Metascore
38

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 27
  2. Negative: 10 out of 27
  1. Don't expect much from the scratch-and-sniff "odorama" gimmick; the mischievous John Waters set a higher standard for that novelty in "Polyester" (1981).
  2. 67
    It’s a message movie, as are all kids films these days, but these environmentally-aware messages are sweet and unforced, and well worth hearing.
  3. 63
    Harmless, if slightly hyperactive, fun.
  4. While Nemo's story line is as clear as its pellucid blues, Wild's narrative is as muddy as its colors.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    63
    Last year's "TheWild Thornberrys Movie" and previous Rugrats films were more imaginative. And this one also suffers by coming on the heels of the exceptional "Finding Nemo."
  6. Reviewed by: Louise Kennedy
    63
    Slapstick and potty humor for the kids, sly allusions and famous voices for the adults, and a light coating of aren't-we-lucky-to-have-each-other schmaltz at the very end - yep, Nickelodeon has the family-flick formula pretty much down.
  7. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    60
    It's an enjoyable ride.
  8. The number of characters makes Rugrats Go Wild somewhat bulkier than its less complicated predecessors, but fans are not likely to mind.
  9. Mildly amusing, but compared to Pixar's splashy fish story, the rudimentary drawings and childish gags of Nickelodeon's latest feature look, in a word, cartoonish.
  10. The frenetic pace detracts from the film's wealth of personalities and vivid visuals. There's the unshakable sense that Rugrats Go Wild is trying too hard to please kids and adults and as a result falls somewhat short for both sets of viewers.
  11. 50
    My own feeling is that the film is one more assault on the notion that young American audiences might be expected to enjoy films with at least some subtlety and depth and pacing and occasional quietness. The filmmakers apparently believe their audience suffers from ADD, and so they supply breakneck action and screaming sound volumes at all times.
  12. Reviewed by: Allison Benedikt
    50
    Though the Thornberrys provide some much-needed energy, asking them to carry the movie is like expecting a sweeps-week celebrity cameo to make an entire 30-minute sitcom episode funny.
  13. Though the energy occasionally flags, the movie does a nice job of exploiting the crossover potential.
  14. Reviewed by: Laine Ewen
    50
    Television-loving children will scream for Rugrats Go Wild!, and in this case, their parents can go ahead and let them—they won't be missing much.
  15. Reviewed by: Jennie Punter
    50
    Too wildly ambitious in its goal to unite two powerful TV tribes to serve a common goal, but its unsentimental music (hip songs by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh) and visual delights will capture the imagination of young and old.
  16. The animation looks good, especially when CG-enhanced, but the Rugrats babies' constant snot jokes, bug-eating and "cute" mispronunciations grate after a while.
  17. This collision of popular Emmy-winning TV shows is strangely uninspired and, well, a bit dull.
  18. Its pleasures are slight and fleeting, and so many movies have done what it does, and done it much better, that there's nothing to get even remotely excited about - much less to draw audiences into theaters.
  19. 30
    Paramount Pictures proudly informs us that the PG rating is for “mild, crude humor.” Too mild, too crude by far. If I were you, I’d take the wee ones and run for the vastly superior “Finding Nemo.”
  20. 30
    Rugrats Go Wild! represents one giant leap forward for corporate cartoon synergy, but one similarly large step back for the Rugrats franchise.
  21. 30
    There is little here to hold the attention of anyone older than 9. For families in search of entertainment, it may be time to find Nemo again.
  22. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    30
    Screechily abrasive and sorely lacking in elements that engage the imagination.
  23. The exuberance of the Rugrats seems nullified by the effete quirkiness of the Thornberrys.
  24. Reviewed by: Staff (Not credited)
    30
    This frantic sequel finds the diaper-obsessed heroes and their foolish parents marooned on a desert island, where they encounter the family from a more charming Nickelodeon cartoon.
  25. The exception is Willis as Spike. He's got more energy than the rest of the cast combined.
  26. As matinee probations go, the movie's tainted by too many bad songs and too much of Bruce Willis.
  27. It's an uncoordinated, flailing hodgepodge of music videos, chases, crashes and moronic plot twists.
User Score
5.2

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
  2. Negative: 2 out of 7
  1. Mar 4, 2014
    10
    I loved this movie. I am a big fan of the rugrats. So yeah I liked this movie I laughed a lot. And now I'm bored and I don't know what to say.I loved this movie. I am a big fan of the rugrats. So yeah I liked this movie I laughed a lot. And now I'm bored and I don't know what to say. Anyways whoever is reading this, have a nice day. Full Review »
  2. Aug 28, 2012
    10
    it was sad in a few scenes but it was wort it ........................................................................................................
  3. Aug 26, 2012
    10
    if you thought the first rugrats was the best in the series then you haven't seen this and the rugrats in paris one cause you have no ideaif you thought the first rugrats was the best in the series then you haven't seen this and the rugrats in paris one cause you have no idea what your missing out. Full Review »