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A Bug's Life Reviews

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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
Clever as it is, the film lacks charm.
Rob Gonsalves
August 11, 2007
Doesn't merit much enthusiasm or indignation; it just skitters across your consciousness, leaving no traces except a vague depression.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Dustin Putman
January 1, 2000
The film itself, unfortunately, is a lifeless, unamusing contraption without any of the flair or excitement of, Toy Story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Harvey S. Karten
January 1, 2000
A Bug's Life has dialogue that will tire adults who were intellectually challenged by the colloquy in The Waterboy.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Peter Keough
Boston Phoenix
January 1, 2000
Whereas Antz finds some of its edgy inspiration in Kafka by way of Woody Allen, A Bug's Life is mired comfortably in the pastel mediocrity of Gumby.
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
January 1, 2000
Will seem naggingly familiar to those who have already seen Antz!
Walter Chaw
Film Freak Central
July 13, 2003
Of all of Pixar's films, it's the first and thus far only one whose pleasures are almost completely reserved for the diaper set.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
I enjoyed the use of animation to visualize a world that could not be seen in live action and could not be created with special effects.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
A Bug's Life, like Toy Story, develops protagonists we can root for, and places them in the midst of a fast-moving, energetic adventure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
January 1, 2000
You'll need to see it twice to appreciate the scope of the movie's visual wit and technological mastery. It also has the funniest credit sequence I have ever seen -- be sure to watch all the way to the end to enjoy it.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Cute animated tale with some mild peril and scary bugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 25, 2011
This animated fable teems with vivid creatures standing on their own countless feet.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Todd McCarthy
January 1, 2000
Lasseter and Pixar broke new technical and aesthetic ground in the animation field with Toy Story, and here they surpass it in both scope and complexity of movement while telling a story that overlaps Antz in numerous ways.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
There are moments of really good humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 2, 2016
An entirely beguiling little adventure that advancing technology and a vastly different marketplace haven't robbed of its merits.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Peter Brunette
January 1, 2000
Entertaining and Enchanting!
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Genuinely funny
| Original Score: 4/5
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Pixel perfect.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 21, 2002
Forget Antz. A Bug's Life is the computer-animated insect movie that really buzzes.
Full Review| Original Score: 3.5/4
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