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Beetlejuice

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Emmy and Golden Globe-nominee Michael Keaton brings the title character of Beetlejuice -- the "Ghost With the Most" -- to life, so to speak.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    81%
  • Audience Score
    82%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Consumerism
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5
Violence
2 out of 5

Early Tim Burton is creepy, dark fun for tweens and teens.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there are some serious themes in this outrageous film: a young married couple comes to grips with the fact that they're dead, and a teenager contemplates suicide. Because of this, it's not suitable for children younger than 9. But there's nothing here that older kids can't laugh at.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about why Lydia was so sad. How did she deal with it, and was her way of coping effective? How do you deal with it when you're sad?
  • Also, what do you think of this bizarre take on the afterlife? What other movie depictions can you think of? Which is the most outlandish?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    81%
    reviews counted: 8
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  • Audience

    82%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: The joy of Beetlejuice is its completely bizarre -- but perfectly realized -- view of the world.

- Desson Thomson, Washington Post, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: The] actors, not surprisingly, are limited by the stupidity of their material.

- Janet Maslin, New York Times, Tuesday, May 20, 2003

Fresh:

- Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Thursday, July 7, 2005

Audience Reviews

4 stars

You know, I sort of miss the old Tim Burton. This is by no means my favorite movie of his, but it is hands down one of his most creative and inventive films. It is just more vibrant and clever than some of his recent work. The story and characters are both funny and lovable. The visual style is amazing, especially considering how old the film is. The surreal/purgatory scenes were probably my favorites. They are just so wacked-out and tacky - the whole film is, really. Alec Baldwin looks really odd young. I never realized that he had a career before 30 Rock. Catherine O'Hara was born to play loud, obnoxious women and you cannot help loving her. Winona Ryder looks incredibly young. I love Tim Burton, but had also procrastinating about viewing Beetlejuice. I expected to be disappointed, but honestly was anything but. It is hands down one of his funniest and most creative works. I still would not say that it is his best just because it really doesn't show the rest of his talents. The characters and relationships are not nearly as great as those in Sweeney Todd or Big Fish. Still, there is quite enough to make an incredibly special film.

- neverteaseaweasel, Tuesday, August 10, 2010

3 stars

B-

- bbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbbb1, Thursday, June 24, 2010

5 stars

Michael Keaton is a genius in this gross-out comedy about life, death, and what happens in between.

- aSpaceCowboy, Monday, April 5, 2010