Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure (1989)

When a couple air-headed rock-star wannabes are faced with the break-up of their band as a result of poor grades, help comes along in the form of an "Emissary from the Future" who takes them to the past to meet the people they… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 17, 1989
DVD Release Date: December 4, 2001
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter are just charming, goofy, and silly enough to make this fluffy time-travel Adventure work.

Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

Though its one-liners elicit the occasional chortle -- when Bill and Ted don medieval armor, there's an obligatory heavy-metal joke -- the film doesn't engage, because its heroes don't engage with the historical characters.

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Colette Maude
Time Out

This is extremely silly, good natured, superficial stuff; a lot depends on whether you take to Bill and Ted's unique lingo (which contorts surfers' expressions) and their gormless behaviour.

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Sean Axmaker
Stream on Demand

... this is a spirited doofus comedy sustained by the sweet, slack-jawed performances of Reeves and Winter as dumbfounded idiots who stumble through time to cram for their history final ...

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Chris Willman
Los Angeles Times

Make no mistake, Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is not a satire of mindlessness; it's unabashed glorification of dumbness for dumbness' sake.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

A painfully inept comedy.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

The script by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon is more clever in the small details than in the broad strokes.

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Variety Staff

Reeves, with his beguilingly blank face and loose-limbed, happy-go-lucky physical vocabulary, and Winter, with his golden curls, gleefully good vibes and 'bodacious' vocabulary, propel this adventure as long as they can.

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Hal Hinson
Washington Post

More than anything, the picture looks paltry and undernourished. Even the warts on Lincoln's face look slapped on.

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Kevin Harley
Total Film

It dodges the pitfalls of message-heavy teen movies and skirts the spite of the dumb-and-dumber era it arguably helped birth. Add two innately loveable leads and you can see it takes some smarts to sell something quite this daft.

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Flixster Audience Score: 75% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
This could quite possibly be one of the most original and well created comicbook style movie franchises that didn't actually start out originally as a… More
Jim Careter
I actually enjoyed this movie, even if it was boring. It was funny, idiotic, and mostly cliche jokes, but it was still good.
KJ Proulx
The chemistry between Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter is terrific, as they are two carefree high school seniors who are given the opportunity to travel back in… More
Aj V
Excellent! Okay, this movie isn't totally excellent, but it is really good. It's funny and full of adventure and teenage fun. It's goofy and… More
Alex roy
Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure is a fun, brainless and entertaining comedy. The film surrounds two metalheads that happen to almost graduate, but… More
Conner Rainwater
One of the many classic 80s adventures. This has one of Keanu Reeves' most most memorable and hilarious characters, but that is not to say that Bill… More