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Planet 51 Reviews

Nick Schager
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
Christine Champ
Film.com
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Full Review Source: Film.com | Original Score: B-

May 6, 2011
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 2/4

August 23, 2010
Derek Adams
Time Out
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There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

December 4, 2009
Nick Schager
Time Out New York
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It's just an excuse for classic-cinema shout-outs and roller-coaster-like commotion.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

November 25, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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This has the directionless, recycled feel of a script by committee.

Full Review Source: USA Today

November 24, 2009
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
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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...

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2/4

November 24, 2009
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 24, 2009
A.O. Scott
At the Movies
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The whole thing is just terrible.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 23, 2009
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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This sharp-looking but unimaginative adventure hasn't the wit of similar kiddie flicks.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/4

November 20, 2009
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The movie as a whole isn't exactly ground-breaking, and some of the humor tanks. But it has enough action, laughs and candy-hued visuals to satisfy the target audience without plunging grown-ups into despair.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 20, 2009
Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
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With nowhere to go except toward that incongruous moral, the story is getting thin on the ground, obliging director Jorge Blanco to pad with the usual plush stuffing -- bland action and busy edits.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 20, 2009
Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
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The script lacks wit, and the in-joke references to cinematic sci-fi classics will soar over little kids' heads without pleasing many adults.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 20, 2009
Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
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Definitely a planet worth a visit.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

November 20, 2009
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Mediocre, clunky and just so not special.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: C-

November 20, 2009
Stephen Holden
New York Times
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The agreeable but flagrantly unoriginal Planet 51 belongs to the mix-and-match school of animated moviemaking.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 20, 2009
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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"Singin' in the Rain" references? John Glenn? Cold War duck-and-cover drills? What time capsule yielded this script?

Full Review Source: New York Post

November 20, 2009
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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Planet 51 is cute, but it's no Shrek.

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 20, 2009
Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
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Rest assured that nothing of significance will disturb said infant, neither feelings nor images nor ideas. No danger here; just a faint, faraway tickle of boredom.

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 1/5

November 19, 2009
Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
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Instead of spinning its spoof of 1950s sci-fi paranoia in new directions, the movie trades in potty humor and tired sendups of The Terminator and Star Wars.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 2/5

November 19, 2009
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Largely, it's a jellybean of a movie: bright, colorful, sugary, and with no real content.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: C

November 19, 2009
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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Although not bowling me over, Planet 51 is a jolly and good-looking animated feature in glorious 2-D.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 19, 2009
Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
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Delivers a few pleasant surprises, including a smart story -- a reverse-E.T. riff that plops an American astronaut down in a world of just-like-us-only-green creatures -- and clever characters...

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B

November 18, 2009
Brian Miller
Village Voice
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Planet 51 mainly succeeds at reminding you of all the better movies that inspired it.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

November 17, 2009
Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
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A playful throwback to the days when cartoons were mostly aimed at children.

November 16, 2009
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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A high concept gets low execution in Planet 51, a lame-brained toon that even kids will recognize as an insipid goof on sci-fi conventions.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 16, 2009
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