Flails about in search of a creative reason to exist.
The obvious nods to Castaway, Lost and other pop culture references are barely worth a grin.
| Original Score: 1/4
You usually have to go to an Adam Sandler movie, or the Quad Cinema, to see something as incompetently made as "Alvin and the Chipmunks.''
| Original Score: 0/4
"Chipwrecked" serves up more of the derivative chaos that floats this franchise's boat.
| Original Score: 2/4
It's an uninspired and instantly forgettable film. But it completely succeeds by its own standards: an 87-minute rainy-day distraction that will probably make a zillion dollars.
Maybe for the next installment, they can go off to college and find something better to do than making these silly movies.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
There is chipmunk gambling. There is seductive dancing by Chipettes wearing only towels. There is a musical gag involving the lyric "whip my tail back and forth."
| Original Score: 2.5/5
If only they were truly stranded on that desert island...
| Original Score: 1/5
Good news: The shrill CG rodents, who last infested theaters in 2009's Squeakquel, are stranded on a jungle island with little hope of survival. Bad news: They've brought us along.
| Original Score: C-
You know there is something wrong with a movie when even David Cross in a giant pelican suit isn't funny.
Either the "Alvin and the Chipmunks" movies are getting better, or I've accidentally buried my brain for the winter.
| Original Score: 3/5
Eighty-seven minutes, the duration of this auditory assault, would be sufficient to slaughter every brain cell and induce blithering idiocy.
| Original Score: .5/5
Largely inoffensive but equally unimaginative.
In between the cutesy musical covers (from the Go-Go's to Lady Gaga), the young rodents engage in harmless slapstick and even learn a bit about themselves.
In the end, I'd rather hang onto fond memories of my Eisenhower-era record, squeaky voices and all.
87 minutes of high-pitched singing, shenanigans, bad behaviour and family bonding, enlivened by a decent Sarah Palin joke.
For kids, familiarity, silliness and Dave's unconditional love make it appealing. For adults, the best it has to offer are nostalgia and a running time under 90 minutes.
| Original Score: 2/4 stars
Well, at least it isn't in 3D.
Puns like these would be unforgivable coming from a human. From high-pitched rodents, they prompt calls for an exterminator.
To be fair, this franchise was never intended to appeal to anyone over six. But you do wonder how the filmmakers still managed to contrive something so unfunny and trite.