Hey Arnold! The Movie Reviews

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May 20, 2008
Pic has lots of charm, and parents in attendance won't feel too bored or alienated by its goings-on, while kids will lap it up.
May 20, 2008
The simplistic drawing is closer to Peanuts than The Lion King, and the dialogue is strangely anachronistic.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
The coloured pencil tones and quirky-looking characters are likeable, and the plot cuts the sentimentalism with sarky wit and minimum schmaltz.
January 6, 2003
Amiable and good-natured stuff for younger kids, I suppose, but nothing to get hugely excited about.
December 8, 2002
Die-hard fans will love it, but, despite being mildly diverting and inoffensive, nothing special leaps off the screen.
August 1, 2002
A dull and plodding cartoon with barely enough story for a half-hour episode of the TV series.
July 2, 2002
It all unfolds just about as a grownup might expect, though at a leisurely pace that makes the movie's 72 minutes seem longer.
July 1, 2002
A good laugh every half-hour or so is not enough for me to recommend this film to anyone who's not a fan of the TV show.
June 30, 2002
Hey Arnold! The Movie is what happens when you blow up small potatoes to 10 times their natural size, and it ain't pretty.
June 29, 2002
The ethical, independent-minded kid has his unhip charms, and so does Hey Arnold! The Movie.
June 28, 2002
Neither funny nor suspenseful nor particularly well-drawn.
June 28, 2002
It all unfolds predictably, and the adventures that happen along the way seem repetitive and designed to fill time, providing no real sense of suspense.
June 28, 2002
Passionate, irrational, long-suffering but cruel as a tarantula, Helga figures prominently in this movie, and helps keep the proceedings as funny for grown-ups as for rugrats.
June 28, 2002
It is great summer fun to watch Arnold and his buddy Gerald bounce off a quirky cast of characters.
June 28, 2002
Kids surely will like it. And for adults, it's perfectly watchable in a Rugrats-y sort of way.
June 28, 2002
Hey Arnold! The Movie could have been made 40 years ago, and parents' appreciation of it may depend on whether they consider that a good thing.
June 28, 2002
Hey Arnold! is now stretched to barely feature length, with a little more attention paid to the animation. Still, the updated Dickensian sensibility of writer Craig Bartlett's story is appealing.
June 28, 2002
I am not generally a huge fan of cartoons derived from TV shows, but Hey Arnold! The Movie is clever, offbeat and even gritty enough to overcome my resistance.
June 28, 2002
The movie feels like a long-form version of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series on which it's based, which probably won't bother Arnold fans.
June 27, 2002
A step up from Jimmy Neutron and two steps down from The Rugrats features.
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