Down and Out in Beverly Hills Image
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82

Universal acclaim - based on 8 Critics What's this?

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  • Summary: A rich but troubled family find their lives altered by the arrival of a vagrant who tries to drown himself in their swimming pool.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 8
  2. Negative: 0 out of 8
  1. Reviewed by: Gene Siskel
    Jun 9, 2014
    100
    What's so funny about Down and Out In Beverly Hills is not its moral imperative to appreciate life's simple, enduring pleasures. True, we get that message, and we appreciate it, but we already know that motto even if we don't live by it. No, what's funny is director Mazursky's extraordinarily fine eye and ear for capturing the way the wealthy residents of Beverly Hills walk, talk, dress and think.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Jun 4, 2014
    100
    Perhaps I have made the movie sound too serious... So let me just say that Down and Out in Beverly Hills made me laugh longer and louder than any film I've seen in a long time.
  3. Reviewed by: Janet Maslin
    Jun 4, 2014
    90
    As a comedy of manners it has a dependably keen aim, with its most wicked barbs leavened by Mr. Mazursky's obvious fondness for his characters.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff [Not Credited]
    Jun 4, 2014
    70
    It’s a loving caricature of the nouveau riche (Beverly Hills variety) and although it is more of a comedy of manners than a well-developed story, there are enough yocks and bright moments to make it a thoroughly enjoyable outing.
  5. Reviewed by: Sheila Benson
    Jun 9, 2014
    70
    For all its genuinely funny moments and its mix of outrageousness and insights, Down and Out remains curiously unsatisfying in the way it resolves the Nolte character.
  6. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    Jun 4, 2014
    70
    On the basically farcical level where it chooses to stay, it is a funny and likable movie
  7. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Jun 9, 2014
    50
    It's too civilized by half and never quite funny enough. [31 Jan 1986, p.D1]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 2
  2. Negative: 0 out of 2
  1. Jul 4, 2014
    7
    Down and Out in Beverly Hills is that typical mid-80's movie that hasn't really held up over the years. In its roots, it's a sharp satire onDown and Out in Beverly Hills is that typical mid-80's movie that hasn't really held up over the years. In its roots, it's a sharp satire on wealth, but it is overrun by clichés and "Hollywood" moments. What I will admit is that it's pretty damn funny. Expand
  2. Sep 1, 2014
    6
    Though an inspired theme and wonderfully funny Hollywood moments, there is room for many more laughs than there are. Nonetheless, Bette MidlerThough an inspired theme and wonderfully funny Hollywood moments, there is room for many more laughs than there are. Nonetheless, Bette Midler and Nick Nolte are able to shine brightly. Expand

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