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Based on 13 Reviews
critic reviews (10)
fan reviews ( 2 )
  • 75
    Peter Stack San Francisco Chronicle

    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 likely find this crazy production to be a barrel of fun, and frequently a barrel of laughs. A certain intelligence peeks through it all. [9 Aug 1985, p.68] show more

  • 10
    Julie Salamon Wall Street Journal

    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 Grouch. [13 Aug 1985, p.1] show more

  • 88
    TV Guide

    Inspired lunacy, Pee-wee's big adventure is one of the most inventive films in recent memory. This clever and wholly original work incorporates a wide variety of cinematic tools with a fresh and unique sense of style. show more

  • 75
    Chicago Sun-Times

    Pee-wee's Big Adventure goes up and down the hills of Pee-wee shtick, without much concern for things like cohesiveness and consistency. What makes it wear so well is the balance achieved between Pee-wee's nitwit nervousness and his pathetic optimism. [12 Aug 1985, p.35] show more

  • 75
    Jay Carr Boston Globe

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

  • 63
    Liam Lacey The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

    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 to have viewers completely hooked by the time he sets out on the road, like Huck Finn, with his clothes wrapped up in a handerchief on a stick. [10 Aug 1985, p.E9] show more

  • NA
    Gene Siskel Chicago Tribune

    Nothing, absolutely nothing, at either location is the slightest bit funny. [13 Sep 1985, p.C] show more

  • 80

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

  • 100
    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 and wooden-puppet walk of its star and mastermind, Pee-wee Herman, is pure pleasure. show more

  • 70
    Dave Kehr Chicago Reader

    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 sort of way it's mildly amusing and inventive throughout. show more

  • July 16, 2008 Bigantac8
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    A cult classic, full of quirky humor plus a dance scene for the ages. :o

  • July 11, 2008 Timbiwa
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    A classic. For those who appreciate the " Suitably ridiculous".

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