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  • Summary: Dr. Leo Marvin (Dreyfuss) goes on vacation for the summer but soon discovers his new patient, Bob Wiley (Murray), has followed him and befriended his family.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. The concept itself is so strong - particularly as a revenge fantasy for anyone who's ever resented hypocritical exploitative shrinks - that it winds up working pretty well anyway.
  2. Reviewed by: Desson Howe
    80
    Bob rests entirely on Murray's shoulders. But he more than takes the weight.
  3. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    80
    Murray, with his curious blend of pathos and aggressiveness, is terrific, and so is an acutely uptight Dreyfuss, never once copping a plea for our sympathy.
  4. Bill Murray's manic performance is the main selling point of this mildly amusing farce about a psychiatrist with a patient who literally drives him crazy
  5. Reviewed by: Clifford Terry
    50
    A broadly played, by-the-numbers comedy that pits your consummate classic nut case against your quintessential screwed-up shrink. [17 May 1991]
  6. But there's still Murray, who drives the idea further than it has any right to go. He energizes the loony schtick of the opening scenes. [17 May 1991]
  7. It's a bomb - not the usual bomb, but a time bomb, despite a 20-minute stretch at the beginning that goes along nicely. [17 May 1991]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 0 out of 3
  1. Sep 26, 2010
    10
    What About Bob? is a great movie. It's simply hilarious. I loved it. Don't miss it. This is Frank Oz's best non-Muppet movie besides In & Out! It's filled with non-stop laughs. Expand
  2. Apr 7, 2014
    8
    This is an extremely Funny But slightly Disturbing Background Story Not for younger audiences but low teens abouve would find this movie a treat. We firstly start off meeting the character of Bob Who has a mixture of different Mental issues. Then he gets a new psychiatrist and they start to got nuts after a while all hell breaks lose. Watch this amazing movie for midnight movie or for a Evening Special with the Kids. Rating 8.3/10 Expand
  3. Feb 15, 2014
    6
    What About Bob is a brilliant and funny comedy showing one of the better films including Bill Murray. It was funny and I did laugh, however I was laughing in more of a silly way. Expand