| Original Score: 2/5
| Original Score: B-
| Original Score: 2/4
There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled.
| Original Score: 3/5
It's just an excuse for classic-cinema shout-outs and roller-coaster-like commotion.
This has the directionless, recycled feel of a script by committee.
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...
Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
The whole thing is just terrible.
This sharp-looking but unimaginative adventure hasn't the wit of similar kiddie flicks.
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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.
The script lacks wit, and the in-joke references to cinematic sci-fi classics will soar over little kids' heads without pleasing many adults.
Definitely a planet worth a visit.
| Original Score: 4/5
Mediocre, clunky and just so not special.
| Original Score: C-
The agreeable but flagrantly unoriginal Planet 51 belongs to the mix-and-match school of animated moviemaking.
"Singin' in the Rain" references? John Glenn? Cold War duck-and-cover drills? What time capsule yielded this script?
Planet 51 is cute, but it's no Shrek.
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.
| Original Score: 1/5
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.
Largely, it's a jellybean of a movie: bright, colorful, sugary, and with no real content.
| Original Score: C
Although not bowling me over, Planet 51 is a jolly and good-looking animated feature in glorious 2-D.
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...
| Original Score: B
Planet 51 mainly succeeds at reminding you of all the better movies that inspired it.
A playful throwback to the days when cartoons were mostly aimed at children.
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.