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Space Chimps Review

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  • 2.0

    out of 100

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

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    While candy-colored graphics should dazzle kids, Space Chimps has little draw for audiences spoiled by the Pixar-given knowledge that CGI can entertain -- and not just stupefy -- moviegoers of any age.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Only a truly dreadful story could make 81 minutes seem like an eternity. And Space Chimps is just that leaden experience.

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  • 25

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    Sucks a whole lot of talented people into a wormhole of lousy. The film either needed to be a lot wittier to make up for the way it looks, or a lot better-looking to compensate for the funny it isn't.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The CG animation is nothing special, but the characters are surprisingly fun and the story is full of enough puns, wordplay and slapstick to elicit laughs from across the age spectrum.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Delightful from beginning to end.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 4+

Kiddie space adventure cute, but no WALL-E.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated chimp comedy is straightforward and age-appropriate for the young kids it's targeted at. There's some mild peril on an alien planet (an alien tyrant terrorizes his fearful followers by threatening to permanently freeze them), but other than that, there's nothing that even the youngest viewers can't handle.

  • Families can talk about why Ham doesn't take anything seriously at first. Is it difficult to live up to accomplished relatives? Kids: How does teamwork save the day? What else do the chimps learn in this movie? Families can also discuss whether the high standards set by Pixar's Oscar-winning movies have made other animated films less enjoyable. Do you expect more from animated movies now? Why or why not?

The good stuff
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    Messages: A chimp with self-esteem issues lives up to his potential and helps save an entire planet of oppressed aliens. A tiny scared alien overcomes her fear to act bravely. The chimps use teamwork to find solutions to various problems.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Zartog freezes aliens into statues and enslaves/terrorizes his fellow aliens.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Ham has a crush on Luna and keeps flirting with her.

  • language false0

    Language: Made-up alien words are used in place of actual swear words.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue