Metascore
72

Generally favorable reviews - based on 26 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 26
  2. Negative: 0 out of 26
  1. 88
    It's sharp and funny--not a children's movie, but one of those hybrids that works on different levels for different ages.
  2. 88
    Visually, it's more impressive than Disney's “Toy Story.”
  3. 75
    Refreshingly naughty and nice.
  4. 60
    Adults also are more likely than kids to snicker at jokes.
  5. Sophisticated, funny, and joyously subversive animated bug epic.
  6. Brief enough, clocking in at 83 minutes, but its story is too predictable to make an impact even in such a short space. Unlike "Toy Story," the dialogue here, written by Todd Alcott and Chris & Paul Weitz, is pro forma all the way.
  7. 50
    Without a doubt, the animation is vibrant and electrifying; it's only the story that lacks.
  8. I suspect an account of all the complex business transactions would be more fun than anything in the movie, where you can't see a blue sky that isn't made up to resemble the Dreamworks logo.
  9. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    90
    A dazzling delight.
  10. This witty, star-packed and visually splendid kids' movie provides a small-is-beautiful message served on a parodoxically epic scale.
  11. Sorry, stinging fire ants couldn't make me reveal the outcome of this witty and, yes, surprisingly suspenseful adventure.
  12. 70
    The story is well-told, but so familiar that it renders the surrounding film a bright, shiny, dispensible bauble, an amusing diversion but not much more.
  13. 90
    A charmer, complete with cute critters voiced by the ultrafamous.
  14. 70
    The latest showpiece for computer animation, with all the contoured, suspiciously gleaming perfection that this entails.
  15. 60
    Sorry, Antz has no show-stopping song and dance numbers, no catchy melodies and no love songs either. The score, made up of old standards, does, however, enhance one of the movie's wittier episodes.
  16. Reviewed by: Richard Schickel
    70
    Kids may be puzzled by rebellious worker ants chanting Marxist slogans, but their parental guides may welcome the relief from the prevailing blandness of family films. [Oct 12, 1998 v152 n15 p116]
  17. That's not to say the entertaining Antz" was made by Woody, just that it's full of his personality.
  18. Antz works best just showing off its prodigious voice talent.
  19. 75
    Think "Animal Farm" redone as Ant Farm. [2 October 1998, p. 11E]
  20. 80
    Matching their superbly expressive computer-generated counterparts, the actors are all enjoyably hammy, but the real star of Antz is the art direction, a marvel of teeming detail wittier and more sophisticated than the script.
  21. A humongous animation event that ratchets up the level of the computer art that Hollywood is swooning over these days.
  22. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    60
    Succeeds at pushing the technology as well as and offering intelligent family fare that won't leave adults bored. Great fun.
  23. Reviewed by: David Kehr
    88
    A bug-eyed marvel. [2 October 1998, p. 56]
  24. Reviewed by: David Denby
    90
    Antz, with its deadpan witticisms, its heart-stopping shifts of perspective, is completely entertaining, a kids' movie that will leave grown-ups quoting the best lines to one another.
  25. Reviewed by: Janelle Brown
    70
    Katzenberg may or may not have stolen his idea from Pixar, but it's obvious in the film that he spent significant time at Disney. The plot of Antz is pure Disney pastiche:
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 89 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Feb 3, 2012
    10
    Alright, if you all really think this is not for youngsters, well that depends on what they think. I first saw this when I was 8 and this was the type of animated entertainment of action and violence I looked forward to. Besides, you have to find Antz sense of humor and language entertaining and the story is 83 minutes of amusingly menacing action! Full Review »
  2. Guy!
    May 24, 2007
    9
    For a dreamworks animation production, there is a lot of profanity, but incredibly funny nonetheless.
  3. May 24, 2013
    8
    Overall I really like Antz. For a first film this is really good. What makes this film stand out is the fact that the film takes its audience seriously and does not dumb itself down for the sake of appealing to kiddies. The film is gritty and has interesting message. Plus, it has likeable, interesting, and realistic characters who while insects are human in their personality. This film showed the world what Dreamworks could do that Disney and Pixar did not at the time. They were not afraid to make something edgy and was more for kids than adults. This film has great writing and sophistication that puts it above a lot of animated films both at the time and even today, including some of Dreamworks’ recent films. As a result, Antz is a great flick that I highly recommend checking out. As you get older and older you develop a greater appreciation for it and I am definitely going to see it again in the future. Full Review »