Chicken Little Reviews

  • Another in a new breed of mass-market comedy that substitutes self-reference for original wit and pop songs for emotional content.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • The first computer-animated film from Disney also has the distinction of being a terrible movie a hectic, uninspired pastiche of catch phrases and cliches.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Line by line, scene by scene, visual gag by visual gag, this picture is disappointing: underpowered and dull, even for kids.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • The invasion material is acceptably funny.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • The animators are - - you almost no longer have to say this - - fabulous and full of mischief, weaving enough ironic amusements into the story for the longer of tooth.

    Stephen Hunter — Washington Post

  • Chicken Little is shiny and peppy, with some solid laughs and dandy vocal performances, but even a small child may sense how forced this movie is.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • By the time the sky really does start 'falling' -- courtesy of an alien invasion -- Chicken Little's frantic efforts to stay farm fresh have started to wear on the nerves.

    Ben Kenigsberg — Village Voice

  • While it is colorful and jaunty and filled with benign barnyard creatures, the occasional jokes and pop references aimed for designated guardians in the audience are more insulting than entertaining.

    Jack Mathews — New York Daily News

  • The movie (directed by Mark Dindal, The Emperor's New Groove) swings from sugar buzz to glucose crash a bit too quickly.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Chicken Little gets a lot of the small things right. It's the bigger picture that gives it trouble.

    Chris Vognar — Dallas Morning News

  • More than a loving, clever riff on a fable, Chicken Little is a grade-school primer on the language of movies with a capital M.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • The movie did make me smile. It didn't make me laugh, and it didn't involve my emotions, or the higher regions of my intellect, for that matter.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • In trying to be all things to all popcorn-buyers, Chicken Little comes off as a manic scramble to please everyone.

    Robert K. Elder — Chicago Tribune

  • Animation fans will find this worth the wait, though apparently there's no story-generating software that can tap into the dark recesses of a child's psyche as cannily as Uncle Walt once did.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • Compared to the CG gems from Pixar, Chicken Little is stylistically inconsistent, narratively messy, and, well, just not much fun.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • While the frenetic pacing might help conceal the movie's flaws, the bizarre twists in the plot are not easily glossed over.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's almost as if Disney was so nervous about its big chance at computer animation that it crammed in the cheap jokes and disposable music and wayward side plots to make sure it appealed to everyone.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • For a movie that's supposed to launch Disney's official CGI era, Chicken Little doesn't stand tall enough.

    Bill Muller — Arizona Republic

  • Under-nourishing and highly derivative.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • There's scarcely enough story here for a half-hour TV cartoon.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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