Planet 51 (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Planet 51 squanders an interesting premise with an overly familiar storyline, stock characters, and humor that alternates between curious and potentially offensive.

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Planet 51 is a galactic-sized animated alien adventure comedy revolving around American astronaut Captain Charles "Chuck" Baker, who lands on Planet 51 thinking he's the first person to step foot on it. To his surprise, he finds that this planet is inhabited by little green people who are happily living in a white picket fence world reminiscent of a cheerfully innocent 1950s America, and whose only fear is that it will be overrun by alien invaders...like Chuck! With the help of his robot companion "Rover" and his new friend Lem, Chuck must navigate his way through the dazzling, but bewildering, landscape of Planet 51 in order to escape becoming a permanent part of the Planet 51 Alien Invaders Space Museum.
Rating:
PG (for mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family
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Cast

Gary Oldman
as General Grawl
John Cleese
as Professor Kipple
Mathew Horne
as Vesklin
James Corden
as Vernkot
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Critic Reviews for Planet 51

All Critics (107) | Top Critics (25)

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November 16, 2011
Time Out
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Full Review… | May 5, 2011
Film.com
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August 22, 2010
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled.

Full Review… | December 4, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

This has the directionless, recycled feel of a script by committee.

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
USA Today
Top Critic

An uninspired computer-animated feature that may satisfy undiscriminating pipsqueaks and nearly no one else, Planet 51 is a low-IQ E.T. in reverse...

Full Review… | November 24, 2009
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Audience Reviews for Planet 51

Its ok but there are a lot better animated movies out there. The star part is the alien type dog thing.

Stuart Brooks
Stuart Brooks

Super Reviewer

The whole storyline is something everyone will know they have seen before. Some jokes were funny, others were embarassing and it treads too much into E.T territory Resultingly, Planet 51 isn't good family entertainment. The animation is pretty good but the characters are either cardboard cut out or borrowed from other better films.

Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

Aside from some impressive animation and a few chuckles here and there...a mostly forgettable film. For some reason the fact that the "aliens" looked like gummi sea monkeys, really bothered me. The animation was so good they could have really been more creative with them. But I did love the (Giger inspired) ALIEN "dog".

Robert C
Robert C

Super Reviewer

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