Universal acclaim - based on 34 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 34
  2. Negative: 1 out of 34
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  1. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    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. With its virtuoso tomfoolery, Fantastic Mr. Fox is like a homegrown Wallace and Gromit caper. To Wes Anderson: More, please!
  3. 100
    Anderson has pulled off the most elusive of goals: He's made a nonchalant masterpiece, a movie that feels dog-eared and loved before it's even reached our hands.
  4. Reviewed by: Dana Stevens
    You don't want to watch this movie, you want to climb inside it and play.
  5. Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment.
  6. 100
    The result is an instant classic. The material allows Anderson to neutralize the most irritating aspects of his work (the precociousness, the sense of white-bread privilege) and maximize the most endearing (the comic timing, the dollhouse ordering of invented worlds).
  7. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Feb 18, 2014
    Fantastic Mr. Fox may be his most purely pleasurable film to date, evoking the Dahl books and Rankin-Bass productions that so transported him as a kid.
  8. Anderson has created a world as stylized and inventive as anything he's done... "Fox" is a visual delight.
  9. A pleasantly cerebral experience, exhilarating and fizzy, that goes to your head like too much Champagne.
  10. 90
    In some ways his (Anderson) most fully realized and satisfying film. Once you adjust to its stop-and-start rhythms and its scruffy looks, you can appreciate its wit, its beauty and the sly gravity of its emotional undercurrents.
  11. A captivating entertainment for the holiday season and well beyond.
  12. This is an animated film that happily has room for both an existentialist dread of death and a grinning joie de vivre.
  13. 88
    An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
  14. 88
    A gorgeous and witty piece of stop-motion animation.
  15. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    Most of all, it’s a magical feat, one that turns puppets into personalities and an English meadow into Anderson’s world.
  16. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    By forgoing actual human beings, the director has made his most charming, least annoyingly fey film - a thing of lovely comic wisdom.
  17. 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.
  18. Has its pleasures, foremost being its look – a sophisticated puppet primitivism backdropped by near-psychedelic colorations.
  19. 83
    For all the ostensible immaturity of its form, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the most grown-up thing the director has done in years.
  20. Reviewed by: Ian Nathan
    Genuinely original: a silly, hilarious and oddly profound adaptation for adult-sized children.
  21. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    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.
  22. The result is a visual treasure that successfully blends deadpan quirkiness with a wry realism rarely seen in any film, let alone one for children.
  23. 75
    This is no more a kids’ movie for kids than "Where The Wild Things Are"; it’s a film strictly for Wes Anderson fans of all ages. By now, they should know who they are.
  24. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    It's an intriguing match of material and filmmaker. Dahl's distinctive, edgy storytelling seems to fit well with Anderson's idiosyncratic worldview and visuals.
  25. 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.
  26. 75
    Mr. Fox's old-fashioned, hand-crafted animation is one of its main attractions. Another is Anderson's whimsical, dry humor, a natural for this tale of a crafty, dapper fox.
  27. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Anderson injects such charm and wit, such personality and nostalgia - evident in the old-school animation, storybook settings and pitch-perfect use of Burl Ives - that it's easy to forgive his self-conscious touches.
  28. 75
    Fantastic Mr. Fox imparts lessons as profound as "The Road's" about love and gratitude and awareness of others. It just has more fun doing it.
  29. The tale may be Dahl's, but there's a whole new wag to it – this is decidedly, weirdly and, at best, wonderfully a Wes Anderson movie.
  30. Even though it's right there in the title, "fantastic" might be a touch hyperbolic in describing director Wes Anderson's stop-motion adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Fantastic Mr. Fox, but only by a whisker.
  31. I’m flummoxed as to why the movie left me feeling up in the air, as opposed to over the moon. Partly, I think, it’s a matter of how Anderson’s sense of humor rubs up against that of the book’s author, Roald Dahl.
  32. It’s unfortunate that the result is so unaffecting, especially in light of all the things the director does right.
  33. Reviewed by: Matthew Sorrento
    The animals are often caught in a stare as if they, too, are looking for the tale that Anderson forgot.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 339 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 85 out of 107
  2. Negative: 15 out of 107
  1. Aug 27, 2010
    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.
  2. Sep 25, 2011
    Interestingly its choice of presenting the visuals using clay is definitely one of what makes "Fantastic Mr. Fox" a good movie. But its theInterestingly its choice of presenting the visuals using clay is definitely one of what makes "Fantastic Mr. Fox" a good movie. But its the childish, simple script you'll love. Full Review »
  3. BobW
    Nov 29, 2009
    Witty, intelligent, fun. Great soundtrack too.