Planet 51 Reviews

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Todd Gilchrist
SciFi.com
February 15, 2012
A poorly animated, poorly conceived, utterly predictable science fiction adventure without a single shred of originality.
Perri Nemiroff
CinemaBlend.com
August 12, 2010
So inane that not only is adult enjoyment unattainable, even younger audiences will be on to its lack of intelligence and novelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
June 2, 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 | Original Score: D
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
March 13, 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 | Original Score: 79/100
William Goss
Cinematical
December 17, 2009
A short-sighted assembly of sci-fi references and scatalogical humor that should nonetheless placate undemanding tots ... for ninety minutes or so.
James O'Ehley
fantastiqueZINE
December 15, 2009
Nothing really gels and Planet 51 just comes across as shrill, rushed and unfunny.
Lynden Barber
sbs.com.au
December 13, 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.
| Original Score: 3/5
Cosmo Landesman
Sunday Times (UK)
December 11, 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 | Original Score: 3/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
December 11, 2009
A thin joke becomes attenuated to breaking point.
Giles Hardie
smh.com.au
December 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 4/5
Jim Schembri
The Age (Australia)
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 | Original Score: 3/5
Colin Fraser
FILMINK (Australia)
December 9, 2009
Funny and well designed, but doesn't live up to potential due to uninspired dialogue and heavy hand of marketing.
Leigh Paatsch
Herald Sun (Australia)
December 9, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Michael Adams
Empire Magazine Australasia
December 7, 2009
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 | Original Score: 1/5
Anders Wotzke
Moviedex
December 6, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Cynthia Fuchs
PopMatters
December 4, 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.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 4, 2009
There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Maher
Times [UK]
December 4, 2009
A hideously annoying and emotionally blank tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sukhdev Sandhu
Daily Telegraph
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
December 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 3/5
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