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 September 20, 2014
This is a great movie to take your kids to and yet adults get to enjoy it on a whole different level. Great fun for the kids and lots of "conspiracy theory" and TV show history for the parents. I took my 9 year old daughter and her best friend to watch it, and they loved it.
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