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The Powerpuff Girls - The Movie Reviews

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Hank Sartin
Chicago Reader
May 20, 2008
This Cartoon Network feature-length animation manages to teach kids some good lessons and amuse the grown-ups without overdosing on pop-culture references.
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Time Out
February 9, 2006
Stretched beyond its usual episode length, the Girls' adventure doesn't pack the nifty punch they're famous for.
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Robert Lloyd
L.A. Weekly
November 4, 2002
It is not boring, and looks fantastic, and maintains the wit and spirit of the original.
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Joe Leydon
Variety
July 11, 2002
The slam-bang superheroics are kinetic enough to engross even the most antsy youngsters.
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Dan Via
Washington Post
July 11, 2002
Even with its flaws, The Powerpuff Girls Movie offers cleverness and charm that are hard to come by in the summertime multiplex.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 10, 2002
This is one freaky and annoying little film.
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Jane Horwitz
Washington Post
July 3, 2002
For the first two-thirds of this sparklingly inventive and artful, always fast and furious tale, kids will go happily along for the ride.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
July 3, 2002
The X potion gives the quickly named Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup supernatural powers that include extraordinary strength and laser-beam eyes, which unfortunately don't enable them to discern flimsy screenplays.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ben Rayner
Toronto Star
July 3, 2002
It's still a kick seeing the show's retro-cool, Hanna-Barbera-style animation blown up to 35 mm, even if The Powerpuff Girls Movie only plays like a long, slightly average episode.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 3, 2002
At 77 minutes, The Powerpuff Girls Movie feels limp, like elastic that's been stretched beyond its limit.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Tim Goodman
San Francisco Chronicle
July 3, 2002
84 minutes of rolling musical back beat and supercharged cartoon warfare. It's also, clearly, great fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
July 3, 2002
Count ... on the same high energy level, high noise level and hard-edged, imaginatively stylized, comic-bookish approach that characterizes Powerpuff writer, director, executive producer Craig McCracken's TV series.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Megan Turner
New York Post
July 3, 2002
There's enough energetic action and colorful, effervescent animation to keep young kids entertained, with some witty punning thrown in for the adults.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roberta MacInnis
Houston Chronicle
July 3, 2002
The series' message about making the right choice in the face of tempting alternatives remains prominent, as do the girls' amusing personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 3, 2002
At a time when half the so-called real movies are little more than live-action cartoons, it's refreshing to see a cartoon that knows what it is, and knows the form's history.
| Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
July 3, 2002
Powerpuff creator Craig McCracken, who also directed, might not be revolutionizing animation, but he sure has a blast with it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 3, 2002
Grown-up quibbles are beside the point here. The little girls understand, and McCracken knows that's all that matters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 2, 2002
It's a prime example of raw visual energy hitched up to the toy rocketship of popular art.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 2, 2002
The Powerpuff Girls arrive on the big screen with their super-powers, their super-simple animation and their super-dooper-adorability intact.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
July 2, 2002
What's really so appealing about the characters is their resemblance to everyday children.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
July 2, 2002
[Stretches] everything out ... at the expense of most attention spans.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
July 2, 2002
The movie doesn't add anything fresh to the myth.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Scott L. Powers
Chicago Tribune
July 2, 2002
It's great fun, turning sci-fi and kiddie-show conventions upside down with a hip wink, but even with more time to go deeper with a plot line, there's not quite enough here to make it special enough for moviegoing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2, 2002
Half enjoyable goof, half an uncomfortable panorama of urban terrorism that just doesn't sit well after Sept. 11.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2002
Those new to the series ... as well as the already committed, will dig the anarchic Chicks Rule attitude and the snazzy art.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 2, 2002
This movie is one of the few American creations that is both gleeful pop culture and exquisite high art.
| Original Score: A-