'The Ant Bully' Critic Reviews

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MovieWeb:   0 reviews
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Rotten Tomatoes:   119 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    An effortlessly clever animated confection directed by Jimmy Neutron creator John A. Davis.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    50
    The Ant Bully, the latest computer-animated plea for interspecies understanding, provides a few moments of inventiveness and wit.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    40
    Writer-director John A Davis has one or two nice touches, but the film is disposable.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    63
    Though the story is predictable, the message is benign, and the visuals, particularly in IMAX 3-D, are stylized and surreal.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    The movie is an epic adventure with a rigorously moral point of view.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    75
    The movie has a great time playing with ideas of scope and perspective, shifting between microscopic and macroscopic.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Robert Wilonsky Village Voice (Top Critic)
    The Ant Bully's just a little movie about a little guy who turns into a little bug for a little while, and learns some big things in the process -- and sometimes, a little can go a very long way.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jack Mathews New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    The Ant Bully does not talk down to kids or feign to talk up to their parents with pop references, though adults may be amused (or maybe not) by the Christian parallel in the ants' religion.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    67
    The Ant Bully is fun to look at, and Lucas' recognition of the strength in numbers leads to solid character growth.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bill Zwecker Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    In a year when already we've been treated to a wonderful collection of animated films The Ant Bully is a delightful addition. It teaches us a lesson about acceptance without it cramming it down our throats.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    38
    The Ant Bully won't ruin anybody's childhood. Neither is it likely to make anybody's day.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Andrea Gronvall Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    [It's] a rousing adventure capped with just the right measure of sweetness... John A. Davis shows heaps of invention.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    63
    ... unnecessary ...
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeffrey E. McCants Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    50
    The film's heavyhanded lessons turn it from a fun romp through a cartoonish insect world to a predictable and preachy snoozefest.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    There's a sweet simplicity and humility to this film. Amid all the animation hype, it's just a very good movie. It's no big deal; and thus, it is.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Bill Muller Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    63
    The Ant Bully, in trying to match Antz or A Bug's Life, just digs itself into a big hole.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Justin Chang Variety (Top Critic)
    The Ant Bully is lovely to look at but a headache to listen to.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Lou Lumenick New York Post (Top Critic)
    50
    This generic exercise in computer-generated animation may provide passable entertainment for very young children, but adults will be less than enchanted by its preachiness, talkiness and Communist Party-line political views.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    60
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Peter Howell Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Bright visuals, snappy dialogue and a smart plot make The Ant Bully a welcome summer treat.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Stephen Cole Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    50
    The Ant Bully, which was three years in the making, seems fussed over and, occasionally, a little dull.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    50
    The Ant Bully is a sore disappointment to anyone hoping for a turnaround to the recent downward quality spiral of animated films. In fact, this movie may represent a new nadir for 3D animation.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Michael Rechtshaffen Hollywood Reporter (Top Critic)
    The animated version feels anonymously generic and charmlessly mechanical.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Christy Lemire Associated Press (Top Critic)
    The Ant Bully is never less than colorful and high-energy. But it's hard to shake the feeling that we've all gone up this hill before.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Brent Simon Shared Darkness
    Full Review » 2 years ago