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Rango (2011)

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Average Rating: 7.6/10
Reviews Counted: 212
Fresh: 186 | Rotten: 26

Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 38
Fresh: 34 | Rotten: 4

Rango is a smart, giddily creative burst of beautifully animated entertainment, and Johnny Depp gives a colorful vocal performance as a household pet in an unfamiliar world.

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Rango is a sheltered chameleon living as an ordinary family pet, while facing a major identity crisis. After all, how high can you aim when your whole purpose in life is to blend in? When Rango accidentally winds up in the gritty, gun-slinging town of Dirt - a lawless outpost populated by the desert's most wily and whimsical creatures - the less-than-courageous lizard suddenly finds he stands out. Welcomed as the last hope the town has been waiting for, new Sheriff Rango is forced to play his

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Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family

John Logan

Jul 15, 2011

$123.2M

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Just when you thought you'd seen everything, here comes Chinatown, the animated version.

March 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Newsday | Comments (31)
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Though young children may enjoy it, the film is built for viewers of any age with a taste for joyful anarchy.

March 14, 2011 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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The first animated film from ILM is also the first memorable motion picture of 2011.

March 6, 2011 Full Review Source: ReelViews
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Adults and slightly older children should have a great time.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Comments (4)
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A CGI western comedy populated by desert critters, Rango gives the film year a belated jump start with a passel of movie-wise fun and a knockout animation style.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine | Comment (1)
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With his first animated feature, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski shows ambitions considerably beyond producing the usual standard of most children's fare. To put it plainly, Rango is one weird movie.

March 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
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Delivers the western genre goods along with generous laughs and some impressive animation--and some brazenly warped sensibilities.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
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Amusing in small doses, marketed to kids and not really FOR kids. An undeserving Oscar winner.

January 15, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Meditations on identity make Rango unique, and somewhat special, in the current animated film landscape.

October 4, 2012 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

If the writers had dared to step a little outside the borders of the western formula or if they'd even just shaken up the old formula a bit, this really could have been something special, but sadly, it just ends up being pretty standard.

September 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Depp isn't as annoying in this as he has been elsewhere.

September 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight | Comment (1)
Cinema Sight

Packed with in-jokes, great characters and an offbeat anti-hero, Rango is the perfect shake-up the animated genre needed.

January 29, 2012 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
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At long last, a spaghetti Western for the kiddie set -- and one that doesn't sell older viewers short.

January 3, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

Oddball existential western animation.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

An animated walk on the dry side

December 24, 2011 Full Review Source: JWR

Unfocused and absolutely scattered...

December 17, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (5)
Cinema Crazed

... The best non-Pixar animated movie in recent memory ...

November 5, 2011 Full Review Source: Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)

Set in a surreally off-kilter version of the Wild West populated entirely by animals, computer-animated Western Rango is both a witty spoof and loving homage to the genre.

July 25, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

Kudos to the director for making it as oddball as it could get away with.

July 20, 2011 Full Review Source: Window to the Movies
Window to the Movies

Fans of Johnny Depp will enjoy his voice work as the nutty Rango; he is obviously having a good time. Ned Beatty's voice is easily recognizable as the main villain, giving him a one-two punch after working as the nasty Lotso in Toy Story 3...

July 18, 2011 Full Review Source: indieWIRE | Comments (4)
indieWIRE

... this southwestern goof is really for really big kids with a love of movies, a sense of whimsy and a soft spot for the hideously gorgeous creatures of the desert.

July 12, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com
MSN.com

It's one of those movies that will reveal more and more to youngsters as they rewatch it in years to come... and that's the best kind of film.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

For good or for bad, this is not your run-of-the-mill animated feature.

July 7, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Rango is Disney by way of Hunter S. Thompson, Chinatown recast with a lizard, Blazing Saddles with existential angst, Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns romanticallyspoofed. Rango is both weird and wonderful.

July 6, 2011 Full Review Source: BrandonFibbs.com | Comment (1)
BrandonFibbs.com

Inevitably, as seems to be the law with any modern animation, there's an intertextual dimension to the proceedings.

June 29, 2011 Full Review Source: The Ooh Tray
The Ooh Tray

This chameleon stands out.

June 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

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I wasn't expecting Rango to be any good when I first saw the trailer a while back. It looked to me like your typically smug production line animated film that was soon to be forgotten in everyones minds. I was wrong. Rango is a terrifically clever film that will entertain both children and parents alike. The voice over performances are all around great. Johnny Depp shows great enthusiasm for the titular role and it also makes references to Johnny Depp's previous enigmatic dream like picture "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas". For me that reference was a hilarious in-joke. Like Fear And Loathing Rango is visually creative, eye popping and surrealist and mysterious with just enough substance addressing environmental issues to balance itself out with the bright colours and animated environments. There were two sex references in it that may put some off, but I think this is slightly more of an adult film than a children's slapstick comedy. I loved it much more than I thought I would, and I think it was the biggest surprise of 2011.
June 28, 2012
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I'm not sure whether to be confused, impressed or downright awed.
May 7, 2012
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A good animation with some slick visuals and decent humour. Just seen how good the voice cast line up os, not recognizing most of them. It has nice little in joke to one or two of Depp's other films and westerns in general. Just thought the actual story was about as basic as it could be, still an entertaining watch though.
April 13, 2012
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    1. Roadkill: Good luck amigo. You'll need it.
    – Submitted by Adam P (15 months ago)
    1. Rango: You want something to believe in? Believe in me!
    – Submitted by Adam P (15 months ago)
    1. Rango: For as long as we have water, we have a town.
    2. Mayor: Mr. Rango is right, as long as we have water we have some hope.
    – Submitted by Adam P (15 months ago)
    1. Doc: This hawk...is dead!
    2. Waffles: Circle of life.
    – Submitted by Miles F (23 months ago)
    1. Mayor: Control the water, you control everything.
    – Submitted by Sol R (2 years ago)
    1. Bad Bill: I'm going to slice your face off and use it to wipe my unmentionables!
    – Submitted by Rishabh B (2 years ago)
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