Beethoven (1992)

Feeling that something is lacking in their lives, the family of suburbanite Charles Grodin adopts a stray St. Bernard puppy. The cute lite beast grows up to be the less-than-cute Beethoven, a sloppy, slobbery, oversized and extremely… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 3, 1992
DVD Release Date: July 4, 2000
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Critic Score: 31% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Rallies at the end to prevent chaperoning adults from feeling their time was completely wasted.

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Rita Kempley
Washington Post

A waggish tale of canine chicanery, an uproarious if impawsible symphony of drool, doggy fidelity and chewed shoes.

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M. Faust
Common Sense Media

A sloppy but lovable pooch of a movie.

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Time Out

Elevated from the doldrums of Digby-esque sentimentality by a surprisingly bouncy script, the film is also redeemed by regular interludes of acerbic dialogue and a brace of fine supporting performances.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

It's the kind of clever, innocuous family entertainment that's always in short supply.

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TV Guide

A safely banal concoction in the tradition of the bland live-action Disney features cranked out during the Magic Kingdom's dispirited years after Walt's death.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

Beethoven is no classic, but it's a sunny, energetic children's film with a good notion of what young audiences like.

Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

A family comedy about a wacky & destructive St. Bernard that is totally without any merit whatsoever.

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Kids will 'ooh' and 'aah' over the shaggy, doe-eyed doggy as it demolishes the family home, but grown-ups should stay on the sofa and enjoy the acerbic asides which distinguish this offering from the glut of cute mongrel movies.

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More reviews for Beethoven

Flixster Audience Score: 35% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Looking at the films I enjoyed when I was a kid, this one always seemed to be a favorite among countless others, and now as an adult, I really don't know… More
KJ Proulx
Beethoven is just plain family fun that I will not forget. I loved this movie when I was a kid, and now that I have grown up, I reflect back on what I thought… More
Bethany Murphy
I love all of the Beethovens.
Leigh Ryan
Funny. Do not ever want a dog like that.
Aj V
Just another story of kids wanting to take in a stray dog, the kind of thing you'd see on an episode of some family sitcom. It's funny and cute for… More
Jennifer D
I ADORED this movie as a kid.