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The Nut Job Review Critics


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

  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today 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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  • 40

    out of 100

    Village Voice Chris Packham

    Good-natured and completely forgettable.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    Variety Peter Debruge

    The critters look cute, but behave less so, while the competing-heists concept never quite takes off.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter 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 decidedly mixed bag.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times 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 storyline leaves us with a tale more reminiscent of Saturday morning kids’ programming.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Disappointing animal comedy features insults, fart jokes.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although The Nut Job is being marketed to preschool-aged kids, there are some jump-worthy moments and some gun violence that might make it too scary for the youngest of viewers: the humans use guns and there are several scenes in which it seems like a character will die or be killed. The language includes insults like "moron," "nothing," and "stupid"; parents sensitive to scatological humor should know there are several burp and fart jokes. On the bright side, there is a positive message about what it means to be part of a community.

  • Families can talk about the ongoing fascination with talking animals. Why do you think so many movies have animal main characters? What are some of your favorite animal movies?
  • What is this movie's message about friendship and community? What does it mean to be part of a community that looks out for one another?
  • Discuss the violence. Is the violence less scary, because the movie is animated and not live action?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids may learn which park animals must store nuts to survive, but otherwise this is an entertainment title not an educational one.

  • message true2

    Messages: The overwhelming message of the movie is to learn to be part of a community -- where helping others and being helped in return is part of life. Surly's adventure makes him realize why he needs the animals in the park, and they discover that he's much more than the selfish squirrel they pegged him as at the beginning of the movie.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Andie is smart, loyal, kind, and brave. She isn't afraid to get into dangerous situations to help her fellow park dwellers. She is committed to justice and fairness. Surly's story is one of redemption and learning to be part of a community. Buddy is a faithful and unconditional friend to Surly, even when no one else is willing to stand by him.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: A few jump-worthy moments may frighten little ones, like when the dog pops up right in front of Surly or the scary rat gang attacks Surly and then appear about to kill Buddy. The humans in the movie are old-school gangsters who use guns to shoot at each other and the animals. Cars blow up and go over bridges; an important park tree burns down. A cardinal starts to peck at characters and acts in an evil manner. Even when it seems like characters meet their end, audiences later see they've survived (albeit hurt). Some characters act nobly, but are secretly mean and violent.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Grayson keeps flirting with Andie and insisting she go on a date with him. He touches and dips her, but she's not interested. Surly develops a crush on Andie as well and they share a couple of hugs. There's a human couple as well -- the buxom blonde Lana, who hugs and briefly kisses King.

  • language false2

    Language: Insult language includes "stupid," "nothing," "moron," "lousy," "bums," "no-good," "vermin," "ugly," and of course "nut job." There's also a good bit of scatological humor (burp and fart jokes).

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Peanut Butter & Co. peanut butter has prominent signage in the front of the nut store. The company hosted a tie-in sweepstakes.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable

Fan Reviews provided by


The Nut Job by gagallant
Although the other reviews I saw on this site before I bought my ticket were negative, I enjoyed the movie. The one thing I disliked were the voice overs. They sounded too adult or something. But I liked the story line and the ending very much.


The Nut Job by hoosiertom
Animation was good but not Pixar quality . I felt the correlation between squirrel and friends robbing the Nut Shop and at the same time, the Bank Robbers using the Nut Shop as home base to tunnel under the street to rob a bank along with the anticipated conflict between the two groups, beyond the general audience of 7 year old's and under ability to put a meaningful story together. I doubt movie goers of any age would find this movie in anyway as satisfying as many other animated movies in the past. However on a positive note, the theater came alive with laughter and joy, which I would normally expect from a movie like this, when the animated version of PSY was singing and dancing to"Gangam Style" during the credits at the end of the movie


Don McKaig by mckaig.donald
A good family movie and a way to spend some time with your children. It did get a little boring at times but all in all not a bad movie.


the nut job by sarratt_patricia
my girls really enjoyed the movie. they were like perfect angels during this show and that is unusual for them. i personally thought is started out a little slow but it was for my girls, not for me. they want me to buy it so when it becomes available i will purchase it for them.


Is Bad Okay? by dcrume
I am never fond of when bad is okay. The movie had you pick sides based on who should be more justified to have bad behavior. The three sources of bad behavior, it was difficult to detect who was the bad guy until the story line tells you. With all bad choices comes the fallout to innocent victim(s). The story required a great deal of manipulation in the story to create these bad guys. So the next question...what age group was the target audience. Too complication for small children (and unsettling tragedy), still a lot of questions by the older children (and bad lesson), and humorous to boring for teens. Animal characters are full of personality. Cute complicated love story, Not any more tragic than most animated movies.


Not even a story by psflihan
Took my seven year old daughter. We both hated was not a story at all.don't wast your money .


The Nut Job by qwertypie309
The Nut Job in my opinion, was not one of the most enjoyable kids movies of this year. It begins with a drawn out exposition and the humor in this film was terrible. I saw this film with some friends, and no one seemed to like it. The plot is not interesting, and i could care less if the main character died in a mousetrap. The ending credits were more funny then the whole film itself.


by makenna108