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  • 75
    Rick Groen The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    What do you get when you cross King Kong with E.T.? Harry And The Hendersons is what, and it's a delightful enough offspring - often funny, occasionally charming and always mighty eager to please. Too eager at times, but that's a forgivable flaw in an otherwise engaging hybrid. [5 June 1987] show more

  • 63
    Bill Cosford Miami Herald

    It has several amiable performances, including Lithgow's usual nice guy, Lainie Kazan's savagely nosy neighbor, Margaret Langrick's petulant teen and Don Ameche as a bullion- hearted Bigfoot expert. And like Harry, in its own ham-handed, goofy way the film means so well. What the heck. [5 June 1987, p.D1] show more

  • 50
    Dave Kehr Chicago Tribune

    It isn't hard to take, but Harry and the Hendersons seems a bit familiar. show more

  • 50
    Eric Henderson Slant Magazine

    Unabashedly lefty sentiment colors the whole film. show more

  • 50
    Michael Wilmington Los Angeles Times

    It's overwhelming and, in a curious way, it's charming, but at the center, even though you see it in the right place, you detect not a heart, or a mind, but something like a hot, roasted marshmallow beating and burbling within a thickened, ursine breast. show more

  • 30

    Harry and the Hendersons is proof that the folks at Amblin Entertainment, a.k.a. Steven Spielberg’s production company, can’t keep using the same E.T. formula for every kiddie pic. show more

  • 10
    Vincent Canby The New York Times

    Attention must be paid when a movie is as aggressively awful as Harry and the Hendersons, though it's so pin-headed that it could be the last of its inbred line. It's not likely to spawn. show more

  • 40
    Hal Hinson Washington Post

    It's about learning to be human and, on that level, it's utter schlock -- cloying, manipulative and overcute. You could see it on another level, though -- as a comedy about an obnoxious houseguest -- and feel a little kinder toward it. show more

  • 60
    Hal Lipper Tampa Bay Times

    This is a fun picture, even if it's overly sentimental and has the feeling of an extended Amazing Stories segment. Director Dear is a master Spielbergian craftsman. Now, all he has to do is demonstrate some originality to establish himself as a quality film maker. [5 June 1987, p.1D] show more

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