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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 28
  2. Negative: 8 out of 28
  1. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Jan 17, 2014
    70
    A delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart.
  2. 63
    Better than any animated film released in the doldrums of January has a right to be.
  3. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Jan 16, 2014
    50
    The Nut Job has a certain lo-fi charm, but it’s hardly a world-beater; with all due respect to Surly, Rocky J. Squirrel’s place in the pantheon would seem to be safe for another 50 years.
  4. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jan 15, 2014
    40
    Peter Lepeniotis’ animated film brings together a good cast, including Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson, which sounds like a sweet deal. But it places them in an uninspired little movie about selfish behavior, which, while overcome (of course), never really manages to escape its bitter roots.
  5. Reviewed by: Miriam Bale
    Jan 16, 2014
    40
    The Nut Job features muddy-colored and often ugly animation, a plot that feels too stretched out and loaded with details to hold the attention of most children, and more flatulence jokes than anyone deserves.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Bowles
    Jan 16, 2014
    38
    Despite some high-caliber voice talent and shimmering animation, it's hard to get a bead on this tale.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Jan 15, 2014
    0
    The most egregious problem with The Nut Job is how shamelessly it fills in the gaps left by expanding Lepeniotis’ short with generic and tedious rogue-to-hero cliché.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 18
  2. Negative: 10 out of 18
  1. Feb 8, 2014
    10
    "The Nut Job" was actually pretty good and definitely hilarious. i mean, yea i gotta admit: the story's been done over 200 times before, it's"The Nut Job" was actually pretty good and definitely hilarious. i mean, yea i gotta admit: the story's been done over 200 times before, it's a bit too fast and Surly isn't as likeable as i wanted him to be, but look on the bright side. they did try. the animation was surprisingly really good. the colors are nice and vivid, with some really good 3D too (like when the tree explodes, the nuts and acorns look like they're about to hit your face, it was realistic). the voice acting was good too, but i gotta say: the one who totally stole the show for me was Maya Rudolph as Precious the pug. i'm not saying that just cause i love pugs, but cause Maya Rudolph really knows how to handle a voice role. she does that here and it's great, i really liked it. and i laughed a lot in this movie, and i wasn't the only one. everybody in the theater i was in, they all laughed out loud. it was a hilarious movie and we all liked it. so if u want 87 minutes of laughs, good humor, nice voice acting and a smart premise, go check out The Nut Job. no matter how much bad review it got, i still recommend it. it's a good movie Expand
  2. Jan 17, 2014
    8
    "The Nut Job" was actually pretty good and definitely hilarious. i mean, yea i gotta admit: the story's been done over 200 times before, it's"The Nut Job" was actually pretty good and definitely hilarious. i mean, yea i gotta admit: the story's been done over 200 times before, it's a bit too fast and Surly isn't as likeable as i wanted him to be, but look on the bright side. they did try. the animation was surprisingly really good. the colors are nice and vivid, with some really good 3D too (like when the tree explodes, the nuts and acorns look like they're about to hit your face, it was realistic). the voice acting was good too, but i gotta say: the one who totally stole the show for me was Maya Rudolph as Precious the pug. i'm not saying that just cause i love pugs, but cause Maya Rudolph really knows how to handle a voice role. she does that here and it's great, i really liked it. and i laughed a lot in this movie, and i wasn't the only one. everybody in the theater i was in, they all laughed out loud. it was a hilarious movie and we all liked it. so if u want 87 minutes of laughs, good humor, nice voice acting and a smart premise, go check out The Nut Job. no matter how much bad review it got, i still recommend it. it's a good movie Expand
  3. May 16, 2014
    6
    It's no Over the Hedge, but it's still a fairly entertaining movie about animals stealing food. I think kids will find it enjoyable, and I seeIt's no Over the Hedge, but it's still a fairly entertaining movie about animals stealing food. I think kids will find it enjoyable, and I see no reason why parents would hate it. Yes it's not up to the quality of a Pixar or DreamWorks animated movie, but I do not believe in will make older audiences miserable.

    The movie has got a great voice cast full of some big name actors. The animation is pretty bad though, as the human characters and backgrounds just look gross. The animals actually look pretty good, but it's often hard to notice that given how ugly the world around them is. As far as humor and story goes, both are up to snuff and are entertaining enough to keep you engaged, even if neither are particularly revolutionary. I do feel it can be surprisingly violent though, and not in a slapstick sort of way. It can almost seem mean at times.

    All in all it's a decent animated kids movie that I do not feel will make viewers miserable in any way. Kids are most likely going to get quite a few laughs out of it, and adults shouldn't have to worry about staying awake through it. My final score is a 6.3/10=Okay.
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  4. Jun 8, 2014
    3
    This movie is not good at all!!! Sound Mixing for the characters are bad there not both left and the right speaker. Every time they move toThis movie is not good at all!!! Sound Mixing for the characters are bad there not both left and the right speaker. Every time they move to left or right. It goes to the right or left speaker. The mouse, does not speak at all expect in the end. Voices are not right for the movie. A dog is a boy! Not a girl! Don't watch the movie at all! But the Script and animation is pretty good. Expand
  5. Mar 6, 2014
    3
    Though it is a story about animals, it is just too ridiculous to follow. The story line was boring and poorly developed. I kept hoping forThough it is a story about animals, it is just too ridiculous to follow. The story line was boring and poorly developed. I kept hoping for something positive to come out of this movie, but it didn't happen. I love animated films, but not this one. Highly disappointed! Expand
  6. Apr 22, 2014
    2
    Okay, some jokes were funny, but the rest is horrible. I mean, how hard is it to get nuts? It's not like you'll die trying to get food. AndOkay, some jokes were funny, but the rest is horrible. I mean, how hard is it to get nuts? It's not like you'll die trying to get food. And the Raccoon--typical. If it weren't for Heigl's voice, this movie would have been downright boring. Expand
  7. Mar 15, 2014
    0
    i looked at the trailer for nut job i am not gonna see it because why you see a squirrel trying to steal nuts . we all seen these animalsi looked at the trailer for nut job i am not gonna see it because why you see a squirrel trying to steal nuts . we all seen these animals take nuts and it is easy . Expand

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