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  • Summary: The story follows the comical, transformative journey of Rango, a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt - a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures - the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his new role to the hilt . . . until, in a blaze of action-packed situations and encounters with outrageous characters, Rango starts to become the hero he once only pretended to be. (Paramount Pictures) Expand
  • Director: Gore Verbinski
  • Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Comedy, Animation, Family
  • Rating: PG
  • Runtime: 107 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 3, 2011
    No goggles, no gloom. And no competition for the coolest, orneriest, funniest, best-looking movie of early 2011.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 2, 2011
    Rango is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.
  3. 90
    Most exceptional is the visual style, which makes even the best animated 3D look like a poor cousin.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 2, 2011
    It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.
  5. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 3, 2011
    Depp possesses one of the finest speaking voices in the business - a nimble, mellifluous instrument that can go from sexy growl to fey warble in no seconds flat.
  6. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 2, 2011
    The biggest strike against Rango, though - for both the movie and the hero - is that the lizard is so damn ugly.
  7. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 3, 2011
    It is, for what it is, a work of considerable care and craft. And it's completely soulless.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 124
  2. Negative: 22 out of 124
  1. Mar 6, 2011
    Absolutely brilliant I will predict right now that it will not only be nominated for the Best Animated Oscar, but it will also upset the Pixar offering of Cars 2.

    Rango pays homage to all of the western that came before from the Serio Leone style score to the John Ford visuals. Roger Deakins, cinematographer for True Grit and No Country, consults on this film and you can definitely see his influence.

    This is not a kids movie, though Evan definitely enjoyed it (he also enjoyed True Grit), this is a real western with all of the dirt, death and violence you would expect.

    The acting is brilliant and though there are name actors in the cast I didn't spend the entire time trying to guess who they were.
  2. Mar 19, 2011
    The film is worth paying full price just to see the mind-blowing animation. It's like watching the most detailed painting ever... in MOTION! Seriously, you will be entertained watching each character move. Doesn't hurt that the film is a hilarious, clever and surprisingly traditional western full of exciting set -pieces, nods to classic cinema and one of the most bad-ass cameos ever. Surreal brilliance. Expand
  3. Aug 18, 2011
    i think that this movie is absolutely awesome, i really like cartoons and the new ones like rio, how to train your dragon, cars 2 and this are work of a genius! johnny depp was amazing, as always, and rango is the coolest lizard i have ever watched! Expand
  4. Mar 20, 2011
    Great animation. Fun (though not entirely original) story. Sweet characters. This is not a movie for a wide audience and DEFIANTLY not for younger kids. Anyone who is a fan of classic spaghetti westerns, The Andy Griffith Show, and Johnny Depp will have a good time. Expand
  5. Nov 17, 2012
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. A studio-produced animated film that didn Expand
  6. Jan 26, 2013
    It`s pretty interesting! I say it`s a decent movie since it`s "unique", but it is kind of slow. Also the start really scared me, and made me think it might be worst then it was. Expand
  7. Apr 18, 2011
    i watched it for ten minutes and was bored out of my mind, this film has no storyline and i could only watch ten minutes of it now that has to say something Expand

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