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  • Summary: Planet 51 is a galactic sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien Chuck! With the help of his robot companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum. (Sony Pictures) Collapse
  • Director: Javier Abad
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 91 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 2 out of 21
  2. Negative: 4 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    Delivers a few pleasant surprises, including a smart story -- a reverse-E.T. riff that plops an American astronaut down in a world of just-like-us-only-green creatures -- and clever characters.
  2. An uninspired computer-animated feature that may satisfy undiscriminating pipsqueaks and nearly no one else, Planet 51 is a low-IQ E.T. in reverse.
  3. A perky though not terribly imaginative feature aimed primarily at youngsters.
  4. Agreeable but flagrantly unoriginal.
  5. Movie references abound, but there's not enough humor to fuel even 90 minutes.
  6. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Neither the film’s main players nor its random period spoofery has any personality.
  7. 20
    While expertly executed animation-wise and passably entertaining for very young kids (less so, their parents), is still as dull as the hull on Rocketship X-M.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 41
  2. Negative: 13 out of 41
  1. Aug 26, 2010
    Planet 51 has good animation, an funny plot and easy-to-please moments, but has an very predictable end - and even children knows that, but stays a question in all heads, before the end: he stays there or he goes? Expand
  2. Apr 19, 2013
    Planet 51 isn't really meant for children, it has a lot of references to movies and pop-culture that only an adult would understand, some violence here and there and some references to nudity. Nothing outrageous but definitely no Disney-standards. I enjoyed the humour and the 3D animation was good.

    I'm surprised to see Planet 51 score as low as it does, maybe it's because a lot of people went in expecting a kid's movie and were served something that's akin to a science-fiction parody instead. It deserves better.
  3. Jan 23, 2014
    While the 1950s/1960s references and setting are likely to fall flat with most kids, I thought the film was fun and brilliantly animated. My little nephew had no idea about the cultural era defined for the aliens, but he remained mostly interested from start to finish (which, for him, is quite a feat). This is by no means the cream of the animated film crop, but it's a far better experience than many reviews to date would suggest, and it's worth watching. It's a shame I never heard about it until nearly four years after release. Expand
  4. Mar 21, 2011
    This family animated film was okay not great. The concept of the alien civilization being in the 1950s was dumb. Even some of the music from the 1950s by dumb pop singers was retarded. The acting was okay too. This movie is for kids only, not adults. Expand
  5. Dec 2, 2011
    Planet 51 may have great animation, but the thin plotted story and uninteresting characters make it very boring. It lacks fun in a lot of ways. The premise was interesting, but was poorly executed. Expand
  6. Nov 13, 2011
    Planet 51 does have a unique concept of an alien race in a 1950's flair environment, but the whole execution of the movie was a complete disaster. The story was quickly forgettable with humour so dull that Dwayne Johnson (voice of Charles T. Baker aka the Astronaut) couldn't save this animated feature to be highly entertaining. With a poor execution and only two scenes that will make you laugh, Planet 51 is at best to be a direct to video film than a theatrical feature. Expand
  7. Jan 6, 2014
    Bobo até demais Expand

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