Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Dean Essner - Entertainment Weekly
Hollywood continues its tired milking of old television properties with Alvin and the Chipmunks, a slick updating of the musical-cartoon franchise.
Andy Webster - New York Times
Is it for kids? Adults? Marsupials? Martians? Who can tell. Jason Lee from My Name Is Earl stars - if that is the word - in this thoroughly brain-dead semi-animated family comedy.
Peter Bradshaw - Guardian [UK]
Sure, rodents are hot this year. But unlike Ratatouille's chef prodigy Remy, these mischief makers bring nothing new to the table.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
This film features what look like living plush toys.
Stephen Hunter - Washington Post
The script leans heavily on the pranks and big-eyed cuteness of the li'l guys and leaves the live actors with unfunny dialogue and nothing to do.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
Oh, come on. Do you really care? And even if you do, you shouldn't.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
I was also grateful that Alvin wears a red sweater with a big 'A' on it as an aid to identification, since otherwise all the chipmunks seem to be identical, like Mutant Turtles or Spice Girls.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Alvin and the Chipmunks goes in one eye and out the other, featuring a CGI Alvin, Simon and Theodore interacting with a human-ish world.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Alvin, Theodore, and Simon have the only good lines or recognizable emotions, with Jason Lee and David Cross straining to flesh out their cardboard roles.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
What happened to Alvin, the rodent counterpart of Dennis the Menace? Was he declawed in the translation to CGI?
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
The original recordings of Alvin were among the lowest moments in the history of popular culture. This soulless rehash, with its fart and poop jokes, proves that even one-note wonders can be diminished.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Tom Long - Detroit News
It's a fine-enough kids movie. Cute. Nice lesson. And better than you'd think.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
A harmless and frequently humorous trifle.
Joe Leydon - Variety
For adults, it's like being hit over the head with a mallet every 10 seconds for 90 minutes. Two days later, I still had a headache.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Thanks to Alvin and the Chipmunks, the Fab Fur make a comeback any pre-K kid would love.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Me, I want a hula hoop.
Susan Walker - Toronto Star
By the end of the movie, even the Chipmunks' youngest fans will find themselves wishing that Alvin and the boys would get back to where they once belonged: a tree.
Stephen Cole - Globe and Mail
The characters are underwhelming in their appeal, lacking the charm of their previous animated incarnations.
Frank Scheck - Hollywood Reporter
When Lee's finally called upon to yell the trademark 'Alllllvin!' it feels like a forced whimper that only reminds us how stale the decades-old material is.
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
Dang it, the little animated rodents are cute. Not as cute as the uber-rendered daemons of The Golden Compass, but they'll do.
Michael Ordona - Los Angeles Times
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Anna Smith - Time Out
Filled with cheap slapstick, annoying high-pitched singing, and a variety of fart gags, all of which amused my daughter but not me.
David Cornelius - DVDTalk.com
Colourful but uninspired.
Brent Simon - Screen International
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
It has its fun moments, especially when those little guys sing "Funky Town."
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
This new movie nicely updates the chipmunks into the realm of CGI animation and seamlessly places them in the real world.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
There is a chance I have simply outgrown Alvin, Simon and Theodore. But I can still recognize a quality film and this isn't it.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
The screenwriters capably update the 49-year-old critters for socially relevant times, give or take a little suspension of disbelief.
Tyler Hanley - Palo Alto Weekly
OK!!! Here I sit - and I'm not kidding about this - typing away and listening to a song that could be one of the first bits of music I ever heard.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A lot like candy, sweet and pleasing, but ultimately disposable and empty...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
This curdled live action-computer animation combo seems phoned-in in every respect...
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out New York
When Dave achieves such relative maturity, Claire likes him again, ensuring that you know he's appropriately heterosexual. What she thinks of mothering little furry creatures doesn't come up.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
Nem mesmo o visual engracadinho dos esquilos e a ironia de David Cross conseguem trazer charme a um roteiro obvio e sem graca, a atuacao sem vida de Jason Lee e a direcao frouxa de Hill.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
...has clearly been geared exclusively towards younger viewers (indiscriminating, undemanding younger viewers at that).
