Leave It to Beaver
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The Cleaver Family makes the jump from the small black and white screen to color and Panavision in this updated version of the classic TV sit-com. Eight-year-old Theodore "Beaver" Cleaver (Cameron Finley) is a good natured kid with a habit of getting in trouble; he's not bad, mind you, just a bit absent-minded. Beaver lives with his 12-year-old brother Wally (Erik Von Detten), his father Ward (Christopher McDonald), and his mother June (Janine Turner) in a small town in Ohio. Beaver wants a new bicycle more than anything, but his father wishes that he had more of an interest in… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 21%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The] dead-on imitations of some of the characters from the television series created by Bob Mosher and Joe Connelly will seem pointlessly stylized to viewers unfamiliar with the old sitcom."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"The result is depressingly halfhearted."
‑ Mike Clark, USA Today
"Modernized take on '50s TV show, with some bullying."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"Turner is delightful"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"This Leave it to Beaver is unabashedly 90s in a fairly depressing way: it takes paternal incompetence as a given."
‑ Scott Renshaw, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"Fuzzily conceived and blandly executed."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Credit the makers of Leave It to Beaver for their kindliness."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Unnecessary film take on the classic TV series. Leave it."
‑ Steve Crum, Video-Reviewmaster.com
"This. Is. Just. Bad."
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"I wouldn't say this movie is actually harmful, but skipping it is probably the wisest policy."
‑ Barbara Shulgasser, San Francisco Examiner
"The Cleavers have come to represent the stereotype of the white-bread family.This reverent '90s remake doesn't do much to challenge it."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The film is disarmingly charming."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"All but the most easily pleased kids will be bored as can be, and anyone who has fond memories of TV's Leave It to Beaver would probably rather not besmirch them."
‑ Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Slight, bouncy and sweet-tempered."
‑ Margaret A. McGurk, Cincinnati Enquirer
"Reasonably charming."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
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