Paddington (2015)

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Critic Consensus: Paddington brings a beloved children's character into the 21st century without sacrificing his essential charm, delivering a family-friendly adventure as irresistibly cuddly as its star.

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From the beloved novels by Michael Bond and producer David Heyman (HARRY POTTER), PADDINGTON tells the story of the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear who travels to the city in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family who read the label around his neck that says "Please look after this bear. Thank you," and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist. (c) Weinstein

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Cast

Hugh Bonneville
as Henry Brown
Sally Hawkins
as Mary Brown
Ben Whishaw
as Paddington Bear
Julie Walters
as Mrs. Bird
Jim Broadbent
as Mr. Gruber
Peter Capaldi
as Mr. Curry
Nicole Kidman
as Millicent
Tim Downie
as Montgomery Clyde
Michael Gambon
as Uncle Pastuzo
Imelda Staunton
as Aunt Lucy
Michael Bond
as Kindly Gentleman
Madeleine Harris
as Judy Brown
Samuel Joslin
as Jonathan Brown
Matt King
as Andre the Thief
James Bachman
as Sixth Geographer
Ancuta Breaban
as Commuter #2
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Critic Reviews for Paddington

All Critics (150) | Top Critics (36)

Paddington is absolutely, positively delightful.

Jan 19, 2015 | Full Review…

Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.

Jan 17, 2015 | Full Review…
Slate
Top Critic

Paddington...comes off as a charming character. The kind of character that children around the world have fallen in love with...But even with all the bear's charm, a plodding pace and a questionable plotline leave the film version less desirable to watch.

Jan 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

A respectable screen version of Michael Bond's classic children's books.

Jan 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Newsday
Top Critic

It manages to be both old-fashioned and high-tech. It remains faithful to the character's roots while also placing him firmly within a contemporary setting. It's charmingly funny and shamelessly punny.

Jan 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Find yourself a small child and go - but be sure to stop for tea and biscuits after.

Jan 16, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Paddington

½

Lovely and perfectly animated adventure movie for kids. They will easily fall in love with the protagonist and the message of tolerance and family values. Sure, the message is not particularly subtle, but the visual ideas, special effects and action scenes make for fine entertainment anyway.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

½

In the same vein as Zootopia, which is to say a vehicle that extols embracing diversity, comes this family charmer that recommends London as a place where bears hailing from "darkest Peru" can find a home. It's inoffensively cute.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

In a lot of ways, Paddington is the epitome of the PG family-feel-good genre. Despite a very basic plot and several familiar archetypes following tried and true formulas its never a dull affair. Through masterful direction, an exceedingly clever script, imaginative set pieces and a colorful cast it quickly unravels as an undeniably entertaining experience. But it's more than that, it's friendly and wholesome without being overly sentimental. It's childish, without treating it's viewers like children. Paddington simply wins you over with smiles, laughs, warmth and ultimately, a whole lot of wit.

Drake Tsui
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

Paddington is unabashedly wholesome. That's not to say the script is schmaltzy. Nicole Kidman pops up as the villain - a beguiling museum taxidermist sporting a blonde bob hairstyle. Her Millicent injects some sinister edge into a story that could've been a saccharine tale. An even more fundamental ingredient is our star, an Andean bear. Ben Whishaw, is the voice of the CGI fellow replacing Colin Firth, whose voice was deemed too mature. The character, who is the personification of goodness, strikes just the right balance of sweetness and mischief. Paddington's amusing mishaps often rely on his naiveté. His misadventure involving returning a lost wallet is a humorous case of mistaken identity. It's too early to anoint this as the best children's film of 2015, but if this is representative of family entertainment this year, 2015 is off to a great start. fastfilmreviews.com

Mark Hobin
Mark Hobin

Super Reviewer

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