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The Nut Job Synopsis
Surly, a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions.
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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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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....
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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...
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Given the feel-good themes of the average kids' movie — be yourself, follow the golden rule, love each other, blah blah blah — it's...
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
Forgettably mediocre, but it's not atrocious.
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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...
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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...
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By Peter Debruge
The critters look cute, but behave less so, while the competing-heists concept never quite takes off.
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Village Voice

By Chris Packham
Good-natured and completely forgettable.
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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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By Lteneleven
Nowhere near the humor of Madagascar and other similar movies. I paid for one adult, me, and four kids. Its money I can never get back. Mr. Neeson is a great actor. He should keep to rescuing...

The Nut Job...

By terryclmn
I took my 7-year-old daughter to see this movie and we both thought it was great. The entire theater was laughing out loud during several parts. Lots of action and subtle humor, too....

Just OK

By calzar
I thought the movie was passable. Went with a friend and our kids. The 9 year olds were entertained, but the 6 year olds were bored. Didn't quite live up to expectation....

Not what I expected

By greyleigh
It was just okay. The beginning was off putting - it had me wondering about being there with my kids and if it really was a kid movie. It was a bit on the crass side at times. I thought it would...


By mizemathis
Movie was very hard to follow and my kids (2 years, 5 years, 10 years) got extremely bored. Hardly any humor. The only time the any of the kids were interested in the movie was at the end when cartoon...

Too Long

By dwhitecom3
I would say this is one of the less appealing animated films. I found myself yawning and wishing they had wrapped it up 20 minutes before the movie was over (they just seemed to throw in too many...


By teenierx
If you have nothing better to do and want something to entertain the kids, this movie is good enough. Don't go out of your way to see it...


By dcb2
even as kids films go, this is a pretty sad effort. tired unimaginative dialogue, caricatures instead of characters, a plot that seemed to be the victim of several mid-production rewrites. voice...

Harmless Fun

By natb966
If you love taking your kids to the movies and you can tuck your adult critic away, go to see this light humorous movie. It doesn't harm anyone, and the kids really enjoyed it. It's no classic, not...

Thoroughly Enjoyable Fun

By marianburn
I took my teenager and two grandkids, ages 5 and 6, to see this movie. From the beginning, the movie had everyone's attention. The animation was great and the voices perfectly suited to the...

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Rated PG | For Rude Humor and Mild Action
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Disappointing animal comedy features insults, fart jokes.
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