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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
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  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 60
  2. Negative: 13 out of 60
  1. Oct 29, 2011
    I gave this film 10 out of 10 because of the following reasons:

    1. Great film.
    2. Lots of funny moments.
    3. I would watch it 1
    million times if i could (which i can because i have it on dvd - thank you amazon...)
    4. Great quality images.
    5. Good storyline.
    6. One of the best films that were released in 2007.
    7. Great acting.
    8. Humorous scenes.
    9. Heartwarming moments.
    10. Great sequels.

    I recommend this film to anyone who has a young relative (baby, little brother/sister, little nephew/niece or grandson/granddaughter etc...) or anyone who enjoys a good cartoon because it is a great cartoon which you can buy from any dvd store (Blockbuster) or online store (Amazon, eBay or

    So why are you still reading this you should be on a different website or on your way to a dvd store now. Go on GO!!!!!

    By ImogenDulieu987
  2. Aug 11, 2011
    Now I don't want to defend the awful 'talking cgi animal' genre, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't enjoy this movie. Be sure to watch if you enjoy Chipmunk songs like I do! Expand
  3. Apr 21, 2011
    If you're looking for a movie like the old Chipmunks movies, you'll probably find yourself entertained. Don't expect ground-breaking work, because this certainly isn't it, but it's a well meaning attempt to pay tribute to Alvin and the Chipmunks series, and succeeds in being just that. The plot is predictable and there's no serious depth, but if you go in with the right state of mind it makes for a heart-warming piece of escapism. Expand
  4. Jan 1, 2011
    It's not great. Good for little kids but not exactly for teens and adults. Though it's not the worst movie I ever seen.
  5. Jul 10, 2013
    It was framed the "Movie of the year" and it became a hit, though I don't know why it spawned some sequels. Sure, it's cute and odd, but it just gives out an equal thumb. Expand
  6. Jul 23, 2013
    "Alvin and the Chipmunks" is somewhat enjoyable, as it feels quirky in a good way and new, but the script and plot has a familiar kid-genre, leaving nothing truly special to adults. The storyline is basic, nothing fascinating or interesting or, plus the singing aspect to the film does feel bland. Besides this, the film will succeed to entertain, but not with many things that are special. Expand
  7. Oct 1, 2012
    It is the 2nd best movie of the whole Chipmunk series. The plot of the movie is too boring and too predictable. The chipmunks are very annoying. I gave a 2 because of the overall impact of the movie, it's good. But it is still absolutely a really bad film.......... Collapse

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