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The Last Mimzy Review

Movies.com Critics

4.0

Dave White Profile

… weird, and weirdly entertaining … Read full review

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  • 3.0
    59

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    Mixed or average reviews
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    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The film feels as if it's trying to force a sense of wonder and awe upon its youthful audience, rather than simply letting an intriguing story unfold naturally.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    A reasonably engaging movie filled with fun visual effects and an appealing tone reminiscent of a certain Spielberg movie about an out-of-his-element extraterrestrial.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    The newcomer kids are delightfully...kidlike. Cosmic bonus: "The Office's" Rainn Wilson plays a New Agey science teacher.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 8+

Quirky sci-fi adventure best for fantasy lovers.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that despite its whimsical title, this fantasy adventure incorporates many sci-fi elements that may frighten sensitive children. It's unclear whether the mysterious toys the children find are alien, from the past or future, good or evil. Mimzy (a talking stuffed rabbit) speaks in a buzzing whisper that only Emma can hear, and the toy's many close-ups border on the menacing: Just what does the white rabbit want? FBI agents bust in the family's door and take everyone into custody under the laws of the Patriot Act. The young protagonists speak telepathically with each other and the Mimzy. Ultimately it's a harmless fantasy, but some scenes featuring the strange devices can be creepy, even for adults.

  • Families can talk about the film's many fantasy elements. How is it similar to or different from other sci-fi and fantasy movies?
  • How do you feel about the idea of toys having a strange effect on kids?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Parents learn that if their children exhibit odd, telekinetic behavior, it's best not to delay seeking professional help.

  • rolemodels true2

    Role models: Siblings help each other with a mission no one else understands. Afather asks for a leave of absence from work to tend to his family incrisis

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: Some disturbing images: FBI agents storm into the Wilder home and take the entire family into custody; Emma "atomizes" her hand and face and then shakes. Mimzy whispers in an eerie buzz, and some close-ups of the stuffed animal and the other mysterious toys are downright creepy. Emma is in danger during an important scene.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Mom and dad kiss hello and goodbye. Larry is shown getting out of bed in a T-shirt and briefs; he and his fiancee Naomi kiss, and then she makes an innuendo-filled comment: "Is this what we're doing now?"

  • language false1

    Language: Minor words: Noah says "sucks" several times.

  • consumerism false4

    Consumerism: Heavily featured product placements: The parents drive a Subaru Outback and Mercedes sedan; Noah makes a Sprite can move with his mind; the "Intel" logo is pivotal to the film's resolution; iMacs, iPods, Sony plasma TVs, video games, and more all get screen time.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue

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