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Fantastic Mr. Fox Reviews

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Tim Grierson
The Simon
December 4, 2009
In hindsight, it seems obvious now that Wes Anderson should make a stop-motion animated film -- the medium highlights all his strengths while nullifying his limitations.
Michael A. Smith
Nolan's Pop Culture Review
December 2, 2009
And any film that can find room for both "The Ballad of Davy Crockett" and the Rolling Stones' "Street Fighting Man" on the soundtrack has to be something special.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 2, 2009
It's given new life to a filmmaker who'd been getting a bit too ossified in his style and tics.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 2, 2009
Witty, quirky, individual -- and the result is just possibly the most pure fun you'll have at a movie all year.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Jackie K. Cooper
December 1, 2009
Another clunker from Clooney aided and abetted by Wes Anderson
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
December 1, 2009
A celebration of 'wild animals with true natures and beautiful talents.' (In other words, artists and children?)
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies
November 30, 2009
Fantastic isn't a strong enough word for this vibrant, intelligent, hilarious film for all ages
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Gina Carbone
Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
November 30, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox is (waves hands around face) different. In a good way. In a great way, actually.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.25/4
Sean O'Connell
Charlotte Weekly
November 30, 2009
Anderson has explored eccentric family dynamics %u2013 particularly those that exist between fathers and sons %u2013 in each of his films, and his philosophical insights are all over the precise ramblings of Fox and his motley crew.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Tim Avery
Christianity Today
November 30, 2009
Anderson's films often bounce between absurd comedy and poignant catharsis, and Mr. Fox is no different. Its brisk pacing keeps the catharsis from weighing down the comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Jolene Mendez
Entertainment Spectrum
November 30, 2009
Wes Anderson offered the most unique animation this year and great dialogue; dialogue that was perfected with performances by George Clooney, Jason Schwartzman and Meryl Streep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
November 29, 2009
This is a den of oddball characters in a script as cleverly written as the stop-motion animation is eye-catching.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
Kam Williams
November 29, 2009
A creepy cartoon filled with inappropriate inside jokes that are mostly over the head of the desired tyke demographic, exactly what one would you expect of a claymation vehicle crafted by the cerebral Wes Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
November 29, 2009
After watching Wes Anderson's exhilarating animated fable Fantastic Mr. Fox, you'll secretly want to be Mr. Fox.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 28, 2009
Fans of either artist may not think that Wes Anderson and Roald Dahl could mate to make such a clever and intriguing film, but it works in a miraculous way.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
Betty Jo Tucker
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
November 28, 2009
Wes Anderson's first animated movie turns out to be one of 2009's best films.
Eric Melin
November 28, 2009
With its jittery stop-motion animation, exquisitely detailed shots, and outwardly self-aware characters,[it's] the epitome of artifice. It's also as bright and cheery a time as you'll have at the movies this year.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
November 28, 2009
Great writer/directors such as Wes Anderson prove that you don't need flash, sizzle, three-dimensions and big budgets to make a great animated feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
November 28, 2009
[Another one of] the vacuous, pretentious and annoying films of Wes Anderson.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Dan Lybarger
November 27, 2009
Writer-director Wes Anderson's movies are often loaded with cartoonish characters and situations. So, it would only make sense that his most enjoyable movie to date is an actual cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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