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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 But the multi-layered historical references designed to be adroitly wry are a trickier gambit.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: 33 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
  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 "highI 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. Mar 12, 2014
    9
    I really wanted to dislike this movie, as almost every Hollywood reboot is complete trash, but this movie is surprisingly good. I'm a fan ofI really wanted to dislike this movie, as almost every Hollywood reboot is complete trash, but this movie is surprisingly good. I'm a fan of the original show, and they did really well in both respecting the old, and adding some new stuff in

    There was a bit of the expected gross out humor / stupid childish stuff, but they didn't let it overwhelm the movie.

    Mr. Peabody is a genuinely intelligent character and has genuinely intelligent dialogue. They didn't just fake it, they actually put some effort into it. That alone is worth the price of admission, as it is so different from everything else coming out of Hollywood today

    The beginning of the movie starts in a way familiar to fans of the show. Peabody and Sherman go back in time and have a little adventure after a spunky introduction. They get into a bind, Peabody solves it with his super smarts, and then it ends with a history pun. It's very fast paced and doesn't waste your time.

    After that, they introduce a new emotional dynamic to their relationship, which I found genuinely touching. They interweave this with more time-travel shennanigans with great results

    Haven't had this much fun at a movie in a while
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  3. Jun 4, 2014
    8
    I had no idea what to expect with this movie when we walked into the theater. I picked it because my four year-old loves dogs. I could notI had no idea what to expect with this movie when we walked into the theater. I picked it because my four year-old loves dogs. I could not have picked a better show! It was fun for the whole family. I'm not sure if the four year-old, eight year-old or adults we were with enjoyed it more. The movie was fast paced and it kept all of our attention the entire time. The humor in the movie was great for adults and kids. This one was definitely worth the price of admission and I'm quite certain we will be watching this one again at home. Expand
  4. Oct 14, 2014
    7
    For a film adaptation it does it job at a good pace and doesn't fall flat on its face. There really isn't anything else that I could say aboutFor a film adaptation it does it job at a good pace and doesn't fall flat on its face. There really isn't anything else that I could say about it other than its decent. Expand
  5. May 22, 2015
    6
    Mr. Peabody and Sherman does its best to work as a film. There is a clear passion behind the film as the writers struggle to make this 5-10Mr. Peabody and Sherman does its best to work as a film. There is a clear passion behind the film as the writers struggle to make this 5-10 minute cartoon work as an 1 hour and 20 minute film. The solution was to make a mildly entertaining time travel movie similar to Back to the Future Part II full of lots of running around and crazy time travel antics that stays as true as it can to the classic cartoon. Thankfully Dreamworks doesn’t throw in their usual trade of pop culture references and the characters are at their core the characters from the film. Unfortunately, the writer’s solution to stretch the short cartoon into a feature length film that is nothing special. The story while told nicely is quite familiar with a lot of the heartfelt moments while touching cause films like Finding Nemo to come to mind, the new character Penny isn’t interesting being there to give the film somewhere to go, and the film at times, similar to Back to the Future Part II, is so caught up in the running around that it doesn’t take enough time to slow down and have heartfelt moments and the emotion core of the story pops in and out frequently taking a back seat to the action. Despite the comments I don’t hate the movie in fact I thought it was going to be atrocious and destroy a classic cartoon characters. To my surprise the film is charming with its energy, humor, and good animation. There is clear passion behind the film but this duo works better in short cartoons. Children will enjoy and it could serve as an introduction to the superior cartoon it is based off of, which parents if they haven’t seen it please show it to them. I’d probably be more annoyed if I was more attached to the original cartoon but on its own its fine the bummer just comes from knowing that the cartoon is 10x better. Nonetheless, when I look at the pop culture referencing, constantly puns, and pop songs that have dominated a lot of Dreamworks films lately its nice to have something that can make me smile every now and then.

    Nonetheless, Dreamworks can make great films and this film while entertaining isn’t great but hopefully How to Train Your Dragon 2 will give Dreamworks the hit they’ve been lacking for years.
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  6. Mar 29, 2014
    5
    Mr Peabody & Sherman is a mildy enjoyable film that is unfortunately a mess. On the upside - the film is colourful, the voice acting is fine,Mr Peabody & Sherman is a mildy enjoyable film that is unfortunately a mess. On the upside - the film is colourful, the voice acting is fine, there are some nice jokes, albeit adult ones, and the film is certainly watchable. But on the down sides - most of the child-aimed jokes fall flat; the humour being too mature for children but a bit somewhat childish for adults, the script is a confused mess and the animation, though colourful, is dull and nothing very interesting. Also, apart for Mr. Peabody, I didn't like or care about any characters. Perhaps I am being a bit too harsh on the film - some people will surely be entertained by this film, but in my opinion Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a disappointing, albeit somewhat enjoyable, mess. Expand
  7. May 20, 2015
    2
    Everything was bad! Jokes fell flat, it was confusing (Example: When Sherman was flying, Mr. Peabody tells Sherman that he did not know how toEverything was bad! Jokes fell flat, it was confusing (Example: When Sherman was flying, Mr. Peabody tells Sherman that he did not know how to fly, then all out of no where, he did not know how to fly. Pretty weak if it was a joke. *Sigh*), even i think they got most history wrong, and the animation was kind of an issue. I think Meet The Robinsons ruined this movie. A total waist of money *-_-*. Expand

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