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Wreck-it Ralph Reviews

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Guy Lodge
Time Out
February 5, 2013
Disney's found a lot to play with here, but you may find yourself itching to take the controls.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
January 7, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
January 7, 2013
It's a cool game, to be sure, but watching someone else play it gets old after a while.
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 2, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic
November 2, 2012
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.
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James Rocchi
MSN Movies
November 2, 2012
'Wreck-it Ralph' is a serious contender for the title of best animated film of the year.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 2, 2012
The movie's subversive sensibility and old-school/new-school feel are a total kick.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
November 2, 2012
It's impossible not to feel a strong sense of nostalgic amusement, if not sheer delight, at the comings and goings of all these characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Graham
Detroit News
November 2, 2012
It's fun for awhile, but it's not a video game you'll come back to once you set down the controller.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 2, 2012
Amid all the boring crashing and chasing and slapstick, there are some brilliant flashes of wit (particularly a reference to the guards in the Wizard of Oz).
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
November 2, 2012
Emphasizes action and eye-popping visuals over emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 1, 2012
'Wreck-It Ralph' combines a fresh idea with a true love for retro pop culture. It's hard not to love this movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 1, 2012
Delightfully off the rails, offering a grown-up-friendly tone and merging of visual styles that are reminiscent of the studio's 1988 animated homage to film noir, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit."
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jody Mitori
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 1, 2012
"Wreck-It Ralph" is a lot like video games and candy: light entertainment but fun while it lasts.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 1, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph is the latest in a rash of recent movies fired up with imaginative risk. Director Moore brings a video junkie's passion to the movie game, and it's hilariously infectious.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
November 1, 2012
It's a lovely pretext for dazzling visuals, yet the production is diminished by the clumsiness of an 8-bit script.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 1, 2012
Like a video game, Rich Moore's 3-D film is colorful, noisy, and pixel-deep.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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November 1, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph is pop nirvana, a headlong rush through classic arcade games and Nintendo standards that's not too busy playing spot-the-reference to keep from paying off in laughs and heart.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 1, 2012
The movie invites a measure of cynicism - which it proceeds to obliterate with a 93-minute blast of color, noise, ingenuity and fun.
| Original Score: 5/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 1, 2012
It's pure plastic product from plot line to the pro forma 3-D to the tidy moral lessons - ersatz family entertainment as disposable as it is diverting.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 1, 2012
The farcical story is cute, the dialogue witty and the players charming.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 1, 2012
Think "Tron" with belly laughs. Or "Night at the Museum" with any laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Frank Lovece
Newsday
November 1, 2012
"Wreck-It Ralph" blends poignancy and a piston-powered plot that revels in both visual inventiveness and a vaudevillian sense of timing.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 1, 2012
Starts out as a funny high scorer but limps into a second half as flat as those quarters we once pumped into arcade machines long ago.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
November 1, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph feels like so many modern AAA gaming titles-a promising starting point for an inevitable, improved sequel.
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 1, 2012
The film flies off in all sorts of directions, all of them rewarding. But the best trick is how screenwriters Phil Johnston and Jennifer Lee bring everything back together, even the seemingly least-related elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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Mary F. Pols
TIME Magazine
November 1, 2012
The most inventive and entertaining family movie I've seen this year, packed with wickedly smart humor and joyful animation.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 1, 2012
A gorgeously rendered story that will play just as well to children as to their parents, albeit for different reasons. Playstation and Xbox junkies will be equally pleased.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
November 1, 2012
Bursting with candy-bright colors and zoomy action, Pixar's "Wreck-It Ralph" should prove as entertaining as a sugar rush for its young target audience.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 1, 2012
More than another standard cutesy reference-fest with some exciting chases and an eventual upbeat message.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 1, 2012
The art design and color palette of "Wreck-It Ralph" permit unlimited sets, costumes and rules, giving the movie tireless originality and different behavior in every different cyber word.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
October 31, 2012
Wreck-It Ralph never does anything groundbreaking with this idea, but it's cute and clever and evokes nostalgia for gamers of the '80s and '90s.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Charlie McCollum
San Jose Mercury News
October 31, 2012
It's a fine piece of moviemaking that has a little something for kids who don't remember when games were played in arcades and adults who will delight in the tweaking of a bygone era.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Keith Staskiewicz
Entertainment Weekly
October 31, 2012
It doesn't quite carry the heft of Toy Story, but there's a lot of heart packed into these zeroes and ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
October 31, 2012
An adorable winner ...
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
October 31, 2012
The metaphor is clever, injecting real-life risk and reward into these beautifully artificial vistas, scored to composer Henry Jackman's Nintendo-worthy beeps and bloops.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
October 30, 2012
Life lessons about being true to yourself are learned along the way, delivered with all the subtlety of Felix's hammer, but Wreck-It Ralph actually makes us care about these videogame characters and their dreams.
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Eric Kohn
indieWIRE
October 29, 2012
Beneath the pixelated gags, the stakes are relatively familiar. However, much of the humor in "Wreck-It Ralph" riffs on the nostalgia associated with real games.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Justin Lowe
Hollywood Reporter
October 26, 2012
With a mix of retro eye-candy for grown-ups and a thrilling, approachable storyline for the tykes, the film casts a wide and beguiling net.
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Peter Debruge
Variety
October 26, 2012
There are a staggering number of rules governing the gameplay in Wreck-It Ralph, and one of the toon's greatest pleasures comes in how intuitively audiences discover those parameters as the story unfolds.