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7.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 154 Ratings

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  1. Negative: 8 out of 154
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  1. Jul 26, 2011
    5
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. In 1995, the very first computer-animated film came out: Toy Story. It got universal acclaim, and was the highest-grossing film of the year. Worldwide. Then in 1998, there's this. In terms of style, Antz is a huge departure from Toy Story. There is an astounding amount of profanity for a CGI film, there's a lot of violence, and it is implied that one of the soilder ants r**** another ant (so says imdb). Toy Story is a fun film for the whole family. This is not.
    This idea is not original. A former Disney employee, during production of A Bug's Life, left and took the story with him. His name was Jeff Katzenburg. I think that's the guy who almost led Toy Story into ruins. See the Black Friday Reel of Toy Story. Then you'll know what I'm talking about . So the guy who I THINK almost made Toy Story a horrible film went to Dreamworks and created "Antz" a more violent, less family-friendly "A Bug's Life" with termites instead of grasshoppers. And I really think kids should not be hearing the swear words said in the movie , especially the b word. Well, at least the producers knew better then to put the f-bomb. There are good things about this movie. It made CGI water possible. And Woody Allen's in it. That's a good thing. And the ants look more realistic than they do in "A Bug's Life". There are several other good things about this movie, but I don't feel like saying them. This movie is uneven yet watchable. Luckily, Dreamworks redeemed itself in 2001, with the hilarious film called "Shrek".
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  2. AndrewM
    Nov 3, 2004
    6
    Amongst the growing throng of cgi-driven animated films in recent years, this one slots in at the lower end of the entertainment scale. Now it ain't bad by any means, but in all but technical terms (and maybe the voice talent chosen) it is little better than average. The story is a little humdrum, the mood is rarely light and most the characters simply aren't that easy to warm Amongst the growing throng of cgi-driven animated films in recent years, this one slots in at the lower end of the entertainment scale. Now it ain't bad by any means, but in all but technical terms (and maybe the voice talent chosen) it is little better than average. The story is a little humdrum, the mood is rarely light and most the characters simply aren't that easy to warm to. It's certainly an amusing romp first time round, mainly to marvel at the admittedly brilliant graphics and animations, but (and here is where it differs the better cgi films) its overall quality seems to diminish with repeat viewings. The plot and script just don't allow any room for revelation. See it once and then forget about it. Expand
  3. Sep 1, 2014
    5
    I cannot say I preferred it to A Bug's Life at all, but it does have something special to it--perhaps it is rooted in the incredible voice cast and pop standards.
  4. Nov 12, 2012
    5
    This isn't a children's film; nor is it much of an adult's film either. You'll snicker, you might be mildly entertained, but, in the end, you won't know what to make of it.
  5. Mar 27, 2013
    5
    Swearing in a children's film is frowned upon by most parents. The movie was nothing special, just another misfit bug with a hopeless crush on the colony's princess, resembling "A Bug's Life" slightly.
  6. Aug 21, 2014
    5
    This was a relatively uninspired animated movie, as DreamWorks is so accustomed to doing. Like most of their anthropomorphized characters, there is little about them that makes them non-human besides their appearance, making this movie little more than a heavy handed allegory for breaking free from your predetermined station in society.

    That being said, I do realize this is a children's
    This was a relatively uninspired animated movie, as DreamWorks is so accustomed to doing. Like most of their anthropomorphized characters, there is little about them that makes them non-human besides their appearance, making this movie little more than a heavy handed allegory for breaking free from your predetermined station in society.

    That being said, I do realize this is a children's movie and it's still good for a few laughs. But if you want an animated children's movie to laugh at, you can do better.
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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. 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.
  2. 88
    It's sharp and funny--not a children's movie, but one of those hybrids that works on different levels for different ages.
  3. Antz works best just showing off its prodigious voice talent.