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Happy Feet Reviews

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Joshua Land
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 29, 2007
You should see Happy Feet -- not only because it's stupendous, but also because it features the best dancing you'll see on the screen this year.
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Stephen Garrett
Time Out
February 3, 2007
Awkward but graceful, derivative but daring, Happy Feet is, indeed, a flightless bird in the best and worst sense.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 30, 2006
Director George 'Babe' Miller has pulled off a coup with this one; he's raised the benchmark to a whole new level, both visually and conceptually. Bravo.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 29, 2006
Was I enchanted, entertained or even diverted for its 108-minute running time? Not really.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 20, 2006
I think kids will love it, because the penguins are cute.
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 17, 2006
[Happy Feet's] a gorgeously rendered marvel that pulls out all the stops to wow its viewers.
| Original Score: A
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 17, 2006
Happy Feet is the kind of musical comedy that might have swept the world if MGM had been based in Antarctica instead of Culver City.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 17, 2006
The dazzling animation, catchy songs and Broadway-worthy dance numbers give the film even broader appeal.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 17, 2006
Imagine March of the Penguins with a pop soundtrack. Or maybe An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore doing his best Donald O'Connor impression. It's quite the mash-up, as intended, and it's cooler than a South Pole skinny dip.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 17, 2006
An ambitious, sporadically intriguing, occasionally hilarious but weird pastiche of grab-bag references to pop-culture history.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
November 17, 2006
Don't little ones have enough to worry about without ecological concerns popping up in family entertainment? Happy Feet should have stayed light on its feet.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 17, 2006
Happy Feet offers dazzling cinematic family fun, and a mad medley of tunes (songs made famous by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire, Queen, and Stevie Wonder, among others).
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
November 17, 2006
Robin Williams saves Happy Feet.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lisa Rose
Newark Star-Ledger
November 17, 2006
The production numbers are delightful, but the musical fun is marooned in clichéd storytelling.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 17, 2006
George Miller's Happy Feet may be the 10th animated film this year with talking critters -- but, trust me, you're probably going to want to see the best feature-length cartoon since The Incredibles, no matter what your age.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 17, 2006
If you fell in love with the wingless heroes of last year's documentary hit March of the Penguins, prepare to surrender completely to George Miller's computer-animated musical/adventure Happy Feet.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
November 17, 2006
In a year rich with animation options, Happy Feet stands head and shoulders above its competition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 17, 2006
The animation dazzles. The baby birds are fluffy darlings. The script has its moments, the dance bits are a blast.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jason Anderson
Globe and Mail
November 17, 2006
[Writer/director] Miller has tried to make three or four different movies at once, the result occasionally lapsing into a state of noisy incoherence.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 17, 2006
Here's all you really need to know about Happy Feet: Singing penguins! Dancing penguins! Funny penguins! We're killing them! Smile for the holidays!
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 17, 2006
For all the time, effort, and song royalties lavished on Happy Feet, the new computer-animated blockbuster spends much of its time dancing on thin ice.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 17, 2006
When's the last time a movie that championed the environment made you want to get up and dance?
| Original Score: B+
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
November 17, 2006
When Happy Feet isn't being pretty darn fun, it's just plain pretty.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 17, 2006
Writer and director George Miller, the artistic force behind the beloved Babe and the Babe: Pig in the City movies, brings a concern for penguins that recalls the devotion shown by March of the Penguins.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
November 17, 2006
Overall, this is an enjoyable ride, despite the occasional preaching.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 17, 2006
Happy Feet is one of the most visually ravishing CGI films yet rendered.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 16, 2006
After everything from March of the Penguins to Madagascar, you may think you've seen enough penguins, but you've never seen them like this.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 16, 2006
Even in a story about singing-and-dancing fat and feather, the director George Miller cant help but go dark and deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Annemarie Moody
Arizona Republic
November 16, 2006
Tap-dancing and R&B-singing emperor penguins make Happy Feet a fun, animated family movie, complete with adorable penguin chicks and a breathtaking icy landscape.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 16, 2006
Happy Feet is cooler than a penguin's toenails, taking what appears to be a routine animated musical comedy into rewarding, unexpected places.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 16, 2006
Director George Miller imbues every sequence with extraordinary fluidity and visual invention.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 16, 2006
This isn't some overreaching Pixar wanna-be, but a rich, absorbing story that isn't content to dazzle you with effects, but rouse your spirits.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
November 16, 2006
Antarctica is a beautiful blue paradise, and the final set piece, in which penguins and humans tap their way to a unity of green-minded spirit, is a small masterpiece of conciliatory wackiness.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 16, 2006
In a genre that relies on too many forgettable wisecracking critters who talk like out-of-work sitcom story editors, Miller's eco-musical goes its own way, defying the usual formulas.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2006
This curious ecological parable was directed by George Miller (Babe: Pig in the City), who still has an eye and a sense of humor but on this particular outing can't get the script he wrote with three others to make much sense.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 16, 2006
Happy Feet is colorful, energetic, fast-moving, visually eyepopping and slightly soulless.
| Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 16, 2006
The ingredients for greatness are there. It's too bad the movie lost its way on the approach to the finish line. I recommend Happy Feet, but not as enthusiastically as I wish I could.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 15, 2006
A moderately adorable, musically wacky, ecologically activist CG family comedy from George Miller.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Jordan Harper
Village Voice
November 14, 2006
Even the wee ones may start to notice something's amiss when the movie's theme goes from "be yourself" to 'we must regulate the overfishing of the Antarctic oceans.' No, for real.
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
November 13, 2006
Easily the best animated film of the year.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 10, 2006
Tuneful and soulful in equal measure, this animated all-penguin musical is terrific fun.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 10, 2006
George Miller's long-in-the-works dive into full-blown computer animation drapes a relatively conventional story, about a young penguin's struggles over being 'different,' in striking visuals, invigorating songs and lively characterizations.