The Nut Job

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Mixed or average reviews- based on 71 Ratings

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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: 6 out of 23
  2. Negative: 13 out of 23
  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. Dec 16, 2015
    9
    WTF is everyone complaining about. it is a good movie the plot is simple and I love the characters and everyone who hated on this movie shouldWTF is everyone complaining about. it is a good movie the plot is simple and I love the characters and everyone who hated on this movie should be ashamed to underrated a good animated movie. Expand
  3. Mar 24, 2014
    7
    I didn’t think that the nut job was all that bad. When I saw it I was going in expecting something horrible but no it really surprised me andI didn’t think that the nut job was all that bad. When I saw it I was going in expecting something horrible but no it really surprised me and I honestly think it was ok maybe even good. The animation was ok the story was well paced but weak and generic over all. The main character was a bit too much of an a$% but not so that he was unlikeable. The side characters were fun and enough to balance out his negativity the notable ones are buddy as a faithful sidekick and precious who’s dynamic with the main character and personality had me laughing more than once. The main antagonist was bland but not distractingly so. All in all the movie is pretty bland with few weaknesses but takes no risks. Expand
  4. Nov 13, 2014
    3
    "The Nut Job" 10 Scale Rating: 3.5 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The story itself isn't too bad and the potential was there. Will Arnett and Liam
    "The Nut Job" 10 Scale Rating: 3.5 (Bad) ...

    The Good: The story itself isn't too bad and the potential was there. Will Arnett and Liam Neeson were excellent, especially Neeson. I usually dislike voice actors who stand out so much that it is obvious who they are, but Neeson fit.

    The Bad: For starters, the animation simply isn't very good. It would have been considered sate of the art maybe a decade ago, but here in 2014 this seemed like a lazy effort. Despite a decent story there isn't much humor, heart, or many great moments in the film. The movie relies almost solely on poor slapstick and completely misses the mark. Brendan Fraser's character was especially annoying and I was relieved when he disappeared for awhile.
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  5. 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
  6. Dec 30, 2015
    3
    It's time to call off the job as Surly and friends learn how to make a movie with great respect and not make another movie like this. As theIt's time to call off the job as Surly and friends learn how to make a movie with great respect and not make another movie like this. As the sequel occurs, hopes are that a third one won't happen ever. 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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