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  • Summary: Mr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers notMr. and Mrs. Fox live an idyllic home life with their son Ash and visiting young nephew Kristopherson. But after 12 years, the bucolic existence proves too much for Mr Fox’s wild animal instincts. Soon he slips back into his old ways as a sneaky chicken thief and in doing so, endangers not only his beloved family, but the whole animal community. Trapped underground and with not enough food to go around, the animals band together to fight against the evil Farmers - Boggis, Bunce and Bean - who are determined to capture the audacious, fantastic Mr. Fox at any cost. [20th Century Fox] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    100
    For the reportedly painstaking labor it took to create, the film is a marvel to behold--with wonderful shifts in perspective, an intensely tactile design, and an intentional herky-jerkiness of motion that only enriches the make-believe atmosphere.
  2. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  3. 88
    These animals aren't catering to anyone in the audience. We get the feeling they're intensely leading their own lives without slowing down for ours.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    The film's style, paradoxically both precious and rough-hewn, positions this as the season's defiantly anti-CGI toon, and its retro charms will likely appeal more strongly to grown-ups than to moppets; it's a picture for people who would rather drive a 1953 Jaguar XK 120 than a new one.
  5. 75
    If there's an argument against the film (and, admittedly, it's not much of an argument), it's that the movie may not be suitably childish to appeal to younger viewers.
  6. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    20
    The animals are often caught in a stare as if they, too, are looking for the tale that Anderson forgot.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 107
  2. Negative: 15 out of 107
  1. JohnM
    Nov 28, 2009
    10
    A really great movie. Hilarious throughout. The animation was not slick, but the jerkiness was charming and often used for comedic effect. As A really great movie. Hilarious throughout. The animation was not slick, but the jerkiness was charming and often used for comedic effect. As for marking it down for not having a good message for kids - well, it's not a kids movie. They might like it, but it isn't the targeted audience. Expand
  2. JustinL.
    Dec 13, 2009
    10
    UP, you have competition at the Academy Awards this year! To keep it short, this was a great film that had me grinning the entire way UP, you have competition at the Academy Awards this year! To keep it short, this was a great film that had me grinning the entire way through. A must see. Expand
  3. Aug 27, 2010
    10
    A bombastic, unbarred children's tale whose only considerable flaw is that it is too much fun. Both Wes Andersen and George Clooney are at their peak.
  4. Apr 3, 2014
    9
    On the same level as coraline in the world of stop motion. An incredible story from roald dahl that translates perfectly into this movie andOn the same level as coraline in the world of stop motion. An incredible story from roald dahl that translates perfectly into this movie and the style fits it very well. From the voices to the details everything comes together perfectly to create this heartwarming story with a message! A real must watch for every age.

    Just my opinion
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  5. Lyn
    Jan 8, 2011
    8
    A fun story that balanced the expected cartoon-style character development with adventures and bright, madcap action. My only complaint is theA fun story that balanced the expected cartoon-style character development with adventures and bright, madcap action. My only complaint is the fact that professional voice actors seem to be nearing extinction as money-grubbing movemakers hire the big names, even though the stars go unseen. George Clooney's voice is so recognizable -- and his persona is so un-fox-like--that it was impossible not to feel throughout that his voice was kind of miscast. Expand
  6. Sep 6, 2010
    7
    This is definitely a good film. Visually it is rather interesting and quite engaging in a way, which is rather refreshing for animatedThis is definitely a good film. Visually it is rather interesting and quite engaging in a way, which is rather refreshing for animated features. The musical score was definitely the high point of the film! Simply brilliant. However, never having read the book, the film itself does not seem to have a point to it. If one watches it and disregards that it's a children's book originally, one would ask themselves "what the heck is the point of this thing???" despite it being rather entertaining. Also, the actors did an excellent job with the voice-over, especially George Clooney, and it was lovely to hear Meryl Streep's voice!

    Overall, it is definitely a good film, but keep in mind that it does not necessarily have a point to it. It's a children's story turned into a film. Fun, but not very deep/challenging.
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  7. EmilyC.
    Nov 28, 2009
    0
    Truly one of the worst movies I've ever seen.

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