Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 38 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 38 out of 38
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 38
  3. Negative: 0 out of 38
  1. Reviewed by: Glenn Kenny
    100
    This is more than just the best animated comedy of the year--it's the best comedy of the year, period.
  2. The giddiest and funniest animated film of the year.
  3. 100
    The comedy is never indulged at the expense of the plot, which flies off in genuinely unexpected directions, culminating in a boundlessly inventive funfair chase sequence.
  4. 100
    Park's imagination is as fecund as the bunnies that bob up and down from their rabbit holes in every corner of the Tottington garden.
  5. Bestows generous blessings on all that's good in Englishness, in moviedom, and, of course, in cheese.
  6. 100
    It has the feel of something slaved over lovingly in merry isolation, and it is virtually the only thing I've seen this year that conveys in the viewing the obvious enjoyment its makers had in whipping it up.
  7. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    100
    An absolutely magical fusion of deadpan Ealing comedy and Gothic horror.
  8. 100
    What Park has done is resurrect not just the spirit but, as it were, the bodily science of early comedy. Like Chuck Jones, and, further back, like Buster Keaton and Harold Lloyd, Park is unafraid of the formulaic--—of bops on the head, of the unattainable beloved, of gadgetry gone awry--because he sees what beauty there can be in minor, elaborate variations on a basic theme.
  9. So devoid of the usual coarse Hollywood calculation that it plays like a breath of fresh air.
  10. 90
    Maybe if PETA tried being funny instead of comparing eating meat to the Holocaust, they’d have a bigger following.
  11. 90
    So much modern animation is technically brilliant and yet comes off as cold and indifferent. But Wallace, Gromit, and the people and creatures in their world always look warm to the touch. Someone made, and moved, all those bunnies by hand. It's impossible NOT to believe in them.
  12. Most of all, Wallace & Gromit retains the clever, one-of-a-kind sensibility that made its shorter predecessors so delightful. With every studio comedy looking for a formula for success, it's refreshing to find a heroically whimsical film that succeeds by following no formula known to dog or man.
  13. The animation is a marvel - all the more so because the most demanding sequences seem almost casually tossed off. The world of Wallace and Gromit is one of the few genuinely eccentric places left in the movies, a place where lumpy, doughy characters achieve a peculiar dignity in spite of their grotesque features and the ridiculousness of their circumstances.
  14. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    90
    The whole rollicking adventure zips along a mile a minute.
  15. 90
    Gromit's every facial move -- every grimace, scowl, eye-roll and glance askance -- is sublime.
  16. 89
    It's a ripping good yarn, to boot, breathlessly paced and seamlessly edited, but most important, resoundingly and surpassingly fun.
  17. 88
    Wallace and Gromit are arguably the two most delightful characters in the history of animation.
  18. 88
    The magic of the movies is never more evident than with stop-motion animation, and nobody does it better than Wallace and Gromit creator Nick Park.
  19. 88
    If animated dogs were eligible for acting awards, the Oscar would go to Gromit.
  20. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    88
    This adorable exercise in whimsy should give "Corpse Bride" a good fight for best-animated-film Oscar.
  21. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    88
    Even more than "Chicken Run," Were-Rabbit is a tiny plasticine masterpiece.
  22. The feeling is like a warm homecoming.
  23. The movie rolls merrily along with slapstick action and whimsical characters.
  24. 80
    Who could resist a movie in which a garden gnome holds the front line in high-tech home security?
  25. 80
    The humor edges against absurdism, but stays self-aware and witty, with that mild-mannered optimism presiding.
  26. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    80
    This latest and biggest installment is a whimsical success of a very high order: The pace never lags, the invention is incessant, and it makes you want to have a bite of cheese afterward.
  27. The result is an experience rich in pleasure and surprise, one that easily stands up to multiple viewings.
  28. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    80
    Park and co-helmer Steve Box stay faithful to the cozy core ingredients that made the clay duo's kudo-reaping shorts and Park's previous pic, "Chicken Run," so well loved. "Curse" delivers a wholesome morsel, happily not too cheesy, that families will nibble on as a treat.
  29. The illusion is seamless and the pleasure is boundless.
  30. 80
    The Warners-style slapstick and gentle Anglophilia charms children and adults alike, but what kills me are the fingerprint ridges that fade in and out of the characters' mugging faces, a reassuring reminder that handmade art can still captivate.
  31. 75
    You will laugh yourself silly.
  32. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    75
    For 40 minutes or so it's really good, in fact, as lovely and daft as the stop-motion animated W&G shorts that preceded it.
  33. A gentle comic stew of monster movies, adding dashes of Bugs Bunny irreverence and British gentility.
  34. The delightful G-rated film has a story line simple enough for pre-schoolers to follow and comic sensibility complex enough for adults to savor, with an emphasis on howlingly bad (by which I mean good) puns.
  35. Very imaginative and can be enjoyed by audiences of all ages.
  36. 75
    One of the better offerings to be found in a year that has seen a drop-off in the quality of animated films.
  37. 63
    Eminently worth seeing, even if it leaves you wishing it were as consistently inventive as Aardman's first feature, "Chicken Run" (2000).
User Score
8.3

Universal acclaim- based on 195 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 79 out of 92
  2. Negative: 8 out of 92
  1. Oct 4, 2011
    8
    "Wallace & Gromit" holds their titular title as 'king of claymation' with this outstanding (and funny) adventure animation. Don't hesitate to"Wallace & Gromit" holds their titular title as 'king of claymation' with this outstanding (and funny) adventure animation. Don't hesitate to buy it. It's a definite must-watch. Full Review »
  2. LiseW.
    Apr 18, 2008
    10
    I had the incredible privilege of visiting the set of this film while it was being shot. The magnificence of the finished article owes no I had the incredible privilege of visiting the set of this film while it was being shot. The magnificence of the finished article owes no small debt to the immaculate attention to detail and love furnished on every tiny detail of the production. Tottington Hall was fully furnished and finished - even the bits that we can't see and every item of fruit, cheese and other articles that appeared in the fairground exquisitely made. Nick Park lavished as much care on the props as Peter Jackson did in Lord of the Rings - only in miniature. Without a doubt a masterpiece and one of the greatest animations of all time. Full Review »
  3. Connor
    Jan 2, 2006
    10
    "Wallace and Gromit" is absolutely delightful. It's a light and funny film that captures and elongates (with pleasing results) the "Wallace and Gromit" is absolutely delightful. It's a light and funny film that captures and elongates (with pleasing results) the original shorts. Full Review »