Alvin and the Chipmunks Reviews

Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
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November 16, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Anna Smith
Time Out
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November 16, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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September 7, 2011

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out New York
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January 18, 2008

This curdled live action-computer animation combo seems phoned-in in every respect...

Full Review | Original Score: 1/6

Time Out
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December 20, 2007

The musical numbers are initially appealing - think close harmonies and smart foot stepping to the likes of 'Funkytown' - but the novelty is likely to wear thin for adults when the 'munks get kitted out as a street boy band.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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December 17, 2007

It's fairly awful.

Andy Webster
New York Times
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December 14, 2007

Hollywood continues its tired milking of old television properties with Alvin and the Chipmunks, a slick updating of the musical-cartoon franchise.

| Original Score: 2/5
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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December 14, 2007

Alvin and the Chipmunks goes in one eye and out the other, featuring a CGI Alvin, Simon and Theodore interacting with a human-ish world.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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December 14, 2007

Sure, rodents are hot this year. But unlike Ratatouille's chef prodigy Remy, these mischief makers bring nothing new to the table.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Susan Walker
Toronto Star
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December 14, 2007

Me, I want a hula hoop.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
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December 14, 2007

This film features what look like living plush toys.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
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December 14, 2007

Between the occasional amusing joke and catchy musical number, this Alvin update is a very soulless movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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December 14, 2007

For adults, it's like being hit over the head with a mallet every 10 seconds for 90 minutes. Two days later, I still had a headache.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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December 14, 2007

Oh, come on. Do you really care? And even if you do, you shouldn't.

Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
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December 14, 2007

Dang it, the little animated rodents are cute. Not as cute as the über-rendered daemons of The Golden Compass, but they'll do.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tom Long
Detroit News
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December 14, 2007

Ah, nuts.

Full Review | Original Score: D+
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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December 14, 2007

Young viewers will enjoy the slapstick, while parents will relate to Lee's amiable frustration as the trio's surrogate dad.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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December 14, 2007

I was also grateful that Alvin wears a red sweater with a big 'A' on it as an aid to identification, since otherwise all the chipmunks seem to be identical, like Mutant Turtles or Spice Girls.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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December 14, 2007

The script leans heavily on the pranks and big-eyed cuteness of the li'l guys and leaves the live actors with unfunny dialogue and nothing to do.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
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December 14, 2007

By the end of the movie, even the Chipmunks' youngest fans will find themselves wishing that Alvin and the boys would get back to where they once belonged: a tree.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4

Entertainment Weekly
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December 14, 2007

Full Review | Original Score: C+
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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December 13, 2007

The original recordings of Alvin were among the lowest moments in the history of popular culture. This soulless rehash, with its fart and poop jokes, proves that even one-note wonders can be diminished.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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December 13, 2007

The sight of enhanced Alvin and the Chipmunks in the movie of the same name is far less squirm-inducing than one might have feared.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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December 13, 2007

What happened to Alvin, the rodent counterpart of Dennis the Menace? Was he declawed in the translation to CGI?

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frank Scheck
Hollywood Reporter
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December 13, 2007

The characters are underwhelming in their appeal, lacking the charm of their previous animated incarnations.

Joe Leydon
Variety
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December 13, 2007

A harmless and frequently humorous trifle.

Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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December 13, 2007

It's a fine-enough kids movie. Cute. Nice lesson. And better than you'd think.

Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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December 13, 2007

Thanks to Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Fab Fur make a comeback any pre-K kid would love.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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December 13, 2007

Alvin, Theodore, and Simon have the only good lines or recognizable emotions, with Jason Lee and David Cross straining to flesh out their cardboard roles.

Luke Y. Thompson
L.A. Weekly
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December 13, 2007

What we get instead is Alvin, Simon and Theodore lovingly rendered huggably fuzzy in CG, which apparently sapped all the movie's budget so that such things as continuity and art direction have gone out the window.

Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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December 12, 2007

When Lee's finally called upon to yell the trademark 'Alllllvin!' it feels like a forced whimper that only reminds us how stale the decades-old material is.

Keith Phipps
AV Club
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December 12, 2007

There's just not enough here for a movie. It's almost as if some ideas were meant to live for three and a half minutes each Christmas season, not to get stretched to the breaking point for 50 years.

Full Review | Original Score: C-