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Early Man (2018)



Critic Consensus: Early Man isn't quite as evolved as Aardman's best work, but still retains the unique visuals and sweet humor that have made the studio a favorite among animation enthusiasts.

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In this stop-motion animated comedy set in prehistoric times, a tribe of primitive hunters are displaced from their homes by emissaries from a distant empire that has mastered bronze-making. However, a tribesman named Dug (voice of Eddie Redmayne) tries to win his home back by challenging the invaders to a game of soccer. Directed by Nick Park, best known as the creator of the beloved animated duo Wallace and Gromit. Tom Hiddleston, Maisie Williams, Timothy Spall, and Richard Ayoade also lend their voices.


Tom Hiddleston
as Lord Nooth
Timothy Spall
as Chief Bobnar
Miriam Margolyes
as Queen Oofeefa
Rob Brydon
as Message Bird
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All Critics (118) | Top Critics (27)

Aardman is a haven for creatures that hail from other species but match us or even outstrip us in proficiency and grace. Early Man, though, is stuffed with men and women...whereas the beasts of the field and the fowls of the air are reduced to extras.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…

At least there's director Nick Park's playful Silly Putty visual imagination to take your mind off just how thin the story is.

February 16, 2018 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Mostly, "Early Man" plays like an overstuffed episode of "The Flintstones," riffing on caveman accessories, as well as soccer fandom and hooliganism.

February 16, 2018 | Full Review…
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The pun-fueled dialogue is a perfect match for the visual ugliness.

February 16, 2018 | Rating: 0/5 | Full Review…

You know full well whether or not you're the audience for this film. Consider yourself either warned or enabled.

February 16, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

There's a quaintness about the film, from the animation style to the wholesome jokes, that is refreshing for this pop-culture-obsessed animation era.

February 16, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

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