Fantastic Mr. Fox Reviews

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Top Critic
Richard Brody
New Yorker
March 11, 2014
Visually, the movie is a wonder, with its profusion of detail and exquisitely focussed "performances" by the figurines, whom Anderson frames in images as precisely composed as those in his live-action work.
Ryan Gilbey
New Statesman
March 11, 2014
If Fantastic Mr Fox feels like Anderson's freshest film since Rushmore, that can only be due to the animation. Beneath those tactile textures, there's nothing you could strictly call fantastic.
Kirk Baird
Toledo Blade
March 11, 2014
Fantastic Mr. Fox is gorgeous and fanciful, with a glorious stop-motion animation style of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Katherine Monk
Canada.com
March 11, 2014
No matter how thin the narrative clay gets in this stop-motion animated piece, there's more than enough faux fur to make you purr from plush-toy flashbacks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jody Seaborn
Austin American-Statesman
March 11, 2014
It's the perfect animation format for Wes Anderson and makes permeable Anderson's frequently airtight outlook.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Cammila Albertson
TV Guide's Movie Guide
March 11, 2014
Though Anderson's trademark deadpan banter and clever silliness are in full force, the script is no less sophisticated than anything out of the filmmaker's catalogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Leah Rozen
People Magazine
March 11, 2014
This slender story is told with droll wit, clever staging and doll house charm thanks to Fox's use of old-fashioned, stop-motion animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
March 11, 2014
Adorned with all the adolescent fetishes of his previous films, its stop-action animation world suits Anderson, allowing him to create the perfect playground for his deadpan sense of humor and relentless examination of familial anxiety.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Vanessa Farquharson
National Post
March 11, 2014
The resulting aural authenticity makes for a nice contrast with the look of the actual figurines, which aren't realistic but have been beautifully crafted and posed throughout the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Top Critic
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 11, 2014
Sometimes too clever by half, the film, replete with in-jokes, may in some ways work better for adults. Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwarztman also provide adept voice work.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Alisa Wilkinson
Paste Magazine
March 11, 2014
With its lush autumnal palette and hijinks worthy of Max Fisher or Dignan, the result is a film that only Wes Anderson could have made.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.3/10
Brian D. Johnson
Maclean's Magazine
March 11, 2014
It's an action movie of sorts. The story is fired by Tarantino-like bursts of comic action and a brisk, off-kilter wit.
Sarah Silver
Stop Smiling
March 2, 2014
There are legions who will be as tickled by this movie as Wes Anderson himself, who must be in awe of how close this meticulously constructed fantasy comes to the original vision in his head.
Scott Tobias
The Dissolve
February 20, 2014
That melancholy tug of Anderson's work is still present here, but Fantastic Mr. Fox may be his most purely pleasurable film to date, evoking the Dahl books and Rankin-Bass productions that so transported him as a kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Will Leitch
Deadspin
June 22, 2013
t's entertaining and tolerable in a way that I fear isn't ultimately good for Anderson, but works here.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jason Best
Movie Talk
August 2, 2012
Anderson wants to turn his fox family into another version of the dysfunctional families that regularly pop up in his work. And this is where his adaptation really rubs against the grain of the original.
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
June 10, 2012
Adults will really appreciate oddball whole that Anderson serves up here.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Hank Sartin
Time Out Chicago
February 16, 2012
It's also a fairly entertaining children's story. But for kids? Let's say it's a film for Wes Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Pond
American Profile
September 30, 2011
Ocean's 11 as it might look played out with poseable-puppet animals.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Top Critic
Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
A boisterous and magnificent treat.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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