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Alvin and the Chipmunks Review

Movies.com Critics

3.5

Dave White Profile

… non-
offensive …
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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    39

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The movie is devoid of laughs, except for a mildly funny segment when one of the chipmunks inhales helium. And since this is aimed at the under-10 set, it includes the requisite flatulence joke and a spit take or two.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    About as good as a movie with these characters can probably be, and I am well aware that I am the wrong audience for this movie.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    So it’s one of those Hip, Now updates, albeit with jokes riffing on pop-cult artifacts that are already Then. I mean: “Jerry Maguire”? Moratorium!

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    Unfortunately, as rendered here by the average-looking CGI effects, the characters are underwhelming in their appeal, lacking the charm of their previous animated incarnations.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

CGI critters are silly -- but very kid-friendly.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that while this movie is mostly OK for little kids, there's some innuendo and sassy language that children might mimic. Alvin in particular says mildly off-putting remarks like "You're hot" to Dave's date or "She wanted you" to Dave. There's also a fair amount of slapstick/cartoonish violence. But overall, it's a mild kids' flick -- albeit one that's mired in product placement and overcommercialism.

  • Families can talk about how the media generally portrays young superstars. Do you think this movie is a realistic look at what life is like for kid stars? What kinds of pressures do they face? Do you think kids in showbiz get to do whatever they want when they aren't working -- like Ian suggested -- or are they kept to a more "normal" routine, like Dave wanted? Kids: Ask your parents if they prefer the movie Chipmunks or either of the older TV versions.

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Dave learns that even chipmunks can become your family. The chipmunks discover that being loved and cared for by Dave is better than being treated like overworked rock stars.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Dave angrily throws his music equipment out his door. A security guard tries to push Dave out of a concert. Cartoonish, slapsticky scenes involving the chipmunks and Dave (like when a jar falls on Dave's head and he passes out).

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Female backup singers and partygoers wear tight, revealing clothes. Dave hugs and kisses Claire.

  • language false0

    Language: Chipmunks make slightly inappropriate remarks, especially Alvin: "You're hot," "You're such a buzz kill," "She wanted you," etc. Ian calls the chipmunks "rats" and tells them to "make love to the camera" during a photo shoot. They also tell Dave his music "sucks."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Several scenes involve the chipmunks watching SpongeBob SquarePants or eating/heating Van's waffles. Also: Hummer, Porsche, Entertainment Weekly, Spin, Billboard, Apple laptop, Bose speakers, Tobasco sauce, Bob Dylan poster, and various recognizable toys and games.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Nothing notable: A glimpse of adults drinking champagne at the big launch party.

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