100

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Stack
One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation. Pixar Animation Studios has raised the genre to an astonishing new level.
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100

Salon.com

It's impossible not to be utterly blown away by Pixar's animation.
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90

Film Threat

By Ron Wells
This is a family film. There's a great deal of wackiness.
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88

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
The story, about an ant colony that frees itself from slavery to grasshoppers, is similar in some ways to the autumn's other big animated release, "Antz," but it's aimed at a broader audience and lacks the in-jokes.
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88

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
A Bug's Life, like “Toy Story,” develops protagonists we can root for, and places them in the midst of a fast-moving, energetic adventure.
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78

Austin Chronicle

By Russell Smith
From the pure entertainment standpoint, ABL's nonstop action helps it avoid the slack moments that marred “Antz”. The dialogue, kiddie-accessible though it is, is plenty intelligent for adult enjoyment.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
In a movie about an ant colony, perhaps it's futile to complain about a superfluity of characters. Yet this need to cover every permutation of cuteness is one major drawback to the cast of A Bug's Life.
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75

Christian Science Monitor

By David Sterritt
The story is amusing and the animation is first-rate, but there's less sparkling originality than in "Toy Story."
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75

Entertainment Weekly

By Owen Gleiberman
So obsessed with wowing you, in every corner of every frame, that as a movie it doesn't quite breathe.
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60

TV Guide

The saucy repartee will amuse adults, while the climactic showdowns -- yes, there are more than one -- are gripping entertainment for the whole family.
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77 out of 100
Generally favorable reviews
Metascore® based on all critic reviews. Scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.