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Feeling that something is lacking in their lives, the family of suburbanite Charles Grodin adopts a stray St. Bernard puppy. The cute lite beast grows up to be the less-than-cute Beethoven, a sloppy, slobbery, oversized and extremely destructive animal. Beethoven also brings with him a lot of hidden baggage in the form of evil veterinarian Dean Jones, who'll stop at nothing to steal Beethoven for the purposes of his insidious lab experiment. Several sequels followed, beginning with 1993 Beethoven's Second. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"A sloppy but lovable pooch of a movie."
‑ M. Faust, Common Sense Media
"I love dogs, but still had trouble getting through this."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"You'll laugh, You'll cry, You'll Howl?"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Elevated from the doldrums of Digby-esque sentimentality by a surprisingly bouncy script, the film is also redeemed by regular interludes of acerbic dialogue and a brace of fine supporting performances."
‑ , Time Out
"It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A safely banal concoction in the tradition of the bland live-action Disney features cranked out during the Magic Kingdom's dispirited years after Walt's death."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Overbearing (actually overdogging) family comedy."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Family gets dog. Dog is large. Insert laugh track here. Still, it's a whole lot better than the wretched (and endless) series of sequels."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"A family comedy about a wacky & destructive St. Bernard that is totally without any merit whatsoever."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Kids will 'ooh' and 'aah' over the shaggy, doe-eyed doggy as it demolishes the family home, but grown-ups should stay on the sofa and enjoy the acerbic asides which distinguish this offering from the glut of cute mongrel movies."
‑ , Film4
"Anti-working mom bias gives a sour feeling to an otherwise innocuous dog movie."
‑ Nell Minow, Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
"The first half of the film is amusing, but when it turns to a distasteful subplot that has an evil veterinarian/scientist stealing pets for nasty experiments, it goes sour."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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