The Peanuts Movie

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The Peanuts Movie offers a colorful gateway into the world of its classic characters and a sweetly nostalgic -- if relatively unambitious -- treat for the adults who grew up with them.

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Life always seems complicated for good ol' Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), the boy who always tries his best against seemingly impossible odds. When the Little Red-Haired Girl moves into his neighborhood, Charlie Brown develops a crush on her. Meanwhile, his best friend Snoopy embarks on an epic adventure in a fantasy world. As a World War I flying ace, the lovable beagle pursues his nemesis, the Red Baron, while also trying to win the heart of a beautiful poodle named Fifi (Kristin Chenoweth).

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Critic Reviews for The Peanuts Movie

All Critics (197) | Top Critics (45) | Fresh (172) | Rotten (25)

  • Rendering the Red Baron-fighting Snoopy and way too many supporting characters in 3-D, and placing them in near-photo-realistic backgrounds, drains much of the charm from "The Peanuts Movie."

    June 20, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
  • The Peanuts Movie is both modern and traditional, pleasing on all fronts, which must have been hard to achieve.

    January 2, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • The voices are too gloopy, Linus has been given an unnecessary hair transplant and, worst of all, Snoopy's plot thread (technically a story-within-a-story) is dull and dodgy.

    December 27, 2015 | Full Review…
  • The self-effacing Charlie is the antithesis of the typical American movie hero. The film is charming and whimsical but makes some very trenchant points about the grimmer side of an all-American childhood.

    December 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie will serve young children well as a Christmas outing, but whether it serves the child that remains in all of us early Peanuts fans is another question.

    December 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • A Christmas nostalgia trip for parents.

    December 17, 2015 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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  • Aug 23, 2016
    I was pretty far from enthralled. However, I do say that we the caveat of, I am definitely not the target audience for this. I am too young to have grown up with the original Peanuts, and have that nostalgia, but also too old to be in the demographic for your average kid's movie. And even I must praise the animation style. The blending of the original hand-drawn design with the 3D CGI made for a truly unique visual aesthetic that I found very impressive.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Apr 07, 2016
    This movie is, honestly, adorable. And sometimes that might lead to a movie being way too cutesy for its own good, but I don't think that's the case with this one. The thing about this movie is that it's so sincere and earnest, it's so true to the spirit of the original comic strip and the animated specials that it feels more like a movie made for the people who grew up with, and loved, Charlie Brown than it is a movie for today's children. Don't get me wrong, I think the film is colorful enough and entertaining enough to keep their attention, but I think adults familiar with Peanuts that will get more of a kick out of it. For instance, there's jokes about Charlie Brown misunderstanding Leo Tolstoy's name as Leo's Toy Store and confusing the name for Tolstoy's most famous work, War and Peace, for Warren Piece. Stuff like that will go over the head of even someone in their teens. Hell, it'll go over the heads of a good percentage of people my age. It's not like the film is full of jokes like that, but that's just an example. The film is not, as the consensus on Rotten Tomatoes states, particularly ambitious. But when the film is as entertaining as this, then that's really not much of a problem. Again, like I mentioned, the film is true to the spirit of the original comic strips and animated specials, but, particularly in today's animated world, there's no other film like this out there. Some films might try to go for the same type of spirit or tone, but they never achieve it because it just feels fake. And, I guess, to some people, this might feel fake as well, but it never came across that way to me. It might, honestly, be one of the most sincere animated movies I've seen in a while, it wears its heart on its sleeves and it's not afraid to do so. I think some might feel that it's a film that is out of place and out of time, but I think that's one of the many positives. Like I mentioned earlier, there's no other animated film like this out there and that, at the very least, makes it worthy of a watch even if you don't end up liking it. This might be the type of movie that requires a certain mood to enjoy, but I think the film will, very likely, win over even the most jaded of fans who had no faith that Blue Sky Studios could make a good movie based on the Peanuts franchise. Though, to be fair, with Charles Schulz's sons having an involvement in the film, it'd almost be more difficult to make the film unfaithful to the franchise than it would've been to make it faithful. The animation isn't outstanding, but it is certainly colorful and lively. Imagine the animated movies modernized and that's perfectly describes the animation of the movie. The film is really well-written with a really sweet story of Charlie Brown, as always, finding a way to overcome his fears of talking to this girl he's had a crush on. Of course, he goes about it trying to impress her in a variety of different ways, all resulting in, what he feels, is failure. A simple, basic story but it works. There's also a bit of a subplot with Snoopy trying to rescue his beloved from the clutches of the Red Baron. They do try to tie it to the main story, somehow, but it doesn't always work in my opinion. Part of me felt like it was a way to extend the film's length. And not that I was bothered by the Snoopy segments, some of those offered some really fun moments with Snoopy doing crazy shit, but I fail to see how it fit in with the rest of the film. That's probably one of my only complaints about the film. And it's not really a complaint, more of a nitpick. The film, at roughly 76 minutes long, not including some short post-credit scenes, is a breeze to get through. So yea, as you can tell, I really liked this movie. It's funny, it's sweet and it's honest and I would highly recommend it.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Mar 30, 2016
    "Wah wah, wah wah wah" pretty much sums up The Peanuts Movie, a mediocre animated children's film. When a new red headed girl moves next door to Charlie Brown he becomes infatuated, and attempts to impress her; meanwhile his dog Snoopy is inspired to write a series of Red Baron adventures. The plot's very episodic and includes a lot of the old familiar sketches from the cartoon; Lucy's sidewalk stand, Snoop's aerial dogfights, ice skating on the frozen lake, the singing of Christmas carols, etc. Which is kind of a disappointment, as the film doesn't really take advantage of the full-length format; opting instead to be a collection of short vignettes. Also, the computer animation is unimpressive, and often doesn't feel 3 dimensional. The Peanuts Movie is entertaining and bit of fun, but it doesn't have any ambitions to do anything new or exciting with this long beloved cartoon series.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 23, 2016
    The Peanuts Movie delivers Schulz's timeless comic in an innovative and modern way. Holding its weight with clever animation, charming story and benevolent humor, the film is a very solid presentation to a new generation of fans as well as its followers. 4/5
    Eugene B Super Reviewer

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