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Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
March 12, 2010
I watched A Town Called Panic without the assistance of any controlled substances, and that might be why I hated it.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Robbie Collin
News of the World
October 10, 2010
A very small amount of this would be funny. But here, there's 77 minutes of it. And that's about 76 minutes and 30 seconds too much to stomach in one sitting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
October 11, 2010
Charming and highly original but a little of it goes a long way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
April 14, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Christopher Null
December 15, 2009
If you want more crass parody, and more creative use of action figures, check out Robot Chicken
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Hank Sartin
Time Out
November 18, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
November 17, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
October 11, 2010
Though it probably works best in short bursts on DVD, it might just be wacky and strange enough to appeal to kids who'll simply accept it for what it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Jason Bailey
December 16, 2009
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Betsy Sherman
Boston Phoenix
January 20, 2010
Absurdity is supposed to carry the day in this fantastical satire of rural life, but the film's material is too mild and its bag of tricks (flurries of motion and noise followed by pauses of stillness and silence) too repetitive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
January 22, 2010
A Town Called Panic feels more like some exotic animated curiosity than a film to return to again and again.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
April 22, 2010
Make no mistake about it, Panic has some merits. It's unlike anything currently being done in the animation realm. Unfortunately, it lacks the playfulness and endearing qualities of its clay-animated kin...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 20, 2011
Anyone who has spent anytime around kids will know exactly what Aubier and Patar are trying to achieve.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
December 7, 2009
An amazing head trip, a glorious journey right inside a semi-innocent imagination
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Tom Seymour
Little White Lies
October 7, 2010
A heady and utterly unapologetic roller-coaster ride into a hyper-vivid, hyperactive world created from cheap children's toys.
| Original Score: 3/5
Graham Young
Birmingham Post
October 6, 2010
The action sometimes overrides the subtitles, but children of all ages could well be mesmerised just trying to keep up with the accident-prone story of Cowboy, Indian and Horse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 14, 2010
Because the plot is just one doggoned thing after another without the slightest logic, there's no need to watch it all the way through at one sitting. If you watch it a chapter or two at a time, it should hold up nicely.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 21, 2010
So this is what deadpan slapstick surrealist Belgian stop-motion animation looks like. I like it!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Andrew Schenker
Slant Magazine
December 15, 2009
The film posits an endlessly malleable universe whose objects can be remade nearly as fast as they're destroyed.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Clint O'Connor
Cleveland Plain Dealer
May 27, 2010
Who doesn't love giant, snowball-launching robot penguin movies?
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Shawn Levy
February 24, 2010
There's great zest and brio in the filmmaking and storytelling here, and utterly fantabulous imagination, and you'll likely grin with appreciative amazement in between bursts of laughing out loud.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Tim Evans
Sky Movies
October 6, 2010
Deliriously daft, ludicrously lunatic and nuttily nonsensical.
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
March 12, 2010
If a precocious 9-year-old with attention deficit issues made a stop-motion animated movie, he might produce a triumph of supreme silliness like A Town Called Panic.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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