Beetle Juice

Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 13 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13

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Critic Reviews

  1. 50
    Gets off to a start that's so charming it never lives it down. The movie is all anticlimax once we realize it's going to be about gimmicks, not characters.
  2. Christian Science Monitor
    Reviewed by: David Sterritt
    50
    The screenplay is foolish and Michael Keaton overplays the title role badly, but director Tim Burton gives the comedy a heap of visual imagination. [22 Apr 1988]
  3. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: Elvis Mitchell
    40
    Elaborate as this sounds, there really isn't much plot here, only a parade of arbitrary visual tricks to hold the film together. [30 Mar 1988, p.C18]
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 234 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 25 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Nov 12, 2015
    7
    I have to admit, the '7' rating is mainly because of the spectacular performance from Michael Keaton. For me, he made the movie worthwhileI have to admit, the '7' rating is mainly because of the spectacular performance from Michael Keaton. For me, he made the movie worthwhile during otherwise slightly boring or uninteresting scenes. It's a pity he's only in it for like, thirty minutes! Full Review »
  2. Dec 1, 2015
    8
    Beetlejuice is one of the first Tim Burton classics. Its very well written and imaginative, its got just the right amount of Burton crazinessBeetlejuice is one of the first Tim Burton classics. Its very well written and imaginative, its got just the right amount of Burton craziness and its got some timeless jokes in it that are still funny after over 25. There are several strong characters in this film Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis and a young Winona Ryder are all great, but Michael Keaton is the real star of the show. Keaton's portrayal of the titular character is one of the most memorable of his character, but the real tragedy is how underused he is. Beetlejuice is the perfect example of a live-action cartoon character and the last 30 minutes of the movie when he has the most involvement are certainly the best. The lack of Keaton though keeps this movie at a good level, not a great level. Full Review »
  3. Nov 23, 2015
    8
    Beetlejuice is a funny twist on classic horror film tropes that manages to not just make you laugh, but also really make you feel for theBeetlejuice is a funny twist on classic horror film tropes that manages to not just make you laugh, but also really make you feel for the ghosts trapped in haunted houses around the world. It is certainly not easy being dead and this feel exemplifies that. The world created here by Tim Burton is wacky as expected and has so many layers to explore that shows just how expansive and creative this film is. Michael Keaton is over-the-top, yet hysterical and Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis do a great job as the bumbling idiots who recently died. Winona Ryder is also great here. The writing here is also very strong as it manages to wring every possible joke out of the pretty dark premise. Overall, Beetlejuice shows very little signs of aging and remains a funny, enjoyable ride. Full Review »