Flushed Away Reviews

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Derek Adams
Time Out
November 18, 2011
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 3, 2007
| Original Score: 3/6
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Time Out
November 29, 2006
The action sequences mostly uninspired and the characterisations and voice-overs underwhelming.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 6, 2006
They try a little too hard. All this frantic action...
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 3, 2006
Here's hoping that Flushed Away won't be the last gurgle from Aardman in feature-film form. Aardman shows us that animated humor, even in the toilet, can still be good clean fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 3, 2006
Most of the fun is in the deft characterizations, the zippy banter, and the joyous sight gags
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
November 3, 2006
...It's rat-a-tat pop culture references, but consistently hilarious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 3, 2006
...This puckish charmer about a posh Kensington mouse flushed down the loo into London sewer country is to action-adventure what Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit was to Hammer Horror.
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 3, 2006
Actually, a lot about the film is certified cool, from its whirly animation to the hordes of crunchy pop songs on the soundtrack.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
November 3, 2006
Flushed Away subsumes its British charm with an aggressive American pace and more obvious body-function humour, and the film shows evidence of an awkward fit between American and British sensibilities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 3, 2006
Though Flushed Away duplicates the stop-motion, clay animation look of Aardman's earlier Chicken Run and Wallace & Gromit, it was made using computer software and its liberated action sequences are truly dazzling.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 3, 2006
Flushed Away is more fun than a bushel of slugs in a sewer. And considering the slugs in this sewer, that's saying quite a bit.
| Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 3, 2006
As some other witty Brits once promised, a splendid time is guaranteed for all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 3, 2006
How this thing got made in Hollywood is a mystery, but I laughed at most of it, especially the mean stereotypes about the French and the even meaner stereotype about England's soccer team.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 3, 2006
Flushed Away moves quickly, and will just as quickly depart from memory, leaving the bemused, bubbly sensation of a good time in its wake.
| Original Score: B
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 3, 2006
The chatter is as zingy for the adults in the theater as the action is zippy for the kiddies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 3, 2006
The animation, computer-generated as opposed to Aardman's signature claymation style, pops with clever visual touches, and the voice cast, led by the omnipresent and ever likable Hugh Jackman as Roddy, is first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 3, 2006
Little kids are sure to be bowled over by Roddy's reluctant heroism and Rita's resourcefulness, while the more grown up among us should appreciate the gleeful pokes at pop culture and Anglo-French relations.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 3, 2006
The short attention spans of directors David Bowers and Sam Fell are mostly forgivable because the movie is filled with so many entertaining characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 3, 2006
Kids will probably be in stinky-sewage heaven with the new computer-animated critter comedy Flushed Away, but even they may realize they're up the proverbial creek in a boat with a faulty motor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 3, 2006
Fans of Wallace and Gromit may be puzzled by a visual disconnect in Flushed Away. They will certainly, however, be delighted by the unrelenting whimsy and fast-paced gags of a story that never slows down to think about where it's going next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 3, 2006
Flushed Away is this year's wittiest animated adventure saga.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 3, 2006
Toilet humour and Aardman characters go together like tar and tea.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 3, 2006
Deficient in the comedy of reticence discouragement that is Aardman's (or maybe just Nick Park's) unique strength. I don't want to say the Englishmen were corrupted, but I think they allowed their strongest, quirkiest instincts to be tethered.
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2006
The film mixes rousing kid-friendly adventure with surprisingly savvy grown-up wit and charm.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 2, 2006
The first computer-animated feature to come from Aardman Animations is filled with exuberant and infectious silliness.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 2, 2006
Flushed Away, Aardman's first computer-generated cartoon, does away with the clay but leaves the craft and emotion intact, resulting in a film that earns its place among the Aardman classics.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
November 2, 2006
The movie is both child-friendly and, in its frequent jokes and topical references, adult-friendly, too. What it lacks is the heart to make it really stick in the imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 2, 2006
This movie lacks the cleverness of the Aardman classics, but it more than makes up for that with its nonstop action.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 2, 2006
With Flushed Away, Aardman [Animations] has moved away from a guy and his dog to a girl and her mouse, but they're almost just as fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
November 2, 2006
This delightful computer animation is less twee than Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit, with more action and a broader American sensibility.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
November 2, 2006
An adventure that -- in both its breathtaking ingenuity and breathless excitement -- exceeds Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit and Chicken Run, the two previous collaborations between DreamWorks Animation and Aardman Features.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
November 2, 2006
Despite the efforts of five writers and Aardman's trademark puppets, with their malleable eyebrows and cheeks bulging like those of a mumps sufferer, none of these characters are particularly endearing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 2, 2006
After the fourth electrocution gag, the 10th smack in the face and the 12th assault on a wee rodent crotch, we could all use something quiet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 2, 2006
Has more invention and laughs in its first 15 minutes than in Cars and Monster House put together.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 2, 2006
It's better than 90% of the animated fare of the last few years. It's refreshing not to have to qualify the movie's appeal by appending the words, 'for the kids'.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 1, 2006
Flushed Away will probably make you want to revisit some old, classic Wallace & Gromit short. The Wrong Trousers, perhaps. That would be spot-on.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 1, 2006
Flushed Away lacks the action-contraption dottiness of a Wallace and Gromit adventure, but it hits its own sweet spot of demented delight.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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David Ansen
Newsweek
October 31, 2006
Though it lacks Wallace and Gromit's charm, its mile-a-minute inventiveness is impressive.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
October 16, 2006
Boasts undeniably smart and eye-catching qualities that are significantly diluted by the relentlessly frantic and overbearing behavior of most characters; someone is always loudly imposing himself upon another, to diminishing returns of enjoyment.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
October 13, 2006
Aardman has turned out a gloriously droll comic adventure that combines British wit with Yankee exuberance.