Rugrats Go Wild Reviews

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 3, 2003
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
June 17, 2003
As matinee probations go, the movie's tainted by too many bad songs and too much of Bruce Willis.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
June 16, 2003
| Original Score: D+
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Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 16, 2003
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 16, 2003
[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.
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Houston Chronicle
June 14, 2003
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 13, 2003
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.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
June 13, 2003
The end product is surprisingly engaging, thanks at least in part to a pair of very stinky feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
June 13, 2003
The creators of Rugrats and Thornberrys have done a clever job of figuring crossover points for bringing the two together.
| Original Score: 3/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
June 13, 2003
Who would have thought those bright minds at Nickelodeon would come up with a stinker?
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
June 13, 2003
A fairly well-paced, borderline- entertaining kiddie flick.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 13, 2003
Not much more than a TV episode writ large -- and probably best strictly as a something-to-do stopgap before the Sinbad cartoon opens next month.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 13, 2003
The Thornberrys just happen to be visiting the same island the Rugrats have been marooned on, a coincidence born in corporate cartoon heaven, letting the newer franchise prop up the older a bit. The good news is, it pretty much works.
| Original Score: C+
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
June 13, 2003
Even the children in the audience will complain about the excessive potty humor by the movie's close.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Louise Kennedy
Boston Globe
June 13, 2003
The real question is not whether it's a great movie for adults -- you already know the answer to that one -- but whether it's bearable, and whether the kids will love it. It is, and they will.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
June 13, 2003
Perhaps too wildly ambitious in its goal to unite two powerful TV tribes to serve a common goal, but its unsentimental music (hip songs by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh) and visual delights will capture the imagination of young and old.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
June 13, 2003
Even with the filmmakers winking references to movies as diverse as Tea and Sympathy and Duck Soup, there is little here to hold the attention of anyone older than 9.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
June 13, 2003
Though the energy occasionally flags, the movie does a nice job of exploiting the crossover potential.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
June 13, 2003
Beyond the ill-conceived odorama gimmick, the new Rugrats movie ... is harmless, if slightly hyperactive, fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 13, 2003
The filmmakers apparently believe their audience suffers from ADD, and so they supply breakneck action and screaming sound volumes at all times.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
June 13, 2003
Where the earlier Rugrats movies had a unique and quirky point of view, this one strictly follows formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
June 13, 2003
It's got the dubious title of 'Most Diaper Jokes Crammed Into an 80-Minute Running Time' all sewn up.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 12, 2003
The result is rather lackluster.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
June 12, 2003
Aside from its clever premise, it doesn't offer much more than what we've seen on TV. Still, for the kids, it's fast and fun.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
June 12, 2003
Directors Norton Virgien's and John Eng's pacing is brisk, and voice director Charlie Adler elicits highly expressive performances, crucial in voicing animated characters, from his large cast.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
June 12, 2003
Like a play date that gets so totally out of hand, you just throw up your hands and just wait for everyone to go home.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 12, 2003
An OK time was had by all.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
June 12, 2003
Stick a fork in the Rugrats movie franchise. It's done.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Randy A. Salas
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 12, 2003
For those already familiar with these oddly lovable characters, this one comes out smelling like a rose.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
June 12, 2003
Too mild, too crude by far.
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Allison Benedikt
Chicago Tribune
June 12, 2003
Even with Nickelodeon's cross-pollination efforts and the dazzling Oderama concept, the 12-year-old babies just aren't funny this time.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly
June 11, 2003
Mildly amusing, but compared to Pixar's splashy fish story, the rudimentary drawings and childish gags of Nickelodeon's latest feature look, in a word, cartoonish.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Sheri Linden
Hollywood Reporter
June 10, 2003
A quality summertime diversion for families.