Underwhelming in the style of most off-brand CG, Alpha and Omega is livened by pretty Rocky Mountain backdrops and leadened by stock characters and the wolves' weirdly prissy behavior.
Adam Markovitz - Entertainment Weekly
Has old-fashioned backgrounds that occasionally achieve a touch of grandeur, but that's about the best that can be said for it.
Mike Hale - New York Times
Alpha and Omega is one of those rarities in the modern era of Hollywood animation: bad.
Scott Bowles - USA Today
Alpha and Omega, an unambitious 3-D animation about a couple of young wolves in love, isn't so much howlingly bad as it is howlingly boring.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Unfortunately, none of these conflicts or predicaments is particularly compelling, and the unevenness of the visuals doesn't help.
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
... funny, sweet but occasionally befuddling ... it is all perfectly average, nicely animated, appealingly located entertainment ...
Mary F. Pols - MSN Movies
An animated flick that doesn't leave much of an impression. It's even difficult to recall what happened once it's over because it's so slight and sluggish.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
Not without charm and bearing easy appeal to very young viewers.
Andrew Barker - Variety
It's an ugly, laughless 3-D cartoon about wolves that is so wussified and stupidified that it'll bore kids and make their adult minders wish they'd done something comparatively interesting, like cleaning the gutters in the rain.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
As with any movie, this kids' film is only as good as its writing -- the jokes, the cute bits, the heart. And that's where Alpha and Omega comes up short.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
After preliminary special-effects high jinks -- wolves bobsledding a hollow log down a twisty mountain run -- Alpha and Omega kicks into An Important Life Lesson.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
Even with a terrific voice cast, this animated romantic adventure is hit-and-miss.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
The story comes off as patchwork, with a climax cribbed from The Lion King and odd musical sequences that seem inspired by
ahem, classic Mariah Carey. It's not quite the vision of love intended.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The animation, coupled with a jarring use of 3D, makes for a visually unspectacular film that feels very similar to others that have come before it.
James Luxford - The National
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Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
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Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
The 8-12s will love it, but grown-ups may feel they've seen lots of it before (especially the caribou stampede, a shameless pinch from The Lion King.)
John Walsh - Independent
There's nothing here that Disney hasn't done much better decades ago, and the script is a lame mixture of slapstick and sentiment.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Here is a pleasant, undemanding animated family comedy - decent enough, but it feels like a reshuffling of dozens of films you've seen before.
Stumbles every time it attempts to rise above the perfunctory, with its tiresome comic-relief geese and bog-standard internecine rivalry in the wolf pack.
Trevor Johnston - Radio Times
A poorly written and disappointingly animated adventure that may keep the wee'uns happy for a while but will leave the adults snoozing.
- Empire Magazine
Though predictable and routine, Alpha and Omega will be enjoyed by youngsters under eight regardless of whether they see the 3D version.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
It certainly gives the nippers their slapstick fix. Sadly, the only sense of wonder it will stir in their parents is when it will all end.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Aimed squarely at the very young, this cute animation still feels far too rushed to spend any significant time on.
Cassam Looch - ViewLondon
The fact this is out in the same week as the fluffy owl movie beggars belief. It doesn't even belong in the same ruddy century.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
It?s all pretty bland, with uninvolving characters, unfunny comedic relief and weak computer graphics (made even worse by unnecessary 3D effects).
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
'Alpha and Omega' enters the crowded marketplace with little to say for itself.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Dan Lybarger - MovieMaker Magazine
The 3-D angle is the only one I can identify to justify Alpha and Omega not going straight to DVD, but it's a double-edged sword.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
It's worth howling about!
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Because of the lacklustre rom-com script and flaccid direction - not to mention the terror on kids' faces with the snarling wolves slaughtering stampeding caribou - wait to howl with the DVD.
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
A thrilling adventure full of imagination and humor. It's the best animated film of the season. You don't have to be a kid to enjoy it.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Lionsgate's entree into 3-D animation ignores the characters' animalistic appeal and, instead, rewrites wolf culture in a lifeless romp.
Annlee Ellingson - Moving Pictures Magazine
Alpha and Omega proves that sometimes more is more and less is less for a reason.
Simon Abrams - Slant Magazine
... the final result, while passable enough, is no particular treat ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Wolf tale is all about romance, innuendo-filled jokes.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
We have the litmus test for 3D's ability to squeeze money from a stone.
- Jam! Movies
There is some charm here. But it's one of those flicks where in a week or so, you'll be struggling to remember the title or any of the characters in it. (Parental Review also Available)
Teddy Durgin - Screen It!
The 3D allows for bold, deep shots that swoop over cliffs and waterfalls, but can't distract from the wolves' clotted fur, which looks a decade behind the textures Pixar created for Toy Story 3.
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
Almost totally bereft of surprises.
Steven D. Greydanus - Christianity Today
There may be a few questions from the kids on the ride home, but this is an otherwise harmless and mostly forgettable entry into the bulging 3-D animation marketplace.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
It's always hard not to think of classic Disney as the standard for a film like this. Using that yardstick, Crest Animation/Lionsgate's Alpha and Omega is far from an emotionally rich, fulfilling experience.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Young viewers might be distracted enough by the log-sledding critters to overlook the movie's lack of wit, but for most, there's nothing here to howl about.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
Relentlessly lame and amazingly dull.
All the dramatic tension of a dial tone.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Directors Anthony Bell and Ben Gluck populate some decent looking scenery with Saturday morning cartoon wolves whose manes look more like Swiffer dusters than fur, then take the few concepts written...and repeat them multiple times.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Like an insane cur endlessly chasing its own tail, Alpha and Omega spins inward until it finally implodes
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
[W]oefully misbegotten... [T]he CGI animation -- pointlessly rendered in 3D -- is plastic and cheap.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Someday they'll make an animated movie in which carnivorous animals actually kill and eat their prey; until then, we're stuck with the likes of Alpha and Omega.
Vadim Rizov - L.A. Weekly
A routine of shenanigans and sleepy dramatics, realized through blocky, rigid animation that doesn't feel very special standing in the shadows of industry giants.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
If Lionsgate wants to take a bite out of the animated film market dominated by Pixar and Disney, it'll have to do better than this toothless stray.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
A gentle courtship guide for youngsters, "Alpha and Omega" is a free-spirited animated comedy where acrobatic chase sequences, featuring wild wolves, take center stage.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
A dog in wolf's clothing, Lionsgate's drab, anthropomorphic animal saga does little more than reconfirm the preeminence of Pixar.
Nick Schager - Time Out
The film feels bland and unadventurous, quite the opposite of what you need for a cross-country trail that can throw up so many possibilities. From top to bottom, it feels thoroughly mediocre.
Sam Bathe - Fan The Fire