Paddington

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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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 38
  2. Negative: 0 out of 38
  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: Dan Kois
    Feb 1, 2015
    90
    Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.
  3. 88
    Paddington is perfect for today's audiences, so long overfed on comic-book fodder. The bear's impeccable manners, perfect diction, and earnestness make him the ultimate anti-Bart Simpson.
  4. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Jan 14, 2015
    75
    Bonneville, who did mostly comedy, pre-“Downton,” rediscovers his funny bone.
  5. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jan 15, 2015
    75
    How English is this movie? As English as a cold, rainy day at the beach. As English as the politeness that masks hostility, as English as a pie that contains meat, as English as secretly wishing you lived in some other country.
  6. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Jan 15, 2015
    75
    Whishaw, Hawkins and Downton Abbey's Bonneville strike just the right notes. Imaginative production design, which occasionally brings to mind Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," adds to the story's appeal.
  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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 28 out of 31
  2. Negative: 0 out of 31
  1. Feb 15, 2015
    10
    Even if you've never read the books or seen the TV series (I haven't), this is still a lot of fun. Silly jokes in a highly enjoyable, nicelyEven if you've never read the books or seen the TV series (I haven't), this is still a lot of fun. Silly jokes in a highly enjoyable, nicely played film that contains many laugh out loud funny moments. A surprising treat. Expand
  2. Feb 20, 2015
    10
    Very good movie! Lots of humour, good for the kids and just about everyone. You are not too old for this movie. It is the best movie I haveVery good movie! Lots of humour, good for the kids and just about everyone. You are not too old for this movie. It is the best movie I have ever watched in my life.
    PS Better than it appears in the trailer!
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  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. Feb 16, 2015
    8
    Some movies are easy to talk about but Paddington is not one of them. There's not much to say about this movie. As surprising as this maySome movies are easy to talk about but Paddington is not one of them. There's not much to say about this movie. As surprising as this may sound the Michael Bond books adaptation is a hard one to grasp. I want to say what my experience of the movie was like but it's hard for me to do so but I'll try.

    I am probably not the target audience for Paddington but the three foot six bear has something extremely appealing about him. Paddington is charming, respectful and funny. I couldn't help but have a smile on my face when he was on screen. The little C.G.I Bear is so lovable that he feels very much alive. Thanks to the seamless special effects, the good live acting from the cast, and the great job Ben Whishaw did voice acting that character - as if I needed another reason to admire this actor.

    The movie is endearing and warms your heart, it has this classical witty British humour that adults will responds to and children will enjoy. It's also a smart movie with a positive message, acceptance. Watching Paddington feels very much like reading book, I mean each sequences has a beginning and an end, it feels a like turning the page of a book each page a little more amazing than the next.

    Paddington will surprise you and put a smile on your face, it embodies the family film genre very well.

    @wornoutspines
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  5. Apr 22, 2015
    8
    it really hard to not like this movie it is funny and charters were all great the CJI look really good. the lt's one the of movie that init really hard to not like this movie it is funny and charters were all great the CJI look really good. the lt's one the of movie that in January that does not suck. Expand
  6. Apr 17, 2015
    7
    Enjoyable movie - good performances throughout and there was a nice warm fuzzy feeling at the end. Film is nice to sit down to with a niceEnjoyable movie - good performances throughout and there was a nice warm fuzzy feeling at the end. Film is nice to sit down to with a nice bowl of popcorn or a bowl of icecream. 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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