Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace (1993)

John Hughes continues the trend he began with the Home Alone series in Dennis the Menace, the Hughes-scripted film version of Hank Ketcham's long-running comic strip, cartoon show, and television comedy. The film opens as Dennis (Mason… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: June 25, 1993
DVD Release Date: January 28, 2003
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Critic Score: 23% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Walter Matthau does a nice job as Mr. Wilson, but Dennis the Menace follows the Home Alone formula far too closely.

Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly

Its unholy mixture of peppy sadism and pious, self-righteous sentiment comes straight from Hughes' crabbed cinematic heart.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Mr. Hughes and Mr. Castle try hard to re-create a kind of timeless, idealized comic-strip atmosphere, but except for the performances of Lea Thompson and Robert Stanton... nobody in the movie seems in touch with the nature of the comedy.

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TV Guide

John Hughes' vision of Dennis is much more menacing than Ketcham's fans and parents of small children might reasonably expect.

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Todd McCarthy

Very young children may find the numskull, by-the-numbers gags here amusing, but teens will consider this kids' stuff and adults will be pained.

Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

Those good qualities are undermined, unfortunately, by the Switchblade Sam character, who is dirty, threatening and scary.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Someone ought to pay for this.

Time Out

A smooth blend of sentiment and slapstick.

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James Berardinelli

Most children will get a kick out of it, although adults roped into accompanying their offspring may find themselves yearning to escape through the nearest exit.

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Alex Sandell
Juicy Cerebellum

Why, oh dear lord, why?!?

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Coxxie Mild Sauce
OH HELL YEA!!! im bustin this one out tonight! and i aint talkin about Nicky Hilton.
Alex roy
Dennis the Menace is actually a decent family comedy film that has good moments of comedy. I thought the film was decent, and does bring on a few chuckles.… More
Lady D'arbanville
A highly amusing kids film with a big Home Alone influence I'm sure. Walter Matthau was ideal for the role of Mr Wilson and the film as a whole is a fun… More
Aj V
A really fantastic kids movie based on the old TV show and cartoons of Dennis the Menace. The story starts out simple, and gets more complicated and even scary… More
Jim Careter
Dennis the Menace is a bad movie, but kids will love it and thats the important thing, that its target audience loves it, and to be honest its pretty funny.
Lenny Muggsy
The script is insanely good for a kids' comedy, colorful cast, I still can't figure out why 90's child actors were so good, Nickelodeon and… More