Encino Man
Encino Man (1992)

A pair of high-school dweebs get a chance to become popular when they accidentally unearth a frozen caveman while digging a swimming pool. Amazingly the prehistoric fellow is still alive when he thaws out, forcing the dim-bulbed duo to give… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: May 22, 1992
DVD Release Date: May 15, 2001
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Critic Score: 15% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Encino Man isn't the first unabashedly silly comedy to embrace its stupidity and amass a cult following, but whether or not it works for you will largely be determined by your tolerance for Pauly Shore.

Lawrence Cohn

Low-budget quickie is insulting even within its own no-effort parameters.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

God help us all.

Sheila Johnston
Independent (UK)

The film, school of Bob and Ted and Wayne and Garth, but inferior in all regards, illustrates the Theory of Reverse Evolution.

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Time Out

Depressingly witless.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Encino Man saves its worst for last, especially with life lessons about Being Yourself.

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Brian Orndorf

Encino Man is frighteningly dated, but it was never made to be timeless. I just wish the picture had more laughs or instinctive madness.

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Caryn James
New York Times

The real question is whether Dave and Stoney and Link are worthy heirs to Bill and Ted or Wayne and Garth. Not really.

Hal Hinson
Washington Post

The kind of movie that gives evolution a bad name.

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Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media

Silly teen comedy has some Neanderthal behavior.

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Flixster Audience Score: 55% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Dumb is just not a strong enough word to describe this film, but oddly enough, this films plot is so stupid, that I had already forgotten about it 20 minutes… More
Aj V
Another stupid missing link movie with some of the worst big name actors of the 90s. I couldn't hardly stand to watch this movie, it's so bad.… More
Unknown Hobo
Honestly, one of my fave movies of all time, although I always knew it as California Man. A very young cast of actors who became more famous than I am sure any… More
MisterYoda ?
"Encino Man" is just an all around fun, silly movie with some good comedy and numerous quotable lines. The story behind "Encino Man" is very… More
Alex roy
The first cinematic outing by Pauly Shore is a half decent comedy. Though fun, and comical at times, Encino Man is not a great film. I see it as an a borderline… More
Mike S
This could have been way better if the directing wasn't so sloppy and if it didn't have the always annoying / always untalented Pauly Shore in it.… More