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Fantastic Mr. Fox Reviews

March 11, 2014
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
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
May 6, 2011
A boisterous and magnificent treat.
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 26, 2009
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 25, 2009
Adds yet another wry, carefully composed bibelot to the cabinet of curios that defines the Anderson oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2009
The result is not only marvellous whimsy, but also something that advances the burgeoning retro-tech movement.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2009
Anderson injects such charm and wit, such personality and nostalgia -- evident in the old-school animation, storybook settings and pitch-perfect use of Burl Ives -- that it's easy to forgive his self-conscious touches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2009
Wes Anderson's utterly charming Fantastic Mr. Fox is that rarity: a children's movie for all.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
November 25, 2009
The tale may be Dahl's, but there's a whole new wag to it -- this is decidedly, weirdly and, at best, wonderfully a Wes Anderson movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 25, 2009
The result is a quirky film that should work for all ages, with just a hint of dark humor. In this age of high-tech animation, Wes Anderson has found himself in a low-tech wonderland.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
November 25, 2009
Like the rest of his movies, this one is essentially infantile -- but when you're telling the story of a ne'er-do-well fox conspiring against a trio of nasty farmers, who cares?
November 25, 2009
The filmmakers hew to Dahl's intent and add fine turns of their own.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 25, 2009
The most fantastic thing about Mr. Fox is the way he shows that while our flaws can bring us down, sometimes, too, we triumph in spite of them and because of them.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 25, 2009
Children, especially, will find things they don't understand, and things that scare them. Excellent. A good story for children should suggest a hidden dimension, and that dimension of course is the lifetime still ahead of them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2009
The film earns its title's superlative and a hundred more.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 24, 2009
Other filmmakers turn to children's stories when they have kids of their own. Anderson seems to have made this one for his inner child.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2009
It's a magical feat, one that turns puppets into personalities and an English meadow into Anderson's world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 24, 2009
Witty and wonderful, Fantastic Mr. Fox is the perfect Thanksgiving entertainment...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
November 24, 2009
While it might be a stretch to claim that Fantastic Mr. Fox is "fantastic," it's easily among the year's best animated features.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 24, 2009
If only Mr. Fox were a more interesting character! Then, I think, the story's resolution would be more than merely quaint.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 24, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox may be the perfect kids movie for grown-ups.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
November 24, 2009
The film's premise may be child-like, but its themes -- family, self-identity and existential angst -- are all engagingly adult.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2009
Anderson's stop-motion Fantastic Mr. Fox is both a delightful amusement and a distillation of the filmmaker's essential playfulness.
November 13, 2009
Visually, its a true marvel. Perhaps best of all, it feels like something entirely new.
November 13, 2009
With its clever visual jokes and sassy dialogue, Anderson's first foray into animation doesn't seem to be made entirely with children in mind. Maybe that's why it seems so perfect for them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2009
These weirdly effective shifts in tempo, combined with an attention to detail and distinctive dialogue, make for the best moments in this offbeat adventure.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 13, 2009
Life is full of surprises. The best one I've had in a good while is Fantastic Mr. Fox.
November 13, 2009
It provides a pleasantly cerebral experience, exhilarating and fizzy, that goes to your head like too much Champagne.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 13, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox, which Mr. Anderson wrote with Noah Baumbach, and which he has been hoping to make for many years, is in some ways his most fully realized and satisfying film.
November 13, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox is a retro marvel that should delight today's audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 13, 2009
You don't want to watch this movie, you want to climb inside it and play.
November 12, 2009
Mr. Fox doesn't just rescue Dahl's legacy on film. In a year stuffed with kid-lit movie adaptations, it's the only one to successfully reach out to children and adults.
November 12, 2009
An adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2009
A visual treasure that successfully blends deadpan quirkiness with a wry realism rarely seen in any film, let alone one for children.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 12, 2009
Dahl's adult approach to children merges beautifully with the filmmaker's child's-eye view of adults.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 12, 2009
Cool, clever, crafty and delirious amounts of fun, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" is full of brilliant visual invention and silly slapstick while also having hip humor and sly smarts -- it's pure movie-going joy and a rare kind of pleasure.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
November 12, 2009
Anderson is so afraid of mussing a hair, he keeps his stories simple and hermetically sealed off from the sloppy business of emotions.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
November 12, 2009
This is no more a kids' movie for kids than Where the Wild Things Are; it's a film strictly for Wes Anderson fans of all ages. By now, they should know who they are.
Read More | Original Score: B
November 12, 2009
Fantastic Mr. Fox is possibly the finest picture about family, community and poultry thievery ever made.
November 11, 2009
It may not merit the adjective in its title, yet the animated yarn Fantastic Mr. Fox offers some of the most goofy fun you'll have at a theater this season.
November 11, 2009
To Wes Anderson: More, please!
Full Review | Original Score: A
November 10, 2009
For the reportedly painstaking labor it took to create, the film is a marvel to behold.
November 9, 2009
The additions are okay; but it's the look that keeps you buoyed up, your eyes roaming the frames, laughing in surprise at the visual jokes and flourishes and textures. It's a dandy's movie, but that adds to the fun.
October 23, 2009
The push and pull between the tame life and the wild one is the unifying theme. It's all very transatlantic - the setting and baddies are English; the animals are hip Americans. This is one crafty fox - in every sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
October 14, 2009
Although sometimes too sly for its own good, this great-looking carnivorous caper brings Wes Anderson's whimsical melancholy to a kids' classic.
October 14, 2009
The film achieves a feel that is at once coarse-grained and elegant, antiquated and the height of fashion.