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Rugrats Go Wild (2003)



Average Rating: 5/10
Reviews Counted: 86
Fresh: 35 | Rotten: 51

The Rugrats franchise has gone from fresh to formulaic.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 17

The Rugrats franchise has gone from fresh to formulaic.



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When the Rugrats family vacation goes awry, they suddenly find themselves on a deserted island. Hopelessly stuck in the middle of nowhere--without cell phones or cookies!--the Rugrats encounter lizards, leopards and bug eating plants, not to mention the wildest discovery of all--the Thornberrys! But poor Spike isn't having nearly as much fun. His sniffer is on the blink and his reckless Rugrats are wandering through the rainforest alone. Can Eliza Thornberry, who speaks fluent Dog and all animal


Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy


Kate Boutilier

Dec 16, 2003


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March 2, 2006:
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All Critics (100) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (35) | Rotten (51) | DVD (7)

As matinee probations go, the movie's tainted by too many bad songs and too much of Bruce Willis.

June 17, 2003 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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[T]his is harmless entertainment for very young children. Everyone else though, will be wriggling in their seats like 2-year-olds with wet diapers.

June 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
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For all the doubling of franchises, Odorama- smelling and smart-aleck references to famous movies and songs, there's nothing particularly bright and charming about the film.

June 13, 2003
Washington Post
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The end product is surprisingly engaging, thanks at least in part to a pair of very stinky feet.

June 13, 2003 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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The creators of Rugrats and Thornberrys have done a clever job of figuring crossover points for bringing the two together.

June 13, 2003
Seattle Times
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Fun meet-up of Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys on deserted island.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

If you dismiss the flaws and pretty unimaginative plot line, you'll really have some fun with the film...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

[T]his is more like a TV sweeps month stunt than the beginning of new chapter of Rugrats history.

January 3, 2004 Full Review

Nothing about Rugrats Go Wild is particularly bad or crass; it's just exhaustingly mediocre.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

Unless you're a Nickelodeon executive or a six-year-old who's never heard of Pixar, you'll be fervently hoping such desperate tactics signal the end of this tiresome spin-off franchise.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source:

Rugrats Go Wild boasts tiresome plotlessness, TV-grade animation, and doesn't even propagandize the kids with hearty moral messages

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Peterborough This Week

As a Rugrats neophyte, I found it hard to understand what makes them so beloved: their voices are shrill and charmless, and so much of the humour springs from grating babytalk.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: eye WEEKLY

Parental love combined with guilt can make you do anything for your child.

July 1, 2003 Full Review Source:

Nickelodeon calls this a "crossover" adventure. I call it a crowded movie with too many characters and a tendency toward hyperactivity.

June 25, 2003 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Can adults sit through it with minimal doses of Novocaine from the concession stand? The answer: A qualified yes.

June 24, 2003 Full Review

Television-loving children will scream for Rugrats Go Wild!, and in this case, their parents can go ahead and let them-they won't be missing much.

June 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Premiere Magazine
Premiere Magazine

A pleasing enough one for adults and tots alike.

June 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

The highlight is when Stu makes like some weird love child of Gilligan and MacGyver and crafts a radio out of a coconut, a razor and a pen.

June 20, 2003
Planet Sick-Boy

Rugrats Go Wild! is an interesting experiment in character cooperation, but plays out like an extended television episode rather than a well-thought-out feature.

June 19, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Rugrats Go Wild! doesn't have an iota of that sweet, cynical charm that has made the show something parents could watch

June 17, 2003 Full Review Source:

It's a message movie, as are all kids films these days, but these environmentally-aware messages are sweet and unforced, and well worth hearing.

June 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Your attention never flags, mainly because the filmmakers are so determined to hold it, whether through the thunderous sound, in-your-face imagery or surfeit of (literal) potty humor.

June 14, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Audience Reviews for Rugrats Go Wild

A good crossover but it has one thing i dislike about it, Bruce Willis as Spike. It just seems out of place for him to play Spike
May 1, 2011
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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This was both boring and entertaining. Liked their adventures, there was some sad moments.
June 25, 2010
Dead Angel

Super Reviewer

Totally substandard compared to the cartoon.
June 21, 2008

Super Reviewer

I love Rugrats. I like the Wild Thornberry's. I do not care for them together.
February 27, 2009

Super Reviewer

    1. Siri the Leopard: I'm Siri, the clouded Leopard.
    2. Spike the Dog: I'm Spike, the pure bread mutt.
    3. Siri the Leopard: See these claws?
    4. Spike the Dog: Sniff my butt.
    – Submitted by Rufus H (2 years ago)
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