James and the Giant Peach

When young orphan James spills a magic bag of crocodile tongues, he soon finds himself in possession of a giant peach that flies him away to strange lands. But that's not half as odd as the oversize talking insects he finds living inside the peach.
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Netflix Rating: 3.6
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 93%
Critics' score: 93   Audience score: 55   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

At its lyrical best, James and the Giant Peach, an adaptation of Roald Dahl's 1961 children's classic, evokes the casual enchantment of a book that, for many kids (including me), cast the spell of a goofily blissed-out mirage. full review

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

A stunner with a breathtaking array of eye-teasers.

Susan Wloszczyna, USA Today

We fully anticipate the wrath of several generations of possessive children when we declare that the new Disney film of James and the Giant Peach is an improvement on Roald Dahl's 1961 backyard fantasy. full review

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine

An extraordinary achievement. full review

Jeremy Gerard, Variety

The latest in an impressive string of first-rate movies for kids.

Hal Hinson, Washington Post

James and the Giant Peach is frequently so alluring that viewers may feel the urge to get lost in the picture's curious shadings, intricate merriment and fantastical atmosphere. full review

Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle

James and the Giant Peach, the latest animated film from Disney, is a technological marvel, arch and innovative with a daringly offbeat visual conception. But it's also a strenuously artful film with a macabre edge that may scare small children. full review

Janet Maslin, New York Times

This weird story has been transformed into a playful, visually arresting experience with more than a few allusions to The Wizard of Oz. full review

James Berardinelli, ReelViews

It's ripe to bursting with visual effects a heady combination of stop-motion and computer-generated imagery.

Desson Thomson, Washington Post

It will, I think, entertain kids for whom stop-motion animation is the last thing they're thinking about. full review

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

In general the magic as well as the heart of Roald Dahl's novel has remained stubbornly on the page, leaving us with this overly mechanical copy, as appetizing as a once-flavorful peach that's been in cold storage for far too long. full review

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
full review by Susan Stark, Detroit News
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