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  • Summary: Nickelodeon character Arnold tackles life in the big city as he goes up against a powerful industrialist who threatens to build a mammoth "mall-plex" in the middle of Arnold's close-knit neighborhood.
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    75
    Just plain fun.
  2. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    75
    It is great summer fun.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    The movie feels like a long-form version of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series on which it's based, which probably won't bother Arnold fans.
  4. 50
    Blown up way past television-set size, the animated film's squiggly lines and rushed renditions are pale and blurry. This may be the first cartoon ever to look as if it were being shown on the projection television screen of a sports bar.
  5. The updated Dickensian sensibility of writer Craig Bartlett's story is appealing.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    Has surprising hipness and good humor to spare, all put across with a funky, low-tech vibe.
  7. Neither funny nor suspenseful nor particularly well drawn.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 2 out of 10
  1. Jan 27, 2013
    8
    This was a purely fun time. If you have ever been a fan of this show then you're gonna love it. It is fast paced, charming, and very funny.
  2. Nov 5, 2011
    3
    Throughout the entire Hey Arnold series the show had no qualms with showing that their neighborhood was in a state of urban decay, possibly toThroughout the entire Hey Arnold series the show had no qualms with showing that their neighborhood was in a state of urban decay, possibly to the point of being slum like. This movie glorifies an unwillingness to allow gentrification to take place to improve the city as a whole by raising property value at the expense of some stubborn children many of whom will become destined to lives of crime and poverty because of these actions. Expand

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