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Panique au village (A Town Called Panic) Reviews

Hank Sartin
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 1/5

November 18, 2011
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
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Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 2/5

November 17, 2011
David Jenkins
Time Out
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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 Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/5

October 6, 2010
Cary Darling
Dallas Morning News
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Directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar (who also provide voices) display a pleasantly warped sensibility without going for adult humor.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: 4/5

June 18, 2010
Peter Brunette
Hollywood Reporter
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There's really very little to say about this film beyond that it's absolutely brilliant.

March 26, 2010
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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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 Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 4/4

March 12, 2010

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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If you've ever seen anything like A Town Called Panic, you either made it yourself or you dreamed it.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

March 11, 2010
Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
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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 Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 3/4

February 19, 2010
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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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 Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

February 19, 2010
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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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 Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

January 29, 2010
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
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It may put you in mind of silent comedies and freewheeling animators of the past like Chuck Jones.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2010
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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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 Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

January 21, 2010
Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
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Stop-motion at its messiest and nuttiest.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 21, 2010
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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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 Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 21, 2010
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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So this is what deadpan slapstick surrealist Belgian stop-motion animation looks like. I like it!

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 21, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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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 Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

January 14, 2010
Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
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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.

Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor

January 8, 2010
Mike Hale
New York Times
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A Town Called Panic is an adventure story as fast-paced and exciting as any currently in theaters.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 4/5

December 25, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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It's more clever than funny, but it's very clever.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

December 17, 2009
Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out New York
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Once you get over the droll joke of seeing an equine Web surfer wearing a bathrobe and sipping his morning coffee, the movie settles into a shrill groove from which it never escapes.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 2/5

December 16, 2009
J. Hoberman
Village Voice
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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."

Full Review Source: Village Voice

December 15, 2009
Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
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It's silly, of course, but also wildly inventive and oddly adult.

Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger | Original Score: 3/4

December 15, 2009
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