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Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius (2001)

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75

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 75
Fresh: 56 | Rotten: 19

What Jimmy Neutron lacks in computer animation, it makes up for in charm and cleverness.

63

Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 7

What Jimmy Neutron lacks in computer animation, it makes up for in charm and cleverness.

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50

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Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 56,316

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Movie Info

This animated feature from Nickelodeon is the story of ten-year-old genius inventor Jimmy Neutron, whose penchant for gadget-creation gets him and his robot dog, Goddard, into trouble at home and school. However, when the parents of Jimmy's hometown are kidnapped by the gooey green aliens known as Yokians, it's up to Jimmy, his best friend, Carl Wheezer, and his arch rival, Cindy Vortex, to rally their fellow kids for a rescue effort. Patching together a ragtag armada of interstellar spacecraft,

Jul 2, 2002

$80.9M

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All Critics (96) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (56) | Rotten (19) | DVD (23)

This little charmer both celebrates and kids the corny conventions of family sitcoms.

January 6, 2002
Washington Post
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Jimmy Neutron just doesn't have enough power to sustain itself to feature length, though children -- the movie's real audience -- may be so dazzled by the spectacle of Jimmy flying through space with his robot dog that they won't notice.

January 6, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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[W]hen they went into the outerspace adventure it just got so silly and it didn't really go anywhere and it just kind of lay dead there.

January 3, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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Stylish 3-D computer animation, good characters.

December 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Comment (1)
Common Sense Media

Like a rollicking adventure from the fevered boyhood imagination of Calvin from Calvin and Hobbes: the gooey aliens, the boy-genius gadgetry. Except with Jimmy it's real.

August 22, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

...[an] engaging and entertaining animated feature.

August 1, 2003 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

The characters are comical and dynamic -- especially Jimmy, Carl and Sheen -- and the outer space scenes are no less than stellar.

May 20, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

After seeing this don't be surprised if your toaster goes missing and Jimmy becomes a fixture on big and small screens for years to come.

March 13, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

...A serviceable piece of juvenile entertainment with high production values and low expectations.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The story is slow in parts but as this is a Nickelodeon film, it is filled with all sorts of fun moments that children are sure to love.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat

Apesar da trama engraçadinha, Jimmy Neutron falha em dois aspectos importantes: em seu roteiro e na qualidade de sua animação.

May 30, 2002 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Una cinta para los pequeñines pero también disfrutable por toda la familia

May 13, 2002
Cinenganos

One of those movies that you watch when you've got nothing better to do, munching jelly babies and smiling at the exuberance on the screen

April 14, 2002

As frothily entertaining as this caper is, it's unlikely to prove as popular with grown-ups as Shrek and the Toy Story movies.

February 20, 2002 Full Review Source: BBC

It has some quality computer-generated graphics, while the story and artwork are imaginative.

February 18, 2002 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

The ultimate 'love your parents' message is simple and obvious, but the film offers a lot of fun on the way to that end.

January 13, 2002 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Clever, funny, and even has a great lesson.

January 7, 2002 Full Review

Children up to age 4 will be diverted, while those from 5 to 10 will secretly pull out their Game Boys. Anyone over 11 will be bored to tears.

January 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review | Comment (1)
Sacramento News & Review

Jimmy emerges from his debut film as one of Nickelodeon's most promising and compelling characters.

January 5, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Jimmy Neutron is one righteously neat piece of glossy animated entertainment.

December 31, 2001 Full Review Source: Nitrate Online
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Audience Reviews for Jimmy Neutron - Boy Genius

Two days ago, I sent my fellow RT friends a list of films I wanted to review and this was one of them. This got the most requests so now I'm here reviewing it. "Jimmy Neutron" is a film that I enjoy everytime I see it. I saw twice in the theaters and was a avid watcher of the TV series that spawned from this.

Jimmy Neutron is a very intelligent 4th grader who sends a message to some extraterrestrials wanting to know more about our planet that we they know what to expect when they invade it. When the aliens learn about Earth's large supply of parents, the kidnap them and are about to use them as a sacrifice to a god named Poultra. When the kids are informed on this, Jimmy takes the children of Retroville (funny name) out into the far reaches of space to reclaim their mommies and daddies.

The film dosen't have the best when it comes to the plot. Its a kids movie financed by Nickelodeon so you shouldn't expect greatness. But Nickelodeon did acheive greatness last month with "Rango". Its a kids movie with a kiddish premise. Children looking for their parents. We've seen this at least once in our movie-watching days. But wheter you're a kid or adult, there has to be something in this film that elates you. Could it be the robotic dog, the pop soundtrack, or Jimmy's ecstatic fanboy friend, Sheen? It has to be either one of those. While the premise is silly, the film is witty, charming, and has many moments plus funny lines. The film has a good script.

The film's animation is done by O Entertainment. The ones who did "Barnyard" and those Thumbnation short films like "Bat Thumb" "Thumb Wars" and "The Blair Thumb Project". They were the ones who introduced us into the animation technique where you can put the voice actor's voice into an object (i.e. "The Annoying Orange"). But when it comes to a full-length computer animated films, they don't reach the highest standards. But I think the animation was acceptable for its time. Many studios at the time of this film's release try to recreate the success of Pixar's films. If this movie came out around today, I probably would be disgusted by the visuals.

The voice acting and characters were very funny. Jimmy is always fun, Carl is very likable, Sheen is hilarious, Cindy is funny, etc. The characters are mostly voice by voice actors from cartoons but we do get some A-listers. Patrick Stewart is pretty funny as the alien king and Martin Short as well. He was funny also. We also get cameos from the two host from "Entertainment Tonight" and that is pretty funny as well. Lastly, the soundtrack. It was mostly 90's and early 2000's pop from Aaron Carter and The Spice Girls. Catchy tunes but nothing special.

You either enjoy this or dislike it. It isn't love it or hate it. I really enjoy it because I love good animated films. Its funny, well paced, and memorable. But it just depends on how you act towards it. One of my faves. Thanks for all your requests, guys. I had fun reviewing this.

"My clothes don't match, my clothes don't match. I'm out in public and my clothes don't match!"
April 15, 2011
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Bentley Lyles

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As a kid, this was my life. This movie is so entertaining for kids and has a great story.

Grade: B+
January 24, 2011
CreedsDelight

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The animation is great, the comedy was great, the acting was great, and the TV show was great
January 3, 2011
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