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A young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British travels to London in search of a home. Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realize that city life is not all he had imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ('Please look after this bear. Thank you.') and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist...

Actors: Geoffrey Palmer , Lottie Steer , Madeleine Worrall , Tim Downie , Matt Lucas , Jim Broadbent , Hugh Bonneville , Julie Walters , Sally Hawkins , Imelda Staunton , Michael Gambon , Ben Whishaw , Peter Capaldi , Nicole Kidman
Directors: Paul King
Country: UK , FRANCE
Release: 2015-01-16
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  • Chris Hewitt (1)

    Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail, this is a warm, witty and wondrously inventive great big bear-hug of a movie.

    Empire Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    There are plenty of laughs — and nothing that goes over a kid’s head to an adult funny bone is smutty or smarmy — and the sentiment never feels strained or artificial.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Jason Clark

    Paddington is fast-paced yet unhurried, serving up surprisingly subtle ideas on melting-pot urban diversity—Paddington is a stranger in a strange land, after all—and rich visual tableaux, including a gorgeous recurring shot of the Brown home as a living dollhouse.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    Paddington is totally delightful.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.

    Slate Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    Artfully and cleverly, the sweet spirit of that young bear from darkest Peru and his many London misadventures materializes brilliantly on screen in the very good hands of writer-director-conjurer Paul King.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    This comic chronicle of a Peruvian bear’s adventures in London turns out to be a total charmer, made with panache, élan and generous dollops of marmalade.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Marc Savlov

    There are so many terrific things going on in the film – rapid-fire wordplay, split-second visual gags, and some veddy, veddy British punning – that, frankly, Paddington deserves more than one viewing. Huzzah Paddington, and marmalade forever!

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Tirdad Derakhshani

    Paddington is perfect for today's audiences, so long overfed on comic-book fodder. The bear's impeccable manners, perfect diction, and earnestness make him the ultimate anti-Bart Simpson.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    This is not only a dandy, playful movie about a talking bear, but one that gives pause for thought, too.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Mary Houlihan

    The filmmakers behind Paddington successfully bring the lovable bear into the future and strike a balance between honoring the spirit of the original books and updating the story for today’s young audiences. This is a charming film whose underlying message of tolerance and acceptance strikes a palpable chord in today’s world — both for children and adults.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    It's an excellent showcase for Paul King, for the tremendous character animation by Framestore, and for Ben Whishaw's delicate, inquisitive work as the title character, and it is one of those rare family films that actually seems to think of children as smart and full of empathy.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    Paddington is decidedly, proudly unhip. It’s a lovely, endearing chocolate-box of a movie.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The scale of the occasional mayhem is heightened, but its spirit and ingenuity doesn't feel wholly at odds with the books.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Joe Walsh

    Devoid of cash-in cynicism, and full of belly-shaking humour, Paddington proves to be not just a wonderful contemporary rendition of the bear, but a polite hat-tip to the man who created him, paying homage in the best way possible: by bringing a gentle, slightly reserved, smile to audience faces.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Dave Calhoun

    It’s charmingly simple. But it also offers a sharp modern spin on Michael Bond’s London-set stories without being cynical.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Emma Morgan

    Where family films so often falter, choking on their own contrived sentimentality and/or cool, Paddington is sweet and silly and, at times, edge-of-the-seat stuff.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    Serious as Paddington is about meaning something, it’s even more serious about the business of having fun.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Christy Lemire

    It’s charmingly funny and shamelessly punny. Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    How English is this movie? As English as a cold, rainy day at the beach. As English as the politeness that masks hostility, as English as a pie that contains meat, as English as secretly wishing you lived in some other country.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Peter Keough

    True, a lot of marmalade gets spread around, and at times the zaniness gets a bit too slap-sticky, but it’s all good clean fun.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Sandie Angulo Chen

    Because of its adorable protagonist, laugh-out-loud gags and touching premise, Paddington succeeds in a way most CGI/live-action hybrids do not.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Suffice it to say that this is good family fare with plenty of decent gags (visual and otherwise), and it’s nicely acted by all the principals. In addition, Julie Walters, Peter Capaldi and Jim Broadbent turn up in smaller but still lively roles.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Whishaw, Hawkins and Downton Abbey's Bonneville strike just the right notes. Imaginative production design, which occasionally brings to mind Wes Anderson's "Moonrise Kingdom," adds to the story's appeal.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    It's funny. So is Nicole Kidman, very Cruella De Vil as Millicent Clyde, a taxidermist with an eye on adding Paddington to her stuffed collection. It's an excuse for some chase scenes and physical comedy (Paddington gets his head stuck in a toilet bowl) that manage to suggest both the Marx brothers and Wes Anderson. I mean that as a good thing.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    Any movie that manages to work in a dig at the National Theatre's heavier pretensions — in a subway sequence, Paddington trots by a National poster for a (fake) play with the amusingly dour title "Damned by Despair" — is OK with me.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Rex Reed

    Paddington is a harmless delight that blends live action with animated technology in the manner of "Ted," but without the raunch.

    New York Observer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    Bonneville, who did mostly comedy, pre-“Downton,” rediscovers his funny bone.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    If the film seems head-and-shoulders above the average effects-driven family-matinee flick, it’s because it never gives the impression that it’s trying to be anything more (or less) than good-natured and fun to watch.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kenji Fujishima

    The film recalls its stylistic forbears at their best: flowing with whimsy, but never at the expense of the beating heart of its human (and animal) characters.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    Paddington is a mostly smart update loaded with charm, and it preserves enough of the fuzzy feelings for purists to walk away with a smile.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Keith Phipps

    Paddington is a charmer, portrayed as a little guy whose unflagging goodness makes it easy to forgive his clumsiness. That’s the one detail from Bond’s book any adaptation has to get right, and this one nails it.

    The Dissolve Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    The writer and director, Paul King, scatters the tale with handfuls of eccentric charm, first in the forest and then in the home of the Browns. At one point, borrowing freely from Wes Anderson, he frames it as a living doll’s house, with each member of the family hard at work or play in a different room.

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Leslie Felperin

    It’s a relief to report that the final film is actually quite charming, thoughtful and as cuddly as a plush toy, albeit one with a few modern gizmos thrown in.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Guy Lodge

    Affectionately honoring the everyday quirks of Bond’s stories, while subtly updating their middle-class London milieu, King’s film may divide loyal Paddingtophiles with its high-stakes caper plot, but their enraptured kids won’t care a whit.

    Variety Full Review
  • Jeannette Catsoulis

    In stark contrast to their furry, blundering star, the makers of Paddington have colored so carefully inside the lines that any possibility of surprise or subversion is effectively throttled.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Elizabeth Weitzman

    Cute, mostly well-mannered and just a bit off-center.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Xan Brooks

    Full credit to the film-makers, who manage to map their digital bear against his human co-stars and marry Bond’s antique conceit to a high-concept story.

    The Guardian Full Review
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