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Chicken Little Review

Movies.com Critics

2.5

Dave White Profile

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Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 3.0
    48

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Mixed or average reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 20

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    If I could find some facet to praise, I'd be glad to do so, but the production's mediocrity is all-pervasive -- story, character, graphic design, even music -- and it all points to a failure of corporate imagination, or maybe just nerve.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    What falls in Chicken Little are hopes.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    The movie did make me smile. It didn't make me laugh, and it didn't involve my emotions, or the higher regions of my intellect, for that matter. It's a perfectly acceptable feature cartoon for kids up to a certain age, but it doesn't have the universal appeal of some of the best recent animation.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    With one of the year's busiest scripts, Little launches 76 zippy minutes.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A consistently amusing, often inspired family romp.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 7+

Cute, colorful, mostly lively fun; ages 7 and up.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that, for a kids' film, this one features prominent and repeated images of mayhem. Its opening sequence, which shows citizens running around in a panic and screaming, is somewhat frantic; it might be a bit too intense for some sensitive younger viewers. While much of the action is benign and cartoonish (crowds in a panic, animal children playing aggressive dodgeball or baseball and falling from windows), the film ends up with an alien invasion, with giant tripods and creatures inspired by War of the Worlds, and some potentially scary Predator or Aliens style music. One character is readable as "gay," as he adores disco and cowers before his mother, and another, a tough, baseball-playing female fox, is transformed into a traditional girly-girl, as a partly jokey reinforcement of traditional gender roles.

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the father and son, as Chicken Little wants so desperately to please his dad. How might his father show more faith in his son, rather than expecting the worst? How might Chicken Little trust his father to appreciate his own interests and identity, rather than trying so hard to be the son he imagines his father "wants" (that is, a baseball player like his father was)?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Townsfolk judge Chicken Little harshly at first, but they come around when they find he's right.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Some alien invasion violence (pounding music, alien machines zapping animals to nothing and setting things on fire).

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Some suggestions concerning a piggy's gay-leaning sexual orientation.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Spoofs on news, fashion, and sports magazines (Cosmo-Mallard, Modern Mallard, Newsquack).

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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