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Planet 51 (2009)


Average Rating: 4.2/10
Reviews Counted: 108
Fresh: 23
Rotten: 85

Critics Consensus: Planet 51 squanders an interesting premise with an overly familiar storyline, stock characters, and humor that alternates between curious and potentially offensive.

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 6
Rotten: 20

Critics Consensus: Planet 51 squanders an interesting premise with an overly familiar storyline, stock characters, and humor that alternates between curious and potentially offensive.


Average Rating: 2.8/5
User Ratings: 356,538


Movie Info

Planet 51 is a galactic-sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien Chuck! With the help of his robot … More

PG (for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Kids & Family , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Joe Stillman
In Theaters:
Mar 9, 2010
Box Office:
Sony Pictures/TriStar Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Planet 51

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (85) | DVD (4)

There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

It's just an excuse for classic-cinema shout-outs and roller-coaster-like commotion.

Full Review… | November 25, 2009
Time Out New York
Top Critic

This has the directionless, recycled feel of a script by committee.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
USA Today
Top Critic

An uninspired computer-animated feature that may satisfy undiscriminating pipsqueaks and nearly no one else, Planet 51 is a low-IQ E.T. in reverse...

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Boston Globe
Top Critic

The whole thing is just terrible.

Full Review… | November 23, 2009
At the Movies
Top Critic

A poorly animated, poorly conceived, utterly predictable science fiction adventure without a single shred of originality.

Full Review… | February 15, 2012

So inane that not only is adult enjoyment unattainable, even younger audiences will be on to its lack of intelligence and novelty.

Full Review… | August 12, 2010

"A poorly conceived comedy spotlighting a collection of anal-centric humor that's about as appealing as baseball bat to the face."

Full Review… | June 2, 2010

In terms of animation, Planet 51 is out of this world. Then there's the story and the characters, which are about as dull as a dirty penny.

Full Review… | March 13, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

A short-sighted assembly of sci-fi references and scatalogical humor that should nonetheless placate undemanding tots ... for ninety minutes or so.

Full Review… | December 17, 2009

Nothing really gels and Planet 51 just comes across as shrill, rushed and unfunny.

December 15, 2009

While certainly diverting, its overly frantic attempts at humour, pointless homages to other films and lack of charm mean it falls some way short. It's not terrible but neither is it memorable.

December 13, 2009

A charming spoof of cold-war alien paranoia, this is visually inventive and full of action, but could do with more humour.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Sunday Times (UK)

A thin joke becomes attenuated to breaking point.

Full Review… | December 11, 2009
Observer [UK]

Well and truly aimed at kids, Planet 51 is a film they will thoroughly enjoy yet which any accompanying adult will have lots of laughs in too.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009

Just how much of this will be appreciated by children is questionable, but the film is clearly intended to keep them happy with lashings of colour, movement and cheesy jokes while older, diehard geeks can enjoy all the reference spotting.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
The Age (Australia)

Funny and well designed, but doesn't live up to potential due to uninspired dialogue and heavy hand of marketing.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
FILMINK (Australia)

The screenplay aims wide for every snappy, pop-culture joke that can possibly be cracked. But the viewer's funnybone remains an elusive target.

Full Review… | December 9, 2009
Herald Sun (Australia)

Little kids who've never seen this story before might get a kick out of it and its bold colours. Parents will be yawning and looking at their watches. At least G-Force dared you to hate it; this just dares you to stay awake.

Full Review… | December 7, 2009
Empire Magazine Australasia

I'm going to go out on a limb and say Planet 51 was written by a bunch of monkeys...who were trapped in a room with some typewriters. Surprisingly, the works of Shakespeare are the only texts they haven't blatantly ripped off.

Full Review… | December 6, 2009

Glar and his friends are more or less all-purpose protestors, showing up on sidewalks with placards announcing, "We're really upset!" over nothing specific. And that makes them about as amiable and as bland as everyone else on Planet 51.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009

A hideously annoying and emotionally blank tale.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Times [UK]

It could have added up to something. Alas, any excitement is submerged by the relentless barrage of trite sci-fi allusions and nudge-nudge gags aimed solely at adults.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Daily Telegraph

The action pans out pretty predictably but such is the verve of the story and the impressive visuals you may find yourself heading off course to catch Planet 51.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Planet 51


A pretty generic film. My daughter loved it as soon as she saw Dwayne Johnson was in it lol. Not much to this film in the long run.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

Its ok but there are a lot better animated movies out there. The star part is the alien type dog thing.

Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

The writers think that relying on familiarity is enough for people to like something, the same way that sometimes people mistake liking a song because it is memorable when it is in fact repetitively annoying. I'm sure the makers think it was very clever to turn the 'Alien visitor' EG the E.T. story on it's head but it isn't. It's pretty devoid of anything clever or funny. The decent animation doesn't go far enough to make up for its failures.

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer

The whole storyline is something everyone will know they have seen before. Some jokes were funny, others were embarassing and it treads too much into E.T territory Resultingly, Planet 51 isn't good family entertainment. The animation is pretty good but the characters are either cardboard cut out or borrowed from other better films.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Planet 51 Quotes

Professor Kipple:
This is oviesly alien writing.... mmm.... it says surrender or die and this is a list of surrender turns.
– Submitted by Meri L (22 months ago)

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