Dennis the Menace

Dennis the Menace
Dennis the Menace
  • PG
  • 1h 37m
  • 1993
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Is it a tornado? Is it a circus? Look out--it's Dennis the Menace! John Hughes, master chronicler of the American kid's imagination, brings Hank Ketcham's beloved comic strip character to the big screen. Wherever Dennis goes, mayhem follows. And somehow, most of it seems to land in the lap of his long-suffering next-door neighbor, George Wilson (WALTER MATTHAU). Dennis and his backyard exploits are guaranteed to stir up laughter and warm the heart.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: Walter Matthau does a nice job as Mr. Wilson, but Dennis the Menace follows the Home Alone formula far too closely.
Entertainment Weekly
Ty Burr

Its unholy mixture of peppy sadism and pious, self-righteous sentiment comes straight from Hughes'...

June 22, 2017
Todd McCarthy

Very young children may find the numskull, by-the-numbers gags here amusing, but teens will consid...

March 4, 2019
Time Out

A smooth blend of sentiment and slapstick.

June 21, 2017
New York Times
Vincent Canby

Mr. Hughes and Mr. Castle try hard to re-create a kind of timeless, idealized comic-strip atmosphe...

March 4, 2019
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Contrived movie is not true to its origins.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although the hero is 5, this movie comes with caveats for those who are squeamish or easily scared. Also, parents should know that the contrived story is unnecessarily sinister, neither true to its comic-strip origins nor suitably updated.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:June 25, 1993
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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