Fantastic Mr. Fox

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Fantastic Mr. Fox is a delightfully funny feast for the eyes with multi-generational appeal -- and it shows Wes Anderson has a knack for animation.

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After 12 years of bucolic bliss, Mr. Fox (George Clooney) breaks a promise to his wife (Meryl Streep) and raids the farms of their human neighbors, Boggis, Bunce and Bean. Giving in to his animal instincts endangers not only his marriage but also the lives of his family and their animal friends. When the farmers force Mr. Fox and company deep underground, he has to resort to his natural craftiness to rise above the opposition.

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Critic Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

All Critics (242) | Top Critics (70) | Fresh (224) | Rotten (18)

  • Visually, the movie is a wonder, with its profusion of detail and exquisitely focussed "performances" by the figurines, whom Anderson frames in images as precisely composed as those in his live-action work.

    March 11, 2014 | Full Review…
  • Sometimes too clever by half, the film, replete with in-jokes, may in some ways work better for adults. Meryl Streep, Bill Murray, and Jason Schwarztman also provide adept voice work.

    March 11, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
  • A boisterous and magnificent treat.

    May 6, 2011 | Rating: A | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel

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  • With one creative genius adapting the work of another, the result is a mesmeric, visual feast, a host of adorable eccentric characters and a truly wonderful, kid friendly, caper.

    January 11, 2010 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The same eye for immaculate compositions that had seemed increasingly to hem in his human actors here serves as the basis for some of the most inventive animated set pieces this side of Nick Park.

    November 26, 2009 | Full Review…
  • Adds yet another wry, carefully composed bibelot to the cabinet of curios that defines the Anderson oeuvre.

    November 25, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Fantastic Mr. Fox

  • Apr 16, 2016
    It's a fun film to watch with unrealistic adventures that only animations and cartoons can get away with. It's funny, dramatic and memorable. There couldn't have been a more fantastic portrayal of Mr. Fox than George Clooney, and the rest of the cast isn't bad either. Definitely one of the best if not the best stop motion animated movie. I feel like the strange humor that the fantastic Mr. Fox gives to the audience isn't the most family friendly but that makes it all more better for adults to understand and relate too. The films awkward pauses usually makes for funny scenes but after a while I got bored and it started to become annoying and lazy. Also the cuss scenes where funny for a while but because it constantly uses that same joke over and over again, the movie starts becoming annoying and it wears off.
    Tarin P Super Reviewer
  • Mar 28, 2016
    Meticulously crafted and wonderfully witty, Fantastic Mr. Fox is both a smart caper for adults and a delightful treat for children - with animation that has yet to be topped within the world of stop motion.
    Matthew M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 02, 2013
    Wasn't that keen on watching it but I caught it on TV over Christmas and got really into it, The choice of filming was different but it works, It's pretty funny and very well done and with a great voice cast it's worth watching.
    Jamie C Super Reviewer
  • Dec 08, 2012
    Well it's no Charlie and Chocolate Factory or Matilda but it's still decent. I'd say it's closer in feel to James and the Giant Peach. It was a pleasant enough movie with interesting animation but the storyline wasn't all that appealing to me. Also, the majority of the humor was a little dry for my taste but it was still quirky fun.
    Dannielle A Super Reviewer

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