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Antz (1998)


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

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

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

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


Average Rating: 3/5
User Ratings: 649,516



Movie Info

Central Park ant drone Z longs to be an individual of accomplishment, but Z's colony is a society that puts the value of the colony over personal achievement. Young Z sets his sites on the colony's Queen daughter Bala- who is uninterested until Z successfully mounts a revolution within the colony for the advancement of individuality.

PG (for mild language and menacing action)
Animation , Kids & Family , Science Fiction & Fantasy , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Chris Weitz
In Theaters:
Mar 23, 1999
Dreamworks - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Antz

All Critics (89) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (84) | Rotten (4) | DVD (20)

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.

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Visually striking and dynamically shot, this has strong characters and no shortage of incident.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The filmmakers seem to have deliberately snubbed the traditional audience for animated features.

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It's a perfect picnic, without the pesky human interference.

Full Review… | April 12, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Antz is refreshingly naughty and nice.

May 11, 2001
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Great effects, but surprisingly violent. Lacks kid appeal.

Full Review… | December 22, 2010
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.

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Boxoffice Magazine

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2008
TV Guide's Movie Guide

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

Full Review… | September 4, 2008

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

Full Review… | July 23, 2007

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

Full Review… | May 26, 2006
Combustible Celluloid

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

Full Review… | December 6, 2005
Film Threat

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

Full Review… | April 9, 2005
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.

Full Review… | November 13, 2004
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

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

Full Review… | June 28, 2004

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.

Full Review… | July 31, 2003
Kalamazoo Gazette

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

Full Review… | May 22, 2003
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.

Full Review… | April 2, 2003
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.

Full Review… | February 8, 2003
Film Quips Online

Antz is, quite simply, a delight.

Full Review… | November 7, 2002

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

Full Review… | October 15, 2002
Cincinnati Enquirer

Audience Reviews for Antz


The greatest delight of this entertaining film is to see that it has Woody Allen's fingerprints all over it, mainly in the protagonist's insecurities and neurosis, but the animation does not seem exactly fluid and natural when it comes to its wooden-faced, stiff-looking characters.

Carlos Magalh„es

Super Reviewer


Brilliant animated feature, Antz is a fun, entertaining picture that is a must watch for viewers of all ages. What makes the film work so well is the varied cast of talented voice actors who bring great characters alive, and it is elevated with a great story and stunning animation. I heavily enjoyed the film, and though it was a worthy film to watch, And what's great about the film, is that it wasn't made by Pixar, and it just goes to show that other studios have managed to get animated magic as well with their features. Antz is a well made feature, a film that looks stunning, and is fun to look at and enjoy. The story is engaging as well, and the cast, like I stated is wonderful, and they each bring some terrific voice acting to the roles they portray, and it's what makes the film really stand out among other animated features. If you're a genre fan, you'll surely love this one. The film may not be a Pixar feature, but it nonetheless succeeds at capturing the viewer's attention due to a fine story, terrific animation and enough humor to appeal to viewers of all ages or anyone looking for a fine animated comedy. Antz works well on many levels, it's a film that manages to succeed on nearly every level and with its cast of voice actors, and they manage to give much more depth to the film, as well as having an entertaining and humorous visual sense that make Antz a film that is well worth your time, and it is a film that ranks among the finest computer animated features ever made. If you're a fan of animated films, give Antz a shot, it's a visually striking feature with terrific storytelling, and effective voice performances to really make this an enjoyable and highly memorable feature.

Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer


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.

Market Man
Eric Shankle

Super Reviewer


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.

Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

Antz Quotes

[as face on penny appears] Who the hell is that?
– Submitted by Nik M (2 years ago)
Z, I've gotta help my Mom!
Don't worry, I know almost exactly what I'm doing!
– Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)
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 (2 years ago)
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 (2 years ago)
Come on, Z. Help us build a bigger, stronger colony, and for crying out loud, try to be happy about it!
Sure why should I be unhappy being a piece of construction equipment?
Aw Z!
Yes, yes, I understand. I dropped the ball!
– Submitted by MarieBella C (2 years ago)
I've meen kindapped by the village idiot!
Who's the bigger idiot? The idiot, or the idiot who gets kidnapped by the idiot?
– Submitted by Rachel R (3 years ago)

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