Finding Nemo Reviews

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Peter Rainer
New York Magazine/Vulture
July 29, 2015
Finding Nemo is distributed by Disney, and it has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
August 5, 2013
The latest flood of wizardry from Pixar, whose productions, from Toy Story onward, have lent an indispensable vigor and wit to the sagging art of mainstream animation.
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David Germain
Associated Press
August 5, 2013
Finding Nemo is laced with smart humor and clever gags, and buoyed by another cheery story of mismatched buddies: a pair of fish voiced by Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres.
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Keith Phipps
AV Club
August 5, 2013
Like Pixar's previous films, Finding Nemo mines humor from the oddities of an unknown world but stays grounded in a familiar one, finding recognizable elements of heartbreak and happiness amid the ink-jetting octopi and irritable flounders.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
August 5, 2013
While Mr. Brooks is very funny, Ms. DeGeneres gives a bravura comic performance, as well as a touching one.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
September 14, 2012
A genuinely funny and touching film that, in less than a decade, has established itself as a timeless classic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
September 13, 2012
A timeless delight.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
February 4, 2010
In this seamless blending of technical brilliance and storytelling verve, the Pixar team has made something as marvelously soulful and innately, fluidly American as jazz.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 31, 2008
Nemo, with its ravishing underwater fantasia, manages to trump the design glamour of earlier Pixar films.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
March 5, 2008
Very clever and imaginative indeed.
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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader
March 5, 2008
[An] aquatic joyride.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
November 1, 2007
A visual marvel, every frame packed to the gills with clever details, Finding Nemo is the best big-studio release so far this year.
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
I was swept up in its dazzling stream of rainbow corals, amused by the stoner turtles going with the flow, sharks battling their own regressive instincts and DeGeneres' scatterbrained Dory.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
November 12, 2003
Finding Nemo works terribly hard for every scrap of charm or humor it imparts.
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
June 6, 2003
An enchanting animated feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
June 5, 2003
A thing of beauty, hugely entertaining and way cool.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 2, 2003
Finding Nemo is terrific entertainment.
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May 31, 2003
It turns out that Pixar does fish like nobody does fish.
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 30, 2003
A captivating and richly resonant aquatic fable, with characters whose gills and fins belie their deliciously human (that is, flawed) personalities.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
May 30, 2003
Finding Nemo will engross kids with its absorbing story, brightly drawn characters and lively action, and grown-ups will be equally entertained by the film's subtle humor and the sophistication of its visuals.
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
May 30, 2003
The visuals pop, the fish emote and the ocean comes alive. That's in the first two minutes. After that, they do some really cool stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
May 30, 2003
An exquisitely touching saga about a father tracking down his lost son.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 30, 2003
One of those rare movies where I wanted to sit in the front row and let the images wash out to the edges of my field of vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
May 30, 2003
Finding Nemo isn't quite up there with the company's finest work -- there's finally a sense of formula setting in -- but it's hands down the best family film since Monsters, Inc.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
May 30, 2003
A vivid charmer of a movie that makes a welcome addition to the growing gallery of computer-generated animated features.
| Original Score: B+
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
May 30, 2003
A superb animated film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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May 30, 2003
Add water and you have an instant Disney/Pixar classic.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
May 30, 2003
A gem, popping with cool tropical colors and wondrous sea creatures.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
May 30, 2003
One of the strongest releases from Disney in years, thanks to the work of Andrew Stanton, possibly one of the most successful directors you've never heard of.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 30, 2003
Enchanting; written with an effortless blend of sweetness and silliness, and animated with such rainbow-hued beauty, you may find yourself wanting to freeze-frame it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Campbell
Newark Star-Ledger
May 30, 2003
Constantly delights and refreshes the eye -- it's a summer vacation in itself.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 30, 2003
A dazzling, computer-animated fish tale with a funny, touching script and wonderful voice performances that make it an unqualified treat for all ages.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
May 29, 2003
A simple test of humanity: If you don't laugh aloud while watching it, you've got a battery not a heart.
| Original Score: A-
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
May 29, 2003
Lives up to Pixar's high standards for wildly creative visuals, clever comedy, solid characters and an involving story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 29, 2003
Treats family audiences to a sweet, resonant story and breathtaking visuals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 29, 2003
As we now expect from Pixar, even the supporting fish in "Finding Nemo" are more developed as characters than any human in the Mission: Impossible movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 29, 2003
Visual imagination and sophisticated wit raise Finding Nemo to a level just below the peaks of Pixar's Toy Story movies and Monsters, Inc..
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
May 29, 2003
Erupts with sea creatures that showcase Stanton and company's gift for character and peerless eye for skewering contemporary culture.
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
May 29, 2003
A fish story that hooks you from the opening scene.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
May 29, 2003
Delivers with a colorful, lush and witty world under the sea.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 29, 2003
As eye-popping as Nemo's peepers and as eccentric as this little fish with asymmetrical fins.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
May 29, 2003
Parental anxiety may not be the kind of stuff children's films are usually made of, but this perfectly enchanting movie knows how to cater to its kiddie audience without condescending to them.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
May 29, 2003
Spectacular visuals, non-stop laughs and action -- plus a PC message. That's some package, no?
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
May 29, 2003
Lives up to the proud, relatively new tradition of Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life and the Toy Story films.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
May 29, 2003
The underwater backdrops take your breath away. No, really. They're so lifelike, you almost feel like holding your breath while watching.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 29, 2003
Proves that even when Pixar is not at the top of its game, it still produces better animation than some of its competitors on their best days.
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Hazel-Dawn Dumpert
L.A. Weekly
May 29, 2003
As gorgeous a film as Disney's ever put out, with astonishing qualities of light, movement, surface and color at the service of the best professional imaginations money can buy.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 29, 2003
A treasure trove of visual splendor.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
May 29, 2003
You connect to these sea creatures as you rarely do with humans in big-screen adventures. The result: a true sunken treasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
May 29, 2003
It's full of bright visuals, inventive animation and enough cute characters to fill, well, an ocean.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
May 28, 2003
It's the give-and-take between DeGeneres and Brooks that gives the saga its big heart.
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Ed Park
Village Voice
May 27, 2003
It's an ocean of eye candy that tastes fresh even in this ADD-addled era of SpongeBob SquarePants.