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Ratatouille Reviews

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Super Reviewer
May 11, 2008
This was a charming movie that was a great time for me and my daughter.
Super Reviewer
November 17, 2007
Didn't love it, but i do wish i had seee it in the theatre. some fun animation but i just didn't connect very strongly with Remy the Rat and the many storylines. Peter O'Toole is quite delicious as the heavy.
Super Reviewer
June 11, 2014
Ratatouille is another brilliant Pixar outing that features a great story, wonderful animation, a varied cast of talented actors that brings the character to life, and it has some terrific humor. Pixar are truly wonderful in making some memorable animated feature films that really resonate with the viewer. Ratatouille is yet another fine picture that is highly entertaining from start to finish, and it is a film that is a must see for fans of previous Pixar films. Animated features are always great to watch because; they have a unique to quality to them that makes them a truly memorable viewing experience. With Ratatouille, Pixar have taken a simple idea, and crafted a thoroughly entertaining film experience that stands out. From start to finish, the film is entertaining, fun, and memorable because, the simple nature of the story, mixed with wonderful animation and great voice acting, you have a film that is a feat of animation. I love Pixar films, and it's hard to pick a favorite, because every film the studio has made has really stood out, but if you're wondering, Ratatouille continues the tradition of the studio to release quality films, and are a studio that have only made one lacking picture. Here, we have a film that is beautifully made, tells a simple, yet thoroughly engaging story that is never dull, and always amusing. Ratatouille works well, and is a picture that is brilliantly directed and is a film that will appeal to viewers of all ages. This is a superb animated feature, one that is yet another fine addition to Pixar's outstanding catalogue of great movies. If you want a fun, entertaining animated film, Ratatouille is a solid and safe bet to watch, as it has all the key elements that have made Pixar's films something to behold.
Super Reviewer
July 28, 2013
Pixar's latest installment is a recipe of success. Ratatouille is bold and classy with the flare of European culture. Patton Oswalt's adventurous critter spices a flamboyant film with an interesting plot and dynamic delivery. 4/5
Super Reviewer
½ March 22, 2013
The stakes are not as high in this film as they are in other Pixar movies, so despite the likable characters, it is hard to get that invested in the plot. Still, it is a good film by all standards.
Super Reviewer
½ June 25, 2007
Yet another home-run from the folks at Pixar concerning a rat (voice of Patton Oswalt) who has a passion and talent for cooking, and how he finds himself as the toast of the town of Paris as he helps an insecure young chef (Lou Romano) cook his recipes. Director Brad Bird is one of the most under-rated directors in the business, as he directed two of the best animated films of the 00's in this film and 2004's "The Incredibles". The film has all the familiar elements of a Pixar smash, including an interesting take on the perception of a critic, in this case a food critic titan (voice of Peter O'Toole). Sure, it's a little predictable, but the heart and soul, delivered excellently by the voice actors, is what makes Pixar's films such huge successes, and this one is no exception.
Super Reviewer
½ August 9, 2011
Entertaining from beginning to end, never a dull moment, and very clever story telling. All in all, it's a great animation/cartoon and one of Pixar's best films!
Directors Cat
Super Reviewer
August 16, 2011
Ratatouille is among Pixar's best. The films moral is simple and it is explained really well. It is an extremely memorable production that looks good and has an original storyline, it's action sequences are great to look at and overall it's quite simply a masterpiece.
Daniel Mumby
Super Reviewer
½ January 14, 2012
One of the golden rules of film reviewing is to never judge a film by its reputation. While this vigilance is particularly required during awards season, it is essential not to judge any film by the prestige of the people who made it; as we all know, good directors can make bad films, and vice versa. This principle seems to have escaped the majority of people who saw Ratatouille, which when stripped of its Pixar prestige and kid-friendly marketing is disappointingly ordinary.

Being PIXAR, you're pretty certain from the start that Ratatouille was never going to be a genuinely bad film. The quality control at PIXAR is immense, with writers and animators sometimes taking five or six years to weed out all the aspects which aren't quite right until they end up with a fitting finished product. This is not a case of a bad film slipping through the net - it is clearly the film that PIXAR and director Brad Bird wanted to make.

This feeling is confirmed by the gorgeous animation. There is not a single frame in Ratatouille which is not beautifully designed, lit or shot, with both humans and animals being increasingly photo-realistic. In the six years since Monsters Inc., which solved the hair and fur problem, CG animation has moved on apace so that now you almost don't notice the artistry - and that, in theory, means that you are focussed on the story rather than the spectacle.

There are some genuine laughs in Ratatouille, which come as much as anything from the setting and the style of comedy. Kitchens and restaurants have always been fertile grounds for slapstick and farce, from Charlie Chaplin's antics in Rink and Modern Times, through to Blake Edwards' The Party and the 'Gourmet Night' episode of Fawlty Towers. The set-pieces, involving slipping on liquid, clanging saucepans and inadvertently ruining dishes, are all pretty standard and (pun intended) par for the course. But they are executed in a dextrous and reasonably elaborate manner which makes one either chuckle or applaud in admiration.

