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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.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 4 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    Just plain fun.
  2. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    It is great summer fun.
  3. If your kids are old enough to safely see the movie by themselves, drop 'em off and pick 'em up after. You don't need to see this one.
  4. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Has surprising hipness and good humor to spare, all put across with a funky, low-tech vibe.
  5. That may be enough to keep the kids bobbing along -- and there are worse heroes for a kid to have than Arnold -- but apart from the shenanigans of civil-disobedient senior citizens, this movie offers little to keep accompanying parents interested.
  6. The cause is just. But there's something off-kilter about the mix. Maybe it's because the animation retains its TV flatness while the story's texture is gratuitously bulked up.
  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
    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
    Throughout 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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