Metascore
75

Generally favorable reviews - based on 35 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 35
  2. Negative: 1 out of 35
  1. Reviewed by: Kim Newman
    Mar 5, 2011
    60
    A certain percentage of the audience will instantly sieze on this as their favorite movie of all time, and a small, but not insignificant demographic will have nightmares. Verbinski and Depp probably like it that way.
  2. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert
    Mar 2, 2011
    100
    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. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Mar 7, 2011
    88
    Rango is the poster child for those who are anti-3-D, and a great reminder that genuine creativity doesn't need a gimmicky crutch to appeal to audiences.
  4. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    Mar 4, 2011
    91
    The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first "Pirates" movie – crazily funny and rambunctious.
  5. Reviewed by: M. E. Russell
    Mar 4, 2011
    83
    The funny and powerfully weird Rango is probably the closest I've seen a big-budget, computer-animated feature get to the comic vibe of my favorite Chuck Jones cartoons -- specifically, the Bugs/Porky Western spoof "Drip-Along Daffy."
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Mar 4, 2011
    88
    Rango is iconic like a spaghetti Western, smart like a '70s conspiracy thriller and lively like a Coen brothers comedy.
  7. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Mar 4, 2011
    75
    By the end I was getting a bit antsy from the rambling script and direction.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Mar 3, 2011
    100
    No goggles, no gloom. And no competition for the coolest, orneriest, funniest, best-looking movie of early 2011.
  9. 75
    Though its level of execution is consistently high, Rango is a non-pandering comedy that takes its message of western individualism seriously: It's here for you and your children to enjoy – or not – as you please.
  10. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Mar 3, 2011
    75
    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.
  11. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Mar 3, 2011
    80
    The latest collaboration between Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") and Johnny Depp is sharp-edged, surreal, and often astonishing in its giddy creativity. What it is not, however, is a family film.
  12. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Mar 3, 2011
    63
    The result is an odd, occasionally engaging but often cacophonous mishmash.
  13. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Mar 3, 2011
    100
    It is, all in all, off its rocker. But it's gorgeous.
  14. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Mar 3, 2011
    90
    An animated western that's effortlessly the most exhilarating flight of computer-drawn fancy since "Ratatouille."
  15. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    Mar 3, 2011
    100
    Rango, which may take place entirely within its hero's head - that kind of ambiguity worked in "Inception" and "Black Swan," so why not here? - is about the appetite for myths and stories, whether or not they make sense. It is about the worlds we dream inside our fishbowls, helped by the weird reflections on the walls.
  16. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Mar 3, 2011
    100
    Verbinski's greatest triumph is that he allowed the animation to free rather that confine him. There is indeed a new sheriff in town, with Rango destined to become a classic.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Mar 3, 2011
    80
    I've made a good case for seeing Rango, and why not; an eye feast is still a feast in this lean multiplex season. Be advised, though, of the film's peculiar deficits. The narrative isn't really dramatic, despite several send-up face-offs. It's more like a succession of picturesque notions that might have flowed from DreamWorks or Pixar while their story departments were out to lunch.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Mar 3, 2011
    63
    Rango is like nothing you've ever seen.
  19. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Mar 3, 2011
    63
    Rango is best enjoyed by those over 10 who have an idea of what "existential" means and can appreciate a surreal mashup of "Chinatown," "Gladiator," "High Noon," and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."
  20. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Mar 3, 2011
    63
    You can feel the actors tossing energy, one-liners, and limbs off each other with gusto.
  21. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Mar 3, 2011
    67
    Ignoring the weak storyline entirely, Rango is a joyously weird experience.
  22. Reviewed by: Andrew O'Hehir
    Mar 3, 2011
    80
    It's hyperactive, often hilarious and ultimately exhausting.
  23. Reviewed by: Marjorie Baumgarten
    Mar 3, 2011
    78
    It is Depp, however, who really nails this thing by simply blending in with all the other voice talent and characters and not reverting to the oversized Captain Jack Sparrow swagger. Rango becomes the hero of his own story, and for this he needs no stinkin' badge.
  24. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Mar 3, 2011
    38
    It is, for what it is, a work of considerable care and craft. And it's completely soulless.
  25. Reviewed by: Andrea Gronvall
    Mar 3, 2011
    70
    This features the usual slapstick, double entendres, and riffs on classic films, but what elevates it above a cheeky romp is the skilled CGI work, not only the wealth of tactile detail lavished on the parched townsfolk but also the painterly, sand-swept vistas they call home.
  26. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Mar 2, 2011
    75
    To paraphrase something Quentin Tarantino once said about Sergio Corbucci, Verbinski loves the uglies. They return the favor by looking almost beautiful.
  27. Reviewed by: Lisa Schwarzbaum
    Mar 2, 2011
    67
    The biggest strike against Rango, though - for both the movie and the hero - is that the lizard is so damn ugly.
  28. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Mar 2, 2011
    40
    Several quick-witted touches-such as a hilarious nod to Depp's role in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"-can't make up for Gore Verbinski's leaden direction of this digitally animated feature.
  29. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Mar 2, 2011
    100
    Rango is wild, woolly and weird, and the first movie of 2011 that I must see again.
  30. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Mar 2, 2011
    50
    Fitfully amusing or not, the whole demented enterprise of Rango comes into question when you're that tone-deaf about what's appropriate for children.
  31. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Mar 2, 2011
    80
    It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.
  32. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Mar 1, 2011
    50
    For all its genre-bending cleverness and technical dexterity, Rango's overstuffed plot fails to consistently blend its brainy pretensions with its chase-and-slapstick family-film obligations. Like Dirt's H2O supply, laughs are scarce.
  33. 90
    Most exceptional is the visual style, which makes even the best animated 3D look like a poor cousin.
  34. Reviewed by: Pam Grady
    Mar 1, 2011
    90
    Wonderfully animated, witty and wildly imaginative.
  35. Reviewed by: Peter Debruge
    Mar 1, 2011
    90
    Johnny Depp isn't the sort of star to blend in, so it's saying something that his turn as the world's most conspicuous chameleon in Rango is so full-bodied, you forget the actor and focus on the character.
User Score
7.3

Generally favorable reviews- based on 483 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 90 out of 124
  2. Negative: 22 out of 124
  1. Mar 6, 2011
    10
    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.
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  2. Sep 18, 2011
    8
    The western animation "Rango" is impressive; its realistic graphics, dark & mild humor, and sparse bits of deep meaningful symbolism makes the movie equal to those of Pixar's. Full Review »
  3. May 31, 2011
    3
    Just plain boring. The animation and cinematography is beautiful, but the whole film is just as dry as the desert it walks. The voice talent really isn't that great either. One can't help but compare this film to all of it's genre predecessors, and to that respect, this one simply isn't worthy. This one by itself is just......well, read the aforementioned. Full Review »