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Planet 51 (2009)



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

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
Critic Reviews: 25
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 19

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



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An American astronaut believing himself to be the first person ever to set foot on Planet 51 gets the shock of his life in this animated adventure comedy featuring the voices of Dwayne Johnson, Jessica Biel, John Cleese, and Gary Oldman. Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker (voice of Johnson) was on a mission to boldly go where no man had gone before, a remote celestial body dubbed Planet 51. The scientific community had surmised that Planet 51 was uninhabited, so when Captain Baker steps out of his


Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

Joe Stillman

Mar 9, 2010


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All Critics (109) | Top Critics (25) | Fresh (23) | Rotten (85) | DVD (4)

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

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's just an excuse for classic-cinema shout-outs and roller-coaster-like commotion.

November 25, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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This has the directionless, recycled feel of a script by committee.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today
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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...

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.

November 24, 2009 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
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The whole thing is just terrible.

November 23, 2009 Full Review Source: At the Movies | Comments (3)
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A poorly animated, poorly conceived, utterly predictable science fiction adventure without a single shred of originality.

February 15, 2012 Full Review Source:

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

August 12, 2010 Full Review Source:

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

June 2, 2010 Full Review Source: | Comments (2)

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.

March 13, 2010 Full Review Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | Comment (1)
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.

December 17, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinematical

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.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Sunday Times (UK)
Sunday Times (UK)

A thin joke becomes attenuated to breaking point.

December 11, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK] | Comment (1)
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.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source:

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.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: The Age (Australia)
The Age (Australia)

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

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
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.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Herald Sun (Australia)
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.

December 7, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine Australasia | Comments (2)
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.

December 6, 2009 Full Review Source: Moviedex

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.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: PopMatters

A hideously annoying and emotionally blank tale.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK]
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.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
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.

December 4, 2009 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Planet 51

Its ok but there are a lot better animated movies out there. The star part is the alien type dog thing.
January 13, 2013

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.
January 7, 2013

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.
November 5, 2011
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    1. Professor Kipple: This is oviesly alien writing.... mmm.... it says surrender or die and this is a list of surrender turns.
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