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Ratatouille Reviews

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October 18, 2008
Kids are gonna gobble Ratatouille up; adults will relish its wit, and everyone will want to go out to eat after.
August 31, 2007
A lot of animated movies have inspired sequels, notably Shrek, but Brad Bird's Ratatouille is the first one that made me positively desire one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 18, 2007
Ratatouille is a veritable feast for the eye and the ear. Don't miss it.
July 16, 2007
In Ratatouille, the level of moment-by-moment craftsmanship is a wonder.
July 6, 2007
I think Brad Bird is working on another level than most animated writer/directors.
June 30, 2007
The original writer and director of Ratatouille, Jan Pinkava, was replaced in midproduction and, for all the exquisite detail, the movie is missing a dash of heart.
Read More | Original Score: B+
June 30, 2007
This delicious tale of a rat who cooks is pure joy, a grand achievement -- one of the most beautiful animated pictures ever made.
June 29, 2007
Ratatouille doesn't center on the over-familiar surfaces of contemporary life. It harks back to Disney's older era, when cartoons seemed part of a more elegant world with less edgy characters.
June 29, 2007
Had Bird gone the safe route, he would have robbed us of a great new cartoon figure in Remy, who like the rest of the film is rendered with animation that is at once fanciful and life-like. It's also my pick for Pixar's best.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2007
From the moment Remy enters, crashing, to the final happy fadeout, Ratatouille parades the brio and depth that set Pixar apart from and above other animation studios.
June 29, 2007
How good, and how much fun, is Ratatouille? So good that when it was over, all I wanted to do was watch it again.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2007
This is an animated movie that's been made for adults, although kids probably will enjoy it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2007
Ratatouille never overwhelms, even though it's stocked with action, romance, historical content, family drama and serious statements about the creation of art.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2007
A film as rich as a sauce béarnaise, as refreshing as a raspberry sorbet, and a lot less predictable than the damn food metaphors and adjectives all us critics will churn out to describe it. OK, one more and then I'll be done: it's yummy.
June 29, 2007
Fresh family fun. Although there are those slightly noxious images of rodents scampering around a kitchen, the movie doesn't stoop to kid-pandering jokes based on back talk and bodily gases.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2007
Displaying the usual meticulousness associated with the Pixar brand, Ratatouille is a nearly flawless piece of popular art.
June 29, 2007
Arguably the finest 'toon in the Pixar canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2007
The Pixar magic continues with Brad Bird's Ratatouille, a gorgeous, wonderfully inventive computer-animated comedy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 29, 2007
Ratatouille is the most straightforward and formulaic picture to date from Pixar Animation Studios, but it is also among the most enchanting and touching.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2007
No sketchy backgrounds here -- Ratatouille's scenes feels like deep-focus camera shots. The textures, from the gleam of copper pans to the cobblestone streets, are almost palpable.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2007
Ratatouille has the technical genius, emotional core and storytelling audacity to lift it into the ranks of [the best] Pixar films, the crème de la crème of modern animation.
Full Review | Original Score: A
June 29, 2007
Ratatouille has its heart, and its head, in this effort to serve up something unique and satisfying.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 29, 2007
Writer and director Brad Bird keeps Ratatouille moving without resorting to the cute animal jokes or pop-culture wisecracking that ruined so many other recent animated films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2007
Pixar, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the animation world, retains the title with this winning tale.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 29, 2007
Ratatouille will make you wonder why animation needs to hide behind the mantle of 'it's for children, but grownups will like it, too.' This one's for Mom and Dad, and yep, the kids will like it, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 29, 2007
Brad Bird's second collaboration with Pixar is more ambitious and meditative than his Oscar-winning The Incredibles.
June 29, 2007
The movie doesn't have to strain for liftoff the way Pixar's Cars did (that movie had a Volvo's boxiness). Ratatouille keeps inventing surprises.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2007
Ratatouille is delicious fun sure to be savored by audiences of all ages for its sumptuous visuals, clever wit and irresistibly inspiring tale.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2007
Like the burbling soup that plays a key part in Ratatouille, the movie is a delectable blend of ingredients that tickles the palette and leaves you hungry for more.
Read More | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 28, 2007
Brad Bird's Ratatouille is so audacious you have to fall in love with its unlikely hero.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
June 28, 2007
Ratatouille is Brad Bird's best movie yet, and from the writer-director who made two of the best American animated features of the past decade, The Incredibles and the sadly neglected Iron Giant, that's something.
June 28, 2007
The characters are irresistible, the animation is astonishing and the film, a fantasy version of a foodie rhapsody, sustains a level of joyous invention that hasn't been seen in family entertainment since The Incredibles.
June 28, 2007
With Ratatouille, Bird once again delivers not just a great, witty story, but dazzling visuals as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 28, 2007
It's not just the computer animation that is vibrantly three-dimensional. It's also the well-rounded characters... I defy you to name another animated film so overflowing with superfluous beauty.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
June 28, 2007
In sequence after sequence, we are presented with visual set pieces that far exceed the imaginativeness of most live-action dramatic fare.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
June 28, 2007
Bird has a rare cinematic gift: the ability to stage slam-bang action sequences without neglecting the rich emotional resonance that makes for a great story.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
June 28, 2007
Bird has taken the raw ingredients of an anthropomorphic-animal kiddie matinee and whipped them into a heady brew about nothing less than the principles of artistic creation.
June 28, 2007
So many computer-animated movies are brash, loud and popping with pop-culture comedy, but Ratatouille has the warm glow of a favorite book. The characters are more than the sum of their gigabyte-consuming parts -- they feel handcrafted.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 28, 2007
The film may be animated, and largely taken up with rats, but its pulse is gratifyingly human. And you have never seen a computer-animated feature with this sort of visual panache and detail.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
June 28, 2007
A test for tiny tots, a mite nostalgic and as male-dominated as a modern kitchen it may be, but these are mere quibbles about this delightful addition to the Pixar pantheon.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
June 26, 2007
Ratatouille is free of the kind of gratuitous pop-culture references that plague so many movies of the genre; it tells a story, it's very much of our world but it never goes for the cheap, easy gag.
June 26, 2007
For parents looking to spend time in a theater with their kids or adults who want something lighter and less testosterone-oriented than the usual summer fare, Ratatouille offers a savory main course.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 26, 2007
What makes Ratatouille such a hilarious and heartfelt wonder is the way Bird contrives to let it sneak up on you. And get a load of that score from Michael Giacchino, a perfect compliment to a delicious meal.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 25, 2007
Brad Bird wrote and directed Ratatouille and tops his previous work. Since his work includes The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, this puts him somewhere between Chuck Jones and Michelangelo.
June 20, 2007
Ratatouille has the Pixar technical magic without, somehow, the full Pixar flavor. It's Brad Bird's genial dessert, not so much incredible as merely sweetly edible.
Full Review | Original Score: B
June 18, 2007
Brad Bird and Pixar Animation Studios are proving to be an unbeatable combination.
June 16, 2007
The master chefs at Pixar have blended all the right ingredients -- abundant verbal and visual wit, genius slapstick timing, a soupcon of Gallic sophistication -- to produce a warm and irresistible concoction.