The Ant Bully Reviews

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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
May 13, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anna Smith
Time Out
August 12, 2006
Kiddie-friendly toilet humour, a whiff of suspense and familiar voice actors make it passably entertaining, but there's little warmth or emotional satisfaction to be had from its cynical characters.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
August 12, 2006
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 28, 2006
... unnecessary ...
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
July 28, 2006
... The Ant Bully is just a great ride, but all that moralizing diminishes the fun of feeling ant-sized yourself and being immersed in Lucas's incredible adventures.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 28, 2006
If the Ant Bully story is generic, it is never plodding. It zips along quite nicely, aided by the especially well-constructed action sequences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
July 28, 2006
[It's] a rousing adventure capped with just the right measure of sweetness... John A. Davis shows heaps of invention.
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Christy Lemire
Newsweek
July 28, 2006
[T]he movie certainly means well, and its worthwhile message (teamwork is good, selfishness is bad) should penetrate the brains of kids old enough to stay in their seats and pay attention to it.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
July 28, 2006
The brilliance of The Ant Bully is in the crafty way it delves into the minds of ants as they plot to save themselves from extermination... Davis creates a marvelously labyrinthine society for them, right below the surface of a bland suburb.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 28, 2006
The Ant Bully isn't a kid classic, but it's an enjoyable diversion until the next ant movie comes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
July 28, 2006
Bright visuals, snappy dialogue and a smart plot make The Ant Bully a welcome summer treat.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 28, 2006
Though the story is predictable, the message is benign, and the visuals, particularly in IMAX 3-D, are stylized and surreal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
July 28, 2006
While the picture has the star power of Nicolas Cage and Julia Roberts voicing insects in love, they're not nearly as interesting a couple as Woody Allen and Sharon Stone in Antz.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
July 28, 2006
This generic exercise in computer-generated animation may provide passable entertainment for very young children, but adults will be less than enchanted by its preachiness, talkiness and Communist Party-line political views.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
July 28, 2006
The Ant Bully does not talk down to kids or feign to talk up to their parents with pop references, though adults may be amused (or maybe not) by the Christian parallel in the ants' religion.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
July 28, 2006
The Ant Bully, which was three years in the making, seems fussed over and, occasionally, a little dull.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 28, 2006
There's a sweet simplicity and humility to this film. Amid all the animation hype, it's just a very good movie. It's no big deal; and thus, it is.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 28, 2006
It's strong enough to keep younger children from getting (you'll pardon the expression) antsy -- and that alone should keep parents happy.
| Original Score: B
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
July 28, 2006
In a year when already we've been treated to a wonderful collection of animated films The Ant Bully is a delightful addition. It teaches us a lesson about acceptance without it cramming it down our throats.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 28, 2006
The movie has a great time playing with ideas of scope and perspective, shifting between microscopic and macroscopic.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 27, 2006
The Ant Bully won't ruin anybody's childhood. Neither is it likely to make anybody's day.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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July 27, 2006
Luc's transformation from ant destructor to ant protector illustrates a lesson told many times before, but rarely with such down-to-earth charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeffrey E. McCants
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 27, 2006
The film's heavyhanded lessons turn it from a fun romp through a cartoonish insect world to a predictable and preachy snoozefest.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
July 27, 2006
The Ant Bully, in trying to match Antz or A Bug's Life, just digs itself into a big hole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 27, 2006
The Ant Bully, the latest computer-animated plea for interspecies understanding, provides a few moments of inventiveness and wit.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 27, 2006
The Ant Bully is fun to look at, and Lucas' recognition of the strength in numbers leads to solid character growth.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 27, 2006
The Ant Bully is the first of the summer's many animated features that doesn't somehow feel familiar.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 27, 2006
The movie is an epic adventure with a rigorously moral point of view.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 27, 2006
Wittily manipulating scale to generate the requisite fright factor, the movie is stuffed with visual delights both lyrical and visceral.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 27, 2006
In spite of its predictability, it's a nifty story in the abstract, and Davis certainly makes the most of the opportunity to examine the world from an ant's-eye view ...
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 26, 2006
An effortlessly clever animated confection directed by Jimmy Neutron creator John A. Davis.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
July 26, 2006
The Ant Bully is never less than colorful and high-energy. But it's hard to shake the feeling that we've all gone up this hill before.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 26, 2006
The Ant Bully is a sore disappointment to anyone hoping for a turnaround to the recent downward quality spiral of animated films. In fact, this movie may represent a new nadir for 3D animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
July 25, 2006
The Ant Bully's just a little movie about a little guy who turns into a little bug for a little while, and learns some big things in the process -- and sometimes, a little can go a very long way.
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 24, 2006
The animated version feels anonymously generic and charmlessly mechanical.
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Justin Chang
Variety
July 24, 2006
The Ant Bully is lovely to look at but a headache to listen to.