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The Nut Job

6/10
Adventure . Family . Comedy . Animation
 

Surly, a curmudgeon, independent squirrel is banished from his park and forced to survive in the city. Lucky for him, he stumbles on the one thing that may be able to save his life, and the rest of park community, as they gear up for winter - Maury's Nut Store.

 
Actors: Scott Yaphe , Gabriel Iglesias , Jeff Dunham , Maya Rudolph , Sarah Gadon , Stephen Lang , Liam Neeson , Brendan Fraser , Katherine Heigl , Will Arnett
Directors: Peter Lepeniotis
Country: CANADA , SOUTH KOREA , USA
Release: 2014-01-17
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  • Bilge Ebiri

    A delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Bill Zwecker

    While the animation is quite good and the filmmakers have brought together an excellent group of actors to provide the voice talent, the storyline leaves us with a tale more reminiscent of Saturday morning kids’ programming.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    The Nut Job has an interesting anti-socialist subtext, with the seemingly benevolent raccoon revealing himself as a power-mad dictator. It’s the most political non-Pixar cartoon feature since the very left-leaning “The Ant Bully’’ eight years ago.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Better than any animated film released in the doldrums of January has a right to be.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • Joel Arnold

    Given the feel-good themes of the average kids' movie — be yourself, follow the golden rule, love each other, blah blah blah — it's refreshing to see an animated comedy chuck that guck and focus on a real jerk.

    NPR Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Too bad that the makers of The Nut Job eagerly purloined Scrat's primal motivation—food—but failed to note the charm of his minimalist approach.

    RogerEbert.com Full Review
  • Adam Nayman

    The Nut Job has a certain lo-fi charm, but it’s hardly a world-beater; with all due respect to Surly, Rocky J. Squirrel’s place in the pantheon would seem to be safe for another 50 years.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Stephanie Merry

    Sometimes the punch lines land and sometimes they don’t, but overall the result is pleasantly nostalgic.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Forgettably mediocre, but it's not atrocious.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    The production squeaks by on the visual charm of art director Ian Hastings’ period touches and warm autumnal hues. The voice talent is a decidedly mixed bag.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Mike McCahill

    The absence of new or sustainable ideas dooms it to instant mediocrity.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    Endless wordplay and dumb slapstick do not a rewarding animation make. Pun-ishing.

    Empire Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Once the opening credits end, it turns out The Nut Job"= is far more "Romper Room" than "Step Brothers."

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Annlee Ellingson

    The Nut Job features decent CG animation, especially of animals, but the writing isn't particularly clever, relying on obvious puns and slapstick humor.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Miriam Bale

    The Nut Job features muddy-colored and often ugly animation, a plot that feels too stretched out and loaded with details to hold the attention of most children, and more flatulence jokes than anyone deserves.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Jordan Hoffman

    Focused mostly on one location, the cartoon is stuffed with exhausting visual mayhem. Some jokes land, but most kids over 10 will roll their eyes.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kimberley Jones

    The richly hued CG animation is quite nice – a mix of hyperdetailed character work and painterly cityscapes and pastorals – and the script putters along with small but regular amusements.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Peter Lepeniotis’ animated film brings together a good cast, including Will Arnett, Brendan Fraser and Liam Neeson, which sounds like a sweet deal. But it places them in an uninspired little movie about selfish behavior, which, while overcome (of course), never really manages to escape its bitter roots.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Chris Packham

    Good-natured and completely forgettable.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    The critters look cute, but behave less so, while the competing-heists concept never quite takes off.

    Variety Full Review
  • Scott Bowles

    Despite some high-caliber voice talent and shimmering animation, it's hard to get a bead on this tale.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Joe Williams

    This dead-on-arrival ’toon is some of the worst p.r. for rodents since bubonic plague hit medieval Europe.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    The plot doesn’t take clever turns, the visual thrills aren’t all that thrilling, and you’re ultimately left to get your heist-movie kicks elsewhere.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Tasha Robinson

    Even at 86 minutes, with plenty of chases and action sequences thrown in, The Nut Job feels overstretched and arbitrary.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Big problem straight off: tone. The violence isn't slapsticky; it's just violent.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Chris Cabin

    There's no personality in the design or the script, which only renders the cynical aftertaste of this convoluted one-squirrel-against the-world story all the more potent.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    Relentlessly awful.

    Film.com Full Review
  • Kevin McFarland

    The most egregious problem with The Nut Job is how shamelessly it fills in the gaps left by expanding Lepeniotis’ short with generic and tedious rogue-to-hero cliché.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
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