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The Nut Job Reviews

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Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)
July 8, 2015
This is the cinematic equivalent of a nut with no kernel, a film with no heart.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Mail
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Edwards
Daily Record (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jonathan Romney
Observer (UK)
August 4, 2014
Small, undemanding children might find this distracting; small, tree-hopping rodents may be mortally offended.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
August 1, 2014
The good name of Canadian-South Korean animated co-productions has been sullied forever.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Olly Richards
Empire Magazine
July 31, 2014
Endless wordplay and dumb slapstick do not a rewarding animation make. Pun-ishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
July 31, 2014
Makes as little of its furry leads as it does of its '50s setting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
July 31, 2014
DreamWorks' 2006 film Over the Hedge scampered through similar terrain with far slyer gags in its cheeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Anna Smith
Daily Telegraph (UK)
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Andy Lea
Daily Star
July 30, 2014
I'm not entirely sure who to blame for the muddled plot but I'm pointing a finger at the Koreans.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Simon Reynolds
Digital Spy
July 30, 2014
As a CG-rendered Psy launches into a rendition of 'Gangnam Style' you'll be rushing straight for the exit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Trevor Johnston
Time Out
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Eddie Harrison
The List
July 8, 2014
The Nut Job feels like an archly contrived excuse to justify the groaning pun of the title.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Steven Neish
HeyUGuys
July 1, 2014
Clichéd, contrived and needlessly convoluted, The Nut Job is a real chore.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
John Beifuss
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
April 10, 2014
A tired assembly of the expected celebrity voices (Liam Neeson is a despotic raccoon) and already dated pop-culture references (the end credits feature an animated version of Psy leading the cast of animals in a dance-along to 'Gangnam Style').
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
February 28, 2014
Weird as it may be with its dancing Korean pop star and all of its "nuts" wordplay, The Nut Job isn't a tough one to crack. Like most actual nuts, it's pretty bland.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Sherilyn Connelly
SF Weekly
February 8, 2014
Hints of the opposing forces at work include a curious subplot about the need for the rule of law (take that, Kim Jong-Un!) nestling uncomfortably against the fart jokes.
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
February 7, 2014
The whole thing looks like a video game you'd rather not play.
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