Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) Reviews

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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
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David Jenkins
Time Out
October 6, 2010
If someone laced Wallace and Gromit's stockpile of West Country cheeses with hallucinogens, they might start to show some of the free-associative abandon of the characters in this trippy debut feature...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
June 18, 2010
Directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (who also provide voices) display a pleasantly warped sensibility without going for adult humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
March 26, 2010
There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant.
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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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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
March 11, 2010
If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
February 19, 2010
All the silliness unfolds in a complex social structure, where good manners are expected, bad behaviour is punished and birthdays are not to be forgotten.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
February 19, 2010
In a world lousy with computer animation and 3-D whizz-bangery -- j'accuse, James Cameron! -- it's nice to know there's still fun to be had with nothing more than plastic figures and a little imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
January 29, 2010
Made with an anarchic, anything-goes spirit, this is truly a film, not to mention a town, where you never know what's going to happen next.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
January 21, 2010
It may put you in mind of silent comedies and freewheeling animators of the past like Chuck Jones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
January 21, 2010
Pleasing to look at, Panic intentionally resembles an amateur, stop-motion project, but one can't watch it without being amazed at the extraordinary effort involved in putting together a movie like this, a few frames at a time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
January 21, 2010
Stop-motion at its messiest and nuttiest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
January 21, 2010
A Town Called Panic is a proudly Calvinist work -- I mean the comic strip character, not the philosopher -- that understands the delights of deep play.
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
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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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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
January 8, 2010
With all the high-profile animated movies out there now, it would be a loss if A Town Called Panic was stampeded in the shuffle.
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Mike Hale
New York Times
December 25, 2009
A Town Called Panic is an adventure story as fast-paced and exciting as any currently in theaters.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Noel Murray
AV Club
December 17, 2009
It's more clever than funny, but it's very clever.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
December 15, 2009
A Town Called Panic, which has more strident colors and less synopsizable action than a year's worth of comic-book adventures, embodies a sensibility that might be termed "extreme quirk."
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 15, 2009
It's silly, of course, but also wildly inventive and oddly adult.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4