The Pest
The Pest (1997)

A man discovers the lighter side of being hunted down like an animal in this manic comedy. Pestario "Pest" Vargas (John Leguizamo) is a low-rent con man from Miami's South Beach who has fallen deeply in debt to ill-tempered… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Genre: Comedy
Release Date: February 7, 1997
DVD Release Date: June 13, 2000
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Critic Score: 9% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Keith Phipps
AV Club

It seems to be targeted at eight-year-old boys with attention-deficit disorder, and could have been more competently made by any one of them.

Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times

Talented and versatile actor-comedian John Leguizamo indulges himself so totally with incessant mugging, mimicking and all-around showing off that he begins to wear out his welcome before the opening credit sequence is over.

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Ken Fox
TV Guide

Even surrounded by unbearable sloppiness, Leguizamo is fascinating to watch.

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Joe Leydon

Pic exists solely to showcase Leguizamo's wild and crazy antics, which are very much an acquired taste.

Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

This film is utterly without discipline or focus in a way that -- to one's shame --one eventually finds oddly endearing.

Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Pass that can of Black Flag, hon.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

When Mr. Leguizamo isn't doing third-rate ethnic parody, he is wallowing in scatological jokes that are so poorly prepared and executed that they make similar antics by Mr. Carrey play like classic routines.

Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle

Obviously, someone must have told Leguizamo he's a comic genius. Whoever did that isn't his friend.

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Luke Y. Thompson
New Times

If you have any doubt that John Leguizamo is not funny, this movie will handily reinforce that notion.

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Flixster Audience Score: 66% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
This is one of those comedies that use gross out moments in trying to create humor. This film fails at being a good comedy and it is not worth watching. The… More
Coxxie Mild Sauce
i rented this one time and because of that, i really dont care to talk about it
Lucas Martins
Fun and unforgettable. The thing is: The Pest is terrible dumb, and totally bad written. Anyway, still funny and very entertaining. One of my guild pleasure.
JY Skacto
I'm sure you have seen <i>Ace Ventura: Pet Detective</i>. Well, this is John Leguizamo's Ace Ventura character. I'll admit that the… More
Wahida K
Lets Skip this one.
Emily Armstrong
This movie is idiotic, but that doesn't mean it's bad. It's pretty damn funny, but be warned, it meanders.

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