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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 laysAlvin 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: Michael Ordona
    60
    There is sweetness here. The scene in which Dave and the boys decorate the tree is charming, and the Chipmunks' excited presentation of gifts to their human dad is actually sort of touching. And dang it, the little animated rodents are cute.
  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. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    50
    They’re baaaaack.
  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: Anna Smith
    40
    Fun musical numbers and cartoonish humour give way to a bland sermon about the evils of the music industry.
  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: 35 out of 65
  2. Negative: 15 out of 65
  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 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. MrMallard
    Jan 7, 2008
    10
    A fantastic kids movie, lots of manic singing, slapstick and mess-making from the chipmunks to keep the kiddies amused, plus some great A fantastic kids movie, lots of manic singing, slapstick and mess-making from the chipmunks to keep the kiddies amused, plus some great humour for the parents. David Cross is especially funny. What impressed me most though was the refreshing sight of normal-sized women in the Chipmunk's band (no size zeros here), and the movie also features actors *shock horror* with less than ridiculously perfect teeth, all of which can only send out positive messages to the children. The film also held my three year old's undivided attention for an hour an a half (no mean feat). And most importantly, her verdict is,and I quote: "It was great!" Expand
  3. LindaW.
    Apr 26, 2008
    9
    Totally enjoyable....watched with my two grandchildren and we were totally entertained. Sweet story of becoming a family and the importance Totally enjoyable....watched with my two grandchildren and we were totally entertained. Sweet story of becoming a family and the importance of someone caring for you. Highly recommended. Expand
  4. JakeH
    Jun 19, 2008
    6
    Cute little animals... but plot sucked.
  5. JayH.
    Mar 26, 2008
    5
    It's certainly not a great film, but it's not that bad. There are some cute and funny moments. It's not a very original story, It's certainly not a great film, but it's not that bad. There are some cute and funny moments. It's not a very original story, but still it's likable enough and harmless entertainment. Expand
  6. HeidiC.
    Jan 26, 2008
    4
    Uh... chipmunks that start singing and become rockstars??? Ummm (cough cough) the storyline sucked but there were a few funny parts.
  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 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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