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  • Summary: Returning from a hunting trip in the forest, the Henderson family's car hits an animal in the road. When they examine the body, they find it's a Bigfoot. Thinking it might be dead, they decide to take it home. But when the Bigfoot wakes up, it turns out he is far from the ferocious monster they feared. He's a friendly giant. In their attempts to keep Harry a secret, the Henderson's have to hide him from the authorities and a man who has made it his goal in life to catch a Bigfoot. Expand
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  2. Negative: 2 out of 9
  1. 75
    What do you get when you cross King Kong with E.T.? Harry And The Hendersons is what, and it's a delightful enough offspring - often funny, occasionally charming and always mighty eager to please. Too eager at times, but that's a forgivable flaw in an otherwise engaging hybrid. [5 June 1987]
  2. Reviewed by: Bill Cosford
    Jun 9, 2014
    It has several amiable performances, including Lithgow's usual nice guy, Lainie Kazan's savagely nosy neighbor, Margaret Langrick's petulant teen and Don Ameche as a bullion- hearted Bigfoot expert. And like Harry, in its own ham-handed, goofy way the film means so well. What the heck. [5 June 1987, p.D1]
  3. Reviewed by: Hal Lipper
    Jun 9, 2014
    This is a fun picture, even if it's overly sentimental and has the feeling of an extended Amazing Stories segment. Director Dear is a master Spielbergian craftsman. Now, all he has to do is demonstrate some originality to establish himself as a quality film maker. [5 June 1987, p.1D]
  4. Reviewed by: Eric Henderson
    Jun 4, 2014
    Unabashedly lefty sentiment colors the whole film.
  5. Reviewed by: Dave Kehr
    Jun 9, 2014
    It isn't hard to take, but Harry and the Hendersons seems a bit familiar.
  6. Reviewed by: Hal Hinson
    Jun 4, 2014
    It's about learning to be human and, on that level, it's utter schlock -- cloying, manipulative and overcute. You could see it on another level, though -- as a comedy about an obnoxious houseguest -- and feel a little kinder toward it.
  7. Reviewed by: Vincent Canby
    Jun 4, 2014
    Attention must be paid when a movie is as aggressively awful as Harry and the Hendersons, though it's so pin-headed that it could be the last of its inbred line. It's not likely to spawn.

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