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Pee-wee's Big Adventure Reviews

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May 20, 2003
You have been warned.
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.
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
April 25, 2001
Herman is trying to turn attitudinizing into comic performance art. But in this case he hasn't developed his stand-up posture into a fleshed-out character.
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February 9, 2010
Fair warning: this movie could induce terminal boredom in adults and rot the minds of the young.
February 9, 2006
Fed by comic tributaries perhaps, but Pee-Wee Herman comes over as a delightful original.
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
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.
July 25, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
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.
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
August 22, 2003
| Original Score: 4/5
May 21, 2006
Goofy, silly, and just plain funny.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 30, 2004
Mostly the film is filled with bizarre jokes that only grow funnier as the film's cult appeal increases; it wears its 20 years well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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.
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.
June 25, 2005
Arguably Tim Burton's strangest film.
| Original Score: 4/5
August 7, 2002
| Original Score: 5/5
February 14, 2003
A little gem, odd, quirky and completely different; James Brolin as Pee Wee Herman is a blast.
| Original Score: 3/5
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