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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 20
  2. Negative: 11 out of 20
  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. Apr 11, 2015
    7
    The Nut Job es una película de animación que si bien no se complementa del todo, puede llegar a ser entretenida.

    Esta película puede
    The Nut Job es una película de animación que si bien no se complementa del todo, puede llegar a ser entretenida.

    Esta película puede identificarse como un film que podría llegar a ser más disfrutable tanto para los más pequeños como para los adultos, con una atmósfera que no resulta tan compleja, pero que ese detalle (que no la hace menos optimista) no la afecta ya que de cierta forma consigue deslumbrar con los recursos que tiene la mano y que los utiliza de una manera sustancial y fluida.
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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. Jun 30, 2014
    2
    Seriously, the worst animated film I have seen in years. My kids hated it and wanted me to turn it off and rewatch other movies instead. ISeriously, the worst animated film I have seen in years. My kids hated it and wanted me to turn it off and rewatch other movies instead. I made them finish it, but just horrible. Stupid story. Terrible characters and acting. Yes, the voices in this movie actually annoyed me. That's saying something. Whoever made this I think just had one small idea and thought they can make a mint on it. 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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