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The Last Mimzy (2007)



Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 122
Fresh: 65 | Rotten: 57

The Last Mimzy makes efforts to be a fun children's movie, but unsuccessfully juggles too many genres and subplots -- eventually settling as an unfocused, slightly dull affair.


Average Rating: 5.6/10
Critic Reviews: 33
Fresh: 15 | Rotten: 18

The Last Mimzy makes efforts to be a fun children's movie, but unsuccessfully juggles too many genres and subplots -- eventually settling as an unfocused, slightly dull affair.



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New Line Cinema founder Robert Shaye's directorial debut, the family-friendly science-fiction tale The Last Mimzy is an adaptation of a short story by Lewis Padgett. The story concerns a young brother and sister, Noah and Emma Wilder (Chris O'Neil and Rhiannon Leigh Wryn), who discover a strange box of artifacts one day while vacationing at the family's summer cottage. When the objects in the box begin to act in strange and mysterious ways, the pair decides to hide it from their mother (Joely

Jul 10, 2007


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All Critics (124) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (65) | Rotten (57) | DVD (15)

It's refreshing to be reminded that an intelligent, exciting family movie isn't always an oxymoron.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
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Occasionally arresting ideas and a non-condescending attitude to its pre-teen protagonists give this more character than many effects-driven family fantasies, even if it's ultimately too wonky in construction to sweep us along convincingly.

March 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
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The special effects are kinda cheesy, and it's a low-rent E.T.

March 26, 2007 | Comments (2)
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The Last Mimzy is that phenomenon as welcome as the first robin of spring, a kids' movie that is more than bearable for adults.

March 26, 2007 Full Review Source:
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Wholesome, eager entertainment that doesn't talk down.

March 23, 2007
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The movie grows muddled with too many tedious segments involving adults.

March 23, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Does an excellent job both making science fiction accessible for a younger audience.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source:

Classic kids' fantasy in the spirit of Flight of the Navigator and ET.

March 15, 2008

I like to refer to it as "Donnie Darko" sans the violence if aimed towards kids...

March 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Considering that parts are frightening, parts are nauseatingly sweet, and it's all confusing, it's not clear which demographic Mimzy is aiming for.

February 29, 2008 Full Review Source: Washington City Paper
Washington City Paper

O'Neil and Wryn convey the occult and the mysterious with greater depth than you'd expect them to possess at their respective ages of 13 and 7.

January 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Signals
Cinema Signals


November 5, 2007 Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Quirky sci-fi adventure best for fantasy lovers.

October 31, 2007 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

For much of its scant 96 minutes Mimzy is rudderless in a muddle of metaphysical malarkey and time-travelling science fiction.

September 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Jam! Movies
Jam! Movies

Mimsy seems watered down and limp, especially as it concludes.

July 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Insiders
Entertainment Insiders

...tries hard to be magical, charming, and endearing but remains mostly flat and lifeless.

July 16, 2007 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

A timely cautionary tale, even if its heartwarming message gets a little garbled along the way.

July 7, 2007 Full Review Source: NewsBlaze

Incidentally, forget the toys, which seem to be upstaged by Wilson's underwear, reportedly the most expensive drawers ever in a movie.

July 6, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Turgid twaddle.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Despite its attempt at being well-meaning family genre fare a la E.T., The Last Mimzy simply collapses under the considerable weight of its many bewildering plot elements.

June 25, 2007 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

It's a confused and confusing affair, though not without its felicitous moments.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Please enjoy this with your family and consider renting this when it comes out.

April 7, 2007 Full Review Source: 3BlackChicks Review
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Perhaps those futuristic folks could send another Mimzy back in time to a better filmmaker like Joe Dante, who can do a better film adaptation of Padgett's story and beat Shaye to the punch.

April 6, 2007 Full Review Source: Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Capital Times (Madison, WI)

New Line powerbroker/director Robert Shaye has made a children's film for stoners, a trippy, psychedelic fable that belongs in the DVD section of New Age bookstores alongside the strangely similar What The Fuck Do We Know?

April 5, 2007 Full Review Source: AV Club
AV Club

A low-key sci-fi that has an offbeat charm all its own.

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: BBC

Unlike E.T., Mimzy isn't wrinkly or strange or even very mobile, nothing that might frighten the All-American youngsters who discover her on a beach near Seattle.

April 1, 2007 Full Review Source: PopMatters

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I don't know. I just really liked the Alice in Wonderland references.
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