Beetlejuice (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Beetlejuice (1988)



Critic Consensus: Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton's most deliciously manic work - and creepy, funny fun for the whole family.

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Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice producer David Geffen, director Tim Burton, and composer Danny Elfman were also involved in an animated TV-series spin-off. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Michael Keaton
as Beetlejuice
Geena Davis
as Barbara
Patrice Martinez
as Receptionist
Robert Goulet
as Maxie Dean
Dick Cavett
as Bernard
Annie McEnroe
as Jane Butterfield
Simmy Bow
as Janitor
Rachel Mittelman
as Little Jane
Cynthia Daly
as Three-fingered Typist
Carmen Filpi
as Messenger
Patrice Camhi
as Receptionist
Marie Cheatham
as Sarah Dean
Tony Cox
as Preacher
Harold Goodman
as Old Bill #2
J. Jay Saunders
as Moving Man #1
Mark Ettlinger
as Moving Man #2
Gary Jochimsen
as Dumb Football Player
Bob Pettersen
as Dumb Football Player #2
Duane Davis
as Very Dumb Football Player
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Critic Reviews for Beetlejuice

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (9)

Beetlejuice means something good: that imaginative artists can bring a fading genre back from the dead.

August 22, 2008 | Full Review…
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Luckily, Keaton pops up from his grave to liven things up when the antics pitting the good ghosts against the intruders become a trite cat & mouse game.

August 8, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Some of the most surprisingly enjoyable viewing in years.

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

An appealing mess.

August 7, 2004 | Full Review…
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

[The] actors, not surprisingly, are limited by the stupidity of their material.

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

Not since Ghostbusters have the spirits been so uplifting.

January 1, 2000 | Full Review…
Washington Post
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Audience Reviews for Beetlejuice


Beetlejuice is peculiar yet fascinating. The film's infectious laughter, obscure thrills and sensational performance from Michael Keaton upholds to this day; making this bizarre piece of entertainment one of Tim Burton's best, if not, the best directorial effort. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

Michael Keaton is a raucous and hilarious precursor to Johnny Depp's drunken gay pirate. However, the story of ghosts trying to exorcise the living is top-heavy, taking too long to start, and the zany parts, while visually stylistic, don't really push the narrative along - the dinner dance, Beetlejuice marrying Lydia.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

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Beetlejuice was met with mixed response upon release and is now rightfully a classic to the horror comedy genre. And of course, Tim Burton's overlooked talent at the time was like the unrecognisable talent of Led Zeppelin in the sixties and seventies, the world wasn't ready for them yet, the world wasn't ready for Tim Burton back at the time to bring weirdness to a whole new level in cinema.

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