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The Pest Reviews

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Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 30, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
It's the kind of movie where every paying customer deserves to receive a handwritten apology from the producers.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
May 29, 2003
| Original Score: 0/5
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Obviously, someone must have told Leguizamo he's a comic genius. Whoever did that isn't his friend.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 30, 2004
When Mr. Leguizamo isn't doing third-rate ethnic parody, he is wallowing in scatological jokes that are so poorly prepared and executed that they make similar antics by Mr. Carrey play like classic routines.
| Original Score: 0.5/5
Leslie Rigoulot
Film Scouts
April 17, 2002
There is not a socioeconomic, political, ethnic or gender group that is left unoffended.
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
August 4, 2004
| Original Score: 0/5
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 4, 2009
It seems to be targeted at eight-year-old boys with attention-deficit disorder, and could have been more competently made by any one of them.
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
February 2, 2003
If you have any doubt that John Leguizamo is not funny, this movie will handily reinforce that notion.
| Original Score: 1/5
Madeleine Williams
January 1, 2000
A revoltingly bad stinker that is easily in the running for the worst film of the decade.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Mark Bazer
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
This movie defies review. To critique it would be like writing about a restaurant that only serves birdseed. Of course, humans don't like birdseed -- it's not meant for our species.
Louis B. Hobson
Jam! Movies
January 1, 2000
By their nature, pests are meant to get under your skin and this one certainly does.
| Original Score: 2/5
Top Critic
Susan Stark
Detroit News
January 1, 2000
| Original Score: 1/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Quick, someone find a no-pest strip - or even a fly swatter or a good bug spray.
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Talented and versatile actor-comedian John Leguizamo indulges himself so totally with incessant mugging, mimicking and all-around showing off that he begins to wear out his welcome before the opening credit sequence is over.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Dwayne E. Leslie
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
The script and Leguizamo's talents don't mesh, so the actor comes off as more offensive than funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
June 25, 2005
Pass that can of Black Flag, hon.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
Emanuel Levy
August 14, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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Joe Leydon
March 27, 2009
Pic exists solely to showcase Leguizamo's wild and crazy antics, which are very much an acquired taste.
Ken Fox
TV Guide
August 4, 2009
Even surrounded by unbearable sloppiness, Leguizamo is fascinating to watch.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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