The Nut Job Reviews

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July 31, 2014
DreamWorks' 2006 film Over the Hedge scampered through similar terrain with far slyer gags in its cheeks.
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.
February 7, 2014
The whole thing looks like a video game you'd rather not play.
January 17, 2014
The bottom line: Kids may be mildly amused by The Nut Job, but adults accompanying them won't find much to capture their interest.
January 17, 2014
The Nut Job is a delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart.
January 17, 2014
While the film isn't the worst of its kind, it might be one of the dullest of recent vintage.
January 17, 2014
Only a multilevel chase sequence involving Surly and some glowing-eyed street rats has any real kinetic excitement, and the supporting characters lack visual distinction.
January 16, 2014
"The Nut Job" features muddy-colored and often ugly animation, a plot that feels too stretched out and loaded with details to hold the attention of most children, and more flatulence jokes than anyone deserves.
January 16, 2014
When the story gets stale, the movie inserts a "nuts" pun or, worse, resorts to a gas or burp joke. It doesn't work the first time, nor the fifth.
Top Critic
January 16, 2014
Once Surly and Buddy case the joint, develop a plan, and deal with the inevitable surprises, The Nut Job could be any classic caper flick.
January 16, 2014
That feeling of been-there-done-that is pervasive, with many of the jokes sounding like they were ripped off from other movies.
January 16, 2014
The Nut Job features decent CG animation, especially of animals, but the writing isn't particularly clever, relying on obvious puns and slapstick humor.
January 16, 2014
Spins its wheels like rodents in a Habitrail.
January 16, 2014
Someone spent a lot of time making the architecture and production design match the era. Grandparents getting dragged to "The Nut Job" will be appreciative.
January 16, 2014
The overall mood resembles a furry, nut-based version of Stanley Kubrick's "The Killing."
January 16, 2014
Grotesquely wrongheaded.
January 16, 2014
"The Nut Job" fights its protagonist's own charmlessness from the first scene. Turning a dislikable leading character a little less dislikable by the end credits sets an awfully low bar for this sort of thing.
January 16, 2014
The burnished backgrounds are pleasant to look at, but finding something to savor in the story is a tough nut to crack.
January 16, 2014
The cartoon is stuffed with exhausting visual mayhem. Some jokes land, but most kids over 10 will roll their eyes.
January 16, 2014
Relentlessly awful.
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