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James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach (1996)



Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 69
Fresh: 64 | Rotten: 5

The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.


Average Rating: 8/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 1

The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.



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A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one might expect from an adaptation of a Roald Dahl story, as young British lad James (Paul Terry) is orphaned by the death of his parents and forced to live with two cruel, repulsive aunts (played by noted British character actors Miriam Margolyes and Joanna Lumley of

Oct 3, 2000

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All Critics (69) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (64) | Rotten (5) | DVD (14)

As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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This movie remembers what fun is.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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James and the Giant Peach shines with weird, whimsical invention.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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One of the brightest, giddiest and most outlandishly exciting of all the Disney Studio's recent major feature cartoons.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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James and the Giant Peach proves the best effects are even better with a strong story.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Seattle Times
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A truly sinister fairy story laced with bizarre characters -- both live-action and animated -- James and the Giant Peach from Walt Disney Pictures is a stunning, if not markedly macabre, adaptation of author Roald Dahl's best-selling 1961 book.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A brief nightmare sequence, which appears to be some sort of hallucinatory blend of collage and live action, is simply one of the greatest bits of animation I've ever seen.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

Ultimately, though, it isn't nearly as flavorful as Roald Dahl's deliciously perverse children's book, upon which the movie is based.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

The fantasy is almost too inventive for its own good.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

It's Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes as the ghastly Spiker and Sponge who steal this wonderfully pantomimic show.

November 18, 2013 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

It was a bold choice to mix live-action and stop-motion, and it's not something you'd see today given the pervasiveness of CGI.

August 1, 2012 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.

December 18, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Captures the author's spirit, creating a film with not only whimsical creatures but very real emotions.

November 20, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views

Inventively animated yet hopelessly uneven...

August 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

a mixture of live-action and stop-motion animation that is heavy on fever-dream spectacle, but fairly shallow in terms of character

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Comment (1)
Q Network Film Desk

an imperfect film by Henry Selick is still a wonderment, and better than 90% of anything else out there [and] the intricately detailed animation is rendered with Selick's trademark piquance and energy

August 3, 2010 Full Review Source: Killer Movie Reviews
Killer Movie Reviews

Doesn't quite click on all levels, and the story and character development feels truncated, but there's still plenty to enjoy about its weird occurrences. [Blu-ray]

August 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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Audience Reviews for James and the Giant Peach

James and the Giant Peach is a very good film. But I did not think it was as good as Nightmare Before Christmas. The film is a perfect family film, but I felt it missed something to really make it special. The film is good, and I enjoyed it, but it's not as great as what everyone has claimed it to be. I personally preferred Nightmare Before Christmas. This is however a film that the whole family can enjoy, and despite its flaws it is a memorable film to watch. I enjoyed the film for what it was. Despite its flaws, this is a well done film with great special effects. James and the Giant Peach isn't as great as so many other animated classics, but it's still a good film. The voice cast here are great, and the characters are interesting and fun. I just feel something is missing to truly make this one a classic. On the technological stand point, this film stands out. As a whole, this is an entertaining film and despite its flaws is still worth watching. I enjoyed the film, even if it's not the best animated feature that I've seen. A good family film with heart, James and the Giant Peach is still worth seeing. A good cast and good story make up for most of its flaws. A fun adventure from start to finish, this film will appeal in the kid in all of us. Like I said, the beauty part of this film is in its details, but I feel the story, though good, could have been reworked a bit more, just to make it a bit more memorable. Still a film worth watching.
May 18, 2012
Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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This movie takes me back to 3rd/4th grade. One of those movies you couldn't forget even if you tried.
September 27, 2011
Eric Alvarez

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August 12, 2011

Super Reviewer

This movie is really cool, it's based on a good children's book, directed by Selick (who directed Nightmare Before Christmas), and it's got wonderful clay animation. Why isn't it better than it is? Maybe because it was a little too goofy? Or it was the songs, I don't know, but for the most part this is a good movie.
July 9, 2011

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    1. Centipede: Holy shipwreck!!!!!
    – Submitted by Max H (10 days ago)
    1. Ladybug: We've all changed, and so have you James.
    – Submitted by Max H (10 days ago)
    1. Grasshopper: What's your latitude? What's your longitude?
    2. Centipede: Hey, hey, hey! That question's personal, bud!
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (23 months ago)
    1. Earthworm: You said you've been to Bora-Bora.
    2. Centipede: Well not Bora-Bora per se.
    3. Spider: What about the shores of Tripoli?
    4. Centipede: Did I say Tripoli? I meant the Halls of of Montezuma.
    – Submitted by Miles F (2 years ago)
    1. Centipede: I sailed all the five seas, from the sunlit beaches of Bora-Bora, to the icy shores of Tripoli! Commander Centipede, they used to call me!
    2. Grasshopper: Seven.
    3. Centipede: Huh?
    4. Grasshopper: There are SEVEN seas, and Tripoli is in the subtropics, commander.
    – Submitted by Alan Torres Dwyer B (2 years ago)
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