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Looney Tunes: Back in Action Reviews

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2003
Robert Zemeckis isn't a Hal Walker, but Joe Dante's right up there with Tashlin, Avery, and Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 17, 2003
The film's appeal is universal, much as the appeal of the Looney Tunes characters is universal.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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November 17, 2003
A nutty, zany, wacky, unruly, spastically hilarious hodgepodge that hits at least twice as often as it misses.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
November 17, 2003
... a cheerful and self-referential romp blending animation with live action in a non-stop quest for silly laughs.
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Charles Taylor
Salon.com
November 15, 2003
It's not a disgrace, but it is a missed opportunity.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 14, 2003
Has its funny moments, but all too often it's a corny, lackluster film in which humans pretend (not always convincingly) to interact with cartoons.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 14, 2003
Redford/Newman, Matthau/Lemmon, Laurel/Hardy, Duck/Bunny -- we are talking fabulous screen pairings, the exquisite, instinctive pas de deux of ego as reflected in sublime comic timing, physical awareness and interspecies mind-meld.
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 14, 2003
This movie, with all its hopped-up, sugar-rush action, provides plenty of fun for a young audience. And grown-ups with fond memories of Looney Tunes cartoons might find themselves giggling as well.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
November 14, 2003
Pleasant but unoriginal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 14, 2003
How can you hate a movie that puts Bugs Bunny in a flooded convertible and lets him say 'Hey, whaddya know -- I found Nemo!'
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 14, 2003
| Original Score: B
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Jack Mathews
New York Daily News
November 14, 2003
A funny thing happened on the way to this combination live-action/animated feature: they didn't make it funny.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 14, 2003
It's goofy fun. Or maybe we should make that daffy fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
November 14, 2003
Reviving Looney Tunes in feature length will no doubt make decent money. But the joy isn't there.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Mike Clark
USA Today
November 13, 2003
To use the lingo of Elfman's character, this oddball movie could have skewed appeal.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 13, 2003
You leave the theater smiling, but also with a question: That's all, folks?
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 13, 2003
The kids may laugh at some of the more obviously pandering jokes -- including a flatulent Tasmanian Devil -- any adult accompanying them is likely to leave with a headache.
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Megan Lehmann
New York Post
November 13, 2003
A runaway train of pratfalls (for the kids) and in-jokes (for the adults), spiked with scores of cameos from Looney Tunes staples such as Marvin the Martian, Foghorn Leghorn, Tweety Bird, Porky Pig and Speedy Gonzalez.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 13, 2003
Suffers both from being too retro (in terms of style) and too modern (in terms of hyperactivity and crowding).
| Original Score: C-
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Melinda Ennis
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 13, 2003
Although the plot is convoluted with moments that are too over-the-top, and not all the cameos score, you'll be glad the Looney Tunes gang is back with their acerbic wit and impeccable comic timing intact.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
November 13, 2003
The antic action doesn't add up to more than a mildly enjoyable movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
November 13, 2003
It is so reverent to the animated characters that it barely bothers with the real-life ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 13, 2003
From the moment Bugs greets Daffy with 'What's up, Duck?' everyone will grin and groan helplessly at the verbal and visual puns.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 13, 2003
If the movie ... has loads of nerve, its ambitious fusion of cartoons and live-action comedy is only fitfully amusing.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Manohla Dargis
Los Angeles Times
November 13, 2003
Pitched wider and lower than Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Looney Tunes doesn't have much on its addled mind other than pure entertainment, and on this level it succeeds quite nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
November 13, 2003
An avalanche of zany slapstick mayhem and virtuoso technical filmmaking.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 13, 2003
The leads, Ms. Elfman and Mr. Fraser, as well as most of the other actors, portray clichés with characterizations flatter than Wile E. Coyote after the anvil falls on him.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
November 13, 2003
For a while, it works. Then things start to blow up. Missiles. Cars. The premise.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
November 13, 2003
Director Joe Dante gets in touch with his inner 10-year-old and hectors ours into submission with this irrepressibly silly and borderline aimless match-up of Warner Bros.' venerated stable of cartoon stars.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 13, 2003
The pacing is frenetic, and the jokes are silly -- and often repeated multiple times, which makes them even funnier for pint-sized viewers.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
November 13, 2003
From the title on down, Looney Tunes: Back in Action feels less like a movie than an exercise in brand reinforcement.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
November 12, 2003
Feels like an infomercial: The Wacky Warner Bros. Studio-Tour Ride and Quarterly Report, if you will.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Luke Sader
Hollywood Reporter
November 11, 2003
It will never be confused with the groundbreaking Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but when it comes to a zippy live-action-meets-animation kid flick with plenty of grown-up gags, Looney Tunes: Back in Action does not disappoint.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Village Voice
November 11, 2003
Dante's masterstroke is to make the movie as visually and narratively unhinged as its source material.