Pee Wee's Big Adventure Synopsis
Childlike Pee-wee (Paul Reubens) loses his vintage bicycle and embarks on a cross-country adventure to get it back.
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100

Salon.com

By Stephanie Zacharek
Everything about Pee-wee's Big Adventure, from its toy-box colors to its superb, hyperanimated Danny Elfman score to the butch-waxed hairdo...
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88

TV Guide

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Inspired lunacy, Pee-wee's big adventure is one of the most inventive films in recent memory. This clever and wholly original work...
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80

Empire

Burton's first feature revels in the weird, the unpredictable, the infantile and the absurd. A dazzling debut.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
I'm completely unsure what else Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is about. I can tell you that 70 percent of moviegoers in their 20s and 30s will...
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75

Boston Globe

By Jay Carr
Pee- wee's Big Adventure is a shrewdly observed, deftly executed looney tune. [9 Aug 1985, p.42]
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

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Pee-wee's Big Adventure goes up and down the hills of Pee-wee shtick, without much concern for things like cohesiveness and consistency....
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70

Chicago Reader

By Dave Kehr
With all these safety features built in, this 1985 film is too well padded to qualify as genuinely radical wit, but in an even-toned, TV...
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63

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
If Pee-Wee wasn't the most engaging physical comedian since Dick Van Dyke, it would be disastrous. As it is, the opening works well enough...
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10

Wall Street Journal

By Julie Salamon
The movie has the cartoonish realism of a Muppet movie. However, Mr. Herman is no Kermit the Frog, although he made me feel like Oscar the...
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0

Chicago Tribune

By Gene Siskel
Nothing, absolutely nothing, at either location is the slightest bit funny. [13 Sep 1985, p.C]
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favorite from childhood and beyond

By aRePa
This movie is still one of my favorite movies of all time. The creepiness, the weirdness, the music, and the comedy make it a favorite that I can always count on to entertain me and make me laugh....

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good

By panther96
He's great at STUPID humor!...

my pee wees big adventure review

By lord-o-movies
classic humor my favorite comedy paul rebauns was amazing i could of watched this movie if it was 5 hours long of paul rebans performance tim burton made an excellent movie the breakfest machine...

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pee wee herman

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HEA-HEA

By Colormesoft
Love PeeWee's laugh. This has always been a great movie remembered....

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Rated PG
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Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Just as charming and curious as it was in 1985.
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