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James and the Giant Peach Reviews

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 11, 2014
A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them.
Chris Wright
Boston Phoenix
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.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
November 18, 2013
As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful.
Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
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.
Tom Gliatto
People Magazine
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.
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 18, 2013
This movie remembers what fun is.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 18, 2013
James and the Giant Peach shines with weird, whimsical invention.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Gene Siskel
Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2013
Another superb stop-action animated film from the same team responsible for Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
November 18, 2013
One of the brightest, giddiest and most outlandishly exciting of all the Disney Studio's recent major feature cartoons.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Doug Thomas
Seattle Times
November 18, 2013
James and the Giant Peach proves the best effects are even better with a strong story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2013
The fantasy is almost too inventive for its own good.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Parkinson
Radio Times
November 18, 2013
It's Joanna Lumley and Miriam Margolyes as the ghastly Spiker and Sponge who steal this wonderfully pantomimic show.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Dan Jardine
Apollo Guide
April 4, 2011
| Original Score: 77/100
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
November 20, 2010
Captures the author's spirit, creating a film with not only whimsical creatures but very real emotions.
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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