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The Last Mimzy Reviews

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Globe and Mail
June 4, 2008
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
April 5, 2007
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 | Original Score: B
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David Fear
Time Out
March 31, 2007
It's refreshing to be reminded that an intelligent, exciting family movie isn't always an oxymoron.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 31, 2007
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
March 31, 2007
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.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
March 26, 2007
The special effects are kinda cheesy, and it's a low-rent E.T.
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March 26, 2007
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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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
March 23, 2007
Wholesome, eager entertainment that doesn't talk down.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 23, 2007
The movie grows muddled with too many tedious segments involving adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle
March 23, 2007
A good-looking, relatively ambitious movie that respects and enhances [sci-fi writer] Kuttner's vision.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 23, 2007
An involving fantasy for beamish boys and girls -- and their parents. At moments, Mimzy captures the moonbeam awe of E.T.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
March 23, 2007
The picture grows pretentious in parts and the ending is anticlimactic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 23, 2007
After a slightly sluggish start, director Shaye directs with assurance, and the kids are delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 23, 2007
You'd be far better off tracking down the original tale than trying to untangle Bob Shaye's choppy adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Ordoņa
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: B+
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Teresa Budasi
Chicago Sun-Times
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
March 23, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
March 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 22, 2007
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.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: C
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
March 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
March 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
March 22, 2007
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 | Original Score: B-
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
March 22, 2007
Unfortunately, the movie triggers more intriguing ideas than it has the storytelling acumen to consolidate.
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
March 22, 2007
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.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 21, 2007
A pleasantly dorky adaptation of Lewis Padgett's 1943 sci-fi story directed by New Line honcho Bob Shaye.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 20, 2007
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 | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
January 31, 2007
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.
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John Anderson
Variety
January 25, 2007
There are too many distracting elements to allow a viewer total immersion in the story.