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Rango Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Newsday | Original Score: 0.5/4

March 25, 2011
Bruce Diones
New Yorker
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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.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

March 14, 2011
James Berardinelli
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The first animated film from ILM is also the first memorable motion picture of 2011.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 6, 2011
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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Adults and slightly older children should have a great time.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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.

Full Review Source: TIME Magazine

March 4, 2011
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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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.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
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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 Source: Denver Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first Pirates movie -- crazily funny and rambunctious.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor | Original Score: A-

March 4, 2011
Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
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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.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

March 4, 2011
Bob Mondello
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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 Source: NPR | Original Score: 9/10

March 4, 2011
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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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 Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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The whole enterprise is redolent of past movies (and drug trips), yet it somehow whiffs fresh.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

March 4, 2011
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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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 Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 4, 2011
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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The film itself is a magically strange hybrid, a spoofy computer-animated Western acted out by anthropomorphic desert creatures.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 3, 2011
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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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 Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2011
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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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 Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: A-

March 3, 2011
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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I've made a good case for seeing "Rango," and why not; an eye feast is still a feast in this lean multiplex season.

Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal

March 3, 2011
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Its strong suit is visual panache. It's too bad that consistent comedy and emotional resonance get lost amid the dust and cacti.

Full Review Source: USA Today

March 3, 2011
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
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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 Source: Rolling Stone | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2011
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
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Sharp-edged, surreal, and often astonishing in its giddy creativity.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2011
Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

March 3, 2011
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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It's an exuberant, audacious love letter to spaghetti westerns, masquerading as a kiddie cartoon. And it delivers deliciously on both levels.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

March 3, 2011
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2011
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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You know those animated films that have bits that the parents will enjoy? Rango is mostly those bits.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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"Rango'' is a highly watchable but somewhat frustrating mix of sloppy plotting, rascally attitude, and Big Action.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2.5/4

March 3, 2011
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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Ignoring the weak storyline entirely, Rango is a joyously weird experience, far more concerned with texture and flavor than with elaborate narrative.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

March 3, 2011
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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Rango never shuts up, but he never has anything funny or touching or clever to say.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune

March 3, 2011
Andrew O'Hehir
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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.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

March 2, 2011
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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"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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 4/4

March 2, 2011
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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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 Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: B-

March 2, 2011
Tom Huddleston
Time Out
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There are some wonderful things in 'Rango': the dialogue is witty, the animation is dizzying and the action is stunningly choreographed.

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

March 2, 2011
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 4/5

March 2, 2011
Jake Coyle
Associated Press
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Perhaps a new classification has been born: the "SpaghettiOs Western."

Full Review Source: Associated Press

March 2, 2011
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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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.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 1, 2011
Peter Debruge
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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.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 1, 2011
Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
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Madly clever animated sagebrush saga has style and wit to burn.

Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter

March 1, 2011
Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
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"...a fleet, quirky, computer-animated feature that I found ingenious, charming and almost entirely engaging."

Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Original Score: 4/5

March 1, 2011
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