Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 21
  2. Negative: 8 out of 21
  1. Will probably pass muster with very young viewers, but their parents may grit their teeth at its saccharine quality.
  2. Brisk and sweet, even if the script veers toward fussy and lame.
  3. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    63
    The animation IS great and absolutely so fantastic you'll want to reach out and touch the creatures - or swat them off your uncomfortable 3-D glasses.
  4. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    63
    Fly Me to the Moon is a crummy movie for kids, yet it still holds out the prospect of past wonders and future marvels. It's one small step for a housefly, one giant leap for 3-D.
  5. Would be totally unexceptional if not for its visual telling of the Apollo 11 flight and the fact that the movie is impressively shot - the first animated feature film in 3-D.
  6. An awkward mix of proficient 3-D animation, detailed technical recreation and strained storytelling that stalls on takeoff.
  7. 50
    What saves Fly Me to the Moon from being a total wash is the actual mission itself.
  8. The script appears to have been designed, created and produced entirely in 1-D: a mishmash of kidcentric antics, follow-your-dream cliches, and innocuously icky humor.
  9. Go to enjoy the technical expertise, and take a first-grader (and not a particularly savvy one) along to find something of value in everything else.
  10. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    50
    It’s a wingless exercise, despite a rather heartening attitude toward space travel that will introduce young auds to the glory that was NASA in the '60s.
  11. Despite some Cold War humor, the formulaic film is aimed squarely at the youngest of young children.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Gonzalez
    40
    This sketchily conceived and executed space yarn is one missed opportunity after another.
  13. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    This oddly paced kids' entertainment displays flashes of intelligence -- then misspells terms on NASA control panels.
  14. All of this is interesting, but not all that entertaining.
  15. 30
    One of the most undermotivated plots in many a moon, the zero-wit, zero-gravity misadventures of Nat, I.Q. and Scooter are embarked on merely because they're bored on their garbage dump.
  16. The little heroes and their families are surprisingly ugly, with faces resembling skulls, and the colors are so faded and muddy the movie feels tired and bungled.
  17. The vocal characterizations aren't the problem here; the script and the animation are the problems, and in feature animation, you can't arrange more significant problems than those.
  18. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    A tribute to a giant leap for mankind feels like a clumsy shuffle backward for animation.
  19. 25
    The film still suffers from cheap plasticky design, a klutzy overall look, dim preschooler humor, and a nearly impact-free story that thinks it's clever when it steals cues from 2001.
  20. Forgive us for being demanding, but shouldn't an animated kids movie like this one be, at the very least, fun? Cute? Watchable?
  21. 20
    Adding to weirdness is a tacked-on, live-action appearance from the real Aldrin, who reassures kids and terrified X-Files fans that there weren't, in fact, any houseflies on board Apollo 11.
User Score
3.3

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 5
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 5
  3. Negative: 5 out of 5
  1. Mar 17, 2012
    2
    It won't keep your attention because it is both unfunny and boring.