Pee-wee's Big Holiday

Critics Consensus

The simple story is a little short on laughs, but there's plenty of sweet wackiness for Pee-Wee Herman fans to enjoy.



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Pee-wee meets a stranger who inspires him to take his first vacation in this story about friendship and fate.


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Critic Reviews for Pee-wee's Big Holiday

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (37) | Rotten (9)

  • It's like one of the so-so "Muppets" movies, where you're happy to see the characters back on screen again, yet slightly impatient that they've forgotten to bring enough jokes.

    Mar 21, 2016 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A disappointing rehash of Pee-wee's 1985 film debut. Netflix subscribers may find it skim-worthy.

    Mar 19, 2016 | Full Review…

    Rafer Guzman

    Top Critic
  • Nirvana for Pee-wee fans ...

    Mar 19, 2016 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Pee-wee is still a startling and original and strangely endearing creation. He just deserved a funnier, more intriguing holiday.

    Mar 18, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • After all these years - his and ours - Pee-wee Herman is still a Peter Pan who can lead us back to innocence with a corny joke or a childish jape.

    Mar 18, 2016 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Pee-wee doesn't come saddled with backstory, like Batman. He's more like Mickey Mouse, an icon who can become anything he wants.

    Mar 18, 2016 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Pee-wee's Big Holiday

  • May 17, 2016
    Social media allows people to feel connected to an old friend without actually interacting with them and realizing that your only true connection to them stems from 20 or 30 years ago. Audiences will find themselves in a similar situation with Pee-wee's Big Holiday, a well-intentioned but joke-lite continuation of Reubens' now-iconic character, Pee-wee Herman. Seeing the perpetual boy-child again with all of his zaniness intact feels like a warm greeting at the outset. Soon however, without much of a story to go on, the movie relies on gags...of which, this Judd-Apatow-produced comedy comes up a bit short. Still, there are amble points to enjoy about the latest adventures of Pee-wee even if this go-round isn't an out-and-out holiday. In this PG-rated comedy (available for streaming on Netfliix), a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger (Manganiello) inspires Pee-wee Herman (Reubens) to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny. Still spot-on with the character, Reubens delights in every scene and his co-writer, Paul Rust (Netflix's Love), helps to keep the adventure feeling authentically Pee-weed. Part of you wishes that your last Herman memory remained his Big Adventure, which is nostalgically kept under the Big Top in the Playhouse in your mind...part of you, mind. Your other parts hold hope that, having nailed the character and tone of a beloved 30-year old franchise here, the next Big venture might employ more laughs both wacky and, sometimes, appropriately acerbic. Bottom line: Dearth Takes a Holiday
    Jeff B Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2016
    Pee-wee's Big Holiday is certainly similar to the 1985 classic, but it's so much fun seeing Paul Reubens playing the great character again that you get over it quickly. The jokes are ridiculous but lighthearted and fun. I laughed and had a big smile on my face throughout the film. So glad Netflix decided to give us back a little Pee-wee.
    Bradley W Super Reviewer
  • Mar 22, 2016
    Paul Reubens returns to kick a dead horse yet again. Passed-by by his friends and feeling bored he decides to road trip New York City. Along the way: kooky kharacters aplenty. Only for the youngest of your young.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer

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