Pee-wee's Big Adventure
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Join us for a post party in the lounge with Nina West to follow the screening! Tickets are $10 each and include a drink. In 1984, Paul Reubens (Pee-wee Herman) saw FRANKENWEENIE, a live-action short by a recently fired Disney animator. He was an instant fan. Reubens was all, "Your loss, Disney," and gave the Disney reject the opportunity to direct his very first feature film. That Disney reject was Tim Burton and their collaboration led to PEE-WEE'S BIG ADVENTURE. Now, for one-show only, Columbus Icon Nina West gives you the chance to see the greatest bicycle heist film ever made… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 92%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Reubens always lets us feel superior to his creation, and when his character slips, as it does more than once in this first feature outing, his own condescension shows through."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"Fed by comic tributaries perhaps, but Pee-Wee Herman comes over as a delightful original."
‑ , Time Out
"Chiefly successful because of its commitment to an artistic ideal: make something that looks, talks, feels, and moves like a cartoon."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Two stars were born with the release of this film -- one in front of the camera and one behind it."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Tim Burton's visual imagination proves a perfect match for Pee-wee's fanciful exploits."
‑ Carol Cling, Las Vegas Review-Journal
"Fair warning: this movie could induce terminal boredom in adults and rot the minds of the young."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"You have been warned."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"A purely creative movie that one must admit has no equal in cinema history (for better or worse). [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"Burton's first feature revels in the weird, the unpredictable, the infantile and the absurd. A dazzling debut."
‑ , Empire Magazine
"Goofy, silly, and just plain funny."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Children should love the film and adults will be dismayed by the light brushstrokes with which Paul Reubens (one of three credited screenwriters, but star-billed under his stage name, Pee-wee Herman) suggests touches of Buster Keaton and Eddie Cantor."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"The film's inventiveness is on display from the get-go."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"It's surreal, funny, clever and disarming in equal measures."
‑ , Film4
"The filmmakers create a zany and surreal world for Pee-wee yet it all seems perfectly natural and credible. Plus, it's all infused with a subdued yet rampant silliness that's enchanting."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"Arguably Tim Burton's strangest film."
‑ Christopher Null,
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