The 'Burbs
The 'Burbs (1989)

Ward and June Cleaver have nothing on suburban couple Ray and Carol Peterson (Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher). Together with their perfect son, Ray and Carol are so clean that they squeak. Thus, when new neighbors Dr. Werner Klopek (Henry… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: February 17, 1989
DVD Release Date: May 4, 1999
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Critic Score: 48% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Dave Kehr
Chicago Tribune

The 'Burbs doesnit quite go the distance, but for most of its length it is a superbly inventive, insightful and funny black comedy.

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Variety Staff

Director Joe Dante funnels his decidedly cracked view of suburban life through dark humour in The 'Burbs.

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Candice Frederick
Reel Talk Online

Also starring Carrie Fisher, 'Burbs is a hilarious look at suburban mischief pre-Desperate Housewives. Check it out.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This movie was directed by Joe Dante, whose style has become increasingly broad and abrasive since he made the clever Gremlins back in 1984.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Characteristically, Dante's nonchalant attitude towards plot structure makes for erratic pacing (the last half hour does flag), but that's part and parcel of his breathless, anarchic style.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

A fairly disappointing flop...

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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune

The script would like to be a horror film, a comedy and a commentary on suburban living, but it doesn't hit any target.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

The Burbs is a big unfurnished movie about some very small characters living in a suburbia that is consciously designed to look like sit-com land.

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Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Tom Hanks should forfeit his Academy Award nomination for Big, now that preview audiences have gotten a look at The `Burbs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
I love this movie to pieces. It is one my all time favorite 80's film and definitely my favorite Tom Hanks film. The neighbors are crazy and the characters… More
Alex roy
One of the best early films from Tom Hanks, The Burbs is a terrific horror comedy with plenty of laughs. The Burbs is actually a great film for non horror fans… More
Jens S.
This comedy shows Tom Hanks at his early best, as him and his friends are trying to investigate the disappearance of a neighbor and the new oddball family that… More
MisterYoda ?
this movie is fuckin cool.... i gave it two thumbs up & a one erected penis!
Aj V
Dante is one of my favourite directors, and I remember absolutely loving this comedy about a strange new family that moves into the neighbourhood, but I… More
Conner Rainwater
Perhaps one of the best comedies of its time. Tom Hanks leads an all star cast of comedians in this exquisitely bizarre look at suburbia and collective… More

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