Beethoven

1992, Kids & family/Comedy, 1h 28m

27 Reviews 250,000+ Ratings

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Fluffy and incorrigible, Beethoven is a good boy who deserves a better movie. Read critic reviews

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When the family of George Newton (Charles Grodin) decides to adopt a cute St. Bernard puppy, the patriarch soon feels displaced by the dog. Before long, the adorable canine, dubbed Beethoven, has grown considerably, leading to household mishaps. While George's wife and kids dote on Beethoven, it takes time for him to see the pooch's finer qualities. However, Beethoven's life with the Newton family is jeopardized when a scheming vet (Dean Jones) tries to nab the dog for a deadly experiment.

Cast & Crew

Charles Grodin
George Newton
Bonnie Hunt
Alice Newton
Dean Jones
Herman Varnick, D.V.M.
Nicholle Tom
Ryce Newton
Sarah Rose Karr
Emily Newton
Ivan Reitman
Executive Producer
Randy Edelman
Original Music
Carl Perkins
Original Music
Victor J. Kemper
Cinematographer
Sheldon Kahn
Film Editor
Steven Jacobs
Casting
Alex Tavoularis
Production Design
Gary Fettis
Set Decoration
Gloria Gresham
Costume Designer
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Critic Reviews for Beethoven

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (19)

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    September 7, 2011 | Rating: D | Full Review…
  • Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.

    March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
  • Anti-working mom bias gives a sour feeling to an otherwise innocuous dog movie.

    September 16, 2004 | Rating: 2/5
  • 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
  • If I were under the age of 14 and had not already seen all of those earlier animal movies, I might well have enjoyed Beethoven more. It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply.

    January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beethoven

  • Nov 21, 2011
    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.
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  • Nov 16, 2011
    Good, very entertaining.
    Rodrigo R Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2011
    I love all of the Beethovens.
    Bethany M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 06, 2011
    beethoven is in charge, and he's bringing down the laughs and the house. B
    Juan C Super Reviewer

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