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James and the Giant Peach Reviews

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Chris Kridler
Baltimore Sun
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.
Mark R. Leeper
January 1, 2000
The story, which I am told varies a great deal from the book, just is not a very good one.
Full Review | Original Score: 0 out of -4..+4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 5, 2010
Inventively animated yet hopelessly uneven...
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 3, 2010
a mixture of live-action and stop-motion animation that is heavy on fever-dream spectacle, but fairly shallow in terms of character
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
In general the magic as well as the heart of Roald Dahl's novel has remained stubbornly on the page, leaving us with this overly mechanical copy, as appetizing as a once-flavorful peach that's been in cold storage for far too long.
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.
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
May 16, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
It will, I think, entertain kids for whom stop-motion animation is the last thing they're thinking about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This weird story has been transformed into a playful, visually arresting experience with more than a few allusions to The Wizard of Oz.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 4, 2003
| Original Score: B-
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
Heather Boerner
Common Sense Media
December 18, 2010
Fabulous adaptation of Roald Dahl's classic book.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 24, 2006
A very satisfying movie.
Christopher Null
January 1, 2000
Mrs. Ladybug sums it all up with one marvelous line, though: 'It's better than aphids.' Who am I to argue?
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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 Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
June 16, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
The seven-year-old in me was having a ball.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Marvelously inventive fairy tale based on Ronald Dahl's 1961 children's book.
Dan Lybarger
Nitrate Online
April 9, 2003
Handsomely animated adaptation of the Roald Dahl classic.
| Original Score: 4/5
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