Planet 51 - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Planet 51 Reviews

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Nick Schager
Time Out
November 17, 2011
| Original Score: 2/5
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Christine Champ
Film.com
May 6, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 23, 2010
| Original Score: 2/4
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Derek Adams
Time Out
December 4, 2009
There's enough of a storyline here to keep younger space cadets moderately settled.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2009
This has the directionless, recycled feel of a script by committee.
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Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 24, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 24, 2009
Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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A.O. Scott
At the Movies
November 23, 2009
The whole thing is just terrible.
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 20, 2009
This sharp-looking but unimaginative adventure hasn't the wit of similar kiddie flicks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 20, 2009
The movie as a whole isn't exactly ground-breaking, and some of the humor tanks. But it has enough action, laughs and candy-hued visuals to satisfy the target audience without plunging grown-ups into despair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
November 20, 2009
With nowhere to go except toward that incongruous moral, the story is getting thin on the ground, obliging director Jorge Blanco to pad with the usual plush stuffing -- bland action and busy edits.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Cliff Doerksen
Chicago Reader
November 20, 2009
The script lacks wit, and the in-joke references to cinematic sci-fi classics will soar over little kids' heads without pleasing many adults.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 20, 2009
Definitely a planet worth a visit.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 20, 2009
Mediocre, clunky and just so not special.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 20, 2009
The agreeable but flagrantly unoriginal Planet 51 belongs to the mix-and-match school of animated moviemaking.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 20, 2009
"Singin' in the Rain" references? John Glenn? Cold War duck-and-cover drills? What time capsule yielded this script?
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 20, 2009
Planet 51 is cute, but it's no Shrek.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Kathleen Murphy
MSN Movies
November 19, 2009
Rest assured that nothing of significance will disturb said infant, neither feelings nor images nor ideas. No danger here; just a faint, faraway tickle of boredom.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Glenn Whipp
Los Angeles Times
November 19, 2009
Instead of spinning its spoof of 1950s sci-fi paranoia in new directions, the movie trades in potty humor and tired sendups of The Terminator and Star Wars.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 19, 2009
Largely, it's a jellybean of a movie: bright, colorful, sugary, and with no real content.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 19, 2009
Although not bowling me over, Planet 51 is a jolly and good-looking animated feature in glorious 2-D.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
November 18, 2009
Delivers a few pleasant surprises, including a smart story -- a reverse-E.T. riff that plops an American astronaut down in a world of just-like-us-only-green creatures -- and clever characters...
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Brian Miller
Village Voice
November 17, 2009
Planet 51 mainly succeeds at reminding you of all the better movies that inspired it.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 16, 2009
A playful throwback to the days when cartoons were mostly aimed at children.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
November 16, 2009
A high concept gets low execution in Planet 51, a lame-brained toon that even kids will recognize as an insipid goof on sci-fi conventions.