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Ratatouille Review Critics


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  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
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  • 100

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    This is clearly one of the best of the year's films. Every time an animated film is successful, you have to read all over again about how animation isn't "just for children" but "for the whole family," and "even for adults going on their own." No kidding!

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  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The characters are irresistible -- why would anyone want to resist a hero who so gallantly transcends his rattiness? -- the animation is astonishing and the film, a fantasy version of a foodie rhapsody, sustains a level of joyous invention that hasn't been seen in family entertainment since "The Incredibles."

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  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    Brad Bird and Pixar recapture the charm and winning imagination of classic Disney animation.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    Ratatouille is a blithe concoction, as well as a miraculously textured piece of animated design.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Like the best French cuisine, Ratatouille is ambitious and delightful.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Cute rat tale is kid-friendly but adults may like it more!

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Disney has spared no expense to market its latest Pixar film to kids. Even preschoolers who can't pronounce the title will know about the movie with the cooking rat. Like all of Pixar's other films, this movie includes nuanced humor (about the French, haute cuisine, food critics, etc.) and references aimed directly at adults. Not surprisingly for an animated kids' movie, the main protagonist, Linguini, is an orphan -- although at least he's a young adult and not a child. There's some light peril involving the rats and weapon-wielding humans, but it's harmless and comical.

  • Families can talk about what made kids want to see this movie -- the story or all of the advertising? Does it matter that the title is hard to spell/pronounce or that the main characters are rats?
  • Do kids know the Pixar brand name? Does that make them more likely to want to see something?
  • Families can also discuss the film's theme -- pretending to be something you're not. Linguini takes credit for Remy's cooking ideas in order to look like a chef, and Remy turns away from his rat family to be with his human friends and eat good food. How does pretending catch up to each of them?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids can't help but pick up a few pointers on cooking and food, but the movie's primary intent is to entertain, not educate.

  • message true3

    Messages: Linguini learns to give credit to his rat pal, and Remy realizes that his family connections are more important than his human ones. On the down side, two chefs in the kitchen are very hostile to Linguini, which could make some kids uncomfortable.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Remy doesn't let the fact that he's an unconventional chef prevent him from following his dreams, and Linguini learns to stand up for what he believes in. They both make mistakes, but they learn from them. There are several jokes at the expense of the French ("Sorry to be rude, but we're French," etc.).

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence and scariness: Remy is hunted by an angry, gun-toting grandma and knife-throwing chefs. One chef is rumored to be an ex-con and looks menacingly at the rest of the kitchen staff. The sewer sequence early in the movie is somewhat scary.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Linguini and Colette flirt, embrace, and kiss.

  • language false1

    Language: A few mild insults: "stupid," "loser," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: It's France, and no French meal is served without a good bottle of wine.