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WALL-E Reviews

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Dave Calhoun
Time Out
November 18, 2011
I wonder a little what kids will make of the long silence of the first half followed by the disorienting mania of the second, but there's nothing here that's not wonderfully imagined and lovingly presented.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Tom Charity
CNN.com
October 18, 2008
The most consistent production unit in Hollywood just hit another home run.
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 18, 2008
Among its many wondrous achievements, the animated WALL-E is a sci-fi trifecta: a vision of the future, a tale for our times and a blast from the past.
| Original Score: A-
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David Denby
New Yorker
July 14, 2008
WALL-E is a classic, but it will never appeal to people who are happy with art only when it has as little bite as possible.
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David Ansen
Newsweek
July 8, 2008
You'd have to be a machine for your heart not to melt.
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
July 1, 2008
No movie can be a downer that fills you with pure exhilaration. You leave WALL-E with a feeling of the rarest kind: that you've just enjoyed a close encounter with an enduring classic.
| Original Score: 4/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
June 30, 2008
The new Pixar picture Wall-E is one for the ages, a masterpiece to be savored before or after the end of the world -- assuming, like the title character, you're still around when all the humans have taken off and have access to an old video player.
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Christopher Orr
The New Republic
June 27, 2008
It is a story about love and loneliness, perseverance and triumph, the possibilities and pitfalls of human existence. That this story is told by way of the exploits of a tiny, faceless robot only makes it more extraordinary.
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Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
June 27, 2008
The picture feels weirdly, and disappointingly, disjointed, something that starts out as poetry and ends as product.
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
June 27, 2008
The power of WALL-E as a character, the poetic figure of the robot drawn to human splendor, remains powerful throughout -- and Pixar's loveliest creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
June 27, 2008
WALL-E is a surprisingly moving parable of what we waste, and what we should cherish -- and wrapped in a romance so absurdly moving it could wring a tear or two even from Gort and Robby the Robot. Or a parent and child.
| Original Score: 4/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
June 27, 2008
This latest achievement from Disney's Pixar Studios rotates around a rusty little robotic hero who's built, as the movie is, with such emotion, brains and humor that whole universes exist in his whirring tones and binocular eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
June 27, 2008
WALL-E is Pixar's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or its Pinocchio: an archetypal fable about loneliness simple enough -- yet deep enough -- to instantly captivate anyone who sees it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
June 27, 2008
It works; this is Pixar's most enthralling entertainment since Nemo.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
June 27, 2008
The greatest of all films by Pixar Animation, the little Disney studio with the Midas touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
June 27, 2008
His intelligence may be artificial, but his heroism is anything but superficial.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Amy Nicholson
I.E. Weekly
June 27, 2008
A beautiful film that makes us proud of the species that created it, even as we root for the robot who inadvertently saves us from ourselves
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
June 27, 2008
WALL-E is yet another notch in Pixar's computer-animation belt, and it's one of the better entries, with greater emotional resonance than anything they've done since Finding Nemo.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
June 27, 2008
The best American film of the year to date.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Bob Mondello
NPR.org
June 27, 2008
Pixar's robot romance is crazily inventive, deliriously engaging and emotionally true.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 27, 2008
Mixing Chaplinesque delicacy with the architectural grandeur of a Stanley Kubrick film, director Andrew Stanton recycles film history and makes something fresh and accessible from it without pandering to a young audience.
| Original Score: 4/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
June 27, 2008
Put simply, WALL-E is about as charming as movies get.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
June 26, 2008
This is a film that stretches the expectations and reaches of animation at the same time it offers fantastic entertainment value to its audience.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
June 26, 2008
I must drop my inhibitions about dropping the M word -- especially since I've already used magnificent -- and call WALL-E the masterpiece that it is.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
June 26, 2008
The attention to detail -- always a Pixar hallmark -- is amazing, and Stanton and his crew incorporate surprising elements that mix vintage sci-fi with old musicals with a meta-cartoon rendering of the future.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dana Stevens
Slate
June 26, 2008
Wall-E is an improbable delight, a G-rated crowd-pleaser that seems poised to pack theaters as efficiently as the titular robot crams his chest cavity with rubble.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
June 26, 2008
It is, undoubtedly, an earnest (though far from simplistic) ecological parable, but it is also a disarmingly sweet and simple love story, Chaplinesque in its emotional purity.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
June 26, 2008
It whisks you to another world, then makes it every inch our own.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
June 26, 2008
It's Pixar's most daring experiment to date, but it still fits neatly into the studio's pantheon: Made with as much focus on heart as on visual quality, it's a sheer joy.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
June 26, 2008
Continuing a string of successes that pit Pixar films against only other Pixar films in terms of quality animation, WALLE makes the count nine masterpieces in a row.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
June 26, 2008
Daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental, Wall-E gains strength from embracing contradictions that would destroy other films.
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Chris Vognar
Dallas Morning News
June 26, 2008
Dangerously close to the sublime, a film that will be dissected and enjoyed for years to come.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
June 26, 2008
Like Charlie Chaplin's best silents -- a clear influence -- WALL-E is pure visual magic. As a bonus, it packs a wicked satirical punch.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
June 26, 2008
The idea that an ancient Hollywood musical, with its love duets and foot-tapping dance numbers, would be the thing that awakens emotions in both humans and robots, is pure genius.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
June 26, 2008
Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton tops himself with this adorably loopy Pixar animation that sends up consumerism, musicals, Apple computers, and 2001: A Space Odyssey.
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John Anderson
Washington Post
June 26, 2008
A jewel of a film in conception, execution and message.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 26, 2008
Some day, there will be college courses devoted to this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
June 26, 2008
Pixar's WALLE succeeds at being three things at once: an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment and a decent science-fiction story.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
June 26, 2008
Who would guess that a movie with minimal dialogue and a love story between robots could emerge as one of the best films of the summer? And who would think a tale could be both post-apocalyptic and charming?
| Original Score: 4/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
June 26, 2008
This is Pixar's most audacious film yet, and some small children may become impatient with the film's long wordless stretches. But the storytelling is so meticulous and skilled, some may not even notice the absence of dialogue.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
June 26, 2008
Andrew Stanton is resourceful enough to find infinite ways for them to express themselves - amusingly, achingly, and with emotional precision. He's also created, with the help of a team of animators, a visual marvel.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
June 26, 2008
Pixar's ninth consecutive wonder of the animated world is a simple yet deeply imagined piece of speculative fiction...it has plenty to say, but does so in a light, insouciant manner that allows you to take the message or leave it on the table.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
June 26, 2008
It's remarkable to see any film, in any genre, blend honest sentiment with genuine wit and a visual landscape unlike any other.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
June 26, 2008
This is getting to sound like a broken record: Pixar Animation Studios has just topped itself. Again.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
June 25, 2008
The animation is stunning; the landscapes of the futuristic Earth offer the Pixar folks ample opportunity to show off their wares.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Robert Wilonsky
Village Voice
June 25, 2008
A film that's both breathtakingly majestic and heartbreakingly intimate.
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 23, 2008
One of the best movies of the year. Just so beautifully done.