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Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)

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27

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Reviews Counted: 109
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 80

Though cutely rendered, Alvin and the Chipmunks suffers from bland potty humor and a rehashed kids' movie formula.

19

Average Rating: 4/10
Critic Reviews: 31
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 25

Though cutely rendered, Alvin and the Chipmunks suffers from bland potty humor and a rehashed kids' movie formula.

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Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are back in director Tim Hill's computer-animation/live-action hybrid following the further adventures of the world's most adorable singing trio. Songwriter Dave Seville (Jason Lee) has been struggling to gain recognition in the music industry for some time, and despite the fact that his former college roommate (David Cross) is now a high-profile powerbroker at Jett Records, Dave still can't manage to get a break. Things soon start to look up, however, when Dave

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Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy

Jon Vitti, Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi

Apr 1, 2008

$217.2M

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This curdled live action-computer animation combo seems phoned-in in every respect...

January 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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The musical numbers are initially appealing - think close harmonies and smart foot stepping to the likes of 'Funkytown' - but the novelty is likely to wear thin for adults when the 'munks get kitted out as a street boy band.

December 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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It's fairly awful.

December 17, 2007 | Comments (2)
Ebert & Roeper
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Hollywood continues its tired milking of old television properties with Alvin and the Chipmunks, a slick updating of the musical-cartoon franchise.

December 14, 2007 | Comment (1)
New York Times
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Alvin and the Chipmunks goes in one eye and out the other, featuring a CGI Alvin, Simon and Theodore interacting with a human-ish world.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
Chicago Tribune
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Sure, rodents are hot this year. But unlike Ratatouille's chef prodigy Remy, these mischief makers bring nothing new to the table.

December 14, 2007 Full Review Source: USA Today | Comment (1)
USA Today
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Filled with cheap slapstick, annoying high-pitched singing, and a variety of fart gags, all of which amused my daughter but not me.

November 19, 2008 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com | Comments (7)
DVDTalk.com

Colourful but uninspired.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Screen International
Screen International

It has its fun moments, especially when those little guys sing "Funky Town."

October 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Hollywood.com | Comment (1)
Hollywood.com

This new movie nicely updates the chipmunks into the realm of CGI animation and seamlessly places them in the real world.

June 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

They're baaaaack.

May 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

There is a chance I have simply outgrown Alvin, Simon and Theodore. But I can still recognize a quality film and this isn't it.

March 4, 2008 Full Review Source: The Scorecard Review
The Scorecard Review

The screenwriters capably update the 49-year-old critters for socially relevant times, give or take a little suspension of disbelief.

February 29, 2008
Palo Alto Weekly

OK!!! Here I sit - and I'm not kidding about this - typing away and listening to a song that could be one of the first bits of music I ever heard.

February 9, 2008 Full Review
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

A lot like candy, sweet and pleasing, but ultimately disposable and empty...

February 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

When Dave achieves such relative maturity, Claire likes him again, ensuring that you know he's appropriately heterosexual. What she thinks of mothering little furry creatures doesn't come up.

January 17, 2008 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comments (2)
PopMatters

Nem mesmo o visual engraçadinho dos esquilos e a ironia de David Cross conseguem trazer charme a um roteiro óbvio e sem graça, à atuação sem vida de Jason Lee e à direção frouxa de Hill.

January 6, 2008
Cinema em Cena

...has clearly been geared exclusively towards younger viewers (indiscriminating, undemanding younger viewers at that).

January 3, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Who decided 'Witch Doctor' - with its nonsense lyric 'Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang' - needed a hip-hop update?

December 24, 2007
Salt Lake Tribune

It's one of those movies where the wretched actors have to pretend to know what's going on as the CG effects take place beside and around them. They do their best. But it's Alvin and co that toddlers will appreciate.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

An endearing effort that will appeal to under-10s with its slight tale of the three all-talking, all-singing rodents.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Financial Times | Comment (1)
Financial Times

Kids will be nuts about this chipmunk movie.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Sun Online
Sun Online

While sure to secretly entertain the child in all us adults, here's a flick absolutely guaranteed to entrance the under-10s.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK]
Daily Mirror [UK]

Trite family values, mediocre CGI and a shallow anti-exploitation message do little to fill the fun-gap. Still, hard to deny the buck-toothed buggers their one moment of glory: an a cappella take on 'Funkytown'.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Total Film
Total Film

Nippers will love it (it did incredible opening weekend business in the States) but adults may find themselves idly dreaming of gin traps.

December 21, 2007 Full Review Source: Sky Movies
Sky Movies

Audience Reviews for Alvin and the Chipmunks

A CGI-charm but a slacking curse. Alvin and the Chipmunks is a treat for kids but as a film does nothing but provided simplistic humor and cute spark. 2/5
July 23, 2013
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

I didn't think I was going to like it as much as I did, but it was predictable! Alvin and the Chipmunks is cute, funny, and a fun family flick. It's not very original, but who cares, it's a harmless kids film that nobody should have a problem with, because it is just trying to be exactly what it is. The music is fun, the story is charming, the adult humour is still in there, and the conclusion does it's job well in trying to change the way children should think about pop stars, and how they are just regular people. All in All, I had loads of fun watching this funny kids flick!
December 28, 2011
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

    1. Alvin: [running on a tape recorder spool] This kicks a hamster wheel's butt!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (15 months ago)
    1. Theodore: Who's Claire?
    2. Simon: Claire is Dave's mate. Ooh-la-la.
    3. David Seville: She's not my mate. She's my ex-mate.
    – Submitted by Matthew R (15 months ago)
    1. Alvin: [In deep voice] Major rock star!
    2. David Seville: OK my point is that now your...
    3. Alvin: Major rock star! [Alvin lets go of the balloon]
    – Submitted by Matthew R (15 months ago)
    1. Alvin: Have you heard of this new thing? Its called knocking!
    – Submitted by Matthew R (16 months ago)
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