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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 true1

    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 true1

    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 false0

    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