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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
    Absolutely--four out of five stars for being cuter, funnier, and, besides, the character design far exceeded my expectations.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    A harmless and frequently humorous trifle.
  3. Reviewed by: Luke Y. Thompson
    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
    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 62
  2. Negative: 14 out of 62
  1. EmilyT
    Jan 17, 2008
    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
    This movie is awesome.
  3. AndreF
    May 28, 2008
    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. AmberP
    May 7, 2008
    This was a cute movie. If you want to get the family together to watch a movie, I would recommend Alvin and The Chipmunks.
  5. JayH.
    Mar 26, 2008
    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. Nov 4, 2011
    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
    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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