James and the Giant Peach - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

James and the Giant Peach Reviews

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Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
August 3, 2010
an imperfect film by Henry Selick is still a wonderment, and better than 90% of anything else out there [and] the intricately detailed animation is rendered with Selick's trademark piquance and energy
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 1, 2010
Doesn't quite click on all levels, and the story and character development feels truncated, but there's still plenty to enjoy about its weird occurrences. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 3, 2008
We fully anticipate the wrath of several generations of possessive children when we declare that the new Disney film of James and the Giant Peach is an improvement on Roald Dahl's 1961 backyard fantasy.

September 3, 2008
This irresistibly mad plot and the superb animation is only slightly let down by some of Randy Newman's more forgettable compositions.

TV Guide
September 3, 2008
The film's a technical tour de force, with flawless stop-motion animation and some imaginatively realized live-action sequences. What's surprising here is how much of Dahl's misogyny is allowed to surface.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeremy Gerard
September 3, 2008
An extraordinary achievement.
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Hal Hinson
Washington Post
September 3, 2008
The latest in an impressive string of first-rate movies for kids.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
Despite a lightness of plot, it most beautifully captures the book's free-floating, fantastic sense of adventure and wonder.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 24, 2006
A very satisfying movie.
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
September 2, 2005
The animated segments are wonderful, but they jar badly with the ill-conceived live-action pieces which open and close the film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Douglas Pratt
Movie City News
June 10, 2005
The narrative is shallow
| Original Score: 3/5
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
April 9, 2005
This is a clever, enthralling little tale that, if the kids in the audience were a guage, should keep all but the youngest kids entertained through its 75 minute run time.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
April 6, 2005
visually astonishing
| Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2004
First-class family entertainment that will please everyone, particularly the young 'uns.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
An ambitious project combining classic fiction, imaginative computer imagery and animated live-action footage.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
April 9, 2003
Handsomely animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
January 22, 2003
Attempt to duplicated the Tim Burton formula without Burton. It doesn't work.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Marvelously inventive fairy tale based on Ronald Dahl's 1961 children's book.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
James and the Giant Peach is frequently so alluring that viewers may feel the urge to get lost in the picture's curious shadings, intricate merriment and fantastical atmosphere.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Christine James
Boxoffice Magazine
June 5, 2002
This very unconventional tale is well-told with an imaginative combination of live-action and stop-motion animation, all colored with Selick's uniquely dramatic, preternatural aesthetics.
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