Entertainment Weekly

Parents who have had to sit through a myriad of mindless kids movies will appreciate a chance for their kids to be themselves at the theater and to be silly right alongside them. On the whole, it can serve as a good introduction to the movie-going experience.
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Boxoffice Magazine

By Sara Maria Vizcarrondo
The song and dance interaction of kids hollering advice during Blue's Clues happens here on the big screen, which is meant to transform the movie into a social event of sorts.
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Village Voice

If today's youngsters grow up thinking of Christopher Lloyd as the old guy with the bongos from The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure, at least they'll be thinking of Christopher Lloyd at all.
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
If the target audience for this film were any younger, they'd be embryos.
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Los Angeles Times

For the sake of the children, The Oogieloves in the Big Balloon Adventure should be allowed to quietly float away.
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The New York Times

By A.O. Scott
Hallie's dad said it was Rocky Horror for toddlers whatever that is. Me and Hallie are 7 and we thought it was for babies.
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Boston Globe

By Loren King
Will your preschoolers enjoy it? Perhaps. Is it worth 88 minutes of their lives, or yours? Not in a world where "Sesame Street" is on TV every day. Not even in a world where "Sesame Street" didn't exist.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Amy Biancolli
The whole thing runs about an hour too long: It should have been a TV show. The adventure's too big for the kids who would love it the most.
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
If only the movie could live up to its own potential. Instead, we're stuck with blandly unappealing costumed characters meandering through a boring quest to find some lost balloons.
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Slant Magazine

By Nick Schager
Enduring this brainless kid's film is akin to witnessing the end of the world.
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32 out of 100
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