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Movie Nation

By Roger Moore
Better than any animated film released in the doldrums of January has a right to be.
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63

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
The Nut Job has an interesting anti-socialist subtext, with the seemingly benevolent raccoon revealing himself as a power-mad dictator. It’s the most political non-Pixar cartoon feature since the very left-leaning “The Ant Bully’’ eight years ago.
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63

Chicago Sun-Times

By Bill Zwecker
While the animation is quite good and the filmmakers have brought together an excellent group of actors to provide the voice talent, the storyline leaves us with a tale more reminiscent of Saturday morning kids’ programming.
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60

NPR

Given the feel-good themes of the average kids' movie — be yourself, follow the golden rule, love each other, blah blah blah — it's refreshing to see an animated comedy chuck that guck and focus on a real jerk.
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50

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Forgettably mediocre, but it's not atrocious.
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50

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

The Nut Job has a certain lo-fi charm, but it’s hardly a world-beater; with all due respect to Surly, Rocky J. Squirrel’s place in the pantheon would seem to be safe for another 50 years.
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50

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The production squeaks by on the visual charm of art director Ian Hastings’ period touches and warm autumnal hues. The voice talent is a decidedly mixed bag.
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40

Variety

By Peter Debruge
The critters look cute, but behave less so, while the competing-heists concept never quite takes off.
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40

Village Voice

By Chris Packham
Good-natured and completely forgettable.
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38

USA Today

By Scott Bowles
Despite some high-caliber voice talent and shimmering animation, it's hard to get a bead on this tale.
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37 out of 100
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