“The script by Reubens and George McGrath is aimless and dull, giving Herman little to do in his own film.
“ One must forgive the long cuts, boring "walking" scenes and unnecessary scenes which make this seem almost like an extended second unit director's cut of what could have been a nice hour-long movie.
“ You have to expect some jokes & gags that only adults will recognize (mildly sexual, cynical or taboo: such as the cranky old lady's hilarious reference to bulimia), but overall the film takes the format of a kid's movie, with lots of cute animals, predictable slapstick and a cheerful approach, right down to the cheezy sing-song finale.
“ It's entertaining and that's all we can ask of it.
“ Big Top Boredom .
“Not that the film is terrible, but it really has no plot.
“ other than that stuff, the movie was completely bogus, and was a total waste of time for pee-wee.
“ Tedious and unnecessary, "Big Top Pee-wee" has been one of the worst movies I have ever seen.
“ But I've seen it 4 times if that's any indication of how compelling it is.
“"Big Top Pee-Wee" is a bizarre, unsettling, strangely boring and distressingly darkly toned big-screen follow-up that somehow is able to turn the delightfully quirky Herman into an unlikable jerk who commits infidelity and loses any and all audience appeal.
“ save your money!
“ It's boring, unlikable (borderline loathsome) and poorly-shot, with only a fraction of the creativity of other Pee-Wee projects.
“ Tedious and unnecessary, "Big Top Pee-Wee" is one of the poorest excuses for a film I have ever seen.
“ It reminded me an awful lot of PEE WEE'S PLAYHOUSE, in that the going seemed very slow and I just needed a break from the character after a while.
“ My kids thoroughly enjoyed the movie, even though they were bored by the romantic element.
“ "Pee Wee's Big Adventure" is one of the funniest, most entertaining family films I have ever seen.
“ Even the woman Pee-wee falls in love with is boring and has the world's most annoying accent.
“ What a waste of time, film, money, etc.
“ This time we have Pee Wee on a rather boring farm, where he has a talking pig and the towns folk are a bunch of bores.
“ There are a couple of chuckles to be found near the beginning of the movie, but once the circus hits it is rather tedious to watch.
“ However, the older townspeople (who are often grumpy) object to the circus and want it to leave their town.
“ Many scenes are boringly shot with the camera just sort of plopped down wherever.