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Down and Out in Beverly Hills Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
May 23, 2011
On the basically farcical level where it chooses to stay, it is a funny and likable movie.
Frank Lovece
Film Journal International
October 8, 2008
A single moment of magical realism shows the Babe-that-might-have-been, very charitably speaking, had the makers of this doggie adventure-comedy chosen a more daring and creative route...
Full Review | Original Score: 58/100
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Variety Staff
Variety
July 22, 2008
Although it is more of a comedy of manners than a well-developed story, there are enough yocks and bright moments to make it a thoroughly enjoyable outing.

TV Guide
December 4, 2006
The cast is entirely up to the comic hysteria Mazursky requires of them, though Mike the dog steals whatever scene he is in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
July 11, 2006
A funny and poignant if also broad reworking of Renoir's classic, Boudu Saved from Drowning, Paul Mazursky's satire also works as a critique of L.A. nouveau riche and their crass lifestyle, reflected, among other things, in the garrish color palette.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
This update of Renoir's Boudu Saved from Drowning starts life as a satire on the tribal rites of the new and filthy rich, but goes badly wrong somewhere down the line.
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com
July 9, 2005
funny with bite
| Original Score: 4/5
Clint Morris
Moviehole
March 11, 2005
Three great turns in one side-splitting movie
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 26, 2004
Filled with hilarious incidents and clever one-liners.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Film4
May 24, 2003
Silly but fun, and a big box-office earner.
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
As a comedy of manners it has a dependably keen aim, with its most wicked barbs leavened by Mr. Mazursky's obvious fondness for his characters.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
February 19, 2003
One of Mazursky's few completely successful films.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
December 25, 2002
An uneven satire with some wit, but sometimes too strident.
| Original Score: 3/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 26, 2002
A sparkling social commentary that doesn't skimp on the laughs.
| Original Score: 4/5
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review
July 26, 2002
Richard Dreyfuss in top form.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
Let me just say that Down and Out in Beverly Hills made me laugh longer and louder than any film I've seen in a long time.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
Paul Mazursky hasn't only remade Jean Renoir's sublime 1931 Boudu Saved From Drowning: he's yuppified it, inverting virtually every meaning until the film becomes a celebration of the crassest kind of materialism.
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
January 21, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
September 14, 2003
| Original Score: 5/5
James Hill
BET.com
December 13, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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