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Rugrats Go Wild Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
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  • 50

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    My own feeling is that the film is one more assault on the notion that young American audiences might be expected to enjoy films with at least some subtlety and depth and pacing and occasional quietness. The filmmakers apparently believe their audience suffers from ADD, and so they supply breakneck action and screaming sound volumes at all times.

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  • 50

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    The frenetic pace detracts from the film's wealth of personalities and vivid visuals. There's the unshakable sense that Rugrats Go Wild is trying too hard to please kids and adults and as a result falls somewhat short for both sets of viewers.

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  • 58

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Bruce Fretts

    Mildly amusing, but compared to Pixar's splashy fish story, the rudimentary drawings and childish gags of Nickelodeon's latest feature look, in a word, cartoonish.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Last year's "TheWild Thornberrys Movie" and previous Rugrats films were more imaginative. And this one also suffers by coming on the heels of the exceptional "Finding Nemo."

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Fun meet-up of Rugrats, Wild Thornberrys on deserted island.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this feature-length version of the 1990s Nickelodeon animated series Rugrats does not shy away from gross-out sight gags. On two occasions, birds poop on characters' heads. Characters burp, make reference to "cutting the cheese." Every time the dog sneezes, mucous either hangs out of his nose or the mucous hits another character. This same dog is seen trying to "do its business" with its hind leg raised. Babies pick their noses; they try to eat millipedes. There is also some cartoonish violence -- a character is hit on the head with a coconut, a tiny ship is overturned during a raging storm in the middle of the ocean, sending the characters swimming for their lives. 

  • Families can talk about why Angelica wants so badly to be able to boss people around and why it's so hard for her to be kind or generous.
  • How do you think this Rugrats movie compares with the Rugrats TV show? 
  • Why is it fun to see the world through babies' eyes? 

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true0

    Educational value: This movie is intended to entertain, not educate. For musically savvy parents, in case you ever wondered what it would be like if Bruce Willis (the voice of Spike the Dog in this film) sang a version of the Iggy Pop classic "Lust for Life," here's your golden opportunity. 

  • message true2

    Messages: The movie offers a message about cooperation, taking care of each other, and the importance of family. A character who idolizes an adventurous host of a nature television series realizes that his dad is more of a hero. 

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: The babies act like, well, babies. The adults are cartoonish parodies of adults. The teen character is a cartoonish parody of teenagers everywhere. 

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: In the midst of a tempestuous storm, characters sailing on a tiny ship are thrown overboard as the ship sinks. A character is hit on the head with a coconut. A tiger scratches the finger of one of the characters. 

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Not an issue

  • language false1

    Language: One character asks, "Who cut the cheese?" 

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: The movie promotes two Nickelodeon shows.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: During a fantasy sequence, a baby character is shown held aloft in a chair holding a tiki drink in her hands.