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Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

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Average Rating: 3.9/10
Reviews Counted: 82
Fresh: 17 | Rotten: 65

This Squeakquel may entertain the kiddies, but it's low on energy and heavily reliant on slapstick humor.

17

Average Rating: 3.9/10
Critic Reviews: 24
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 20

This Squeakquel may entertain the kiddies, but it's low on energy and heavily reliant on slapstick humor.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
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"Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" brings back our favorite furry brothers, Alvin, Simon and Theodore. Because of a freak accident involving Alvin and Dave Seville, they go to live with Dave Seville's cool cousin Toby and must enroll in school just like every other kid. School presents new challenges to these rock stars, like dealing with peer pressure, school sports and of course, girls! By "girls" we mean the Chipettes who are managed by Ian Hawke, the Chipmunks greedy former manager

PG,

Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

Jon Vitti, Jonathan Aibel

Mar 30, 2010

$219.3M

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All Critics (84) | Top Critics (24) | Fresh (17) | Rotten (65) | DVD (3)

Blending CGI and live action, this "squeakquel" to the witless 2007 kids' film proves just how dangerous such technology is when placed in the wrong hands.

December 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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There are worse forms of torture.

December 26, 2009 Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Comments (6)
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It's far from the most unpleasant kiddie flick I've sat through this year, although I would be misleading you if I promised you lots of laughs.

December 24, 2009 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post
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Being aimed at children isn't a valid excuse for a movie to be simple-minded and illogical. You know that, right?

December 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (11)
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Whatever limited charms the first version had -- mostly David Cross' portrayal of Ian, the greedy manager who exploits the furry creatures -- have since soured.

December 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Arizona Republic
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Will kids eat up this cutely fractious claptrap? Of course they will. They'll eat up whatever you put in front of them. But that doesn't make The Squeakquel good for them.

December 23, 2009 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
Entertainment Weekly
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Were they always this boring?

February 10, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

Throwaway fun at some points of the film, but on the whole it's simply very frustrating.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire | Comments (4)
Fan The Fire

I never thought the day would come where I'd wish I were watching Scooby-Doo rather than what's actually onscreen.

April 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide | Comments (2)
Apollo Guide

Kids may enjoy [it]. But kids also would enjoy an all-candy dinner -- which is why grown-ups have to step in and help them make better entertainment choices.

March 12, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Easy resolutions pop up and there's no real drama, with flat jokes, overacting and wasted comic-talent voices slathered between the plot's thin slices-of-strife like cheap peanut butter.

January 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)

I must be the old stinker. I think that if you're activities cause property damage, you're a vandal. It's not cute to behave irresponsibly if the result is thousands of dollars in repairs. That's just destruction.

January 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Can Magazine | Comments (3)
Can Magazine

Alvin must be the most unsympathetic lead in any kiddie franchise, and having him do squeaked-up De Niro impersonations doesn't help.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Comments (14)
Empire Magazine

A truly terrible, utterly witless comedy.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

In a crowded cinema, this is every post-pubescent's nightmare.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A kids' movie with few laughs for the older viewer.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

This desperate sequel - sorry "squeakquel" - is such a blatant cash-in that the producers might as well have gone straight round to young viewers' houses and stolen their piggybanks.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent on Sunday
Independent on Sunday

They call this the "squeakquel" and that's about all you'll want to know about a film that remorselessly pulls all the levers of the first highly successful box-office attraction.

January 5, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London | Comment (1)
This is London

Like the Three Stooges, McHale's Navy, and the Brides of Funkenstein, the Chipmunks are a true pop-cultural sleeper sensation.

January 4, 2010 Full Review Source: East Bay Express | Comments (2)
East Bay Express

... silly but harmless ...

December 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comments (2)
Sacramento News & Review

Yes, it's probably a good film for children. But when films far more sophisticated and enjoyable like "Up" or "Where the Wild Things Are" come out, a film like this merely seems trivial.

December 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine) | Comments (9)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

Kids will love it but adults will squirm. A little squeak from the chipmunks goes a long way.

December 29, 2009 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com | Comments (2)
jackiekcooper.com

Richard Widmark is dead but his spirit improbably lives on in this 'squeakquel,' in which the allegedly adorable harmonizing rodents cause an old lady in a wheelchair to roll down a steep flight of stairs...

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The film as a whole is only marginally less entertaining than playing roadkill Frisbee.

December 28, 2009 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Fractious, family-friendly and funky, it's nevertheless cutsey charmless. Expect an inevitable Threequel.

December 27, 2009 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate
SSG Syndicate

Audience Reviews for Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel

There is not much to like about "the Squeakquel", other than the fact that your favourite chipmunks are back for another round. The idea is stale, but I had so much fun with the first one that I had to give a little credit to this very weak, but fun film. Alvin and the Chipmunks are actually overshadowed for a while by the new chipettes, which kind of dulls the film at points, but when they are on screen it's still a cute kids film. Still, I have to give it what I think it deserves overall, and the first one was much better, so this film falls directly in the middle of bad and good. There were portions that I enjoyed and was able to have some fun with, but others that just dragged on and made me hate it. This sequel was not worth making, but it's harmless!
December 28, 2011
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

The squeakquel to the boring crapfest that was the first Alvin and the Chipmunks is a major improvement. I can see believable brotherly love and chemistry in this film, in contrast to hyperactive, incredibly annoying and overall, plain bad role models in the first one. Better storyline and acting that can help parents get through the whole thing and hey, I think just maybe they'll like this one.
October 28, 2011
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Adding female version was just lame. And look, one of them was wearing glasses. Where and how the hell did that happened? First one was convincing and fun but this? Forget it. And Dave's yell was irritating. Liked the songs though.
August 29, 2011
3niR
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    1. Brittany: Hey Ian! In the words of the Donald, 'ya fired!'
    2. Ian: Alvin!
    – Submitted by Mickey V (2 years ago)
    1. Brittany: Alvin, Ian is taking us straight to the top! [falls off of lunch line]
    2. Alvin: Right. Straight to the top... gotcha.
    – Submitted by Mickey V (2 years ago)
    1. Alvin: The make-out train is leaving the station! Woot-woot!
    – Submitted by Carmela G (2 years ago)
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