Generally favorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 27
  2. Negative: 1 out of 27
  1. Simply put, it's terrific.
  2. Reviewed by: Gianni Truzzi
    Like a surprising run of recent movies, Meet the Robinsons is based on a picture book (William Joyce's "A Day With Wilbur Robinson"). Unlike most of them, it achieves liftoff.
  3. 83
    Meet The Robinsons takes a large step toward making 3D a sustainable format, the CinemaScope of tomorrow.
  4. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    A sharp-minded, plenty entertaining toon that will keep children of all ages wide-eyed and on their toes.
  5. When it enters the future, it's a new-fangled, old-fashioned jim-dandy of a show.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A visual treat with an engaging story that has an uplifting, but not maudlin, message.
  7. Most of Meet the Robinsons plays like a movie made by ADD adults for ADD children.
  8. 75
    It's hard not to like a PG-rated 'toon that works in references to "Pulp Fiction" and "Fargo," even if Meet the Robinsons, a delightful, quirk-filled riff on "Back to the Future," proceeds in fits and starts.
  9. There's enough wit to keep audiences of whatever age happy.
  10. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Almost as funny as it is hyperactive, the new computer-animated family comedy is luscious to look at and as fizzy as a can of soda popped open in your face.
  11. 75
    Meet the Robinsons is a fast paced, high energy offering; it passes by in a breeze and is enjoyable enough that I'm willing to forgive the two awful songs (one near the beginning, one near the end) and recommend it.
  12. 70
    So cleverly executed that one forgives -- just -- the frenetic pace and absence of down time.
  13. 70
    An animated feature (showing in 3-D in select theaters), has a couple of clever tricks that make it worth wearing those dumb, uncomfortable glasses. But this would be as delightful and attractive a production without the gimcrackery.
  14. It's striking not for its originality but for its energy in juggling familiar elements.
  15. It takes nearly an hour before Stephen J. Anderson's 3-D, animated comedy Meet the Robinsons begins to make sense, and when it does, the film literally takes off. But unless you're familiar with the children's book by William Joyce from which it's adapted, that first hour is a cluttered, noisy, nearly unendurable mess.
  16. The sounds are fine and, thanks to technology's ever-progressive march, the sights are even better. But that third S -- the story -- remains the sticking point, and ain't it always the way.
  17. Who knows whether the project is meant to be earnest, ironic, post-ironic, made for adults, made for kids, made to teach lessons, or made to be watched in an altered state? All or none...jeez, this thing is one bumpy ride.
  18. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    Meet the Robinsons is a mess -- a sometimes fun but mostly frustrating mess.
  19. The most un-Disneylike cartoon yet from Disney animation. The thing is a hellzapoppin' of eccentric characters, zany situations and wacky gizmos, but little effort has gone into making any of this connect with an audience.
  20. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    A barrage of pop-culture jokes, time-travel high jinks and plucky orphans that's as confusing as it sounds, and riddled with plot holes to boot.
  21. Reviewed by: Dennis Lim
    Zippy if forgettable, Meet the Robinsons keeps the tone mildly tongue-in-cheek and ends on a dutifully inspirational note.
  22. A 3-D fantasy that's lovely to look at but less than delightful to know.
  23. Frenetically paced but mostly pointless computer-animated film that will satisfy children but may give parents a headache.
  24. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Kids will enjoy the colourful animation and fun characters, but adults will wish it all made a bit more sense.
  25. 40
    Meet the Robinsons is surely one of the worst theatrically released animated features issued under the Disney label in quite some time.
  26. Reviewed by: Toddy Burton
    Though the characters are unique and occasionally fun, they're paper-thin.
  27. 38
    The characters, starting with Lewis himself, are downright obnoxious. Not counting those singing frogs or the time-traveling T. rex (with its big head and little arms), only Lewis' sad-sack roommate ''Goob'' is remotely sympathetic.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 82 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 34
  2. Negative: 6 out of 34
  1. MorgynB
    Feb 7, 2009
    My gosh, I can't believe how severely underrated this movie has been! It is definitely one of the best kid's movies I've My gosh, I can't believe how severely underrated this movie has been! It is definitely one of the best kid's movies I've watched (and I've seen a few), and the only one that I watch regularly under my own steam. Full Review »
  2. Oct 15, 2010
    A generic, inoffensive attempt at Disney trying to make a Pixar film and failing. I can't imagine anybody, children or adults, having anA generic, inoffensive attempt at Disney trying to make a Pixar film and failing. I can't imagine anybody, children or adults, having an overwhelming positive take on this because of how incredibly bland it is. The only funny part is in the trailer, and after having seen it so many damn times, it was exhausted seeing it in full context. Step it up, Disney. Full Review »
  3. TaylorS.
    Dec 6, 2007
    It was a surprisingly good movie.