Alvin and the Chipmunks


Alvin and the Chipmunks

Critics Consensus

Though cutely rendered, Alvin and the Chipmunks suffers from bland potty humor and a rehashed kids' movie formula.



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"Alvin and the Chipmunks," a global phenomenon to generations of fans, becomes a live action/CGI motion picture event with contemporary comic sensibility. Songwriter Dave Seville transforms singing chipmunk Alvin, Simon and Theodore into pop sensations - while the out-of-control trio lays waste to Dave's home, wreaks havoc with his career, and turns Dave's once- orderly life upside-down.

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Critic Reviews for Alvin and the Chipmunks

All Critics (109) | Top Critics (34)

  • It's one of those movies where the wretched actors have to pretend to know what's going on as the CG effects take place beside and around them. They do their best. But it's Alvin and co that toddlers will appreciate.

    Dec 21, 2007 | Rating: 2/5
  • Is it for kids? Adults? Marsupials? Martians? Who can tell. Jason Lee from My Name Is Earl stars - if that is the word - in this thoroughly brain-dead semi-animated family comedy.

    Dec 21, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • It's the kind of family entertainment that makes you reach for the shotgun.

    Dec 21, 2007 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…
  • The musical numbers are initially appealing - think close harmonies and smart foot stepping to the likes of 'Funkytown' - but the novelty is likely to wear thin for adults when the 'munks get kitted out as a street boy band.

    Dec 20, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…
    Time Out
    Top Critic
  • With such a thin plot, the CGI here is adequate yet underwhelming, and the same can be said for the gags

    Dec 18, 2007 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

    Laura Bushell
    Top Critic
  • It's fairly awful.

    Dec 17, 2007

Audience Reviews for Alvin and the Chipmunks

  • Dec 18, 2015
    I normally have to put on my 'agreed' glasses on this one. Even though it's like way better than the sequels, it still suffers from them being this point where you can't have an Alvin and the Chipmunks movie without the annoying Chipmunks singing throughout the majority of the movie and then suddenly the "ALVIN!" moment coming around a point where Alvin does something wrong that Dave can't handle anymore.
    EpicLadySponge t Super Reviewer
  • Jul 23, 2013
    A CGI-charm but a slacking curse. Alvin and the Chipmunks is a treat for kids but as a film does nothing but provided simplistic humor and cute spark. 2/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer
  • Apr 24, 2012
    Too much kiddish toilet humor, bland pop culture references, and obviously annoying voice acting as any smart person would expect. Cute? That's way beyond me.
    Max G Super Reviewer
  • Dec 13, 2011
    Made for kids, literally. Cliche and boring, made no sense at all.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer

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