Curious George

10curi Little ones can learn a lot from George -- one of the most curious monkeys in all of children's literature -- in this Emmy Award-winning animated series that recounts his adventures with narration from William H. Macy.
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Netflix Rating: 3.5
NYT Critics' Pick
In a refreshing departure from the animal heroes of most recent children's movies, this Curious George doesn't rap, punch out bad guys or emit rapid-fire commentary on pop culture. George is all monkey -- a quality that will not only appeal to children, but come as a great relief to parents who grew up with the classic stories by Margret and H. A. Rey. With top-drawer voice talent, original songs by Jack Johnson, and old-fashioned two-dimensional animation, "Curious George" is a unexpected delight. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 69%
Critics' score: 69   Audience score: 65   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

Gentle enough to satisfy the wee ones but has little to offer their adult companions... full review

Kate Taylor, Globe and Mail

George is just so darn cute with his big eyes and bright smile and perpetually sunny disposition, he's pretty much impossible to resist. full review

Christy Lemire, Associated Press

Curious George is probably the purest family movie in years. full review

Chris Garcia, Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The artwork, I liked it, is faithful to the original, but to tell people my age, or someone 25, that they should see nine or ten bucks to see this movie I can't do it. full review

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper

Molasses-sweet, plot-heavy and pandering. full review

Tom Keogh, Seattle Times

Despite eerie narrative parallels with King Kong, the most curious thing about Curious George is how gentle it is. full review

Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star

Although the makers of Curious George decided a 21st century update was necessary, they fill the movie with enough tributes to the Reys to take a lot of the sting away. full review

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle

When children are so into a movie that they don't make a peep or kick the back of your theater seat, it is a success.

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer

This is an adaptation that is absolutely faithful to the child's-eye-view books, down to the name of the ship that brings George from Africa -- the H.A. Rey. full review

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel

Despite 16 years in development and drafts by many prominent Hollywood screenwriters, the finished product (credited to O'Callaghan and Mike Webb) feels undeveloped, like a 10-minute TV cartoon stretched to barely feature length.

Lou Lumenick, New York Post

Skip the movie altogether, and buy one of the books, instead. full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

Visually, the movie benefits from a charming animation style, a traditional 2-D approach layered with shadows and backlit halos. But it benefits most from George, still worming his way into people's hearts. full review

Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle

The biggest surprise of Curious George is how it keeps consistently entertaining at a kids' level. full review

John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press

Artful simplicity may be an impossible quality in a modern children's movie, so Curious George opts instead for mayhem under a blanket of sweetness. The little ones understand. full review

Ty Burr, Boston Globe

It's pretty elementary. full review

Stephen Hunter, Washington Post

As simple, friendly, kid-appropriate and nontoxic as any major motion picmerchtainment franchise could ever hope to be. full review

Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times

If you count yourself among the curious, spend an afternoon with George. full review

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic

If these virtues sound passive, it's because the movie is passive, not to mention overplotted and misfocused. full review

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune

The movie, particularly the endearing George, should appeal to young children, and the humor should elicit a few chuckles among their parents as well. full review

Claudia Puig, USA Today

The makers of Curious George have figured out how to make an innocent cartoon that will amuse knee-nuzzlers without hitting adults like a liter of chloroform. full review

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
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  • Release Year: 2006
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: -
  • Available From: Nov 01, 2011
  • Queued by: 139 people
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