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The Simpsons Movie Reviews

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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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David Denby
New Yorker
August 4, 2013
The incomparable gang at full length for the first time, with enough jokes, satire, nonsense, and sentiment to justify the eighty-eight minutes.
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
August 6, 2007
Doesn't make the existential leap to the big screen, and it doesn't have the density of gags or the lunatic free-association of the best episodes.
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August 3, 2007
Nobody should have a cow. Bigger and longer don't always mean better, but The Simpsons Movie is still a cut above.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
July 31, 2007
Definitely worth your money.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 27, 2007
Some 10 years after expected, The Simpsons Movie couldn't give a doodle in a doughnut hole about expectations anyway. It may deliver what we've already got, but it leaves no doubt why we got it in the first place.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
July 27, 2007
The Simpsons Movie is as hard to critique as it is to resist.
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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
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
July 27, 2007
A very funny, solidly entertaining movie that, despite its unshakable obsesion with undergarments, is as sweet as a Kwik-E-Mart Squishee.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
July 27, 2007
In a way, the film is more of a Simpsons celebration than anything else -- the mother of all anniversary episodes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
July 27, 2007
It's subversively hilarious as well as strangely touching, and it features a scene in which Homer is directed across the landscape by the twin shadows of a woman's mountainous chest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 27, 2007
This is The Simpsons which, with its first big-screen effort, is underachieving and proud of it, man.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Booth
Denver Post
July 27, 2007
The Simpsons concept in feature length is just as reassuringly startling in its nonstop irreverence as the best of the weekly TV droppings.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
July 27, 2007
The picture works because, despite the fact that it took nearly six years for the filmmakers to bring it to the screen, it doesn't strive for greatness. It's fleet, concise and clever in a nut-ball way.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 27, 2007
While nothing in this motion picture quite matches the television series at its early best, this is more of a throwback than a throw-away. It's wittier and more energetic than anything that has appeared on FOX in quite a few years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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.
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Joanne Kaufman
Wall Street Journal
July 26, 2007
Hurray for Homer. Long may he rave.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
July 26, 2007
The movie is best when it just riffs on our compacted memories of the past 18 years of episodes. Fortunately, that's most of the time.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
July 26, 2007
This long-awaited movie adaptation has plenty of laughs, plus an assortment of milestones for fans.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 26, 2007
The Simpsons Movie is finally here. And guess what? It's funny. But not that funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 26, 2007
The film fires on all cylinders, one-liners coming thick and fast.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
July 26, 2007
The Simpsons Movie is full of the anarchic, generous, good-natured humor that is the show's enduring signature.
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Nathan Rabin
AV Club
July 26, 2007
It isn't the best movie ever, nor will it make fans forget the show's early-'90s golden years, but audiences will probably be too busy laughing to complain about any shortcomings.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
July 26, 2007
Even casual Simpsons fans will find plenty to chortle over, right through the closing credits. There are plenty of Hollywood comedies that can't say the same.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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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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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 26, 2007
There's something about the Simpsons that's radical and simple at the same time, subversive and good-hearted, offensive without really meaning to be. It's a nice balancing act.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
July 26, 2007
You didn't think The Simpsons would sprain its funny bone on the way to the multiplex did you?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 26, 2007
Go on, sucker, buy your ticket.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 26, 2007
The Simpsons is pretty much exactly the movie everyone hoped it would be -- fast, funny and filled with a thousand quickie jokes and odd angles that enhance the central story without distracting from it.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Mark Rahner
Seattle Times
July 26, 2007
The long-awaited Simpsons feature film does not eat my shorts. Doesn't set 'em on fire, either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 26, 2007
If you like the TV show, you're going to love the movie.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 26, 2007
It's really one of the best movies of the year.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
July 26, 2007
It was worth waiting for.
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David Wiegand
San Francisco Chronicle
July 26, 2007
No one will be bored with the feature film, but everyone who knows the show well will have a nagging feeling that something is missing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
July 26, 2007
...may be less potty-mouthed than South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut, but it takes aim at its middle-American milieu with a towel-snapping glee that is just as effective in reducing its audience to cheerfully willing victims.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
July 26, 2007
The Simpsons Movie is comparatively minor. But it's hard not to like it. And in both senses of the phrase, America keeps asking for it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Scott Foundas
L.A. Weekly
July 26, 2007
...what The Simpsons Movie does -- and does well -- is to revisit the series' most enduring situations and themes while upping the ante just enough to lend everything a new level of suspense.
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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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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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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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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
July 25, 2007
Turns out what they've done is make everything bigger, longer, and uncut, but let Homer be Homer, an average American screwup in a recognizable, screwed-up world of hypocrisy and lardy foodstuffs.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
July 25, 2007
The good news is, The Simpsons Movie is just like the TV show, whereas the bad news is, it's just like the TV show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
July 25, 2007
The movie's ultimate message is about family, and its most basic promise -- to make us laugh -- is one it delivers on more reliably than any of the other big movies this summer.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Brian Lowry
Variety
July 25, 2007
Put simply, if somebody had to make a Simpsons movie, this is pretty much what it should be -- clever, irreverent, satirical and outfitted with a larger-than-22-minutes plot.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 25, 2007
A clever and spirited big-screen version of its better-known small-screen cousin.
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Ben Walters
Time Out
July 21, 2007
The Simpsons Movie does not feel at sea on the big screen and, crucially, it is very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5