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Jonah - A VeggieTales Movie Reviews

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Bruce Fretts
Entertainment Weekly
October 24, 2002
Bouncy animation and catchy songs keep the film from tasting too much like spinach.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
October 18, 2002
If a big musical number like 'Praise the Lord, He's the God of Second Chances' doesn't put you off, this will be an enjoyable choice for younger kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Megan Turner
New York Post
October 18, 2002
Spears of Afro-topped asparagus singing gospel and French-accented peas working as maitre d's at a seafood restaurant -- what's not to love?
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
October 17, 2002
You and your kids could do worse. You and your kids probably have done worse.
| Original Score: 3/4
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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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Curt Fields
Washington Post
October 17, 2002
I'm not generally a fan of vegetables but this batch is pretty cute.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
October 4, 2002
The main lessons Jonah attempts to teach are compassion and mercy. That's an unusual -- and welcome -- message these days.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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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
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
October 4, 2002
It's hard to argue with a children's movie that puts bouncy rhythm to the song lyric, 'Don't fight/Don't cheat/Wash your hands before you eat.'
| Original Score: 2/4
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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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Dave Larsen
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
October 4, 2002
A garden-fresh morality tale for the kids, with Monty Python-inspired humor.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
October 4, 2002
Occasionally, in the course of reviewing art-house obscurities and slam-bam action flicks, a jaded critic smacks into something truly new.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
October 3, 2002
One thing you have to give them credit for: The message of the movie is consistent with the messages espoused in the company's previous video work.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
October 3, 2002
This animated retelling of the familiar Old Testament story is playful, high-spirited and unmistakably amusing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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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
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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.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
October 2, 2002
Much of this slick and sprightly CGI feature is sufficiently funny to amuse even the most resolutely unreligious parents who escort their little ones to megaplex screenings.
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
October 2, 2002
A musical whale-of-a-tale that should engage, inform and amuse parents as well as offspring.