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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) Expand
  • 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: 24 out of 42
  2. Negative: 13 out of 42
  1. EugeneZ
    Dec 7, 2009
    This movie is the SMARTEST animation that I've ever seen (along with
  2. JohnFitz
    Nov 22, 2009
    Planet51 was an awesome movie. Highly Recommend.
  3. FredW
    Nov 28, 2009
    Very funny, indeed, just a simple and a very nice story.
  4. 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
  5. Apr 19, 2011
    This Is A VERY Uncreative Movie... The Voices Are Nah-Nah... But This Is Cute For Kids...
  6. May 26, 2011
    Its a shame that this movie didn't use it's smart plot to a benefit or I would have given this movie a higher rating if it had a better cast and if it was funnier, but like I said it falls too short. Expand
  7. AngelaO.
    Nov 28, 2009
    What a disaster and what a shame! My son and I had to leave the theater before its ending. It is boring and disgusting!

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