'The Simpsons Movie' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   196 reviews
  • Lisa Schwarzbaum Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    75
    Turns out what they've done is make everything bigger, longer, and uncut, but let Homer be Homer, an average American screwup in a recognizable, screwed-up world of hypocrisy and lardy foodstuffs.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • A.O. Scott New York Times (Top Critic)
    80
    The Simpsons Movie is full of the anarchic, generous, good-natured humor that is the show's enduring signature.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Peter Bradshaw Guardian [UK] (Top Critic)
    80
    At last, Matt Groening's brilliant creation has arrived in cinemas, dated only in the sense that we all know it began in 1990, but otherwise terrifically funny and contemporary.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Claudia Puig USA Today (Top Critic)
    88
    If you like the TV show, you're going to love the movie.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephen Hunter Washington Post (Top Critic)
    It's really one of the best movies of the year.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Wesley Morris Boston Globe (Top Critic)
    63
    That the show hasn't sailed off into the seas of complacency after all these years is a miracle. But the movie feels a little complacent and stuck.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Elizabeth Weitzman New York Daily News (Top Critic)
    75
    A very funny, solidly entertaining movie that, despite its unshakable obsesion with undergarments, is as sweet as a Kwik-E-Mart Squishee.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Joanne Kaufman Wall Street Journal (Top Critic)
    Hurray for Homer. Long may he rave.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Amy Biancolli Houston Chronicle (Top Critic)
    88
    It's subversively hilarious as well as strangely touching, and it features a scene in which Homer is directed across the landscape by the twin shadows of a woman's mountainous chest.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Chris Vognar Dallas Morning News (Top Critic)
    75
    You didn't think The Simpsons would sprain its funny bone on the way to the multiplex did you?
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Booth Denver Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The Simpsons concept in feature length is just as reassuringly startling in its nonstop irreverence as the best of the weekly TV droppings.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • David Edelstein New York Magazine (Top Critic)
    Doesn't make the existential leap to the big screen, and it doesn't have the density of gags or the lunatic free-association of the best episodes.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    There's something about the Simpsons that's radical and simple at the same time, subversive and good-hearted, offensive without really meaning to be. It's a nice balancing act.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune (Top Critic)
    75
    The Simpsons Movie is comparatively minor. But it's hard not to like it. And in both senses of the phrase, America keeps asking for it.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • J. R. Jones Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    This long-awaited movie adaptation has plenty of laughs, plus an assortment of milestones for fans.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Steven Rea Philadelphia Inquirer (Top Critic)
    75
    The Simpsons Movie is finally here. And guess what? It's funny. But not that funny.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Colin Covert Minneapolis Star Tribune (Top Critic)
    88
    The film fires on all cylinders, one-liners coming thick and fast.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Tom Long Detroit News (Top Critic)
    75
    The Simpsons is pretty much exactly the movie everyone hoped it would be -- fast, funny and filled with a thousand quickie jokes and odd angles that enhance the central story without distracting from it.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kerry Lengel Arizona Republic (Top Critic)
    70
    Even casual Simpsons fans will find plenty to chortle over, right through the closing credits. There are plenty of Hollywood comedies that can't say the same.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Brian Lowry Variety (Top Critic)
    Put simply, if somebody had to make a Simpsons movie, this is pretty much what it should be -- clever, irreverent, satirical and outfitted with a larger-than-22-minutes plot.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Kyle Smith New York Post (Top Critic)
    75
    The good news is, The Simpsons Movie is just like the TV show, whereas the bad news is, it's just like the TV show.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Roger Moore Orlando Sentinel (Top Critic)
    100
    With a hearty 'Woo-hooo' and no 'doh' spared, The Simpsons make the journey from small screen to big with their subversive wit, their wanderlust and their sentimental streak entirely intact.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Geoff Pevere Toronto Star (Top Critic)
    75
    Some 10 years after expected, The Simpsons Movie couldn't give a doodle in a doughnut hole about expectations anyway. It may deliver what we've already got, but it leaves no doubt why we got it in the first place.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Liam Lacey Globe and Mail (Top Critic)
    75
    This is The Simpsons which, with its first big-screen effort, is underachieving and proud of it, man.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
  • Stephanie Zacharek Salon.com (Top Critic)
    The picture works because, despite the fact that it took nearly six years for the filmmakers to bring it to the screen, it doesn't strive for greatness. It's fleet, concise and clever in a nut-ball way.
    Full Review » 7 years ago
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