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Beetlejuice Review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    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]

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Gets off to a start that's so charming it never lives it down. The movie is all anticlimax once we realize it's going to be about gimmicks, not characters.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Dave Kehr

    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]

  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    So original that it'll be years before a major filmmaker attempts another one. We're talking black-belt cult-movie status here. [30 Mar 1988]

  • 90

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    Beetlejuice means something good: that imaginative artists can bring a fading genre back from the dead. [11 Apr 1988]

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 9+

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.

  • 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?

The good stuff
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    Messages: The characters eventually learn to live together peacefully but this is more ancedotal than a deliberate positive message.

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    Role models: Beetlejuice is rude, crude and dirty. Lydia is depressed and occasionally suicidal. Barbara and Adam are good people understandably unhappy in their situation.

What to watch for
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    Violence: A woman blows cigarette smoke out of her slit throat. An afterlife waiting room abounds with people in various states of deadness (but it's more funny than scary). Main characters are chased by giant striped worms in a desert. A teen shrivels up like a mummy in a matter of seconds. The teen also contemplates suicide.

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    Sex: A miniature Beetlejuice finds a whorehouse in a model-sized city; some women invite him inside.

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    Language: A bit of mild cursing, plus one utterance of "f--k."

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    Consumerism: Not applicable

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable