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The Simpsons Movie

7/10
Adventure . Family . Comedy . Animation
 

After Homer accidentally pollutes the town's water supply, Springfield is encased in a gigantic dome by the EPA and the Simpsons are declared fugitives.

 
Actors: Nancy Cartwright , Julie Kavner , Dan Castellaneta , Marcia Wallace , Pamela Hayden , Maile Flanagan , Kelsey Grammer , Harry Shearer , Hank Azaria , Yeardley Smith
Directors: David Silverman
Country: USA
Release: 2007-07-27
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  • Michael Sragow

    Like "Hairspray," it's not just a spinoff but a wised-up family comedy that's spirited and inventive. It retains the farcical belligerence of the TV comedy but also heightens the series' oddball warmth and expands on its Hellzapoppin' slapstick.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Stephen Hunter

    The genius is in the writing and in keeping all gambits created by the individual writers in sync, so the piece has a tonal consistency and a narrative flow. A lost art in Hollywood? It's really one of the best movies of the year.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • J.R. Jones

    The show has been the gold standard for satirical TV ever since it debuted in 1989. This long-awaited movie adaptation has plenty of laughs, plus an assortment of milestones for fans.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

    The movie is best when it just riffs on our compacted memories of the past 18 years of episodes. Fortunately, that's most of the time.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    A 90-minute, years-in-the-making comic wind-up machine that begins by mocking its own audience for paying good money to see what it can watch at home for free and proceeds from there through the most wickedly funny arsenal of assaults on big government, organized religion and corporate America this side of "Borat."

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • A.O. Scott

    The Simpsons Movie, in the end, is as good as an average episode of "The Simpsons." In other words, I’d be willing to watch it only -- excuse me while I crunch some numbers here -- 20 or 30 more times.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    So, for those of you who were wondering if a great TV show could top itself at feature-film length, the good news is that The Simpsons did it! But "South Park" did it first.

    Time Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    The good news is that this is not merely a few episodes cobbled together: It's a real movie.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    If this is in fact merely a longer Simpsons episode, it's a damn good Simpsons episode.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    The result is two-tiered humor, broad enough to appeal to anybody but overlaid with jokes that will be funnier if you know the show.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The best thing about this long-awaited feature-length project, a classic Simpsonian interplay of family psychology, social commentary, and brainy visual and verbal jokes tossed off at rat-a-tat speed, is how relaxed it manages to be.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Though it never regains the inspiration or comic density of its brilliant first 20 minutes, The Simpsons Movie keeps the laughs coming from start to finish, a feat as rare and wonderful in film as it has been through 18 years of television.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    It's caustic, irreverent, constantly amusing and a tiny bit rude. Not a lot, though. This isn't the "Beavis and Butt-Head" or "South Park" movie. It's almost -- dare I say it -- charming.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    It’s funny, it’s smart, and it pokes fun at exactly the things it should (organized religion, big business, and audience itself).

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The picture works because, despite the fact that it took nearly six years for the filmmakers to bring it to the screen, it doesn't strive for greatness. It's fleet, concise and clever in a nut-ball way.

    Salon.com Full Review
  • Carina Chocano

    In some ways, it reminded me of the final "Seinfeld" episode. As much as I laughed throughout, I kept wondering what was with all the emotional lessons.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    Nearly all of the show's minor supporting characters--Moe Szyslak, Cletus the Slack-Jawed Yokel, Hans Moleman--get to make at least an appearance, though it would have been nice to see larger speaking roles for favorites like Apu and Mr. Smithers.

    Slate Full Review
  • Brian Lowry

    Put simply, if somebody had to make a "Simpsons" movie, this is pretty much what it should be -- clever, irreverent, satirical and outfitted with a larger-than-22-minutes plot, capable (just barely) of sustaining a narrative roughly four times the length of a standard episode.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joanne Kaufman

    After 18 seasons and some 400 episodes of their Fox TV series, the family created by Matt Groening, the family that put the dys in dysfunctional, makes a seamless transition from the shag carpet to the red carpet in the long-awaited Simpsons Movie.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    The movie is funny, sassy and intelligent in that moronic Simpsons' way.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's hard not to like it. And in both senses of the phrase, America keeps asking for it.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    The most ingenious thing about the movie is how it plays to diehards and neophytes alike. Every Simpsons character gets at least a fleeting appearance (and occasionally, director David Silverstein uses the widescreen format to cram in as many of them into one shot as he can).

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    A very funny, solidly entertaining movie that, despite its unshakable obsesion with undergarments, is as sweet as a Kwik-E-Mart Squishee.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Though it does have a handful of dirty jokes meant to earn the audience-pleasing PG-13 rating and features Marge swearing, it falls short of classic status.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    The Simpsons Movie is finally here. And guess what? It's funny. But not that funny.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • David Wiegand

    No one will be bored with the feature film... but everyone who knows the show well will have a nagging feeling that something is missing.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    Best of all, though the Simpson clan is 18 years older, they're not one bit wiser.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The Simpsons is interested in being a family film, although this is one of those rare animated occasions when adults are the primary audience. I, for one, couldn't be happier.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Liam Lacey

    On the positive side, it's still four back-to-back Simpsons episodes, which is still better than most of what either television or the movies have to offer.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Shawn Levy

    It's amusing enough and breezy enough not to disappoint. But it never dazzles or challenges or truly delights. And that leaves me fairly certain that whatever Bart Simpson would say about it probably couldn't be printed in a family newspaper.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • William Arnold

    As much as I enjoyed the movie -- and I laughed all the way through it -- the truth is that the big screen adds nothing special to the "Simpsons" experience.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    It’s intermittently very funny. But it doesn’t make the existential leap to the big screen, and it doesn’t have the density of gags or the lunatic free-association of the best episodes.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Toddy Burton

    Homer's rendition of "spider pig" is comedy gold.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Homer even jokes that it takes a sucker to pay for a show you can get for free on TV. D'oh! That hurts.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    It would be a stretch to call The Simpsons Movie more than a crisper, livelier-looking episode of the series. The change in mediums changes nothing.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Ian Nathan

    The message is just as clear with Simpsonian antics -- if it ain't broke, don't make a movie…

    Empire Full Review
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