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  • Summary: From the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindlyFrom the beloved novels by Michael Bond, Paddington tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined – until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says “Please look after this bear. Thank you,” and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. [TWC] Expand
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  1. Positive: 33 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Reviewed by: Chris Hewitt (1)
    Nov 24, 2014
    100
    Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail, this is a warm, witty and wondrously inventive great big bear-hug of a movie.
  2. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Jan 15, 2015
    90
    Artfully and cleverly, the sweet spirit of that young bear from darkest Peru and his many London misadventures materializes brilliantly on screen in the very good hands of writer-director-conjurer Paul King.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary Houlihan
    Jan 15, 2015
    88
    The filmmakers behind Paddington successfully bring the lovable bear into the future and strike a balance between honoring the spirit of the original books and updating the story for today’s young audiences. This is a charming film whose underlying message of tolerance and acceptance strikes a palpable chord in today’s world — both for children and adults.
  4. Reviewed by: Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    Jan 13, 2015
    75
    If the film seems head-and-shoulders above the average effects-driven family-matinee flick, it’s because it never gives the impression that it’s trying to be anything more (or less) than good-natured and fun to watch.
  5. Reviewed by: Peter Keough
    Jan 15, 2015
    75
    True, a lot of marmalade gets spread around, and at times the zaniness gets a bit too slap-sticky, but it’s all good clean fun.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Jan 15, 2015
    75
    It's funny. So is Nicole Kidman, very Cruella De Vil as Millicent Clyde, a taxidermist with an eye on adding Paddington to her stuffed collection. It's an excuse for some chase scenes and physical comedy (Paddington gets his head stuck in a toilet bowl) that manage to suggest both the Marx brothers and Wes Anderson. I mean that as a good thing.
  7. Reviewed by: Xan Brooks
    Nov 19, 2014
    60
    Full credit to the film-makers, who manage to map their digital bear against his human co-stars and marry Bond’s antique conceit to a high-concept story.

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  1. Jan 26, 2015
    10
    This is one from my favorites movies ever and i watched this online for free on http://www.viewmovies.tv/paddington-2014/This is one from my favorites movies ever and i watched this online for free on http://www.viewmovies.tv/paddington-2014/
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  2. Jan 23, 2015
    10
    Hilarious, charming, animal compassionate movie 10/10 .
  3. Jan 16, 2015
    9
    Charming, lighthearted and a whole lot of fun, Paddington's family friendly big screen treatment is an all out blast, delivering plenty ofCharming, lighthearted and a whole lot of fun, Paddington's family friendly big screen treatment is an all out blast, delivering plenty of laughs along the ride. Expand
  4. Jan 20, 2015
    8
    Short version: Funny, surprisingly insightful but slightly overstretched.

    Long version: What struck me most while leaving the cinema was
    Short version: Funny, surprisingly insightful but slightly overstretched.

    Long version:
    What struck me most while leaving the cinema was the audience range. The kids in the audience who'd gone for a bathroom-filling bear had clearly had an absolute blast, the elderly members who'd gone for nostalgia purposes were left with big smiles on their faces, and those in between were chattering away about their favourite bit.

    It's a really nice film with much slapstick humour (as seen in the trailer) but has the heart one would expect from a producer of the Harry Potter movies. There were moments when tears were shed (particularly on a windswept rooftop) and eruptions of laughter with Paddington's escapades and Julie Walters particularly stealing their scenes.

    There are a handful of moments that don't quite fit: Nicole Kidman's villain is a bit one note (although she's clearly having a ball playing the part) and Peter Capaldi (side note: fantastic Twelfth Doctor in Doctor Who) as a slimy neighbour doesn't fit seamlessly into the plot, but otherwise it's a joyous film and well worth seeing.
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  5. Jan 16, 2015
    8
    Achieving the right balance of fluid animation and live action, Paddington is a complete delight to watch. Packed with slapstick humour andAchieving the right balance of fluid animation and live action, Paddington is a complete delight to watch. Packed with slapstick humour and crowned with warmth, this is fun for all ages. Expand
  6. Jan 17, 2015
    7
    Based on the gullible bear children's book is now on the big screen? Hollywood has taken "wannabe" stories and make it into the movie wellBased on the gullible bear children's book is now on the big screen? Hollywood has taken "wannabe" stories and make it into the movie well they succeed once to many times. Writer,director Paul King adds Paddington cheerful,love able on screen and the producer David Heyman make Paddington sweet. Ben Whishaw stars as the one and only Paddington, His enthusiasm as that the bear is sweet and charming and that's why this movie is well-clever. co-star Sally Hawkins i find her well sweet and irritating it's a terrible feeling in this movie,Hugh Bonneville is great in this movie; also Nicole Kidman. If there's one i can not stand in kids movie is the humor, Sometimes it's funny but it's just i don't find funny. Some of the kid's humor cliche's also others are in this one. Grade B- Expand
  7. Jan 16, 2015
    5
    Not having been exposed to Paddington in any of his previous incarnations either as a book or TV series and, based on the very effectiveNot having been exposed to Paddington in any of his previous incarnations either as a book or TV series and, based on the very effective trailer, I was eagerly anticipating the delights of the talking bear from darkest Peru. Therefore, it is with genuine sorrow that I have to acknowledge the fact that the whole does not equal the sum of its sometimes very inspired parts. The main problem is with the story itself which just doesn't cut it when compared to some amazing scenes of slapstick timed to absolute perfection.

    Paddington himself is wonderfully realised and uncannily voiced by Ben Whishaw. Let's face it, it's the bear we have come to see and he doesn't disappoint. Scene after scene ignites. The bathroom and cello tape sequences in particular are great fun. Also, there are magical moments involving a dolls house and a miniature railway carriage. In fact, there is so much to enjoy that it is rather a shame that the linking narrative and Paddington's human counterparts start to drag the film down. Ultimately, one is forced to acknowledge the film's unfortunate schizophrenia. Funny and moving it maybe, but sadly it's also rather yawny.
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