Metascore
64

Generally favorable reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 32
  2. Negative: 0 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    100
    It's flat-out comedy all the way, head-spinningly clever (you'll be talking about a sequence set in the Louvre for weeks) and always engaging. For my money, it's the comedy of the year.
  2. Replete with so many wisecracks, puns, double entendres and visual jokes that you almost need a flow chart to keep up with them all. But try; the effort is definitely worthwhile, and the results are hilarious.
  3. The film is an across-the-board charmer that should appeal to children as well as their parents, aficionados of animation and old-movie buffs who will be challenged to sort out the blur of seemingly hundreds of classic film references.
  4. Reviewed by: Luke Sader
    80
    It will never be confused with the groundbreaking "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," but when it comes to a zippy live-action-meets-animation kid flick with plenty of grown-up gags, Looney Tunes: Back in Action does not disappoint.
  5. 80
    The movie looks like it cost a fortune, with Dean Cundey's glistening widescreen compositions and Bill Brzeski's towering, storybook sets providing the backdrop for seamless visual effects. What's more, it's equally rich in ideas.
  6. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    80
    A nutty, zany, wacky, unruly, spastically hilarious hodgepodge that hits at least twice as often as it misses—which is a big deal, since there are more gags per square foot of celluloid than in any film since Joe Dante's "Gremlins 2: The New Batch" (1990).
  7. Delightful, delicious and destructive.
  8. Spirited, quintessential, and often hilarious.
  9. 78
    Fraser, Martin, and the rest of the flesh-and-blood characters look like they’re having a ball, which translates instantly to the audience as well.
  10. 75
    Not as inspired as "Who Framed Roger Rabbit" but in the same spirit. It's goofy fun. Or maybe we should make that daffy fun.
  11. Fraser and Elfman are goofily endearing even if they seem more sincere acting opposite the rabbit and the duck than they do each other.
  12. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    75
    The joy is in the details, and they are unrelentingly comic.
  13. 75
    So jam-packed with self-referential humor, pop culture cameos, and nods to some of the greatest moments in animation, that it's almost impossible not to like it.
  14. 70
    Is Looney Tunes: Back in Action a great achievement in animation? No, but I think that's the point of the film -- that the old cartoon characters and drawings are more human than the visual miracles produced by Disney and Pixar.
  15. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    70
    Dante's masterstroke is to make the movie as visually and narratively unhinged as its source material.
  16. Looney Tunes doesn't have much on its addled mind other than pure entertainment, and on this level it succeeds quite nicely.
  17. 63
    The meta jokes come thick and fast - some clunk, but there's no time to mourn - and the references are far from limited to the Warner Bros. world (at one point, Bugs exclaims, "Whaddya know - I found Nemo!").
  18. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    63
    Even when the movie works, it's so much like having Daffy Duck assault your face that you want to buy a box set of elevator music for the calming drive home.
  19. Reviewed by: Colin Kennedy
    60
    Best of all, an astonishing sequence in which Bugs, Daffy and Porky Pig leap from painting to painting in a breathless chase through the Louvre sufficiently demonstrates just how much life modern animation techniques can breathe into these timeless characters.
  20. If the movie has loads of nerve, its ambitious fusion of cartoons and live-action comedy is only fitfully amusing.
  21. 50
    You never lose awareness that Fraser and, particularly, Elfman are acting alongside creatures they can't actually see, and you constantly think you should be having more fun than you are. In the end, you want to ask the filmmakers: Is that all, folks?
  22. The film is preoccupied with whiz-bang adventure rather than storytelling. There's also too much cartoon violence for young kids.
  23. Reviewed by: Christine Dolan
    50
    Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck might want to talk to their agents about looking for better material.
  24. I've laughed harder during a single "Road Runner" cartoon than I did throughout Back in Action.
  25. Reviewed by: Carla Meyer
    50
    Fraser and Bugs Bunny are the highlights of this pleasant but unoriginal film.
  26. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    50
    Fraser's goofiness matches that of the animated characters and he cheerfully pokes fun at his celebrity persona, while Elfman is oddly appealing as a strong woman who must seek help from a wascally wabbit.
  27. 50
    There's a reason why Looney Tunes cartoons were six minutes long. Stretched out over an hour and a half, they're wearying.
  28. 50
    With the exception of its bland leads, Back In Action's frenetic plot serves as its biggest weakness, but it at least provides the framework for two Tashlin-worthy setpieces.
  29. Reviewed by: Melissa Levine
    50
    A mind-numbing, achingly post-modern advertisement for itself, which attempts to distract us from its highly merchandised nature by constantly referring to it. In other words, it's morally corrupt, but your kids will love it.
  30. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    50
    A not-inventive-enough romp that belches out gags at a rapid-fire clip but connects so sporadically as to leave the audience enervated but only sparingly entertained.
  31. Has its funny moments, but all too often it's a corny, lackluster film in which humans pretend (not always convincingly) to interact with cartoons.
  32. Reviewed by: Scott Brown
    42
    There are flashes of wit -- Speedy Gonzales muttering about political correctness and an arty chase through the Louvre. But there is also random flatulence, a.k.a. the stink of desperation.
User Score
5.9

Mixed or average reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 18
  2. Negative: 5 out of 18
  1. Nov 10, 2011
    3
    Sadly, "Looney Tunes: Back in Action" is one terribly written movie with incoherent characters and disgusting CGI. The critics were way off the scale for this one... Full Review »
  2. Dec 17, 2011
    5
    Yes, the Looney Tunes are back in action, but the story is a mess and it gets tiring after a while. The mix between real life and Looney Tunes doesn't work well here. Full Review »
  3. Mar 22, 2011
    3
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Yes, the movie may have had the Looney Tunes charm I remember watching as a kid, but I can't help but feel that the movie was trying to destroy the much better movie Space Jam's legacy. And while I don't really have anything against fart jokes in movies, did you really have to make Taz fart? Thanks for ruining my childhood idiots. Full Review »