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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 34
  2. Negative: 2 out of 34
  1. Reviewed by: Stephen Whitty
    Mar 7, 2014
    83
    The film also has the original show's spirit and some of its old-fashioned charm.
  2. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 6, 2014
    75
    Loaded with improbable cultural references (Sherman totes a Stephen Hawking lunchbox and uses words like “eponymous”), I fear Mr. Peabody and Sherman may be a bit too brainy to fully connect with contemporary movie audiences.
  3. Reviewed by: Steven Rea
    Mar 7, 2014
    75
    Has a cool, midcentury-modern look (dog and boy live in a populuxe Manhattan penthouse) and a voice cast that may not be A-list but fits the bill nicely.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Feb 6, 2014
    60
    It's a headspinningly wacky premise, and it takes a little while for the audience to get up to speed, but once this is achieved, there's an awful lot of unexpected fun to be had, boasting zany adventures with various historical figures.
  5. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 6, 2014
    60
    The animation style mirrors the original, which is simple in an appealing way. It is particularly effective in the action sequences, which make the most of animation's ability to create a playful reality. But the multi-layered historical references designed to be adroitly wry are a trickier gambit.
  6. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Mar 5, 2014
    58
    Unlike the whimsical, slapstick-driven shorts on which it’s based, this feature-length adaptation adds an obligatory emotional arc that feels at odds with the zany spirit of historical time-travel tales.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    Mar 6, 2014
    25
    By visual standards alone, the characters, rendered in eye-popping 3-D, resemble nothing so much as Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade floats. They’re just as lifeless and inexpressive, too.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Mar 10, 2014
    10
    I am not sure what drugs the reviewers are on. This movie is funny, clever and appropriate for both adults and children. Perhaps the "high brow" humor went over some of their heads? You really can't tell whats going to happen next, something highly unusual in 80% the formulaic kids movies and cartoons they show today.
    I love this movie and intend to purchase it when it comes out. I watched the original 60's version when I was a kid and it was a great tribute.
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  2. Jun 22, 2014
    9
    I honestly think reviewers are too harsh on certain movies. A good example would be Mr.Peabody and Sherman. Many reviewers criticized the this movie produced by Dream Works animation. As far as I'm concerned, Mr.Peabody and Sherman is a great movie despite its predictable plot and corny jokes. I like how the protagonists, Peabody and Sherman, are portrayed through emotions and speech. Peabody is a smart guy and I love the way he talks about things that only smart people will really understand. The idea of using time travelling and paradoxes as the backbone of a plot is risky, but in this case I feel it worked. The plot did baffle me, but I guess it does not really matter. In conclusion:
    Graphics: 2.5/2.5
    Plot: 2/2.5
    Characters: 2.5/2.5
    Humour: 1.5/2.5
    Therefore I will give it a total score of 8.5 out of 10. When rounded off, it gives me a 9.
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  3. Mar 14, 2014
    9
    “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” is the latest postmodern revamp of a modern classic that delves deep into the psyches of characters that were never meant to be analyzed. The original animated TV show is already a pretty subversive treat. Originally broadcast from 1959 to 1964, it simply presents the adventures of a dog and his boy without question. This latest mashup of old and new, from DreamWorks, sets out to answer all those questions about this most unusual dog and boy relationship and turns out to be one sharp and funny movie.

    It could have been enough to just have Mr. Peabody and Sherman travel back in time and get into trouble, and there is plenty of that to be found here. What is such a nice surprise is how well this movie stirs the emotions.

    We’ve known CGI animation is up to the task since such hits as Pixar’s “Toy Store” and DreamWorks’ “Shrek.” DreamWorks taps into that uplifting magic here. And it goes one step further with this ambitious reworking of vintage TV. There’s such a long history of classic TV reboots that it’s become its own genre with clunkers like “The Flintstones” to more refined attempts like “Bewitched.” It became clear somewhere down the line that a earnest attempt to simply retell a classic would likely never quite work. An early uneven attempt at this is 1983′s “Twilight Zone: The Movie.” We have come a long way since then.

    To tackle a classic like “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” must have given some people pause. An exercise in excess can’t be obvious about its excess like, say, “Speed Racer.” The way to success hinges on the writing. You can thank the screenplay by Craig Wright for that. It’s tricky but it is possible to invest a sophisticated level of character development and psychology upon two characters previously known to frolick within the confines of a vintage animated TV series. That original was exceptional so that helps. What Wright does is build upon what is special about the two characters. Mr. Peabody is interesting for far more reasons than just being a supersmart dog. He also happens to struggle with expressing his emotions. Sherman is more than just a cute cuddly kid. He has issues about having a dog for a parent.

    Just when you thought that rebooting vintage TV had run its course, this movie has the spark of originality. Works of classic literature or contemporary fiction just don’t cut it like they once did. It was inevitable. The lure of pop culture is too strong. But it seems that a simple dumb down won’t cut it either. Nope, we’ve come to expect subtext and metatext. “Mr. Peabody & Sherman” proves once again that quality matters and this sort of thing can be far more than a curious spectacle.

    Those extra touches, that market research can’t quite calculate, do matter and are appreciated. Just like the classic Bugs Bunny cartoons, you’ll find here a treasure trove of observations and references that will appeal to an adult’s taste. They’re all quite upbeat and funny with one exception. There’s one that takes a serious turn and strikes a chord. At a point in the movie that allows for an extended look at Mr. Peabody and Sherman growing up, the song in the background is John Lennon’s “Beautiful Boy.” It will be pleasant to a youngster’s ear and, in it’s own odd and beautiful way, will tug at an adult’s heart.
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  4. Mar 7, 2014
    7
    If the movie had gone all the way with this notion and converted subtext into text, it might have distinguished itself as a total re-imagining of its source, rather than a mildly eccentric version of the same-old, same-old. It's a bit of a shame, really. "Mr. Peabody & Sherman" is a sweet movie, funny and essentially decent. But its failure to avoid the imaginative failures and regressive messages that plague so many other feature-length cartoons make it more disappointing, somehow, than more crass, mechanical film might have been. The eccentric touches give you hope for the movie. The movie dashes them. Expand
  5. Apr 10, 2014
    6
    The only thing matters from Mr. Peabody and Sherman is the use of a fatter-son relationship which is attractive and meaningful because it deals with serious matter that adults will Ike it. For humor well it's funny and fast-paced but for the plot -- it's weak in comparison of Dreamworks' creative works yet like 2010's How to Train Your Dragon and 2001's Shrek. Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2014
    6
    This was an enjoyable animated film. The voice cast and animation is good while moving along at a brisk pace. All of the little bits of history the film brings to light are fun... there's something for everyone to enjoy with Mr. Peabody and Sherman. Expand
  7. Mar 24, 2014
    2
    I usually like animated films - love the Pixar stuff for example - but this thing is just too boring. It's very shallow and (I hate to use the word) cliché. Yes, I know it's a kind of father-son relation problematics in the center of the story, and there is definitely nothing wrong with that, it's just so underdeveloped and unimaginative. The animation is also very flat. The strong emotions in the story are not portrayed in a good way, and the characters are kind of stock-material on steroids: the ultra-evil Ms Grunion, the bullying Penny, the innocent nerd Sherman, the too-wellmeaning father and so on. And it is not funny. It isn't. At all. Dont' see it. Dont' buy it. Support good animation from Pixar and Studio Ghibli instead.… Collapse Expand

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