Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: Now

WALL-E Review

Other Critics provided by

Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 5.0

    out of 100

    Universal acclaim
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 100

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    At once futuristic, funny and fantastical.

    Read Full Review

  • 100

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    It whisks you to another world, then makes it every inch our own.

    Read Full Review

  • 100

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The first half hour of WALL-E is essentially wordless, and left me speechless. This magnificent animated feature from Pixar starts on such a high plane of aspiration, and achievement, that you wonder whether the wonder can be sustained. But yes, it can.

    Read Full Review

  • 100

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The visual design of Wall-E is arguably Pixar's best. Stanton, who wrote the script with Jim Reardon from a story he concocted with Peter Docter, creates two fantastically imaginative, breathtakingly lit worlds.

    Read Full Review

  • See all WALL-E reviews at

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Brainy, charming, eco-friendly animated adventure.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although this winning Pixar adventure is thoroughly charming and, yes, romantic, the youngest viewers may get a little restless during the atmospheric, virtually dialogue-free first half-hour. They'll still enjoy it, but -- unlike older kids and grown-ups -- they won't be that impressed by how much is said with so few words. But the action (which includes some robot fights, weapons being fired, explosions, and chase scenes) picks up soon enough. Underlying the whole thing are strong environmental messages: Reduce, reuse, recycle, and think about what you're doing to the planet (and yourself).

  • Families can talk about the movie's messages. What is it saying about the media's effect on people? Do you think the future humans in the movie were exaggerated to be funny, or could that really happen?
  • How is satire employed to drive home the movie's message on the environment and big business?
  • This film contains very little dialogue early in the movie. What do you think would be the challenges in making a movie about a robot who doesn't speak English (or any human language) whose only friend at first is a roach?
  • Why is WALL-E so fascinated by Hello, Dolly? What does he learn from the movie?
  • Why is WALL-E so eager to make a connection with EVE? How does he win her over?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: Underlying the whole movie are messages about the dangers of over-consumption and excessive waste; the vision of Earth as a garbage-strewn wasteland (and humans as hoverchair-bound lumps who can barely walk) speaks volumes. The importance of protecting the environment -- and the consequences of inaction and greed in the face of potential environmental catastrophe -- are a cornerstone to this movie.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Lead characters WALL-E and EVE are extremely sympathetic. They're sweet, conscientious, loyal truth-seekers who are able to transcend technology and develop the capacity for love. EVE is dismissive of WALL-E at first, but she comes to appreciate his dedication. The human characters are a bit more flawed; they got into their predicament because of their own bad habits (particularly laziness, selfishness, and greed) -- which the movie is clearly taking a stand against. But in the end -- thanks in no small part to WALL-E -- they come around and appear to have the best intentions of making things right.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A human does battle against a robot, which pokes him in the eye and tosses him around, but it's not too aggressive. Robot EVE has a powerful gun in one of her arms, which she doesn't hesitate to fire at possible threats (including, early on, WALL-E). At one point, in frustration, she sets off a series of vivid explosions in old oil tankers that could scare some very little kids. A gang of rogue robots faces off against similarly mechanical peacekeepers; their conflict is more funny than scary. Human characters are briefly in peril.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Gentle, sweet, understated romance blooms for two robots, as well as for a human couple.

  • language false0

    Language: Not applicable

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Excessive consumerism is one of the movie's themes. It's personified by the Buy N Large mega-corporation, which seems to own and operate everything in WALL-E's world. It's fictional, but its brand is everywhere.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not applicable