Planet 51 Synopsis
An astronaut lands on a planet where the inhabitants are green aliens stuck in a version of 1950s America.
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Entertainment Weekly

Delivers a few pleasant surprises, including a smart story -- a reverse-E.T. riff that plops an American astronaut down in a world of...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
Although not bowling me over, Planet 51 is a jolly and good-looking animated feature in glorious 2-D.
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San Francisco Chronicle

The movie as a whole isn't exactly ground-breaking, and some of the humor tanks. But it has enough action, laughs and candy-hued visuals to...
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
An uninspired computer-animated feature that may satisfy undiscriminating pipsqueaks and nearly no one else, Planet 51 is a low-IQ E.T. in...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A perky though not terribly imaginative feature aimed primarily at youngsters.
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Miami Herald

By Rene Rodriguez
What's missing is originality and story and inventiveness.
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Rick Groen
Bursting with potential that never gets realized.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Joe Williams
This movie, which was made by an animation studio in Spain, isn't trying to make a social statement; it speaks in the international...
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New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Movie references abound, but there's not enough humor to fuel even 90 minutes.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Young children and adults with high pain thresholds will enjoy the movie during its brief pause on the way to your On Demand menu.
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PLANET 51. ROCKS!!! Grade: B. (Based on advance VIP press preview - Sat. Nov. 14th.)

Madrid-based Ilion Animation Studios's first effort, Planet 51 was originally titled Planet 1 but was changed - as a nod to Nevada's Area 51. Scripted by Joe Stillman, and directed by a trio - Jorge...

Planet 51

By granddaddy123
Enjoyable for adults and kids alike. Humor definitely understood by us "oldies" since based a lot on the 1950's, but more than enough storyline for the kids to follow. Recommend....

Fun send-up of 50s Sci-Fi

By levets
Ok, this is a movie for kids. I just went with my 6 and 9 year old, and they loved it. I did too - but here's the catch - I'm a big fan of 5-s Sci-Fi, B-Movies, and Sci-Fi in general. This movie is...

Good Family Fun

By Diamondgirlmovies
This was one of the greatest animated movies to come out this year. I appreciate the humor in the film and how it was represented.We've always heart of "aliens" coming to earth now we have something...

Five Word Review

Its ok Kids liked it....

Planet 51 okay for the kids

By bethsears
My kids enjoyed Planet 51, especially my 9 year old. There were lots of cliche's but the kids still laughed. And, it was completely acceptable for my 6 year old as well. No violence, no bad words,...

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By jordan is to cool
i want to see this movie when it comes out becuase iot looks very funny. especially when he starts eatuing all of the medicene soo the big monster wont get...

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Planet 51

By townsendwc
For a movie company that has yet to do an animated feature, they did a very good job with this movie. My two boys laughed throughout the movie, as did I. There were a few places where the humor was...

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Rated PG | For mild sci-fi action and some suggestive humor
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 7+ Underwhelming alien comedy has some suggestive humor.
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