Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel Reviews

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January 5, 2010
They call this the "squeakquel" and that's about all you'll want to know about a film that remorselessly pulls all the levers of the first highly successful box-office attraction.
December 30, 2009
Blending CGI and live action, this "squeakquel" to the witless 2007 kids' film proves just how dangerous such technology is when placed in the wrong hands.
December 26, 2009
There are worse forms of torture.
December 24, 2009
It's far from the most unpleasant kiddie flick I've sat through this year, although I would be misleading you if I promised you lots of laughs.
December 23, 2009
Being aimed at children isn't a valid excuse for a movie to be simple-minded and illogical. You know that, right?
December 23, 2009
Whatever limited charms the first version had -- mostly David Cross' portrayal of Ian, the greedy manager who exploits the furry creatures -- have since soured.
December 23, 2009
Will kids eat up this cutely fractious claptrap? Of course they will. They'll eat up whatever you put in front of them. But that doesn't make The Squeakquel good for them.
December 23, 2009
Betty Thomas delivers pretty much the bare minimum: peppy, brightly colored, tune-filled nonsense sure to meet the low, low standards of its pre-kindergarten core audience.
December 23, 2009
Every time an adult ended up in traction or broke wind, the three-year-olds in the audience were freshly ecstatic.
December 23, 2009
Whatever slim charms there were in the nostalgic, musically cute and slapstick-friendly first film of chipmunk mania are squished right out of The Squeakquel like so much rodent roadkill.
December 23, 2009
It's one that will keep little moviegoers happy without driving their parents too squirrelly.
December 23, 2009
It's not entirely Thomas's fault: What are you going to do with those fat-cheeked, helium-voiced singing critters but slap together enough "awwww" moments to make the toddlers happy and enough knowing winks to keep parental bums in the seats?
December 23, 2009
At one point, Cross's character takes a full-frontal hit in the groin from an errant toy motorcycle.
December 23, 2009
The slapstick required of everyone, animals or not, will exhaust even parents who remember the Chipmunks' original hits.
December 23, 2009
The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
December 22, 2009
Despite its success as a babysitter for preschoolers, it's a not a very good film.
December 22, 2009
The earlier Alvin movie made more than $217 million just in the United States. It's hard to imagine this somewhat confused sequel doing as well.
December 22, 2009
Thomas brings a light campy touch as she did in 1995's The Brady Bunch Movie.
December 22, 2009
Little kids will love it. You'll need a hazmat suit.
December 22, 2009
If the Chipmunks don't make you smile, you're nuts.
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