Early Man Reviews

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August 19, 2020
Light-hearted humour frequently falls on deaf ears giving an air of a rush job to get this completed, Bland runs through its defence and lands a spectacular free kick.
July 23, 2020
With characters that are unappealing both emotionally and visually, this 89-minute movie -- which is only 79 minutes excluding credits -- turns out to be [Aardman's] own Cars 2.
May 9, 2019
A fine movie for kids that will bore older audiences who are looking for something that has depth.
February 14, 2019
I just didn't think it was funny and I didn't think that it was engaging as a sports movie.
December 21, 2018
These characters are so adorably goofy and charming that you'll want to reach into the screen just so you can pinch their pudgy little cheeks.
April 27, 2018
A visually attractive misfire...The charm of stop-motion animation can't quite make up for the ultra-weak story premise and flat characters, with director Nick Park struggling to inject the visual wit we see in Shaun the Sheep and Wallace & Gromit.
April 3, 2018
The creators of Wallace and Gromit can usually be relied upon for a chuckle. This time, alas, you may struggle to raise a smile while sitting through this dull tale.
March 30, 2018
[There] is a better movie lurking inside director Nick Park's hit/miss grab at World Cup football fever relevance. The stereotypically ethnic bad guys feel anachronistic in 2018, too.
February 28, 2018
Not that the movie doesn't have its charms even for non-soccer-fans-though they may want to duck out for popcorn during the big game. Those who love the game can nudge the rating up a notch or two.
February 23, 2018
Silly and derivative, it's a bit of a primeval disappointment.
February 22, 2018
The story is thin, allowing little room for imaginative engagement, and the comedy uninspired. Early Man contains a nice anti-sexism message, but delivers it half-heartedly.
February 16, 2018
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
The storytelling is too straightforward, the humor is not as inventive as we've come to expect from Aardman and the whole soccer situation is confounding and disappointing.
February 16, 2018
Coming from a studio and director who've repeatedly found new ways to reinvent the wheel, it's extra disappointing to see them release something so primitive.
February 16, 2018
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
The pun-fueled dialogue is a perfect match for the visual ugliness.
February 16, 2018
Aardman Animations has always been in the Bronze Age, but with Early Man, they're backtracking into the Stone Age.
February 16, 2018
"Early Man" is lovingly crafted down to the smallest detail. But its story, a farcical tribute to the early origins of soccer, isn't nearly as sturdy as its presentation.
February 16, 2018
[T]he movie's sights are a surprising treat. The same cannot be said of the story...
February 15, 2018
Even if the story doesn't soar to the studio's other heights, Early Man still has its kicks.
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