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  • Summary: Alvin and the Chipmunks, a global phenomenon to generations of fans, becomes a live action/CGI motion picture event with a contemporary comic sensibility. Songwriter Dave Seville transforms singing chipmunks Alvin, Simon, and Theodore into pop sensations while the out-of-control trio lays waste to Dave's home, wreaks havoc with his career, and turns his once-orderly life upside down. (20th Century Fox) Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 23
  2. Negative: 7 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Stina Chyn
    80
    Absolutely--four out of five stars for being cuter, funnier, and, besides, the character design far exceeded my expectations.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    60
    A harmless and frequently humorous trifle.
  3. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    60
    Lee, acting through gritted teeth, barely musters the energy to yell “Alvin!,” but the chipmunks themselves -- voiced by Justin Long, Matthew Gray Gubler and Jesse McCartney -- are surprisingly appealing, though their newly R&B-tinged rendition of “Witch Doctor” is god-awful.
  4. Youngsters who love the shrieky singing and don't notice the tapioca of the story will probably get their money's worth. Parents: Bring earplugs.
  5. 42
    There's just not enough here for a movie. It's almost as if some ideas were meant to live for three and a half minutes each Christmas season, not to get stretched to the breaking point for 50 years.
  6. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    40
    Despite its shout-outs to the holiday season, this is essentially airplane fodder, not a perennial. Don’t hold your breath waiting for the sequel.
  7. 0
    This partially animated, charm-free atrocity is awful enough to instantly cure any remaining nostalgia for the rodent trio.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 60
  2. Negative: 13 out of 60
  1. EmilyT
    Jan 17, 2008
    10
    I am 7 years old and my daddy is writing this for me. I thought the movie was totally awesome. I loved Theodore, he is so cute. I think that if you are a kid you should go see this move. Hello, folks. This is Emily's Dad. I think you should drop the kids off in the theatre and go see No Country for Old Men. This movie is boring. Expand
  2. MelissaD.
    Feb 15, 2008
    10
    This movie is awesome.
  3. AndreF
    May 28, 2008
    9
    This movie really made me feel like I was a little kid watching the cartoon again. It was funny from beginning to end. If you go expecting to see anything, but a silly adaption of a children's cartoon you'll e really disappointed. Expand
  4. JakeH
    Jun 19, 2008
    6
    Cute little animals... but plot sucked.
  5. MikeG.
    Apr 12, 2008
    5
    I'm getting' tired of the typical Hollywood storyline that was attached to a great movie idea, you know the drill, Dave takes his friends (chipmunks and women) for granted, then reconciles the situation with 10 minutes left in the movie. Also the "love interest" blond seems uppity. This movie is great for kids new to redundant Hollywood scripts, everyone else has seen it already, just without chipmunk "paint". Expand
  6. Nov 4, 2011
    4
    The Movie Is So Basic & Bland That It's More Boring Than Fun.. We All Know Alvin & The Chipmunks... They Died... 10 Years Ago.....
  7. TerryC.
    Dec 10, 2007
    0
    Alvin chipmunks us into a daring entertaining surprise that is so dumb, it doesn't have any brain, and the heart is so soulless, I hate it, how can anyone love stupidity right from the get-go. Expand

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