Beetlejuice (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes


Beetlejuice (1988)



Critic Consensus: Brilliantly bizarre and overflowing with ideas, Beetlejuice offers some of Michael Keaton's most deliciously manic work - and creepy, funny fun for the whole family.

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Thanks to the carelessness of a cute little dog, newlyweds Geena Davis and Alec Baldwin are killed in a freak auto accident. Upon arriving in the outer offices of Heaven, the couple finds that, thanks to a century's worth of bureaucratic red tape, they're on a long celestial waiting list. Before they can earn their wings, Davis and Baldwin must occupy their old house as ghosts for the next fifty years. Alas, the house is now owned by insufferable yuppies Catherine O'Hara and Jeffrey Jones. Horrified at the prospect of sharing space with these obnoxious interlopers, Davis and Baldwin do their best to scare O'Hara and Jones away, but their house-haunting skills are pathetic at best. In desperation, the ghostly couple engage the services of a veteran scaremeister: a yellow-haired, snaggle-toothed, profane, flatulent "gonzo" spirit named Beetlejuice (Michael Keaton). The problem: Beetlejuice cannot be trusted-especially when he falls in love with O'Hara and Jones' gloomy, black-clad teenaged daughter Winona Ryder. Beetlejuice producer David Geffen, director Tim Burton, and composer Danny Elfman were also involved in an animated TV-series spin-off. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Michael Keaton
as Beetlejuice
Geena Davis
as Barbara
Jack Angel
as Preacher
Patrice Martinez
as Receptionist
Robert Goulet
as Maxie Dean
Dick Cavett
as Bernard
Annie McEnroe
as Jane Butterfield
Simmy Bow
as Janitor
Rachel Mittelman
as Little Jane
Cynthia Daly
as Three-fingered Typist
Carmen Filpi
as Messenger
Patrice Camhi
as Receptionist
Marie Cheatham
as Sarah Dean
Tony Cox
as Preacher
Harold Goodman
as Old Bill #2
J. Jay Saunders
as Moving Man #1
Mark Ettlinger
as Moving Man #2
Gary Jochimsen
as Dumb Football Player
Bob Pettersen
as Dumb Football Player #2
Duane Davis
as Very Dumb Football Player
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Critic Reviews for Beetlejuice

All Critics (61) | Top Critics (20)

The story almost comes off the rails, but Beetlejuice's charm lies more in the execution. The movie is crammed with visual invention and snappy comedy.

October 25, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
Top Critic

For sheer off-the-wall audacity, Tim Burton's demented Beetlejuice certainly demands respect, even if it's more enjoyable in concept than in execution.

April 5, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The movie's such a riot of invention we let him take it more or less anywhere.

March 30, 2018 | Full Review…

Betelgeuse doesn't fully emerge until the film is half over, but Michael Keaton makes a strong enough impression in the role to explain why the picture is named after his character.

March 30, 2018

An overly ambitious special-effects comedy obviously influenced by the success of Ghostbusters.

March 30, 2018 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Amazingly, it all still feels fresh, even though Burton has since become something of his own franchise since.

March 29, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Beetlejuice

Entertaining and creative with its hilarious idea of afterlife, Beetlejuice is an early Tim Burton movie that finds a fine balance between horror and comedy, impressing us with an amazing set design and making us laugh out loud with Michael Keaton's loony performance.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


Second time through, I think this movie's a classic--I mean, really, how many stories are told from the ghost's point of view? It's got its flaws--the sandworms don't make sense at all--but you'll find a lot of what's best about Burton's movies in this one: irreverence, bright colours, a fine balance of the fantastic and the realistic and Danny Elfman's music. Catherine O'Hara's performance is outstanding, too.

Daniel Perry
Daniel Perry

Super Reviewer


Beetlejuice is peculiar yet fascinating. The film's infectious laughter, obscure thrills and sensational performance from Michael Keaton upholds to this day; making this bizarre piece of entertainment one of Tim Burton's best, if not, the best directorial effort. 4.5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

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