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The Last Mimzy Reviews

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

June 4, 2008
Nathan Rabin
AV Club
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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?

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B

April 5, 2007
David Fear
Time Out New York
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It's refreshing to be reminded that an intelligent, exciting family movie isn't always an oxymoron.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

March 31, 2007

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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March 31, 2007
Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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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.

Full Review Source: Time Out

March 31, 2007
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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The special effects are kinda cheesy, and it's a low-rent E.T.

March 26, 2007
Jonathan F. Richards
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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.

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March 26, 2007
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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Wholesome, eager entertainment that doesn't talk down.

| Original Score: 3/5

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

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The gentleness of the film is almost unique in this day and age. It's a true family movie, one that adults likely won't groan at when they are told that the problems of the future are because 'our precious quality of humanity had been turned off.'

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 23, 2007
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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Shaye gives the film a message well worth hearing: Today's kids, constantly distracted by electronic devices, don't spend enough time connecting with each other and with their families. But this idea is buried among too many talky scenes with the adults.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
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A good-looking, relatively ambitious movie that respects and enhances [sci-fi writer] Kuttner's vision.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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An involving fantasy for beamish boys and girls -- and their parents. At moments, Mimzy captures the moonbeam awe of E.T.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
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The picture grows pretentious in parts and the ending is anticlimactic.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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After a slightly sluggish start, director Shaye directs with assurance, and the kids are delightful.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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You'd be far better off tracking down the original tale than trying to untangle Bob Shaye's choppy adaptation.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

March 23, 2007
Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
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The film is clearly well-meaning but hampered by the heavy-handed direction of Robert Shaye and egregious use of James Horner's score, constantly cuing the warming of the heart.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

March 23, 2007
John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
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Fails to balance the drama, comedy and supernatural elements. When Mimzy, the bunny, starts whispering orders, this little kid's movie threatens to turn into a horror film.

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

March 23, 2007
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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Science in the service of wonder can save a life and a world. And this pleasing, teasing, intelligent family flick can vastly improve a day.

Full Review Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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You have to give credit to a film such as Mimzy that, unlike most quick ha-ha, make-a-buck stuff for kids, could actually get them thinking about making a difference in a world in desperate need of change.

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

March 23, 2007
Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
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On the surface, it sounds like an E.T. clone. Oh, if only. Where Steven Spielberg's 25-year-old masterpiece had heart to spare, Mimzy is an emotionless empty shell.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 23, 2007
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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True to the emotional reality of its young characters and young audience and flattering the latter into thinking way outside the box. There are worse things to teach than intellectual ambition.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

March 23, 2007
Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
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So not only is The Last Mimzy saving the environment but also making a statement on government intrusion into private lives. It's clear director Robert Shaye has an agenda, and it tends to step on the rest of his movie.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 2/5

March 23, 2007
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Awkwardly constructed, with a lame teacher-tells-a-story-in-the-future framework that gets the film off on the wrong foot. It takes a good, long while to get going, and the action doesn't exactly crackle when it does.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/5

March 22, 2007
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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The movie strains credibility once the children and their parents are rounded up by a Department of Homeland Security even more incompetent than the real one, but for a family picture this is still superior.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 22, 2007
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The Last Mimzy, it should be said, is exceedingly mild whimsy. It also has a story that no doubt will be too diffuse for small children -- or the big adults who accompany them.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: C

March 22, 2007
Jan Stuart
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Goes about its business with a welcomely wry humor that undercuts the scenario's earnest New Age-y potential. If it isn't always crystal clear about what's on its mind, it speaks its heart in a language that kids totally get.

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

March 22, 2007
Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
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The movie fails to supply us with an antagonist to work up some dramatic conflict. Nor are the toys themselves very interesting and Mimzy is a toy bunny of no distinction.

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

March 22, 2007
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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On its own lightweight terms, The Last Mimzy is a small gem. And it has the best family breakfast joke this side of Little Miss Sunshine.

Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Original Score: B-

March 22, 2007
Desson Thomson
Washington Post
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Unfortunately, the movie triggers more intriguing ideas than it has the storytelling acumen to consolidate.

Full Review Source: Washington Post

March 22, 2007
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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A capable, if modest, charmer. And for a sci-fi kiddie pic, it's unusually sparing with the special effects, which in this case rarely get in the way of the human factor.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

March 22, 2007
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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A pleasantly dorky adaptation of Lewis Padgett's 1943 sci-fi story directed by New Line honcho Bob Shaye.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

March 21, 2007
James Berardinelli
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The movie's poor focus and scattershot approach, while not without its charms, represents the kind of product that may divert children but will likely puzzle adults with its inconsistency.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 20, 2007
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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A reasonably engaging movie filled with fun visual effects and an appealing tone reminiscent of a certain Spielberg movie about an out-of-his-element extraterrestrial.

January 31, 2007
John Anderson
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There are too many distracting elements to allow a viewer total immersion in the story.

Full Review Source: Variety

January 25, 2007
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