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Curious George Review Critics


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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune

    A mild off-season cinematic bid for the young and the restless.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the new cartoon of Curious George, featuring the voice of Will Ferrell as the Man in the Yellow Hat, doesn't veer all that far from the soothing tone of the books.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Margret and H.A. Rey's mischievous monkey makes his long-threatened leap to the big screen in Curious George, with much of the books' charm respectfully intact.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    George is cute, and the simple story has its entertaining moments.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Is this movie for the whole family to attend? No, it is a movie for small children and their parents or adult guardians, who will take them because they love them very much.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

A simple, sweet, sometimes silly monkey tale.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that there isn't a lot to be concerned about here. There are some product placements, some flirting, moral ambiguity, and an emotionally intense scene in which George is removed -- at the Man in the Yellow Hat's request -- by animal control. One man schemes to replace a museum with a profitable parking lot. Ted himself tries to fool the museum patrons with a fraud, something he is not punished for. An apartment building manager roughly chases the monkey from room to room, then evicts Ted, who has to sleep on a park bench that night.

  • Families can talk about what they liked about the movie and if anything scared them. They can ask what makes George so curious. Is he a troublemaker or does he just act like a kid? Older kids can talk about how Ted's relationship with George changes -- what does Ted realize George brings to his life? Families could also compare this movie to the books upon which it's based, and about which one they prefer and why.

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Rambunctious monkey and lonely man learn to appreciate one another's inclination for adventure.

What to watch for
  • violence false0

    Violence and scariness: Slapsticky falls and jumps; monkey antics include painting on apartment walls, stealing and flying away on balloons, projecting himself to look large like King Kong (this leads to chaos in the streets).

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Some flirting between Ted and Maggie, a kiss at the end.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Obvious Dole plug (crates of fruit marked clearly); Volkswagen.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue