Metascore
36

Generally unfavorable reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 18
  2. Negative: 9 out of 18
  1. 75
    Delightful from beginning to end.
  2. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    Short, cheap, weird, and passably diverting.
  3. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    25
    Only a truly dreadful story could make 81 minutes seem like an eternity. And Space Chimps is just that leaden experience.
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    63
    Kids might find the sight of monkeys -- sorry, apes -- wrestling in outer-space funny, but unless they're unusually sophisticated, much will probably just confuse them.
  5. 50
    Who doesn't love an animated, anthropomorphized-chimpanzee-starring, sci-fi romantic comedy?
  6. Why would you take your kids to see Space Chimps, an uninspired animated feature about chimp astronauts, when you could take them instead to see "Wall-E"? And if they've already seen "Wall-E," you're really lowering the bar by venturing into this one.
  7. Sucks a whole lot of talented people into a wormhole of lousy. The film either needed to be a lot wittier to make up for the way it looks, or a lot better-looking to compensate for the funny it isn't.
  8. 12
    I went in expecting to be disappointed, but even so, I was disappointed.
  9. And then there is the most annoying animated sidekick in a long time: a bulb-headed, trying-to-be-cute glow creature called Kilowatt (Kristen Chenoweth), who sings an ear-piercing, high-pitched note when it's scared, which is often.
  10. The CG animation is nothing special, but the characters are surprisingly fun and the story is full of enough puns, wordplay and slapstick to elicit laughs from across the age spectrum.
  11. 42
    Story remains Vanguard's weak point.
  12. If "Wall-E" pushes the boundaries of what can be done in an animated movie, Space Chimps proves that the old formula is still pretty effective when executed well.
  13. Reviewed by: Jason McBride
    25
    Space Chimps might have been saved, in fact, by using real monkeys in the astronaut roles. Or, better yet, by having a monkey in the director's chair.
  14. Reviewed by: Adam Markovitz
    25
    While candy-colored graphics should dazzle kids, Space Chimps has little draw for audiences spoiled by the Pixar-given knowledge that CGI can entertain -- and not just stupefy -- moviegoers of any age.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael Ordona
    40
    The film is suitable for all ages, but there's probably not enough fuel beyond cute chimps in Candyland to achieve orbit for the kids.
  16. Reviewed by: Lael Loewenstein
    40
    Enjoyably slim family entertainment.
  17. Reviewed by: John Anderson
    30
    Kids sense when a movie is being noisy and frantic just to keep them distracted; these apes are overcaffeinated.
  18. Reviewed by: Robert Wilonsky
    20
    The animation, incidentally, is half-a--ed, like they ran out of the $292.96 budget halfway through. Rip-off indeed.
User Score
4.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 31
  2. Negative: 17 out of 31
  1. Mar 14, 2012
    5
    I was entertained and it had some great voice performances, but it is badly animated and silly. I realized not much went on at all during the whole movie. Yet I was entertained. I give this movie 55%. Full Review »
  2. Oct 24, 2010
    3
    totally not a good CGI movie. the jokes were not funny, the animation is crap, and the characters are nothing but retards.
  3. Sep 20, 2012
    10
    A really fun time, a harmless, funny, original kids movie that isn't as, well, childish as many other movies of it's type, i would highly recommend it to parents. Full Review »