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Planet 51 (2009)



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

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 companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.more
Rating: PG (for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Joe Stillman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 9, 2010
Box Office: $42.2M
Sony Pictures/TriStar Pictures - Official Site


Gary Oldman
as General Grawl
John Cleese
as Professor Kipple
Mathew Horne
as Vesklin
James Corden
as Vernkot
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Critic Reviews for Planet 51

All Critics (108) | Top Critics (25)

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

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Time Out
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

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 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.

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