James and the Giant Peach Reviews

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April 12, 2019
...valiantly attempts to convey the amazement and childlike sense-of-wonder so characteristic of the late Dahl's books, and while it does succeed occasionally, more often than not it falls flat.
February 23, 2018
Dahl himself thought his book would be impossible to translate into film, and for all the ingenuity that's been thrown at the screen, perhaps he was right. This overgrown peach never ripens.
November 11, 2014
The film is a technical tour de force, featuring a wealth of inventive design ideas. But James never develops the emotional dimension that Nightmare possessed.
November 11, 2014
A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them.
November 11, 2014
This film adaptation of his James and the Giant Peach, though capturing Dahl's comic brilliance, does not shy away from the tale's surreal grimness.
November 18, 2013
As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful.
November 18, 2013
A truly sinister fairy story laced with bizarre characters -- both live-action and animated -- James and the Giant Peach from Walt Disney Pictures is a stunning, if not markedly macabre, adaptation of author Roald Dahl's best-selling 1961 book.
November 18, 2013
A brief nightmare sequence, which appears to be some sort of hallucinatory blend of collage and live action, is simply one of the greatest bits of animation I've ever seen.
November 18, 2013
Ultimately, though, it isn't nearly as flavorful as Roald Dahl's deliciously perverse children's book, upon which the movie is based.
November 18, 2013
This movie remembers what fun is.
November 18, 2013
James and the Giant Peach shines with weird, whimsical invention.
November 18, 2013
Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
November 18, 2013
One of the brightest, giddiest and most outlandishly exciting of all the Disney Studio's recent major feature cartoons.
November 18, 2013
James and the Giant Peach proves the best effects are even better with a strong story.
November 18, 2013
The fantasy is almost too inventive for its own good.
November 18, 2013
It's Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes as the ghastly Spiker and Sponge who steal this wonderfully pantomimic show.
August 1, 2012
It was a bold choice to mix live-action and stop-motion, and it's not something you'd see today given the pervasiveness of CGI.
September 7, 2011
At its lyrical best, James and the Giant Peach, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1961 children's classic, evokes the casual enchantment of a book that, for many kids (including me), cast the spell of a goofily blissed-out mirage.
April 4, 2011
December 18, 2010
Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
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