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Antz (1998)

tomatometer

95

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 84 | Rotten: 4

Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.

96

Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 1

Featuring a stellar voice cast, technically dazzling animation, and loads of good humor, Antz should delight both children and adults.

audience

51

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Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 648,570

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DreamWorks and Pacific Data Images collaborated on this all computer-animated comedy-adventure about the ant angst of misfit worker ant, Z (voice of Woody Allen), who feels trapped by the conformist confines of his totalitarian ant civilization and eventually sets forth in search of Insectopia. After DreamWorks began animating Prince of Egypt June 1, 1995, the company launched Antz in Palo Alto a year later (5/20/96), the same month the DreamWorks/PDI partnership was announced. The screenplay by

Mar 23, 1999

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Kids may be puzzled by rebellious worker ants chanting Marxist slogans, but their parental guides may welcome the relief from the prevailing blandness of family films.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine
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Visually striking and dynamically shot, this has strong characters and no shortage of incident.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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The filmmakers seem to have deliberately snubbed the traditional audience for animated features.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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It's a perfect picnic, without the pesky human interference.

April 12, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Antz is refreshingly naughty and nice.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
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Antz is brief enough, clocking in at 83 minutes, but its story is too predictable to make an impact even in such a short space.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Comment (1)
Los Angeles Times
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Great effects, but surprisingly violent. Lacks kid appeal.

December 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

A Engaging and awe-inspiring animation once again elevates Shrek's world to fantastic heights, and the laughs are just as freewheeling as we have come to expect.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

By any standard, the film is a remarkable technical achievement.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The artwork is spectacular, vocal performances uniformly capable and the jokes appealing to both adults and children.

September 4, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Appeals to your daydreams when you were a kid and you wondered about the daily physical hassles of an ant.

July 23, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

Though the story is standard formula kids' fare, the Allen presence brings an adult swing to it, making it more than passable for both.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Succeeds at pushing the technology as well as and offering intelligent family fare that won't leave adults bored. Great fun.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

A clever, funny, fascinating to watch film that could have been more.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

...the message of Antz is this: Freedom of choice is important, but one should use their freedom to be decent, responsible, humble, and helpful.

January 15, 2005
Looking Closer

A few chuckles here and there, and a semi-interesting story line, but nothing too outstanding.

November 13, 2004 Full Review Source: JoBlo's Movie Emporium
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

Has enough of a story to keep a child engaged and a script clever enough to keep an adult amused.

June 28, 2004 Full Review Source: Courier-Journal (Louisville, KY)

exciting, often hilarious and frequently wondrous film... Adults who live in fear of seeing non-Disney animated movies would be well-advised to overcome their prejudices.

July 31, 2003 Full Review Source: Kalamazoo Gazette | Comment (1)
Kalamazoo Gazette

Star-studded, gloriously animated, beautifully written, this cartoon will appeal just as much, if not more, to adults as to children.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather
Film Blather

How often have you been happy to find ants marching in your own back yard? This may mark the one and only time.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

There's plenty of action in this computer-animated comedy, but it's no match for Toy Story in humor and originality.

April 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

...A spectacular computer-animated cartoon that is sure to give Disney's upcoming A Bug's Life a run for its sugar grains.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Antz is, quite simply, a delight.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Antz is crawling -- you'll excuse the pun -- with classic movie comedy.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for Antz

Many adult themes are presented in this film; that's what makes it great. The story itself is a good and keeps the audience engaged. This isn't your typical animated film. It's dark, violent, and at times even depressing. It's more deep and not very childish, but that is what makes it stand out.
December 6, 2012
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Eric Shankle

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Such a metaphorical film for many issues. Woody Allen was a great choice for the main character here, a great film to teach the kids about individuality.
April 17, 2012
76Majikat

Super Reviewer

As smart as Pixar's "A Bugs Life" is. Antz is smarter. However it isn't as funny. Both have their flaws but like Bugs Life its family entrtainment that isn't too bland for adults. It's less colourful than Bugs Life but it instead has a complex story.
March 1, 2012
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

It's always been funny to me that this movie and A Bug's Life came out around the same time. They appear similar, but really this one has a deeper, and better story. It isn't only entertaining and cute like A Bug's Life is.
November 21, 2011
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    1. Z: [as face on penny appears] Who the hell is that?
    – Submitted by Nik M (19 months ago)
    1. Bala: Z, I've gotta help my Mom!
    2. Z: Don't worry, I know almost exactly what I'm doing!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Bala: Labor? What you YOU know about labor? How would YOU feel if you were expected to give birth every 10 seconds for the rest of your life?
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Azteca: Labor? What you know about labor? How would you feel if you were expected to give birth every 10 seconds for the rest of your life?
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Azteca: Come on, Z. Help us build a bigger, stronger colony, and for crying out loud, try to be happy about it!
    2. Z: Sure why should I be unhappy being a piece of construction equipment?
    3. Azteca: Aw Z!
    4. Z: Yes, yes, I understand. I dropped the ball!
    – Submitted by MarieBella C (20 months ago)
    1. Bala: I've meen kindapped by the village idiot!
    2. Z: Who's the bigger idiot? The idiot, or the idiot who gets kidnapped by the idiot?
    – Submitted by Rachel R (2 years ago)
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