Some of the supporting characters in Ratatouille are very well-designed. Peter O'Toole gives a good performance as Anton Ego, playing against type to create some other-worldly hybrid of Will Self and Farmer Bean out of Roald Dahl's Fantastic Mr. Fox. The best scene in the film finds him tasting the ratatouille, before flashing back to his childhood where the same dish was served by his mother. Elsewhere Ian Holm is unrecognisable as the short(-tempered) Skinner, and John Ratzenberger makes a welcome cameo as the head waiter.

So far, so good - but there's a problem. For all there is to like and admire about the design of Ratatouille, you get the sense that the film is trying too hard to live up to PIXAR's reputation. In its attempt to consciously hit all the same emotional buttons of Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo, it forgets to have any of the startling originality and panache which made the PIXAR brand great in the first place. If this didn't have PIXAR anywhere on it, it would probably have been dismissed as a sweet and twee but ultimately unremarkable offering.

Notwithstanding the technological leaps they represented, most of PIXAR's films worked because they pushed the envelope of what children's films and family entertainment could do. They combined the most cutting-edge technology and smartest filmmaking techniques with genuine affection for old cinema, proper characters and stories that had something for everyone. While Cars was the first film in which the visuals dominated the story, Ratatouille is the first PIXAR offering that feels like it has been screen-tested. It's too generic, too shiny, too safe to be a proper PIXAR film, and in its weaker moments it's not much better than the worst of Dreamworks.

This is reflected in the fact that so much of Ratatouille's plot is stuff that we have seen before. The central conceit that a rat could cook is not a million miles from the final act in Gore Verbinski's Mousehunt, and as in Mousehunt there are various japes and pranks in which the rodents get one over on the humans. You could almost call Ratatouille a spiritual sequel to Verbinski's film. In any case, it is the mouse that beats the rat hands (or claws) down.

For all the problems with Gore Verbinski (and there are many), Mousehunt still cuts the mustard as a perfectly passible slapstick farce. Despite the talent involved, like Lee Evans and Christopher Walken, the film was content with being reasonable, innocuous and unassuming - hence when the odd little surprise arrived, it was warmly welcomed. Ratatouille, on the other hand, wants everyone to fall in adoration at its feet, to herald it as a pioneering work of art when in fact it is nothing of the sort.

There are other derivative touches too. Having Gusteau's spirit coaching Remy is a rather lazy reworking of Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio, but without any of the charm or dark consequences. The sewer scenes are at best a sped-up variation on Finding Nemo and at worst a rip-off of Don Bluth's Rock-a-Doodle. In and of themselves these little touches aren't annoying or off-putting, but they reinforce the feeling that we are not seeing anything new (or at least, not as new as we have come to expect).

The problem is not just the material: it is Bird's execution and delivery of it. When he started his career in animation, working first for Disney and then The Simpsons, he seemed to have mastered the art of telling stories in a way which had the widest possible appeal. His feature debut, The Iron Giant, is proof of this, retuning Ted Hughes' novel into a Spielberg-style romp with great characters and real emotions.

But while John Lasseter, Lee Unkrich and Andrew Stanton have continued and refined this knack of appealing to children and adults alike, Bird has become guilty of making adult films which look like they are aimed at children. The Incredibles may have a lot of whizz-bang action in its second half, but it's hard to believe that very young children will swallow the opening act about selling insurance and going on conferences.

In this case Bird has taken a relatively grown-up story about cooking and the food business and told it in the style of a kid's film. It is not a cynical sleight-of-hand like Shark Tale or the later Shrek films, but at heart it is still a film for grown-ups which just happens to look like a kid's film. The dialogue is so fast-paced that young children might miss out on key moments, and the film's overly cute tone overcompensates for the fact that the issues it addresses are predominantly adult ones.

Like The Incredibles, Ratatouille is also a little long and baggy. It's not so long and baggy that the comic pace is lost - there are still wonderful little pockets of energy throughout. But at times it feels like it is going through the motions to satisfy audience expectations, and the romance between Linguini and Colette is laboured. The film is predictable enough without this relationship, and even when the characters get screen time together, they feel too generic to really care about.

Ratatouille is a surprisingly innocuous and disappointing offering from PIXAR. You couldn't liken it to rotten fruit, or a drink that leaves a sour taste in the mouth, because it never leaves enough of an impression to get upset about its flaws. Bird's early work suggests that he has better films in him, and for wiling away a Sunday evening it will do its job. In the end, it is the cinematic equivalent of icing sugar - very pretty and very sweet, but not as tasty or as weighty as it should be.
Super Reviewer
September 4, 2007
This looks awesome, it really shows how far animation has come, everything looks real and pretty tasty haha the problem is the plot, its just not really interesting. Who cares about a French restaurant and cheffing lol! a rat wanting to be a chef and makes great food??? its just uninteresting and silly, thus being the problem.

