Curious George Reviews

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Christy Lemire
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
October 18, 2008
Director Matthew O'Callaghan and screenwriter Ken Kaufman haven't tried to create a film that's hip, just one that's funny and sweet, and in that sense they've succeeded.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kate Taylor
Globe and Mail
June 4, 2008
Gentle enough to satisfy the wee ones but has little to offer their adult companions...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
February 2, 2007
The welcome absence of strained cleverness qualifies as one of its biggest virtues.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 29, 2006
George is just so darn cute with his big eyes and bright smile and perpetually sunny disposition, he's pretty much impossible to resist.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Anna Smith
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's good old-fashioned family entertainment.
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Chris Garcia
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
February 18, 2006
Curious George is probably the purest family movie in years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
February 16, 2006
The artwork, I liked it, is faithful to the original, but to tell people my age, or someone 25, that they should see nine or ten bucks to see this movie I can't do it.
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
February 10, 2006
Molasses-sweet, plot-heavy and pandering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 10, 2006
Despite eerie narrative parallels with King Kong, the most curious thing about Curious George is how gentle it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
February 10, 2006
Although the makers of Curious George decided a 21st century update was necessary, they fill the movie with enough tributes to the Reys to take a lot of the sting away.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
February 10, 2006
When children are so into a movie that they don't make a peep or kick the back of your theater seat, it is a success.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
February 10, 2006
This is an adaptation that is absolutely faithful to the child's-eye-view books, down to the name of the ship that brings George from Africa -- the H.A. Rey.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
February 10, 2006
Despite 16 years in development and drafts by many prominent Hollywood screenwriters, the finished product (credited to O'Callaghan and Mike Webb) feels undeveloped, like a 10-minute TV cartoon stretched to barely feature length.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
February 10, 2006
Skip the movie altogether, and buy one of the books, instead.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
February 10, 2006
Visually, the movie benefits from a charming animation style, a traditional 2-D approach layered with shadows and backlit halos. But it benefits most from George, still worming his way into people's hearts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
February 10, 2006
The biggest surprise of Curious George is how it keeps consistently entertaining at a kids' level.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 10, 2006
Artful simplicity may be an impossible quality in a modern children's movie, so Curious George opts instead for mayhem under a blanket of sweetness. The little ones understand.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
February 10, 2006
The energy level never flags long enough for the little ones to be bored.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
February 9, 2006
It's pretty elementary.
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2006
As simple, friendly, kid-appropriate and nontoxic as any major motion picmerchtainment franchise could ever hope to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
February 9, 2006
If you count yourself among the curious, spend an afternoon with George.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
February 9, 2006
If these virtues sound passive, it's because the movie is passive, not to mention overplotted and misfocused.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
February 9, 2006
The movie, particularly the endearing George, should appeal to young children, and the humor should elicit a few chuckles among their parents as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
February 9, 2006
The makers of Curious George have figured out how to make an innocent cartoon that will amuse knee-nuzzlers without hitting adults like a liter of chloroform.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
February 9, 2006
Adults and kids older than 12 may find the story a few bananas short of a bunch, but expect the younger set to find it curiously satisfying.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Dana Stevens
New York Times
February 9, 2006
With top-drawer voice talent and old-fashioned two-dimensional animation that echoes the simple colors and shapes of the books, Curious George is an unexpected delight.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
February 9, 2006
The movie is faithful to the spirit and innocence of the books, and director Matthew O'Callaghan and his team create a visual look that is uncluttered, charming, and not so realistic that it undermines the fantasies on the screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
February 9, 2006
Because almost all animated films now are computer generated, the 2-D animated Curious George has the not-unpleasant patina of an antique.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
February 9, 2006
The cute simian's chief function, in this age of peewee pedagogy, is to bring the clueless Ted to an awareness of his own animal nature and jazz up the museum with a little mad science.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
February 9, 2006
Kaufman tosses in thudding references to cell phones and lattes, falling into modernization traps that the makers of the very respectable Winnie the Pooh films managed to avoid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 8, 2006
I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the new cartoon of Curious George, featuring the voice of Will Ferrell as the Man in the Yellow Hat, doesn't veer all that far from the soothing tone of the books.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Peter L'Official
Village Voice
February 7, 2006
Misanthropic toddlers will be rolling in the aisles.
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Brian Lowry
Variety
February 6, 2006
Rudimentary on every level, this long-gestating Universal pic based on the children's character is pitched toward the youngest of kids -- roughly ages zygote to 4 -- with direct-to-video quality animation, plotting and backgrounds.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
February 3, 2006
This thoughtful adaptation gets it mostly right, from those warm visuals to the amiable cast.