63

Premiere

At times funny, and even occasionally witty, Alvin and the Chipmunks is a lively, entertaining romp that will certainly bring smiles to the young ones this holiday season.
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50

TV Guide

By Ken Fox
They’re baaaaack.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
Unfortunately, as rendered here by the average-looking CGI effects, the characters are underwhelming in their appeal, lacking the charm of their previous animated incarnations.
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50

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Ultimately, the values and the CGI are good, but the acting is broad and the chipmunks aren't really differentiated. What happened to Alvin, the rodent counterpart of Dennis the Menace? Was he declawed in the translation to CGI?
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50

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
About as good as a movie with these characters can probably be, and I am well aware that I am the wrong audience for this movie.
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50

Chicago Tribune

By Michael Phillips
So it’s one of those Hip, Now updates, albeit with jokes riffing on pop-cult artifacts that are already Then. I mean: “Jerry Maguire”? Moratorium!
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38

New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If karma exists, Alvin and the Chipmunks must be Lee's punishment for appearing in the likes of "Jersey Girl."
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38

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
The movie is devoid of laughs, except for a mildly funny segment when one of the chipmunks inhales helium. And since this is aimed at the under-10 set, it includes the requisite flatulence joke and a spit take or two.
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25

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
A movie that features a cartoon rodent eating his brother's feces, and do you really need to know more about this update of Ross Bagdasarian's iconic musical creation?
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25

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Like most family movies these days, "Alvin" is torn between the glitz that sells and the homilies that endure. It's a load of Ting Tang Wallet-Wallet Bling Blang.
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39 out of 100
Mixed or average reviews
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