Cory Danziger
as Mark's Friend
Colleen O'Hara
as Young Woman
Nicolas Mize
as Young Man
Maxine Elliot
as Old Woman
Stephanie Massman
as Young Woman
Cirroc Lofton
as 1st Skateboarder
Chad Morton
as 2nd Skateboarder
Melora Walters
as Pet Shop Owner
Holly Wortell
as 2nd Nurse
Lorraine Marga
as Mother at Pet Store
Joseph Gordon-Levitt
as 1st Student
Andres McKenzie
as 2nd Student
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Critic Reviews for Beethoven

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (7)

Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Top Critic

Elevated from the doldrums of Digby-esque sentimentality by a surprisingly bouncy script, the film is also redeemed by regular interludes of acerbic dialogue and a brace of fine supporting performances.

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

A family comedy about a wacky & destructive St. Bernard that is totally without any merit whatsoever.

Full Review… | November 21, 2011
Antagony & Ecstasy

Audience Reviews for Beethoven

Looking at the films I enjoyed when I was a kid, this one always seemed to be a favorite among countless others, and now as an adult, I really don't know why I enjoyed this film. I guess it was what I thought, back then at least, a good film that was simply wonderful. Unfortunately, Beethoven for me, is one of those films that hasn't stood the test of time and doesn't really necessitate another viewing like so many other good family films that I enjoyed when I was a kid, because well looking back, this film is pretty stupid. The film has a poor plot, and despite the decent cast, the film suffers from a poor script, and director Brian Levant doesn't do anything interesting with the film. The film is flawed, and pretty pointless. I disliked it and thought it was one of the weaker family films to come out during my childhood. The film should be avoided and doesn't offer anything that will appeal to the viewer. The kids are annoying, the rest of the cast is wasted and Beethoven is simply a poorly made film that really doesn't belong in the same category as other family oriented classics. This is a film not worth watching and really is one of the worst family films that I've seen in my childhood. The film doesn't work, and is simply a waste of time to watch. There are so many other great family films than this. Beethoven is a forgettable waste of time that is pointless entertainment. I hated this film, and you'd be better off watching films like Casper or The Sandlot. Beethoven hasn't stood the test of time, and the plot not entertaining, and the cast is simply wasted on-screen. A pointless mess of a family film.

Alex roy
Alex roy

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I love all of the Beethovens.

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

Super Reviewer

Just another story of kids wanting to take in a stray dog, the kind of thing you'd see on an episode of some family sitcom. It's funny and cute for kids to watch, but other than that, it's not a great movie, it's not too bad either, so I'll just say it's okay.

Aj V
Aj V

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