Fantastic Mr. Fox Reviews

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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.
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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+
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
May 6, 2011
A boisterous and magnificent treat.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
November 26, 2009
The same eye for immaculate compositions that had seemed increasingly to hem in his human actors here serves as the basis for some of the most inventive animated set pieces this side of Nick Park.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 25, 2009
Adds yet another wry, carefully composed bibelot to the cabinet of curios that defines the Anderson oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 25, 2009
The result is not only marvellous whimsy, but also something that advances the burgeoning retro-tech movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 25, 2009
Anderson injects such charm and wit, such personality and nostalgia -- evident in the old-school animation, storybook settings and pitch-perfect use of Burl Ives -- that it's easy to forgive his self-conscious touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 25, 2009
Wes Anderson's utterly charming Fantastic Mr. Fox is that rarity: a children's movie for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 25, 2009
The tale may be Dahl's, but there's a whole new wag to it -- this is decidedly, weirdly and, at best, wonderfully a Wes Anderson movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 25, 2009
The result is a quirky film that should work for all ages, with just a hint of dark humor. In this age of high-tech animation, Wes Anderson has found himself in a low-tech wonderland.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 25, 2009
Like the rest of his movies, this one is essentially infantile -- but when you're telling the story of a ne'er-do-well fox conspiring against a trio of nasty farmers, who cares?
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 25, 2009
The filmmakers hew to Dahl's intent and add fine turns of their own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 25, 2009
The most fantastic thing about Mr. Fox is the way he shows that while our flaws can bring us down, sometimes, too, we triumph in spite of them and because of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 25, 2009
Children, especially, will find things they don't understand, and things that scare them. Excellent. A good story for children should suggest a hidden dimension, and that dimension of course is the lifetime still ahead of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 24, 2009
The film earns its title's superlative and a hundred more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2009
Other filmmakers turn to children's stories when they have kids of their own. Anderson seems to have made this one for his inner child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2009
It's a magical feat, one that turns puppets into personalities and an English meadow into Anderson's world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 24, 2009
Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 24, 2009
While it might be a stretch to claim that Fantastic Mr. Fox is "fantastic," it's easily among the year's best animated features.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 24, 2009
If only Mr. Fox were a more interesting character! Then, I think, the story's resolution would be more than merely quaint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 24, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox may be the perfect kids movie for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 24, 2009
The film's premise may be child-like, but its themes -- family, self-identity and existential angst -- are all engagingly adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 13, 2009
Anderson's stop-motion Fantastic Mr. Fox is both a delightful amusement and a distillation of the filmmaker's essential playfulness.
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Sara Vilkomerson
New York Observer
November 13, 2009
Visually, its a true marvel. Perhaps best of all, it feels like something entirely new.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 13, 2009
With its clever visual jokes and sassy dialogue, Anderson's first foray into animation doesn't seem to be made entirely with children in mind. Maybe that's why it seems so perfect for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 13, 2009
These weirdly effective shifts in tempo, combined with an attention to detail and distinctive dialogue, make for the best moments in this offbeat adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 13, 2009
Life is full of surprises. The best one I've had in a good while is Fantastic Mr. Fox.
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2009
It provides a pleasantly cerebral experience, exhilarating and fizzy, that goes to your head like too much Champagne.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 13, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox, which Mr. Anderson wrote with Noah Baumbach, and which he has been hoping to make for many years, is in some ways his most fully realized and satisfying film.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 13, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a retro marvel that should delight today's audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
November 13, 2009
You don't want to watch this movie, you want to climb inside it and play.
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Ramin Setoodeh
Newsweek
November 12, 2009
Mr. Fox doesn't just rescue Dahl's legacy on film. In a year stuffed with kid-lit movie adaptations, it's the only one to successfully reach out to children and adults.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 12, 2009
An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 12, 2009
A visual treasure that successfully blends deadpan quirkiness with a wry realism rarely seen in any film, let alone one for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 12, 2009
Dahl's adult approach to children merges beautifully with the filmmaker's child's-eye view of adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 12, 2009
Cool, clever, crafty and delirious amounts of fun, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is full of brilliant visual invention and silly slapstick while also having hip humor and sly smarts -- it's pure movie-going joy and a rare kind of pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 12, 2009
This is no more a kids' movie for kids than Where the Wild Things Are; it's a film strictly for Wes Anderson fans of all ages. By now, they should know who they are.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 12, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox is possibly the finest picture about family, community and poultry thievery ever made.
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David Germain
Associated Press
November 11, 2009
It may not merit the adjective in its title, yet the animated yarn Fantastic Mr. Fox offers some of the most goofy fun you'll have at a theater this season.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 11, 2009
To Wes Anderson: More, please!
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Scott Foundas
Village Voice
November 10, 2009
For the reportedly painstaking labor it took to create, the film is a marvel to behold.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 9, 2009
The additions are okay; but it's the look that keeps you buoyed up, your eyes roaming the frames, laughing in surprise at the visual jokes and flourishes and textures. It's a dandy's movie, but that adds to the fun.
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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
October 23, 2009
The push and pull between the tame life and the wild one is the unifying theme. It's all very transatlantic - the setting and baddies are English; the animals are hip Americans. This is one crafty fox - in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
October 14, 2009
Although sometimes too sly for its own good, this great-looking carnivorous caper brings Wes Anderson's whimsical melancholy to a kids' classic.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 14, 2009
The film achieves a feel that is at once coarse-grained and elegant, antiquated and the height of fashion.