The voices are good and there are some really nice fun scenes but then its back to food talk, its not that funny either, here and there maybe. It wins points for looks really, just like allot of films these days it looks really stunning in every detail but apart from that its just business as usual with yet another animated film about another type of creature.
Super Reviewer
January 14, 2010
"Ratatouille" is exactly what you can expect from "Pixar" animated feature. It has heart, action, and audiences will definitely begin to feel for rats around the world, that they may be pests, but they are living creatures, just like humans. While watching a helpless boy ruin a kitchen recipe, saved by a genius rat who makes him a famous cook, my jaw was on the floor at how much emotion I was able to feel. It is going to be very hard for me to harm any kind of rodent in the future, no matter how much it freaks me out. This heartwarming tale of a rat who loves to cook, and is hated by his family, is one of Pixar's best films, and I believe it will remain that way for a very long time. I absolutely love this film, and I highly recommend it to anyone who is worthy enough to let that child side out of you! "Ratatouille" is a kids masterpiece!
Super Reviewer
January 4, 2012
Absolutely recommend to watch this movie. It's fun to watch with your family.
Super Reviewer
½ October 20, 2011
Contrary to the popular feelings of this film, I didn't think it was really that good. Yes it had great characters and a decent story but for some reason I just didn't feel it as much as others did. I got tired of it quite quickly and had it been shorter then it would have worked better.
Super Reviewer
½ July 6, 2007
Great animation and original story about a rat who wants to be a top chef in Paris.
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2011
Beneath the poignant, romantic and at times gullible moments is a message of sincere, wonderful sentiments of boundless imagination, profound artistry and ever brilliant idealism that is to be found in all humanity. The statement 'anyone can cook' has a resounding tingle to any one who dares to see beyond the colorful exterior and set his sights upon its deeper truths.
Super Reviewer
½ August 15, 2011
Ratatouille is a superbly animated feel-good, inspiring, fast-paced, funny movie with great voice acting that the kids will love.
Super Reviewer
½ March 28, 2011
One of Pixars best. Ratatouille stars a rat named Remy (Pattob Oswald) who is one in a million, he is thd only one who has a taste for well made food and dreams of becoming a chef. When his entire family and Remy are seperated, Remy ends up in Paris where he enters a resturaunt and cooks and the credit goes to a new garbage boy named Linguini (Lou Ramano), and the mean boss Skinner (Ian Holm) sees the rat and orders Linguini to kill it, but Linguini and Remy agree to help eachother so thry can be the greatest chefs in Paris, but can it really all work out? The plot and sounds in this movie made it a really mature step for Pixar, they were so well made and the best part of the film. The jokes were great, and Remy is a very likeable protagonist. You have to be heartless to dislike this movie.
Super Reviewer
½ August 1, 2007
After the already-classic Finding Nemo, rather serious action hit Incredibles and the wonderful Cars this is sadly a slight step down in Pixars series of animated films, but that's complaining on a very high level. The movie is very entertaining, despite of a few too talkative scenes, especially for kids under the age of eight. The standard of animation is fantastic, the animal hair and scenery of Paris is outstanding. Like always with Pixar you can rely on them to create real and likable characters, especially the bad guys add some spice to the film that is otherwise a little too easy-going and just doesn't have as many laughs as its predecessors. In the end it also manages to touch us deeply and just makes you happy. Very lovable.
Super Reviewer
½ April 16, 2011
There's really nothing wrong with Ratatouille, but there's also nothing particularly great about it either. I love little rats and all, so that was a point of intrigue, but the whole French chef aspect didn't exactly capture my heart. This is funny and quite in all the places it wants to be, but at the end of the day it's just not as enjoyable or fun as something like Toy Story or A Bug's Life.
Movie Monster
Super Reviewer
½ August 28, 2010
Ratatouille is a good film but is a trillion miles away from being one of Pixar's masterpieces.

Ratatoille is the story of a rat named Remy with a good sense and knowledge of French cuisine. After getting lost and encountering himself in Paris, he helps a troubeled chef named Linguini rise to stardom. Only if he dosen't break the rules of no rats in the kitchen.

Well animated but the story feels a little bit like the 1997 film "Mouse Hunt" with Nathan Lane but had its own original flair. We did not see this theaters because it didn't interest us despite being huge Pixar fans. But after hearing many good things about it, we eventually ordered and saw it while staying in Bally's in Las Vegas. Needless to say, this is very overrated. But we were entertained.

Good but not the best. If this is on your list of top 5 Pixar films, your name must be Paris Hilton.

"It sounds like "rat" and "patooti". Ratpatooti! And does not sound delicious."
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