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The Wild Thornberrys Movie

The Wild Thornberrys Movie (2002)



Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 88
Fresh: 70 | Rotten: 18

A pleasant enough kids flick that adults may even enjoy.


Average Rating: 6.7/10
Critic Reviews: 29
Fresh: 24 | Rotten: 5

A pleasant enough kids flick that adults may even enjoy.



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World-traveling documentary filmmakers Nigel and Marianne Thornberry have come to Africa with their family--precocious Eliza, rebellious Debbie and adopted wild child Donnie--to record a miraculous event. Once every few hundred years, as the moon obscures the sun, native legend has it that thousands of elephants emerge from the safety of the forest to watch the solar eclipse. But this time, as they stand exposed in this wide-open Congo valley, they will be in grave danger. Evil poachers Sloan


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Kate Boutilier

Apr 1, 2003


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All Critics (89) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (70) | Rotten (18) | DVD (9)

Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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A decent soundtrack rounds off a surprisingly engaging and energetic little-kids' adventure.

January 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Too often feels like a glorified TV episode.

December 27, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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An entertaining feature-length version of the Nickelodeon TV cartoon.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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Thumbs up for The Wild Thornberrys Movie.

December 23, 2002 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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Doesn't do more than expand a TV show to movie length. However, it's pleasant enough and its ecological, pro-wildlife sentiments are certainly welcome.

December 20, 2002
Washington Post
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Wholesome but also has kid appeal.

December 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Splendid entertainment for the 8-12 age group and good fun for just about everyone else.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

Nickelodeon's animated explorer family runs into poachers in Africa in a sometimes-fun adventure that occasionally collapses into flat, savanna-like stretches.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

The film's draughtsmanship is more than adequate, the voicing of the characters excellent, and the songs are way above average for such fare.

May 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]


December 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Great fun for animal lovers.

January 12, 2005 Full Review Source:

Amenable parents can watch this with the little ones instead of just using the DVD or VHS tape as a virtual nanny . . .

November 14, 2003 Full Review

Adults will be bored into slumber, and even kids deserve something with a little more bite.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

It's a fun family safari chock full of environmental lessoning.

June 15, 2003 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

Evokes a little of the fear that parents have for the possible futures of their children--and the sometimes bad choices mothers and fathers make in the interests of doing them good.

April 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

Pretty good half-term holiday fare.

March 25, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian

It may not pull off any state-of-the art animation coups, but The Wild Thornberrys Movie understands that strong characters and involving storytelling are still the bottom line in a quality kids' film.

February 11, 2003 Full Review Source:

The animation may not be in the same class as The Lion King, but co-directors Jeff McGrath and Cathy Malkasian deserve praise for their attempts to render Africa's wildlife as authentically as possible.

January 29, 2003 Full Review Source:

This is thoroughly entertaining with an important message. And with its above-average animation it's also well worth seeing on a big screen.

January 16, 2003 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

One of the more intelligent children's movies to hit theaters this year.

January 10, 2003 Full Review Source:


January 6, 2003 Full Review

Eliza repeatedly proves herself as an exemplary avatar of The Right Stuff. You go, girl!

January 6, 2003
San Francisco Examiner

The drumbeat behind the Thornberrys' energetic exploits may not be as explosive as its celebrated Disney counterpart The Lion King, but it certainly gives off a similar rhythmic radiance nevertheless.

January 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
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Audience Reviews for The Wild Thornberrys Movie

a fantastic to screen adaptation of the TV show
January 3, 2011
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Michael Edwards

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Just an overlong episode really. Contains nothing at all new accept a few of the voice cameos and a bigger budget. Some nice humour and family friendly action scenes though.
August 26, 2006

Super Reviewer

I loved this when I was a kid, but its only for people who know the show well like I did, but now its just an okay movie.
December 2, 2011
Bradley Wright

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