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The Wild Thornberrys Movie Reviews

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
May 20, 2008
Screenwriter Kate Boutilier provides plenty of sharp patter.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
January 26, 2006
A decent soundtrack rounds off a surprisingly engaging and energetic little-kids' adventure.
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
December 27, 2002
Too often feels like a glorified TV episode.
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Charles Passy
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 23, 2002
An entertaining feature-length version of the Nickelodeon TV cartoon.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
December 23, 2002
| Original Score: B
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 23, 2002
Thumbs up for The Wild Thornberrys Movie.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 20, 2002
Doesn't do more than expand a TV show to movie length. However, it's pleasant enough and its ecological, pro-wildlife sentiments are certainly welcome.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
December 20, 2002
Outstanding entertainment for little ones but just as rewarding for their adult companions.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 20, 2002
The animated redhead is the gutsiest young female heroine to hit the big screen since the live-action ladies in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
December 20, 2002
The soundtrack alone is worth the price of admission.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
December 20, 2002
The soundtrack features some terrific music from Paul Simon, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour and others, and the widescreen animation is a vividly colorful translation of the Thornberrys' distinctive TV style.
| Original Score: 3/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
December 20, 2002
It all adds up to a cheekier Lion King on a lower budget. But what you miss in spectacle you will make up in laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 20, 2002
Kids who are into this Thornberry stuff will probably be in wedgie heaven. Anyone else who may, for whatever reason, be thinking about going to see this movie is hereby given fair warning.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 20, 2002
This is the first Nickelodeon big-screen spinoff that will leave you feeling as if you've been through a real movie instead of an expanded TV segment.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Dave Kehr
New York Times
December 20, 2002
Bland but harmless.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 20, 2002
Smart, funny and good-looking animation guaranteed to delight audiences of all ages.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
December 20, 2002
With its familiar Lion King setting, feminist-environmental message and cute animals, the movie should keep children amused, while remaining bearable to adult gamekeepers.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
December 20, 2002
An average kid-empowerment fantasy with slightly above-average brains.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 20, 2002
There's barely enough plot here for a 22-minute TV episode and not nearly enough for an 88-minute movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 20, 2002
The Wild Thornberrys Movie is a jolly surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
December 20, 2002
Fans of the animated wildlife adventure show will be in warthog heaven; others need not necessarily apply.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 19, 2002
Just as entertaining as the hit Nickelodeon series on which it is based.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 19, 2002
The Wild Thornberrys Movie makes a witty and delightful Christmas present for the entire family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Marilyn Moss
Hollywood Reporter
December 19, 2002
A magical blend of wit and a big-hearted view of the world and all its creatures makes the film more than a good bet to bring in family audiences during the holidays and beyond.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
December 19, 2002
Like The Rugrats movies, The Wild Thornberrys Movie doesn't offer much more than the series, but its emphasis on caring for animals and respecting other cultures is particularly welcome.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
December 19, 2002
Move over Bond; this girl deserves a sequel.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Chute
L.A. Weekly
December 19, 2002
This lively Klasky Csupo production is a convincing amplification of the popular Nickelodeon series.
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Michael Atkinson
Village Voice
December 17, 2002
The feature-length stretch ... strains the show's concept.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 16, 2002
As half-cracked, action-loving and humane as its eponymous family, The Wild Thornberrys Movie marks another consistent advance from the tube to the bigscreen for animation studio Klasky Csupo.