Big Top Pee-wee (1988) - Rotten Tomatoes

Big Top Pee-wee (1988)




Critic Consensus: Its endearingly oddball lead character gives it his all, but Big Top Pee-Wee simply lacks the whimsical magic of its predecessor.

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Pee-Wee lives on a farm that is full of talking animals and very large produce. One morning, after a tornado blows through, he wakes up to find a circus deposited in his back yard. Upon learning that they are facing bankruptcy, he suggests that they stage a show celebrating agriculture.

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Paul Reubens
as Pee-wee Herman
Valeria Golino
as Gina Piccolapupula
Kris Kristofferson
as Mace Montana
Randy Wayne White
as Vance the Pig
Terrence Mann
as Snowball the Clown
Susan Tyrrell
as Midge Montana
Mary Jackson
as Mrs. Dill
Frances Bay
as Mrs. Haynes
Leo Gordon
as Joe the Blacksmith (as Leo V. Gordon)
Carol Infield Siff
as Dot, Siamese Twin
Helen Siff
as Ruth, Siamese Twin
Eve Smith
as Bunny
Franco Columbu
as Otto, The Strongman
Vance Colvig
as Clownie
Matthias Hues
as Oscar, The Lion Tamer
Benicio Del Toro
as Duke the Dog-Faced Boy
Lynne Marie Stewart
as Zelda, Bearded Lady
John Sherrod
as Del, The Human Cannonball
Joey Arias
as Shim the Half Man/Half Woman
Bunny Summers
as Costume Woman
Dustin Diamond
as Child - Deke
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Critic Reviews for Big Top Pee-wee

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (1)

Big Top Pee-wee is as guileless and cheerful as Pee-wee's first movie, Pee-wee's Big Adventure, but it's not as magical.

January 1, 2000 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Big Top Pee-wee benefits substantially from Reubens' winning work as the always-appealing Pee-wee Herman...

January 21, 2021 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Uneven, loopy cult favorite.

January 2, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A yeowling comedy. Look out for those sight gags.

December 5, 2005 | Rating: 4/5

It's too bad that Tim Burton went on to bigger and better things.

November 6, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

Even the animals want to run away with another circus.

December 31, 2004 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Big Top Pee-wee

Not my favorite Pee-Wee, that's for sure. Even though Valeria is a babe, watching Pee-Wee make out with her is creepy. I miss him being my a-sexual friend. The story is a good one, who doesn't want to join the circus?!

Alexis Nomm
Alexis Nomm

Super Reviewer

This movie was a horrible follow up to the awesome original Pee-wee movie. If only they could have got Burton back to direct it... of course he was busy making other great movies like Beetlejuice. This one has a ridiculous story and doesn't feel in touch with what you've gotten to know of Pee-Wee's world. I hated it.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

Not the most terrific sequel, but Paul Reubens can be fun at times.

Tim Salmons
Tim Salmons

Super Reviewer

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