Horrid Henry: The Movie Reviews

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Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media
April 12, 2013
Forgettable British kid comedy is pretty horrid indeed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Shaun Munro
What Culture
December 31, 2011
The bogeys and slime are deployed with a wild enthusiasm that doesn't transpire into the diabolically lacking script.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Jason Best
Movie Talk
November 28, 2011
Filmed in eye-popping cartoony colours and with eye-popping cartoony acting to match... the kids mug enthusiastically in school nativity play fashion amid fidgety, hyper-active camerawork that suggests the director has eaten too many blue Smarties.
Allan Hunter
Daily Express
July 31, 2011
It is incredibly noisy, messy, completely exhausting and feels as if it is never going to end.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
July 31, 2011
A broad, noisy comedy based on a series of popular books and TV films about a rebellious primary-school boy in revolt against his family, school and all things genteel.
Kate Stables
Total Film
July 29, 2011
Kids will enjoy the gobby tween attitude and energy, but the paper-thin plot and extraneous 3D antics don't provide the solid laughs of, say, Diary Of A Wimpy Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
July 29, 2011
The action is shot in fits and starts, with silly songs trying to camouflage the lack of a serviceable script. School of Rock, it's not.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
July 29, 2011
It's a cheap, cheerless and laugh-free disaster zone with a woeful script and the sort of performances you'd be disappointed to see in a school play. In a word...horrid!
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Derek Malcolm
This is London
July 29, 2011
Ought to be better than it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anthony Quinn
Independent
July 29, 2011
Unutterably feeble-minded and unfunny.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Catherine Jones
Liverpool Echo
July 28, 2011
Oh dear, oh dear. Rarely has a film title been more fitting than this disappointing cinematic outing based on the mischievous character created by author Francesca Simon.
Christopher Tookey
Daily Mail [UK]
July 28, 2011
Three decades fewer on the clock would doubtless lighten my perspective, but the slapstick here seems gauche, while the script fails to provide the game young cast with much in the way of character or comedy.
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
July 28, 2011
A wasted opportunity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Roz Laws
Birmingham Post
July 28, 2011
I hate to say it, but Hollywood did it better with Diary of a Wimpy Kid.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Gritten
Daily Telegraph
July 28, 2011
Shrill, over-eager and frankly disappointing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
David Aldridge
Radio Times
July 28, 2011
Not quite Horrid, but this Henry comes close. Accompanying adults may wish they'd opted for triple detention.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
July 28, 2011
There's not much for mums and dads - this doesn't attempt any cute Pixar-style adult-pitched gags - but younger audiences will revel in the mischievous manipulations of a negative role model.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
July 27, 2011
Over-indulgent children's comedy that's let down by a sloppy script, patchy direction and some poor performances, though it does have the occasional moment and its target audience will probably enjoy it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 27, 2011
This is complete agony to sit through and with a lead character as snotty and unlikeable as Henry it's one to steer clear of.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Top Critic
Leslie Felperin
Variety
July 27, 2011
Films aimed at families usually plant some jokes to ensure accompanying adults aren't bored witless by an endless stream of goofy gags, but Horrid Henry: The Movie flies defiantly against this trend.
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