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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Critic Reviews for Paddington
Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.
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.
A respectable screen version of Michael Bond's classic children's books.
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.
Audience Reviews for Paddington
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.
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.
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
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