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  • Summary: Igor tells the story of one Igor who's sick of being a lowly lab assistant with a Yes Master's degree and dreams of becoming a scientist. When his cruel master kicks the bucket a week before the annual Evil Science Fair, Igor finally gets his chance. (MGM)
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  1. Positive: 5 out of 19
  2. Negative: 6 out of 19
  1. 90
    This is what "Nightmare" fans have been waiting fifteen years for.
  2. 75
    While the stitches holding together the plot are clearly visible, Igor breathes some enjoyable life into its stolen grab-bag of gimmicks.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    If Mel Brooks were to team up with Tim Burton, the result might be something like the loony and colorfully tantalizing animated film Igor.
  4. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    50
    The visuals are a kick; the groan-inducing dialogue isn't.
  5. Too bad Igor didn't jolt the film to life with his Frankenstein shenanigans.
  6. 38
    You can't blame John Cusack for jumping at the chance to play Igor.
  7. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    0
    So bad it's scary.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 22
  2. Negative: 5 out of 22
  1. EricR.
    Sep 17, 2008
    10
    I LOVED this movie!! I was lucky enough to be invited to a sneak preview and went with less than great expectations, and was blown away. There are too many 'lairs' to talk about to give the film full credit, but I will say that after seeing this film, I want to see it again to catch the jokes I missed when the audience was laughing. And the political sidenotes did not go unnoticed. There was a tough of George Bush in King Malbert, who looks like a cockroach. But more than that, the movie shows a take on good vs. evil in a different light. Sometimes, you need something created out of the ether to show you whats wrong with the world, and Igor discovers those ills via Eva, played by Molly Shannon, who helps in exposing the truth behind malaria and who is in charge. I recommend this movie!!! Expand
  2. RichardG.
    Sep 18, 2008
    10
    This movie is funny. Good for all ages.
  3. Jan 17, 2011
    10
    Great, yet unfortunately, underrated film. Good laughs, voice talent, art, it was creative, and in all: Thoroughly enjoyable.
  4. ChadS.
    Sep 20, 2008
    7
    In the tradition of Valerie Martin's 1990 Nebula-award-winning novel "Mary Reilly"(later adapted to the screen by Stephen Frears), an igor, like the nameless servant in Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", gets to be the protagonist of his own narrative, stepping out, at long last, from being stereotyped, a stock character usually in possession of a low I.Q., who was first seen in James Whale's original "Frankenstein"(there is no mention of Igor in the 1817 Mary Shelley novella). The mad scientist, even in Mel Brooks' parodic "Young Frankenstein", is portrayed as the smartest man in the castle; but "Igor", in the film's most clever conceit, reimagines these mental giants as idiots(Dr. Glickenstein, voiced by John Cleese) and plagiarists(Dr. Schadenfreude, voiced by Eddie Izzard). This igor is like the Will Hunting of igors; he may possess a hump, but he's "wicked smaht", stuck in a malevolent world of chowderheads. Being that there are no igors of the fairer sex, and since he's straight, when Igor(John Cusack) plays God, he creates woman. He creates Kirstie Alley, but this former lab-assistant calls her Eva(Molly Shannon). His monster is an actress; a not-so-inside joke about how all female thespians have the potential to be divas. While "Igor" works as an old-school Hollywood picture about the entertainment biz, like most 3D-animated films not made by Pixar, however, the filmic elements are too post-modernist by half; in other words, too many pop culture references spoil the soup. When the showtunes kick in, it's like watching Tim Burton's take on "Moulin Rouge". But give "Igor" some credit for being insightful about how popular film, historically, and to this day, has a tendency to misrepresent people of all persuasions, in particular, this class of igors. Igor doesn't walk, or talk, the way he's supposed to; the way we're pre-conditioned to accept his kind, as servants, as people on the margins. See what the film is getting at? Expand
  5. HyperS.
    Jan 24, 2009
    6
    Igor was an interesting character, but the supporting cast I found annoying and heroic trio was a cliche cast of characters both in attitude and behavior. "Brain" was annoyingly stupid and a poorly designed character to make him likeable. That rat rabbit got on my nerves with his comments and voice over. (good actor, but maybe not suited for animation voice overs). And the leading lady... the monster was obnoxious as well on the order of an American Idol reject. Sorry, too many good animated films out there for this Tim Burton knock-off to deserve a 7 or higher. Expand
  6. giren
    Sep 17, 2008
    5
    Worth to watch. But not smart enough to be an animated movie on this era.
  7. RobertA.
    Feb 24, 2009
    0
    This movie was really awful. We have movie night every Saturday for the whole family and this doesn't make the grade. We watched about 1/2 of the movie and shut it off based on everyone's vote. Thumbs down. Expand

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