The Flintstones


The Flintstones

Critics Consensus

The Flintstones wastes beloved source material and imaginative production design on a tepid script that plunks Bedrock's favorite family into a cynical story awash with lame puns.



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The good (if not fully evolved) citizens of Bedrock make their way to the big screen in this live-action adaptation of the popular animated series of the 1960s. Fred Flintstone (John Goodman) and his best friend Barney Rubble (Rick Moranis) work together at the Slate and Company Rock Quarry. When Fred loans Barney some money that allows him and his wife Betty (Rosie O'Donnell) to adopt a child, Barney is looking for a way to show his gratitude. Barney thinks he's found one when the executives at Slate and Company announce that they're giving all their employees intelligence tests to help determine future promotions. When Barney switches his high-scoring test with Fred's, his plan works -- but not quite the way he had hoped: Fred is deemed executive material and given a big promotion, complete with a sexy secretary (Halle Berry) who makes his wife Wilma (Elizabeth Perkins) jealous, while Barney is soon out of a job and can't pay his bills. Bill Hanna and Joseph Barbara, who created the original television series, make cameo appearances here; Elizabeth Taylor gives a fine comic performance as Wilma's nagging mother, and Harvey Korman provides the voice of the Dictabird. ~Rovi


John Goodman
as Fred Flintstone
Elizabeth Perkins
as Wilma Flintstone
Rick Moranis
as Barney Rubble
Rosie O'Donnell
as Betty Rubble
Kyle MacLachlan
as Cliff Vanderclave
Halle Berry
as Miss Stone
Elizabeth Taylor
as Pearle Slaghoople
Dann Florek
as Mr. Slate
Keyes Irwin "88"
as Joe Rockhead
Jonathan Winters
as Grizzled Man
Harvey Korman
as Voice of Dictabird
Sheryl Lee Ralph
as Mrs. Pyrite
Jean Vander Pyl
as Mrs. Feldspar
Jay Leno
as Bedrock's Most Wanted Host
Irwin Keyes
as Joe Rockhead
Janice Kent
as Stewardess
Becky Thyre
as Roxanne
Rod McCary
as Store Manager
Kate Pierson
as Herself
Jim Doughan
as Maitre'd
Laraine Newman
as Susan Rock
Alan Blumenfeld
as Fred Look-A-Like
Mel Blanc
as Voice of Dino
Sam Raimi
as Cliff Look-A-Like
Messiri Freeman
as Miss Stone Look-a-Like
Tabbie Brown
as Accuser
Andy Steinfeld
as Aerobics Instructor
Dean Cundey
as Technician
Lita Stevens
as Woman at Chevrox
Joseph Barbera
as Man in Mersandes
William Hanna
as Executive in Boardroom
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  • Jul 14, 2016
    Yabba-Dabba Do! Everyone's favorite modern Stone Age family, The Flintstones, is brought to the big screen as a live-action screwball comedy. The film follows a quarry worker named Fred Flintstone who receives a promotion to VP and is setup as a patsy for an embezzlement scheme. Starring John Goodman, Rick Moranis, Elizabeth Perkins, Rosie O'Donnell, Kyle MacLachlan, and Halle Berry, the film features an impressive cast. But while they do a fair job of imitating cartoon characters, the performances don't really work in a live-action setting. And the same goes for the set designs and creature puppets, which do an amazing job at capturing a cartoon aesthetic, yet end up looking incredibly fake. Additionally, the comedy is rather hit-and-miss, with a mixture of prehistoric puns and slapstick. The Flintstones is entertaining and may work for young kids, but it lacks the wit and charm of the original Hanna-Barbera cartoon.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 11, 2012
    I can't believe all the bad reviews The Flinstones have gotten.Watching this movie earlier today brung back memories of seeing it in the theater when it 1st came out.I remember the Mcdonalds Happy Meal Toys & collector glasses.I loved how the movie was similar to the cartoon, The set design, The dinosaur powered gadgets, The cars, etc, etc, etc. I think I enjoyed it as much as the 1st time I watched it. Yabba Dabba Doo!!!
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 21, 2011
    The Flintstones was one of those films that I really enjoyed when I was younger. Years later, however the film doesn't hold up. I found that despite the two lead roles (which were well casted), the film didn't have anything good to offer. The plot seems a bit too complex for children, and I remember not fully understanding the film when I was younger. The film suffers from quite a poor plot, and it's the main reason why this film misses the mark. The film does have a highpoint, the film looks great and that's about it. The films sets look stunning. However aside from John Goodman and Rick Moranis, the actors here are terrible. A live action adaptation of the classic TV show wasn't the best idea, and the end result of this film showcases that point perfectly. The film tries to have a serious plot to add to its already silly plot, and it doesn't work. Director Brian Levant proves once again he's a sloppy director and can't craft an excellent family film. The Flintstones is a very forgettable family film, and it joins the countless awful family films that has plagued cinema in the last two decades. There are some great family films that are still watchable today, however, this one doesn't stand out, and it's laughably bad. The Flinstones is the type of film that when you're a kid, you enjoy, however when you grow up, you ask yourself "Why did I even like this crap?" This is a pointless film that might have been good, but is ruined by an awful script, bad directing and sloppy acting. Avoid this film. There are so many better family films out there.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Nov 13, 2011
    Not a good companion to the funny tv series. The plot and humour is its main flaw.
    Directors C Super Reviewer

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