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Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie Reviews

Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly
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Bouncy animation and catchy songs keep the film from tasting too much like spinach.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

October 24, 2002
C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
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If a big musical number like 'Praise the Lord, He's the God of Second Chances' doesn't put you off, this will be an enjoyable choice for younger kids.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 2/4

October 18, 2002
Janice Page
Boston Globe
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The movie's heart is in the right place, but all its messages of tolerance might resonate better if the Spanish-accented pirate didn't get drawn with a gold tooth and the turban-wearing Khalil wasn't an opportunistic rug merchant.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2002
Megan Turner
New York Post
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Spears of Afro-topped asparagus singing gospel and French-accented peas working as maitre d's at a seafood restaurant -- what's not to love?

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 18, 2002

Houston Chronicle
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October 18, 2002
Gene Seymour
Newsday
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You and your kids could do worse. You and your kids probably have done worse.

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 3/4

October 17, 2002
Dave Kehr
New York Times
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The animation is competent, and some of the gags are quite funny, but Jonah ... never shakes the oppressive, morally superior good-for-you quality that almost automatically accompanies didactic entertainment.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

October 17, 2002
Curt Fields
Washington Post
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I'm not generally a fan of vegetables but this batch is pretty cute.

October 17, 2002
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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The main lessons Jonah attempts to teach are compassion and mercy. That's an unusual -- and welcome -- message these days.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2002
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Children, Christian or otherwise, deserve to hear the full story of Jonah's despair -- in all its agonizing, Catch-22 glory -- even if they spend years trying to comprehend it.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

October 4, 2002
Susan Stark
Detroit News
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It's hard to argue with a children's movie that puts bouncy rhythm to the song lyric, 'Don't fight/Don't cheat/Wash your hands before you eat.'

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2002
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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It's got its heart in the right place, but it also wilts after awhile.

Full Review Source: Detroit Free Press | Original Score: 2/4

October 4, 2002

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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October 4, 2002
Dave Larsen
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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A garden-fresh morality tale for the kids, with Monty Python-inspired humor.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: C+

October 4, 2002
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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Occasionally, in the course of reviewing art-house obscurities and slam-bam action flicks, a jaded critic smacks into something truly new.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 4, 2002

Arizona Republic
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October 4, 2002
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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One thing you have to give them credit for: The message of the movie is consistent with the messages espoused in the company's previous video work.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

October 3, 2002
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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This animated retelling of the familiar Old Testament story is playful, high-spirited and unmistakably amusing.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

October 3, 2002
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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The gags are often a stitch.

| Original Score: 3/5

October 3, 2002
Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
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Theology aside, why put someone who ultimately doesn't learn at the center of a kids' story?

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 2/4

October 3, 2002
Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
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Your taste for Jonah - A Veggie Tales Movie may well depend on your threshold for pop manifestations of the Holy Spirit.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

October 2, 2002
Joe Leydon
Variety
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Much of this slick and sprightly CGI feature is sufficiently funny to amuse even the most resolutely unreligious parents who escort their little ones to megaplex screenings.

Full Review Source: Variety

October 2, 2002
Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
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A musical whale-of-a-tale that should engage, inform and amuse parents as well as offspring.

October 2, 2002
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