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Thunder and the House of Magic (2014)

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Average Rating: 5.8/10
Reviews Counted: 26
Fresh: 18 | Rotten: 8

Thunder and the House of Magic lacks real narrative depth, but its visual splendor offers sufficient compensation for younger viewers.

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Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 2

Thunder and the House of Magic lacks real narrative depth, but its visual splendor offers sufficient compensation for younger viewers.

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Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 2,137

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THUNDER AND THE HOUSE OF MAGIC is a whimsical animated family adventure, bringing to life a unique story with a great sense of humor, positive values and universal appeal. Brimming with spectacular animation and endearing characters, this internationally acclaimed motion picture delivers a fun and highly entertaining movie experience for the entire family. The film tells the story of Thunder, an abandoned young cat who stumbles into a magical old mansion operated by a dazzling array of

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Marrying American voices to Belgian animation, this candy-colored adventure has a harum-scarum energy that rarely flags.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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"Thunder and the House of Magic" epitomizes the sort film of that's supposed to be fun for the whole family, but that no one actually enjoys.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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"Thunder" falls into the common mistake of many children's films - it underestimates its audience.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe
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"Thunder" doesn't boast a distinctive look or a cast of famous voices. But its characters are engaging and its action sequences exhilarating.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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Thunder and the House of Magic is That Touching Cat Chase Cartoon You've Been Looking For

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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It's a thin premise that cues much cheery knockabout comedy, with ample scope for impressively whooshy 3D tracking shots. If the action gets somewhat repetitive, very young viewers are unlikely to mind.

September 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
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It's the whimsy and mix of lovable characters that make this animated family film from Belgium a winner, especially for the youngsters, who will giggle and warm to the colourful visuals

September 14, 2014 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

a cute story that doesn't try to stretch so hard you can see all the tricks

September 7, 2014 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Charming animated adventure is magical for little kids.

September 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Harmless, breezy and mildly entertaining. Kids will love it.

September 4, 2014 Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru
NYC Movie Guru

Beautifully animated, with barely a laugh or grin in it.

September 3, 2014 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

The narrative nods its head towards Toy Story and ParaNorman, although there's nothing here to match the magic of either of those strange gems.

July 26, 2014 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

Looks good, with a handsome design and an appealingly cute feline. It's just a shame the story's so mild and unadventurous.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: SFX Magazine
SFX Magazine

No adult will enjoy it all that much, but few will feel the need to bolt for the concessions stand once kids are safely deposited.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Irish Times
Irish Times

Attaining a near perfect Disney-style mix of colourful inventiveness, engaging characters, eye-popping spectacle (especially in its 3D version) and fun-scary set pieces, it's a polished delight with ageless appeal.

July 25, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

The storytelling doesn't match the visual effects.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

Painless family fun.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

As a feature film, it is soulless, like something that has been generated by a computer programme.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

A visual banquet the ankle-biters will be happy to feast on.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

A curious mix of Britpop music cues and moppet-bait storytelling makes for a diverting, if derivative kids' animation.

July 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

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