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  • Summary: Michael Keaton is the name in laughter from the hereafter as an obnoxious poltergeist conjured up to bedevil an unwanted family of oddballs. (Warner Bros)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 1 out of 13
  1. 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]
  2. 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]
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Beetlejuice means something good: that imaginative artists can bring a fading genre back from the dead. [11 Apr 1988]
  4. 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]
  5. Reviewed by: Staff (Non Credited)
    A surreal, demented delight.
  6. Only about half of the disconnected gags and oddball conceits pay off, but their gleeful delivery takes up most of the slack.
  7. 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]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. Sep 30, 2014
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  2. ChiteaA.
    Jan 11, 2007
    I loved this movie. Is a not stereotipically black comedy, and I liked it.
  3. Mar 2, 2011
    Alec Baldwin, Geena Davis, Michael Keaton are all great and Winona Ryder and more are all very, very good. So original and Tim Burton was fantastic with direction. Expand
  4. Aug 19, 2010
    Couple have old house, friend wants them to sell, have car crash, die, new family move in, couple haunt them without success, ask "People-Exorcist" for help.
    Tim Burton at his best with a wonderfully surreal & dark tale featuring a very strong cast.
    The effects haven't dated that well but a lot of the creations here can be seen later in the equally brilliant Nightmare Before Christmas.
    Michael Keaton steals every scene he is in (although not that many) & you think he'd have been better playing the Joker rather than Batman in his next film after this performance.
  5. Apr 18, 2013
    This has to be my favorite Michael Keaton movie, and my favorite from Tim Burton.It is both dark and funny. Silly & serious. The effects at the time were phenomenal but are a bit dated by today's standards, but even so, hold a little. Still great to see Winona Ryder so young. Story gets a bit to goofy at points and they play the "afterlife" novelty to death (sorry, for the bad pun.)

    Beetlejuice is a ton of fun and enjoyable fore most. I would say keep really little kids away, because I remember it freaked me out when I was little.
  6. Jun 12, 2014
    This movie was honestly not that bad. Yes, I do believe that the plot was kind of weird and, I mean ghosts? Really? But actual beetlejuice made the movie more "available to watch." I know this review didnt really make any sense, but its hard to explain. The movie had something about it that every time I see it on TV I decide to watch it. Expand
  7. JimR.
    Jul 29, 2007
    Good production values, but no story/characters of interest.

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