Dennis the Menace
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John Hughes continues the trend he began with the Home Alone series in Dennis the Menace, the Hughes-scripted film version of Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip, cartoon show, and television comedy. The film opens as Dennis (Mason Gamble) is seen careening down a sidewalk in a beautiful and idealistic suburban town on his training-wheeled bike -- cans on string clattering behind him, baseball cards flapping in the spokes of the wheel, his red wagon filled to the brim and his dog following him. "Hey! Mister Wilson!" he screams and slams his bike to a halt in front of his much… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 23%

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"Its unholy mixture of peppy sadism and pious, self-righteous sentiment comes straight from Hughes' crabbed cinematic heart."
‑ Ty Burr, Entertainment Weekly
"Mr. Hughes and Mr. Castle try hard to re-create a kind of timeless, idealized comic-strip atmosphere, but except for the performances of Lea Thompson and Robert Stanton... nobody in the movie seems in touch with the nature of the comedy."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"John Hughes' vision of Dennis is much more menacing than Ketcham's fans and parents of small children might reasonably expect."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"How to turn an innocuous comic strip into an obnoxious movie."
‑ Scott Weinberg,
"Very young children may find the numskull, by-the-numbers gags here amusing, but teens will consider this kids' stuff and adults will be pained."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Those good qualities are undermined, unfortunately, by the Switchblade Sam character, who is dirty, threatening and scary."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Someone ought to pay for this."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"But it's all far too flabby, with lengthy setups that seem to go on forever. Some judicious editing to tighten up the film could have made all the difference in the overall pacing."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"A smooth blend of sentiment and slapstick."
‑ , Time Out
"Most children will get a kick out of it, although adults roped into accompanying their offspring may find themselves yearning to escape through the nearest exit."
‑ James Berardinelli, ReelViews
"Why, oh dear lord, why?!?"
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"A movie that makes you leave the theatre with thoughts of having yourself, and your neighbors, spayed is not a good thing."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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