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The Simpsons Movie Reviews

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Aaron Mesh
Willamette Week
August 2, 2015
All of which makes it harder to see The Simpsons Movie for what it is: A mediocre film based on an obsolete television show.
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 25, 2007
Homer addresses the audience at the beginning and calls us all suckers. Funny 'cause it's true.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
July 27, 2007
After nearly 20 years on TV and as a brightly burning star in this nation's pop-culture constellation, "The Simpsons" deserved better for its big-screen debut.
| Original Score: C+
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
August 2, 2015
There were plenty of decent jokes, but I've already forgotten most of them; I suspect within a month's time I'll be hard pressed to recall much about the movie at all beyond a vague sense of disappointment.
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
July 25, 2007
While The Simpsons Movie is -- like the TV show has become -- too much a caricature of itself, it still possesses good cheer, an aversion to self-seriousness and manic energy for stuffing the screen with layers of humor.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 25, 2007
The movie isn't a disaster, just a disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
July 26, 2007
That the show hasn't sailed off into the seas of complacency after all these years is a miracle. But the movie feels a little complacent and stuck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 27, 2007
This one feels incomplete, an underachiever still searching for a real reason to exist beyond enriching a fat franchise.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
August 18, 2007
I wanted to like this, but I felt like one of the suckers Homer talks about for paying for something at the theatre that I can watch at home for free.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Mirror (UK)
August 2, 2015
There's a great half-hour show rattling around in here somewhere, but the rest is padding at its very dullest.
Sheila Johnston
Daily Telegraph (UK)
July 25, 2007
The overall momentum flags at times and, even though the film runs for a crisp 87 minutes, it feels over-extended.
Mike Sage
Peterborough This Week
August 29, 2007
Doh! What a colossal disappointment. The Simpsons Movie has its funny bits but so does the average Marge-centric episode. But this is a highly anticipated 90-minute episode for which audiences have to pay.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Guylaine Cadorette
Hollywood.com
July 28, 2007
Doesn't live up to the hype.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Dustin Putman
TheFilmFile.com
July 26, 2007
Feels like yesterday's news. For fans of the television show, wait a few months for the DVD. For everyone else, don't even bother.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
July 26, 2007
It's a strange path for the series' star writers to have chosen -- this idea that more existential meant better.
Mark Dujsik
Mark Reviews Movies
July 25, 2007
There is so much gusto, such a willingness to go for broke and not look back [in the first act], that it seems too good to be true. As is often the case with such situations, it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Frese
Kansas City Star
July 27, 2007
The Simpsons Movie was expected to raise the bar for animated film -- especially 2-D animation. Unfortunately, it's just another example of what could have been.
| Original Score: 2/4
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
August 11, 2007
I can't help but feel that sometimes bigger isn't better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
July 25, 2007
You chuckle here and there, you enjoy the animation (given a bit more pep and computery dimension for the big screen), but the moment it takes off never comes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Bob Longino
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 26, 2007
The Simpsons Movie isn't anything special and certainly not the creative spark necessary to jump-start what for years has been a sagging show.
| Original Score: C+
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