Written September 16, 2014
Some great voice performances (Brendan Fraser, Sarah Jessica Parker and especially William Shatner)graced this animated film, but the story was not all that hot. My nine-year-old granddaughter was bored well before the end.
Written August 27, 2014
This KIDS film is SO predictable and SO generic it makes me want to throw my popcorn at the screen. I have seen the boasting hero that never listens and the nerdy brother all the time. The acting is mostly based on the bad writing in this movie. The animation is good to look at but still, even that doesn't excuse the movie from being bad. The character designs are generic. The main aliens look like the designs of Megamind and Planet 51 had a baby but the movie came out of the bad moments of Monsters vs. Aliens. This movie is annoying. Good for kids, not so funny for adults 2/10. (I hated this movie.)
Written November 28, 2014
This is a brainless film, almost entirely lacking in imagination, It's so derivative but without adding anything to its sources. The adult wisecracking over the heads of kids is lame, stale and predictable. Everything about this film is formulaic. And the endless violence is offensive, since this film is being marketed to young children. The family relationships are shallow. The humiliation between silblings, while "resolved" at the end, falls short of any true emotional understanding. As grandparents, we have seen many children's films with our grandkids. Our 8-year old granddaughter said she "liked" the film, but she said not a word about it afterwards, a sure sign that it meant nothing to her. The creative team at Dreamworks has done, and I'm sure can do, better.
Written September 02, 2014
I took my 2 boys and their friends, ages 5-8. They all had fun. I heard their little giggles and some outbursts of laughter throughout. They had a great time, and I thought it was cute too. Not Oscar-winning, but a good option for a Sunday afternoon!
Written August 21, 2014
Seeing that this is a March Animated release, you should be expecting a mediocre movie. This is exactly that. It was slow at points, lacked witty banter, and Brenden Fraser what as pompous as voice over as he in real life. The story has a cute premise, but dragged in several places. There is no bad language, no sexual innuendo's, but the aliens do kiss at the end. (if you care about that)
My two boys liked it, but they both agreed that "other alien movies" were much better. This is a movie for a matinee or wait for DVD. Or even wait longer to watch it free on TV.