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Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 81%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Beetlejuice means something good: that imaginative artists can bring a fading genre back from the dead."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"An appealing mess."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Early Tim Burton is creepy, dark fun for tweens and teens."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Tim Burton's imagination jumped into the saddle and held onto the bridle with Beetlejuice."
‑ Eric Henderson, Slant Magazine
"One of [Burton's] flat-out funniest films, with Michael Keaton giving a performance for the ages."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Luckily, Keaton pops up from his grave to liven things up when the antics pitting the good ghosts against the intruders become a trite cat & mouse game."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"[The] actors, not surprisingly, are limited by the stupidity of their material."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"With its sophisticated yet accessible blend of comedy and the macabre, I knew Beetlejuice was likely to be one of those films I would never tire of. But a classic? It's been 20 years. I'm willing to throw that blue ribbon on it."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"...weird and unorthadox and innovative and clever, but the main thing is that it's funny."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A surreal, demented delight."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Some of the most surprisingly enjoyable viewing in years."
‑ , Time Out
"Not since Ghostbusters have the spirits been so uplifting."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"Quite possibly the most bizarre and flat-out surreal effort of Tim Burton's career..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"The character of Beetlejuice is hazy because the writers can never decide if he's a villain or an anti-hero..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"A minor classic."
‑ , Film4
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