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Who decided 'Witch Doctor' - with its nonsense lyric 'Oo-ee, oo-ah-ah, ting-tang, walla-walla, bing-bang' - needed a hip-hop update?
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Nippers will love it (it did incredible opening weekend business in the States) but adults may find themselves idly dreaming of gin traps.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
It's the kind of family entertainment that makes you reach for the shotgun.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
If the idea of three squeaky-voiced squirrels as pop gods makes you shudder, Alvin And The Chipmunks won't make you change your mind - but there's enough spritely mischief in this flawed family comedy to provide some light-hearted fun.
Saxon Bullock - Film4
While sure to secretly entertain the child in all us adults, here's a flick absolutely guaranteed to entrance the under-10s.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
An endearing effort that will appeal to under-10s with its slight tale of the three all-talking, all-singing rodents.
Karl French - Financial Times
Trite family values, mediocre CGI and a shallow anti-exploitation message do little to fill the fun-gap. Still, hard to deny the buck-toothed buggers their one moment of glory: an a cappella take on 'Funkytown'.
Dean Essner - Total Film
It's one of those movies where the wretched actors have to pretend to know what's going on as the CG effects take place beside and around them. They do their best. But it's Alvin and co that toddlers will appreciate.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Kids will be nuts about this chipmunk movie.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
The acting is fine and the Chipmunks are cute but the script is poorly developed and there are very few actual laughs.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Desperately conceived on every level, this forlorn family film amounts to little more than celluloid roadkill.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The musical numbers are initially appealing - think close harmonies and smart foot stepping to the likes of 'Funkytown' - but the novelty is likely to wear thin for adults when the 'munks get kitted out as a street boy band.
Dean Essner - Time Out
Nostalgia counts for something, I suppose, so while I wouldn't exactly recommend this thing, I at least found it kind of innocuous.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Fun musical numbers and cartoonish humour give way to a bland sermon about the evils of the music industry.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
My personal belief is that no chipmunk in its right mind could be made to sing 'ting-tang-walla-walla-bing-bang' at gunpoint.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
With such a thin plot, the CGI here is adequate yet underwhelming, and the same can be said for the gags
Laura Bushell - BBC
It's not that bad. It's just kind of gross and upsetting.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Four out of five stars for being cuter, funnier, and, besides, the character design far exceeded my expectations.
Stina Chyn - Film Threat
It's fairly awful.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Arguably the most irritating novelty act in record history gets a CGI-updating...and the result is pretty annoying itself.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
The story may be non-existent and the acting pedestrian at best, but the chipmunks are just so darn cute that the film will make you smile-you may even sing along at times.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
It's not made for the pretentious New York film critic. Instead, it's a film filled with slapstick, silliness and its fair share of bathroom humor.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Unfortunately, this movie relies too much on its human actors, who are no match for Alvin, Simon and Theodore.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
You could do worse.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Young viewers will enjoy the slapstick, while parents will relate to Lee's amiable frustration as the trio's surrogate dad.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Alvin And The Chipmunks moves, little children love it and it's not too painful for adults. All in all, an okay little hit of helium.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
The film veers into formulaic Disney Channel territory.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
...disposable junk that'll probably be forgotten in a month.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
Between the occasional amusing joke and catchy musical number, this Alvin update is a very soulless movie.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
I guess we should count it a Christmas miracle that the film is merely bad, rather than apocalyptically bad.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
By far the funniest thing about this painful, if not quite insufferable, family comedy from Fox is its bold stance against merchandising and tie-in marketing.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
That it is harmless entertainment for the youngsters is fine, but don't confuse this with quality entertainment.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Shockingly, the movie's easy to like -- an anti-Hannah Montana parable in which young performers discover they prefer the comfort and security of home to the high-pressure glitz of rock and roll stardom.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
The film engages for about 30 minutes, or about 10 minutes longer than you might expect. This picture, after all, has only one idea: chipmunks that talk and sing. It's the same idea that fueled novelty recordings and a two cartoon series.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
It's as if the capitalistic ventures of entertainment and the development of new technology have joined forces to ruin my childhood memories.
