Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius


Generally favorable reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 13 out of 21
  2. Negative: 1 out of 21

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Critic Reviews

  1. There's a real gee-whiz kick to the fantasy of being the brainiest kid on the planet, and a down-to-earth quality to Jimmy and his not-so-bright, but ever-so-stalwart best buddies.
  2. A lickety-split, madly packed, roller-coaster entertainment that might almost have been designed to make you scared of how much smarter your kids are than you.
  3. 80
    A witty, well-crafted comedy that combines primal slapstick with sharp satiric banter to keep children and parents laughing together.
  4. The movie's essentially a series of high-speed, dizzying rocket chases that should keep the young'uns perfectly quiet.
  5. 75
    It doesn't have the little in-jokes that make "Shrek" and "Monsters, Inc." fun for grown-ups. But adults who appreciate the art of animation may enjoy the look of the picture.
  6. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Loren King
    Mixes ''Jetsons''-style futuristic hijinks with a reliable story of a boy inadvertently whisked ''over the rainbow'' to another galaxy where his mettle is tested.
  7. A thoroughly entertaining animated comedy that's sweet enough for the youngest moviegoers, and smart enough for the most cynical chaperone.
  8. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    The charm of Jimmy Neutron is that it's both futuristic enough to intrigue kids and retro enough to hook their parents.
  9. Clever and funny, with a dense surface of ideas and moods.
  10. 70
    This little charmer both celebrates and kids the corny conventions of family sitcoms.
  11. After Jimmy Neutron was over, I felt glassy-eyed and a little headachy. But the boy genius who accompanied me to the screening could not take his eyes off the screen. I think he's in his room right now, building a shrink ray to try out on his dad.
  12. 70
    For the sake of more irony--the movie is lousy with it--the precocious characters have an infantile response to the discovery that their parents are missing: all want their mommies after a night of junk-food excess.
  13. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Moppet appeal of the present feature rests in three can't-miss concepts -- cool gadgets, the desire to see grownups disappear and space travel. Pic delivers on all three points and doesn't have to do a whole lot more.
  14. The film is short on plot, and any form of character development, but I am sure the target audience of children will find plenty to enjoy even though most adults may find it a bit boring. All in all, Jimmy Neutron is a nice holiday diversion for the family.
  15. The movie's clatter and whiz-bang suggests more humor than there actually is.
  16. Grownups who grew up on The Jetsons and children who, like the movie's heroes, aren't yet nine years old, should enjoy this film.
  17. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    A misstep or two aside, you don't have to belong to Mensa to know kids will enjoy it.
  18. 50
    Aimed squarely at the under-6 crowd, is basically the pilot for a Nickelodeon series with an already heavily merchandised character.
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    After "Monsters, Inc.," this movie may be a bit of a letdown, but there are some scenes that will delight elementary-school-age children and older preschoolers -- notably the gross-out moments.
  20. Inventive and intermittently amusing.
  21. 20
    Frenetic and uninvolving.
User Score

Mixed or average reviews- based on 49 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. Jul 15, 2013
    La pelicula es un desastre destaco la edicion para ser del 2001 por parte de Paramount Pictures, el tema es pesimo ademas de personajes queLa pelicula es un desastre destaco la edicion para ser del 2001 por parte de Paramount Pictures, el tema es pesimo ademas de personajes que siempre me han parecido catastroficos. Full Review »
  2. Nov 28, 2012
    Although the plot and lead character is fair enough, I only wish the rest of the characters were as humorous as they were animated.
  3. Nov 7, 2010
    very entertaining for a CGI movie