The Beverly Hillbillies
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The Beverly Hillbillies
Penelope Spheeris directed this compulsively faithful film adaptation of the popular 1960s television series. The familiar story 'bout a man named Jed Clampett (Jim Varney), a poor mountaineer who barely kept his family fed, continues to follow the TV show's format. Jed discovers oil on his Arkansas property and overnight becomes a multi-millionaire. He moves his family to Beverly Hills, wanting to turn his daughter Ellie May (Erika Eleniak) into a sophisticated woman. At his new Beverly Hills mansion, he meets Mr. Drysdale (Dabney Coleman), a kow-towing banker, and Drysdale's… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 24%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Four writers worked on the script, and they all should hang their heads in shame."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"You'll hate yourself for enjoying this, but enjoy it you will."
‑ Janet Maslin, New York Times
"With films like these, it's a wonder studios still think it's a good idea to regurgitate the past."
‑ Jonathan Shade, Empire Magazine
"Unbearable."
‑ Alex Sandell, Juicy Cerebellum
"Annoying director, pointless project."
‑ Gregory Weinkauf, New Times
"It's thin stuff, but the ingratiating naivete of the characters and the aw-shucks friendliness of the cast are disarming, and it becomes easy to just let this go down as a country tune with some moonshine on the side."
‑ Todd McCarthy, Variety
"Tomlin finds the humor and the heart in these hillbillies. The rest is just crude oil."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"An endearing revival for TV's favourite hicks."
‑ Daniel Etherington, Film4
"It's fitting that The Beverly Hillbillies is based on a popular sitcom, given that the film feels perfectly suited to the small screen."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Was this really necessary?"
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Director Spheeris should be ashamed of herself."
‑ , Time Out
"Imagine the dumbest half-hour sitcom you've ever seen, spin it out to 93 minutes by making it even more thin and shallow, and you have this movie. It's appalling. It's not even really a good version of whatever it was that made the TV series appealing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This big-screen expansion boasts one of the richest comic ensembles in recent memory, working well under Penelope Spheeris... About all that's missing is a point."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Eee-hah! But Granny madeover?"
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"You knew it would be awful and it surely did not disappoint. The few stray chuckles seem to arrive by accident."
‑ Scott Weinberg, eFilmCritic.com
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