83

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
An animated family movie about penguins -- in the wake of "March of the Happy Feet," they're the Angelina Jolie of animals, both cute and admired everywhere. Plus, it's about surfing.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Not only are LaBeouf and Bridges terrific, but Jon Heder is hilarious as surfing fowl Chicken Joe. And Zooey Deschanel is saucy fun as penguin lifeguard Lani.
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75

TV Guide

By Maitland McDonagh
A cut above the noisy, pop-culture joke-larded norm, and it's much more than a "Happy Feet" knockoff.
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75

Premiere

Up will still make you feel like you've caught a big wave.
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75

Boston Globe

The most colorful of the penguin 'toons to date, both figuratively and literally.
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75

ReelViews

By James Berardinelli
If you have to see one penguin movie, this is it.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
The entertaining new film from Sony Pictures Animation is a nice surprise, and the rare mainstream American kid film.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Kirk Honeycutt
A cheerful and frequently amusing bit of nonsense, which certainly will provoke children into giggles. The film does not measure up to "March of the Penguins" or "Happy Feet," both Oscar-winning efforts. Nor is it trying to.
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63

New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
The voice performances are great, particularly those from LaBeouf and Bridges, who's in a "Big Lebowski" mood. But a moratorium on penguin movies may be in order.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
First they marched, then they tap-danced. Now they ride the waves on souped-up boards. It really doesn't matter what stunts they try to pull off: Who can resist an animated mockumentary in the style of "This Is Spinal Tap" starring the black-and-white big birds of the moment?
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64 out of 100
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