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Pee-wee's Big Adventure Reviews

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 22, 2016
Tim Burton's first (and best) movie...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
July 31, 2015
It's a true original -- a comedy maverick that looks and feels like no other movie I know.
David Parkinson
Radio Times
July 31, 2015
It's a bold attempt to do something dazzlingly original, although some of the gags are spectacularly unfunny and Pee-wee's nervous prattling can become irritating.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
November 1, 2014
Burton demonstrates his knack for building seemingly dynamic meta-worlds inside our own world, depicting Pee Wee's own journey as exciting, harrowing, and often times scary.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
October 4, 2012
The film's inventiveness is on display from the get-go.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
August 27, 2012
Chiefly successful because of its commitment to an artistic ideal: make something that looks, talks, feels, and moves like a cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 14, 2011
A purely creative movie that one must admit has no equal in cinema history (for better or worse). [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You
January 25, 2011
But perhaps Pee-wee's appeal lies precisely in the slightly discomfiting uncertainty of his persona... insufferably giddy, occasionally malevolent, and completely indefatigable; demented, irritating, narcissistic -- and infectiously funny.
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
February 9, 2010
Reubens always lets us feel superior to his creation, and when his character slips, as it does more than once in this first feature outing, his own condescension shows through.

Film4
February 9, 2010
It's surreal, funny, clever and disarming in equal measures.
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TIME Magazine
February 9, 2010
Fair warning: this movie could induce terminal boredom in adults and rot the minds of the young.

TV Guide
February 9, 2010
Two stars were born with the release of this film -- one in front of the camera and one behind it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4

Empire Magazine
February 9, 2010
Burton's first feature revels in the weird, the unpredictable, the infantile and the absurd. A dazzling debut.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Variety Staff
Variety
February 9, 2010
Children should love the film and adults will be dismayed by the light brushstrokes with which Paul Reubens (one of three credited screenwriters, but star-billed under his stage name, Pee-wee Herman) suggests touches of Buster Keaton and Eddie Cantor.
Beth Accomando
KPBS.org
July 8, 2008
The filmmakers create a zany and surreal world for Pee-wee yet it all seems perfectly natural and credible. Plus, it's all infused with a subdued yet rampant silliness that's enchanting.
Will Harris
Bullz-Eye.com
February 10, 2007
It might start off silly, but by the end, it's skewered tons of film clichés, offered our first glimpse at Tim Burton's cinematic vision, and, most crucially, made you laugh more times than you can count.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
September 29, 2006
Tim Burton's visual imagination proves a perfect match for Pee-wee's fanciful exploits.
| Original Score: 4/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
May 21, 2006
Goofy, silly, and just plain funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Brian Case
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Fed by comic tributaries perhaps, but Pee-Wee Herman comes over as a delightful original.
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
June 25, 2005
Arguably Tim Burton's strangest film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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