Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 30
  2. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. In the year of the animated movie, this one soars above them all.
  2. 100
    Happy Feet is not only the year's best animated movie, it's one of the year's best movies, period. Go.
  3. You should see Happy Feet--not only because it's stupendous, but also because it features the best dancing you'll see on the screen this year.
  4. 91
    It's a gorgeously rendered marvel that pulls out all the stops to wow its viewers, but in spite of its crowd-pleasing ploys, it holds onto its integrity with a smart and surprisingly deep story.
  5. What's truly surprising about Happy Feet is not its giddily brilliant entertainment, its intimate knowledge of the culture or its toe-tapping music. It's how commonplace these qualities have become in computer-animated movies… Happy Feet may be just one of the crowd, but what a great crowd it is.
  6. 88
    In a year rich with animation options, Happy Feet stands head and shoulders above its competition.
  7. An animated film that challenges preconceptions about the genre and foregoes the usual romance/adventure structure.
  8. Miller's global harmonizing never feels preachy -- he's too busy cramming Happy Feet with enough entertainment for three movies.
  9. This animated all-penguin musical is terrific fun.
  10. 80
    Antarctica is a beautiful blue paradise, and the final set piece, in which penguins and humans tap their way to a unity of green-minded spirit, is a small masterpiece of conciliatory wackiness.
  11. No film with as many elements as Happy Feet is successful with all of them, and the romantic-emotional elements of this story feel overly familiar. But the music and dancing are fresh and new, and this strong an ecological message has not been seen since Hayao Miyazaki's "Princess Mononoke."
  12. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    80
    One of the very best directed animated films on record. Not surprisingly from the force behind the "Babe" movies, the attention to detail is phenomenal, the humor ample.
  13. The constant singing and dancing throughout is charmingly presented, and the CGI recreations of Antarctica are stunning.
  14. A lot of director George Miller's film is gorgeous and exciting. Its craftsmanship and ambition put it a continent ahead of nearly every other animated feature of the last couple of years.
  15. Offers dazzling cinematic family fun, and a mad medley of tunes.
  16. Don't little ones have enough to worry about without ecological concerns popping up in family entertainment? Happy Feet should have stayed light on its feet.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    The dazzling animation, catchy songs and Broadway-worthy dance numbers give the film even broader appeal.
  18. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The movie's an uncategorizable mixture of the tacky and profound, and on some weird level, you have to respect it.
  19. 75
    Happy Feet ends on an upbeat note with singing and dancing, but the weaknesses that precede it deflate the euphoria.
  20. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    75
    It's a movie that keeps flirting with greatness, but settles for being above average.
  21. A moderately adorable, musically wacky, ecologically activist CG family comedy.
  22. Reviewed by: Mark Bell
    70
    Overall, however, for a children's film, it hits all the major notes. Keep it musical, keep it lively, keep it cute and, you know, if you can, slip in a moral.
  23. While compromised by the uplift and affirmation that mainstream animation regurgitates like a mommy penguin, it also shows a remarkable persistence of vision. Even in a story about singing-and-dancing fat and feather, Mr. Miller can’t help but go dark and deep.
  24. The essence of this inventive though erratic animated feature is joyous music and eye-popping motion.
  25. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    67
    Unfortunately, once the "be yourself" story line is resolved (singing and dancing go together, who would have guessed?), the film is only half over.
  26. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    63
    Funny moments can be found throughout, but it's mostly silly and scattered.
  27. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    60
    Small kids will love the waddlesome dancing and colourful animation, but older viewers will likely be disturbed by the story’s darker elements.
  28. Reviewed by: Jordan Harper
    60
    Children, innocent as they are, may not yet have grown to loathe the actor's (Robin Williams) shtick, but you might like to know that he has two--yes, two--roles in this film.
  29. This curious ecological parable was directed by George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City), who still has an eye and a sense of humor but on this particular outing can't get the script he wrote with three others to make much sense.
  30. Let's just say this is a perfect film for penguin lovers who also are devoted members of the Green party - and leave it at that.
User Score
6.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 224 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 55 out of 107
  2. Negative: 44 out of 107
  1. Mar 5, 2011
    0
    This has to be one of the most boring movie I have ever watched, there isn't a good thing that I can find about this movie, kids and adults of all ages will hate this movie. Full Review »
  2. Oct 5, 2011
    6
    The story of "Happy Feet" doesn't really appeal to the audience, but the cheerful songs do.
  3. JayW.
    Apr 2, 2007
    0
    Good graphics? Erm, this is like any other computer animated film - so that doesn't carry this overly-preachy and hardly-entertaining dud.