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. 100
    Hilarious…The joy of Beetlejuice is its completely bizarre -- but perfectly realized -- view of the world, a la Gary Larson's "The Far Side," or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." [1 Apr 1988]
  2. Los Angeles Times
    Reviewed by: Kevin Thomas
    100
    By the time this irresistible treat is over, it has created some of the funniest moments and most inspired visual humor and design we may expect to experience at the movies all year. [30 Mar 1988]
  3. 90
    Not since "Ghostbusters" have the spirits been so uplifting. [30 Mar 1988]
  4. Time
    Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    Beetlejuice means something good: that imaginative artists can bring a fading genre back from the dead. [11 Apr 1988]
  5. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    88
    So original that it'll be years before a major filmmaker attempts another one. We're talking black-belt cult-movie status here. [30 Mar 1988]
  6. 80
    Beetlejuice springs to life when the raucous and repulsive Betelgeuse (Keaton) rises from his moribund state to wreak havoc on fellow spooks and mortal enemies.
  7. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    75
    For all the film's popped eyeballs and severed limbs, Beetlejuice retains an innocence that makes the grotesque humor very appealing. Burton has captured the sweet ghoulishness of a 12-year-old pouring over horror comics, dreaming of the greatest Halloween costume ever invented. [30 Mar 1988]
  8. Only about half of the disconnected gags and oddball conceits pay off, but their gleeful delivery takes up most of the slack.
  9. 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.
  10. 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]
  11. 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]
  12. San Francisco Chronicle
    Reviewed by: Mick LaSalle
    25
    It's two hours of your life wasted, time once spent that can never be regained. Don't go. Don't do it. [30 Mar 1988]
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 239 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  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. Aug 3, 2015
    10
    A hilarious classic from Tim Burton that still continues to bring laughs even in its cast is absolutely perfect especially Michael Keaton whoA hilarious classic from Tim Burton that still continues to bring laughs even in its cast is absolutely perfect especially Michael Keaton who is hilarious as beetle juice, the sets and visuals in beetle juice are also a treat to look at Full Review »
  3. Jul 27, 2015
    9
    A cult classic. Beetlejucie is hilarious, feel good and at some points, terrifying. The character is exactly how I would think a dead exorcistA cult classic. Beetlejucie is hilarious, feel good and at some points, terrifying. The character is exactly how I would think a dead exorcist pervert **** would act coming along with all his mischief and tricks up his sleeve making for some pretty creepy sequences that are just past the line of being hysterical as well as slightly terrifying. I only wished they'd do more exploration in the world of the afterlife as there seems to be so much potential for a world there (I'd imagine this was further explored in Burton's Corpse Bride but it should've been in this movie as well) Full Review »