Adam Fendelman - HollywoodChicago.com
Dave White - Movies.com
Could've been a lot worse; it's a singing chipmunk movie, for Pete's sake.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Alvin isn't nearly as bad as Fox's marketing has been threatening, but it isn't a delight either...a glorified direct-to-video release.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
I went into this movie with expectations that couldn't get much lower, but came out a fan of Alvin, Simon, and Theodore... and Dave, for making us care about them as much as he does.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Yes, the movie is juvenile and occasionally stupid. What do you expect in a story about singing chipmunks?
Donald Munro - Fresno Bee
Kids at the preview screening ate it up but everyone else will probably be shouting 'ALVIN!!! SHUT THE F*** UP!'"
Pete Hammond - Maxim
Will true love prevail? Will Dave grow a backbone (and some real songwriting talent)? And most important, will Alvin, Simon, and Theodore survive this bland new form of chipmunk mania? They shoot rodents, don't they?
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
It's a free-fall into total plastic. Kids deserve better. Alvin, Simon and Theodore deserve better. But 'tis the season to take what you get.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Whatever residual affection you may harbor for the Chipmunks will vanish completely if you fork over good money to see this cheaply made and aggravatingly stupid movie.
Ethan Alter - Film Journal International
CGI critters are silly -- but very kid-friendly.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
There is one surprise -- it's not as eye-gougingly awful as you might expect. It's simply mediocre and immediately forgettable.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
It is hard to hate cute little talking chipmunks who love waffles, so maybe you can say I was annoyed.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Sure, the jokes are obvious, the plot's a little corny -- but c'mon, it's a movie about talking chipmunks.
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
Children may laugh at the broad humor, but what's lurking underneath the comedy is dark and disheartening.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
The little beasties in the new film are computer-generated, reasonably realistic (way ahead of Garfield) and cute. It's not their fault the humans, especially Jason Lee's Dave Seville, are excruciatingly boring.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
It becomes a little difficult to distinguish exploitive "Uncle Ian" from the folks trying very hard to keep this fragile idea alive and making money. The big difference is that Uncle Ian wears out the Chipmunks and this movie wears out its welcome.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
" ...even if Alvin and the Chipmunks has one hand reaching for your wallet, at the very least its heart seems to be in the right place."
James Rocchi - Cinematical
It's all about good, clean fun, both for kids absorbed in the cuddly creatures (especially when they sing) and for their parents, unexpectedly hooked by the nostalgia they evoke.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
At times funny, and even occasionally witty, Alvin and the Chipmunks is a lively, entertaining romp that will certainly bring smiles to the young ones this holiday season.
Andrew Grant - Premiere Magazine
What we get instead is Alvin, Simon and Theodore lovingly rendered huggably fuzzy in CG, which apparently sapped all the movie's budget so that such things as continuity and art direction have gone out the window.
Luke Y. Thompson - L.A. Weekly
The movie manages to charm us, solely because of the inherent cuteness of its CGI stars, the famous singing chipmunks.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
preplanned pandering at its most callous.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
It's telling when the biggest reaction from kids isn't from those high-pitched voices or the various goofy shenanigans, but instead comes from the sing-along theme song for Spongebob.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
Tiny furry nut-gathering mammals trying to cheer you up via song turns out to be surprisingly merry.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Should be sent to the same movie pound as the recent Garfield pictures.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Thank goodness Alvin and the gang are back so they can fart in Dave's face, say things like ''Sup playa?' and sing 'Don't Cha' in the shower.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
The sight of enhanced Alvin and the Chipmunks in the movie of the same name is far less squirm-inducing than one might have feared.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
There's just not enough here for a movie. It's almost as if some ideas were meant to live for three and a half minutes each Christmas season, not to get stretched to the breaking point for 50 years.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
At least this film, based on classic characters, is bright and energetic, because it's otherwise condescending, corny and utterly unfunny.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Hum-drum but family-friendly.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine