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Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie Reviews

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Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
March 18, 2003
Seeing as I'm a 31-year-old Jewish cynic from Philadelphia, it's plainly obvious that I am not the intended audience for Jonah: A VeggieTales Movie. But I know a feature-length advertisement when I see one.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
October 3, 2002
Theology aside, why put someone who ultimately doesn't learn at the center of a kids' story?
| Original Score: 2/4
October 4, 2002
For VeggieTales fans, this is more appetizing than a side dish of asparagus. If you're not a fan, it might be like trying to eat Brussels sprouts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
The main characters tha us kids know and love disappear. We're introduced to a new cast, and they really aren't very funny or interesting.
| Original Score: C+
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
October 5, 2002
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Forrest Hartman
Reno Gazette-Journal
October 18, 2002
The script, the gags, the characters are all direct-to-video stuff, and that's where this film should have remained.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Jonathan R. Perry
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
October 7, 2002
Thekids will probably stay amused at the kaleidoscope of big, colorful characters. Mom and Dad can catch some quality naptime along the way.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Janice Page
Boston Globe
October 18, 2002
The movie's heart is in the right place, but all its messages of tolerance might resonate better if the Spanish-accented pirate didn't get drawn with a gold tooth and the turban-wearing Khalil wasn't an opportunistic rug merchant.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jordana Brown
Citysearch
October 4, 2002
How anyone over the age of 2 can stomach the touchy-feely message this preachy produce promotes is beyond us.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/10
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 2, 2002
Where's a Vegamatic when you really need one?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Paul Malcolm
L.A. Weekly
October 2, 2002
Your taste for Jonah - A Veggie Tales Movie may well depend on your threshold for pop manifestations of the Holy Spirit.
Ross Anthony
Hollywood Report Card
October 3, 2002
The messages of compassion and mercy are clearly, squarely and specifically expounded via computer animated Old Testament tale of Jonah and the Whale. Determined to be fun, and bouncy, with energetic musicals, the humor didn't quite engage this adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Paul West
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
October 3, 2002
The pandering, sappy script misses ample opportunities for satire and never brims with enough material or ideas to sustain the picture's 85-minute running time.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
October 4, 2002
It's got its heart in the right place, but it also wilts after awhile.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
October 4, 2002
Children, Christian or otherwise, deserve to hear the full story of Jonah's despair -- in all its agonizing, Catch-22 glory -- even if they spend years trying to comprehend it.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
October 5, 2002
The film thrusts the inchoate but already eldritch Christian Right propaganda machine into national media circles.
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
October 13, 2002
Strictly for kids suffering from rescinded television privileges or adults seeking a nap in a cool, dark environment that reeks of stale popcorn.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steve Simels
TV Guide
October 13, 2002
Even generally sympathetic adults may eventually find their minds wandering, if only because of the characters' continual, annoying hopping; being vegetables, they have no legs, you see.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
October 17, 2002
The animation is competent, and some of the gags are quite funny, but Jonah ... never shakes the oppressive, morally superior good-for-you quality that almost automatically accompanies didactic entertainment.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
October 3, 2002
The gags are often a stitch.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Arizona Republic
October 4, 2002

Orlando Weekly
October 4, 2002
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 4, 2002
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Houston Chronicle
October 18, 2002

Boston Phoenix
June 21, 2003
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