Wreck-it Ralph

2012

Wreck-it Ralph (2012)

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Critic Consensus: Equally entertaining for both kids and parents old enough to catch the references, Wreck-It Ralph is a clever, colorful adventure built on familiar themes and joyful nostalgia.

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Ralph (John C. Reilly) is tired of being overshadowed by Fix-It Felix (Jack McBrayer), the "good guy" star of their game who always gets to save the day. But after decades doing the same thing and seeing all the glory go to Felix, Ralph decides he's tired of playing the role of a bad guy. He takes matters into his own massive hands and sets off on a game-hopping journey across the arcade through every generation of video games to prove he's got what it takes to be a hero. On his quest, he meets the tough-as-nails Sergeant Calhoun (Jane Lynch) from the first-person action game Hero's Duty. But it's the feisty misfit Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) from the candy-coated cart racing game, Sugar Rush, whose world is threatened when Ralph accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens the entire arcade. Will Ralph realize his dream and save the day before it's too late? -- (C) Disney

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Cast

John C. Reilly
as Wreck-It Ralph
Sarah Silverman
as Vanellope von Schweetz
Jack McBrayer
as Fix-It Felix Jr.
Jane Lynch
as Sergeant Calhoun
Alan Tudyk
as King Candy
Ed O'Neill
as Mr. Litwak
Mindy Kaling
as Taffyta Muttonfudge
Adam Carolla
as Wynnchel
Dennis Haysbert
as General Hologram
Roger Craig Smith
as Sonic the Hedgehog
Stefanie Scott
as Moppet Girl
Joe Lo Truglio
as Markowski
Rich Moore
as Sour Bill
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Critic Reviews for Wreck-it Ralph

All Critics (179) | Top Critics (39)

Disney's found a lot to play with here, but you may find yourself itching to take the controls.

Feb 5, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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You'll either love it or you'll admire it, while wishing it would calm down and, I don't know, maybe pick up a book for a while.

Jan 7, 2013 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

It's a cool game, to be sure, but watching someone else play it gets old after a while.

Jan 7, 2013 | Full Review…

For anyone with a grade-schooler and a free Saturday, it's a pretty safe and painless bet. And a great excuse to go up to the attic later and see if you can dig out your old Atari 2600.

Nov 2, 2012 | Rating: 3/4

Unlike the Pixar films toward which it aspires-which marry sophisticated conceits to straightforward storylines-Wreck-It Ralph consistently gets lost in its own intricate plot mechanics.

Nov 2, 2012 | Full Review…

'Wreck-it Ralph' is a serious contender for the title of best animated film of the year.

Nov 2, 2012 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wreck-it Ralph

A family feelgood movie that amuses and send a heartwarming message!

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½

Reilly gives warmth to a big lug who only seems to destroy anything he touches (maybe somebody's goofy and kinda lost dad?), while Silverman gives understandable yearning to a soul aching to belong (a little girl lost?) ... can these two from broken homes fix the other's pain? Over this quandry is an animated love-in visit to vid games of old, which helps to soften the sensitive subject matter. Pretty damn good if you ask me.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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½

Absolutely fantastic!!! Fun!! Adorable!! A wonderful homage to coin-op video games. Great characters, and a good story well told.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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Ralph suffers from an identity crisis. For 30 years he has been the villain of the arcade game known as Wreck-It Ralph. But he infers that it's not him, not his true self. Understandable, because who wants to be pigeonholed into a folder? When Fix-It Felix, the game's protagonist, bids to a 30th anniversary party, Ralph is not invited. He's ostracized, the elephant in the room, even though it's his own name that reads in the game title. Dispirited, sitting on the pile of bricks that constitutes his home, an idea springs to his mind of how he can gain the veneration he so desperately desires. By "game-jumping" to Hero's Duty, a shoot-em-up game in the same arcade, he hopes to a win a shiny medal that is bound to be met with his colleagues' admiration. Something, however, goes disastrously wrong, letting loose a digital plague which threatens to obliterate all the games of the arcade. Unless measures are taken, it's "Game Over" for them all. That Rich Moore is holding the joystick here doesn't surprise me at all. The director, who has previously worked on early seasons of The Simpsons and Futurama (back when they were still funny, that is) has conjured up a story that is as explosively fun as the effect of mixing Diet Coke and Mentos. The art direction, the savvy humor - it achieves impressive high scores on all levels. Granted that I've always had a penchant for game-related adventures, but even if you haven't grown up with the likes of Street Fighter and Pac Man, it's a very touching parable about friendship and staying true to yourself. Neither too dark nor too saccharine, even if the little squirt known as Vanellope von Schweetz is about as cute and sassy as an animated girl can get. Retro and contemporary all at once, it's a nostalgic and reference-brimming love letter to both the 8-bit icons of the past and their modern equivalents. That it also scores some major points with its stunning visuals, cements Wreck-It Ralph as not only a creation above the median, but also as the best to have happened to the animation genre since Toy Story 3. Or as Q*bert so articulately put it: "@!#?@!". https://www.facebook.com/pages/Mikes-Movie-Reviews/281824101875153?ref=hl

Mike S
Mike S

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