After all these years - his and ours - Pee-wee Herman is still a Peter Pan who can lead us back to innocence with a corny joke or a childish jape.
David Wiegand, San Francisco Chronicle, 2016-03-18
Pee-wee doesn't come saddled with backstory, like Batman. He's more like Mickey Mouse, an icon who can become anything he wants.
Amy Nicholson, MTV, 2016-03-18
It's like catching up with an old friend. But nostalgia gets you only so far.
Chris Nashawaty, Entertainment Weekly, 2016-03-18
I literally cried tears of joy.
Aaron Hillis, Village Voice, 2016-03-18
It's good to have Pee-wee back, and he makes this unexpected "Holiday" a joyous one.
Adam Graham, Detroit News, 2016-03-18
It floats along, offering goofy gags and relentlessly silly jokes that will have you LOLing - sometimes in spite of yourself.
Katherine Pushkar, New York Daily News, 2016-03-18
A disappointing rehash of Pee-wee's 1985 film debut. Netflix subscribers may find it skim-worthy.
Rafer Guzman, Newsday, 2016-03-19
Pee-wee is still a startling and original and strangely endearing creation. He just deserved a funnier, more intriguing holiday.
Richard Roeper, Chicago Sun-Times, 2016-03-18
Pee-wee Herman may still look good in his ill-fitting suit, but more than 30 years after first hitting the big screen, his antics haven't aged well.
Brian Truitt, USA Today, 2016-03-18
A conceit that seemed subversively weird in the 1980s when Reubens was at the height of his popularity has lost much of its oomph.
Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times, 2016-03-17
As for those who would accuse a critic of being a party pooper for this assessment, the only appropriate response would be: "I know you are, but what am I?"
Brian Lowry, Variety, 2016-03-17