100

Washington Post

By Desson Thomson
Hilarious…The joy of Beetlejuice is its completely bizarre -- but perfectly realized -- view of the world, a la Gary Larson's "The Far Side," or "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." [1 Apr 1988]
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100

Los Angeles Times

By 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]
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90

Washington Post

By Rita Kempley
Not since "Ghostbusters" have the spirits been so uplifting. [30 Mar 1988]
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90

Time

By 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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88

USA Today

By 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]
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75

Chicago Tribune

By 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]
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70

TV Guide

A surreal, demented delight.
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50

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The screenplay is foolish and Michael Keaton overplays the title role badly, but director Tim Burton gives the comedy a heap of visual imagination. [22 Apr 1988]
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By 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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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
It's two hours of your life wasted, time once spent that can never be regained. Don't go. Don't do it. [30 Mar 1988]
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67 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.