• R, 1 hr. 43 min.
  • Comedy
  • Directed By:
    Paul Mazursky
    In Theaters:
    Jan 31, 1986 Wide
    On DVD:
    Aug 13, 2002

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Down and Out in Beverly Hills Reviews

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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
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On the basically farcical level where it chooses to stay, it is a funny and likable movie.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

May 23, 2011
Variety Staff
Variety
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

July 22, 2008

TV Guide's Movie Guide

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 Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

December 4, 2006
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

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 Source: EmanuelLevy.Com | Original Score: B+

July 11, 2006
Tony Medley
tonymedley.com

funny with bite

| Original Score: 4/5

July 9, 2005
Clint Morris
Moviehole

Three great turns in one side-splitting movie

| Original Score: 3/5

March 11, 2005
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly

| Original Score: 3/5

January 21, 2005
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Filled with hilarious incidents and clever one-liners.

Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice | Original Score: 4/5

August 26, 2004
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

| Original Score: 5/5

September 14, 2003

Film4

Silly but fun, and a big box-office earner.

Full Review Source: Film4

May 24, 2003
Janet Maslin
New York Times
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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.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

May 20, 2003
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

One of Mazursky's few completely successful films.

| Original Score: 4/5

February 19, 2003
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)

An uneven satire with some wit, but sometimes too strident.

| Original Score: 3/5

December 25, 2002
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire

| Original Score: 4/5

October 6, 2002
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope

| Original Score: 4/5

September 14, 2002
KJB
IGN Movies

| Original Score: 3/5

August 8, 2002
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

| Original Score: 3/5

July 29, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

A sparkling social commentary that doesn't skimp on the laughs.

| Original Score: 4/5

July 26, 2002
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2002
Bob Grimm
Reno News and Review

Richard Dreyfuss in top form.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 26, 2002
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