The Nut Job Reviews

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April 3, 2019
A pleasant -- if untaxing -- surprise.
November 11, 2018
Predictably, the tykes will cater to the seemingly colorful antics of Surly Squirrel and his carousing cohorts but this will not be as playful to the grown-ups looking for some leftover irreverence and inspired inside satire.
November 1, 2018
The story simply plugs away without introducing anything new or exciting, and often just repeating with slight variation. It's relatively dull even for a children's caper movie.
November 28, 2017
You could definitely do worse, but that's a weak endorsement for a film that should be quickly forgotten in the coming months.
August 23, 2017
It isn't as rich in content as Ratatouille but, with Liam Neeson voicing a raccoon and lots of kid-specific silliness, it's a nice snack as nuts tend to be.
July 8, 2015
This is the cinematic equivalent of a nut with no kernel, a film with no heart.
October 10, 2014
Children under seven will enjoy the slapstick nature of the fun and the irresistible Gangnam Style end credits sequence [but] parents might question why a film of this nature needs to feature humans using guns.
August 15, 2014
This week's talking-animal toon is bad enough to cause an allergic reaction in anyone above the age of five. Everyone else is advised to take along two peanuts, one for each ear.
August 4, 2014
Small, undemanding children might find this distracting; small, tree-hopping rodents may be mortally offended.
August 1, 2014
The good name of Canadian-South Korean animated co-productions has been sullied forever.
July 31, 2014
Endless wordplay and dumb slapstick do not a rewarding animation make. Pun-ishing.
July 31, 2014
Makes as little of its furry leads as it does of its '50s setting.
July 31, 2014
The mixture of old school crime caper and Looney Tunes-style slapstick lends it a pleasant retro feel for adults even if kids might find Surly a poor relation of the acorn-obsessed squirrel Scrat in the Ice Age series.
July 31, 2014
DreamWorks' 2006 film Over the Hedge scampered through similar terrain with far slyer gags in its cheeks.
July 31, 2014
The scriptwriters don't exactly deliver an embarrassment of riches in the joke department ... Unless you're a sucker for rodent farts, in which case they come up trumps.
July 31, 2014
This is chiefly about the spectacle and the gags, which aren't frequent or original enough to compete with the likes of Pixar.
July 30, 2014
I'm not entirely sure who to blame for the muddled plot but I'm pointing a finger at the Koreans.
July 30, 2014
As a CG-rendered Psy launches into a rendition of 'Gangnam Style' you'll be rushing straight for the exit.
July 29, 2014
Pretty much everything in this South Korean co-production is slightly undercooked, lacking the same degree of sprightly wit or dramatic punch regularly found in A-list studio product.
July 8, 2014
The Nut Job feels like an archly contrived excuse to justify the groaning pun of the title.
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