Rango Reviews

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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 25, 2011
Just when you thought you'd seen everything, here comes Chinatown, the animated version.
Full Review | Original Score: 0.5/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
March 14, 2011
Though young children may enjoy it, the film is built for viewers of any age with a taste for joyful anarchy.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
March 6, 2011
The first animated film from ILM is also the first memorable motion picture of 2011.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
March 4, 2011
Adults and slightly older children should have a great time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
March 4, 2011
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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
March 4, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
March 4, 2011
Yes, [there are] enough nods to other sources to make Rango a bobblehead. But the movie, and much of John Logan's writing, is still pretty durn clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 4, 2011
The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first Pirates movie -- crazily funny and rambunctious.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
March 4, 2011
What elevates it above a cheeky romp is the skilled CGI work, not only the wealth of tactile detail lavished on the parched townsfolk but also the painterly, sand-swept vistas they call home.
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March 4, 2011
Rango's not just a kiddie-flick (though it has enough silly slapstick to qualify as a pretty good one). It's a real movie lover's movie, conceived as a Blazing Saddles-like comic commentary on genre that's as back-lot savvy as it is light in the saddle.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 4, 2011
An ultra-quirky animated Western with a vocal tour de force by Johnny Depp that's quite unlike anything I've ever seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
March 4, 2011
A sun-baked symphony of rust and dust, Rango has a spiky, unsentimental appeal, sending out slightly risque jokes to parents while staying safely out of the danger zone for kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
March 4, 2011
The whole enterprise is redolent of past movies (and drug trips), yet it somehow whiffs fresh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 4, 2011
Without double-crossing the kiddie contingent, "Rango" is iconic like a spaghetti Western, smart like a '70s conspiracy thriller and lively like a Coen brothers comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
March 3, 2011
The film itself is a magically strange hybrid, a spoofy computer-animated Western acted out by anthropomorphic desert creatures.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 3, 2011
It is not self-conscious knowingness that drives Rango but rather a quirky and sincere enthusiasm for all the strange stuff that has piled up in the filmmakers' heads over the years.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
March 3, 2011
Every other week, it seems there is some new creation full of fantastically realized creatures engaging in eye-tricking action. The ironic effect of this... is a so-what-else-you-got state of jaded exhaustion. And then along comes Rango.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 3, 2011
I've made a good case for seeing "Rango," and why not; an eye feast is still a feast in this lean multiplex season.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 3, 2011
Its strong suit is visual panache. It's too bad that consistent comedy and emotional resonance get lost amid the dust and cacti.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
March 3, 2011
Say what you will about 'Rango,' the computer-animated Western riding hard on Johnny Depp doing the voice of a lizard - just don't call it business as usual.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
March 3, 2011
Sharp-edged, surreal, and often astonishing in its giddy creativity.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
March 3, 2011
In a world choked with animated films -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- it's hard to be either original or great. Yet director Gore Verbinski has done both -- and without 3-D...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 3, 2011
It's an exuberant, audacious love letter to spaghetti westerns, masquerading as a kiddie cartoon. And it delivers deliciously on both levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 3, 2011
What makes this unhinged, wildly self-conscious comedy-adventure more than a two-hour gimmick is an inspired vocal performance by Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, Johnny Depp.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 3, 2011
You know those animated films that have bits that the parents will enjoy? Rango is mostly those bits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 3, 2011
"Rango'' is a highly watchable but somewhat frustrating mix of sloppy plotting, rascally attitude, and Big Action.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 3, 2011
Ignoring the weak storyline entirely, Rango is a joyously weird experience, far more concerned with texture and flavor than with elaborate narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
March 3, 2011
Rango never shuts up, but he never has anything funny or touching or clever to say.
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Andrew O'Hehir
Salon.com
March 2, 2011
I'm honestly not sure whether or not it's a good movie, but it doesn't leave you much time to ponder that question.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
March 2, 2011
"Rango" is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
March 2, 2011
Neither Rango the mash-up movie nor Rango the lizard is particularly lovable. But there's no denying the intrigue in its combination of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
March 2, 2011
There are some wonderful things in 'Rango': the dialogue is witty, the animation is dizzying and the action is stunningly choreographed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
March 2, 2011
It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 2, 2011
Perhaps a new classification has been born: the "SpaghettiOs Western."
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
March 1, 2011
A rollicking, surreal, and existential kids' Western that worships at the altars of Sergio Leone, Hunter S. Thompson, and Chinatown, Rango drowns under the weight of discordant objectives and influences.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
March 1, 2011
Johnny Depp isn't the sort of star to blend in, so it's saying something that his turn as the world's most conspicuous chameleon in Rango is so full-bodied, you forget the actor and focus on the character.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
March 1, 2011
Madly clever animated sagebrush saga has style and wit to burn.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
March 1, 2011
"...a fleet, quirky, computer-animated feature that I found ingenious, charming and almost entirely engaging."
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5