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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 But the multi-layered historical references designed to be adroitly wry are a trickier gambit.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: 27 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  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. 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 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 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. 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. Mar 7, 2014
    7
    Mr Peabody and Sherman is a really enjoyable entertainment, but one does wonder as to what type of audience it is aimed at and who will get the most from it. Adults will probably benefit from the sophisticated screenplay which is steeped in historical and cinematic references, but these will probably go over the heads of the average 20 year old let alone kids under 10. Children will be able to appreciate and enjoy the archaic action and cute characters, and also be more forgiving of all the nonsense taking place in the final 20 minutes. The animation is everything we have come to expect, and Florence looks almost as lovely here as it did in 'A Room with a View'. Gags about 'Spartacus' and 'The Runaway Bride' hit there mark and the whole film regularly amuses. Expand
  6. Mar 18, 2014
    6
    If you watched the Rocky & Bullwinkle show, you'll remember this duo. If not, Mr. Peabody is a genius inventor, who's also a dog and Sherman is his human son. They travel thru time in the WABAC machine, but things go awry when Sherman takes a trip on his own. This spunky animated adventure keeps a zippy pace and relies on fun with puns for most of the laffs. Visually, it's colorful, but none of the characters are especially clever or wacky. While there's a spirited energy and humor that appeals on an intellectual level, nothing about the film is outstanding. 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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