In this seamless blending of technical brilliance and storytelling verve, the Pixar team has made something as marvelously soulful and innately, fluidly American as jazz.
Lisa Schwarzbaum - Entertainment Weekly
Visual imagination and sophisticated wit raise Finding Nemo to a level just below the peaks of Pixar's Toy Story movies and Monsters, Inc..
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Treats family audiences to a sweet, resonant story and breathtaking visuals.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
A captivating and richly resonant aquatic fable, with characters whose gills and fins belie their deliciously human (that is, flawed) personalities.
Michael O'Sullivan - Washington Post
Finding Nemo will engross kids with its absorbing story, brightly drawn characters and lively action, and grown-ups will be equally entertained by the film's subtle humor and the sophistication of its visuals.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Finding Nemo isn't quite up there with the company's finest work -- there's finally a sense of formula setting in -- but it's hands down the best family film since Monsters, Inc.
Ty Burr - Boston Globe
It's an ocean of eye candy that tastes fresh even in this ADD-addled era of SpongeBob SquarePants.
Ed Park - Village Voice
A timeless delight.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
An enchanting animated feature.
Jami Bernard - New York Daily News
While Mr. Brooks is very funny, Ms. DeGeneres gives a bravura comic performance, as well as a touching one.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Lives up to Pixar's high standards for wildly creative visuals, clever comedy, solid characters and an involving story.
Bruce Westbrook - Houston Chronicle
Delivers with a colorful, lush and witty world under the sea.
Nancy Churnin - Dallas Morning News
An exquisitely touching saga about a father tracking down his lost son.
Lisa Kennedy - Denver Post
The latest flood of wizardry from Pixar, whose productions, from Toy Story onward, have lent an indispensable vigor and wit to the sagging art of mainstream animation.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
One of those rare movies where I wanted to sit in the front row and let the images wash out to the edges of my field of vision.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
You connect to these sea creatures as you rarely do with humans in big-screen adventures. The result: a true sunken treasure.
Mark Caro - Chicago Tribune
[An] aquatic joyride.
Ted Shen - Chicago Reader
As eye-popping as Nemo's peepers and as eccentric as this little fish with asymmetrical fins.
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Proves that even when Pixar is not at the top of its game, it still produces better animation than some of its competitors on their best days.
Jeff Strickler - Minneapolis Star Tribune
A simple test of humanity: If you don't laugh aloud while watching it, you've got a battery not a heart.
Tom Long - Detroit News
A fish story that hooks you from the opening scene.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Very clever and imaginative indeed.
Todd McCarthy - Variety
A dazzling, computer-animated fish tale with a funny, touching script and wonderful voice performances that make it an unqualified treat for all ages.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Lives up to the proud, relatively new tradition of Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life and the Toy Story films.
Jay Boyar - Orlando Sentinel
One of the strongest releases from Disney in years, thanks to the work of Andrew Stanton, possibly one of the most successful directors you've never heard of.
Daphne Gordon - Toronto Star
A superb animated film.
Ray Conlogue - Globe and Mail
Finding Nemo works terribly hard for every scrap of charm or humor it imparts.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
It turns out that Pixar does fish like nobody does fish.
David Edelstein - Slate
A treasure trove of visual splendor.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
It's the give-and-take between DeGeneres and Brooks that gives the saga its big heart.
Sheri Linden - Hollywood Reporter
Finding Nemo is laced with smart humor and clever gags, and buoyed by another cheery story of mismatched buddies: a pair of fish voiced by Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres.
David Germain - Associated Press
Nemo, with its ravishing underwater fantasia, manages to trump the design glamour of earlier Pixar films.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
A thing of beauty, hugely entertaining and way cool.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Erupts with sea creatures that showcase Stanton and company's gift for character and peerless eye for skewering contemporary culture.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Finding Nemo is ultimately a rewarding, engaging, compelling, and even spiritual adventure that works charismatically on multiple levels.
Glen Oliver - IGN Movies
It looks great, of course: All the Pixar movies do. But the genius of those other movies lay in their actual stories -- stories as inspired as the animation.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
Visually, Finding Nemo is spectacular. The animators render theses scenes with exquisite detail and vibrant color, reaching beyond mere CGI-wizardry to artistry.
Tim Regan-Porter - Paste Magazine
A beguiling piece of storytelling and creates a magical underwater world through its imaginative graphics and sound effects.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Artistically, it's up there with the all-time animated greats.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
A splendid eco-friendly comedy set in the Great Barrier Reef.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
The animation in Finding Nemo is quite breathtaking and this movie, created by Pixar, the same outfit that made Toy Story, looks like The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
- New Statesman
The tropical pleasure is a beautifully imagined adventure that beguiles children and tickles adults.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
A spectacular comedy-adventure that's never less than totally immersive. Not quite the masterpiece that Toy Story was, but it's the closest Pixar have come since.
Kevin Harley - Total Film
Finding Nemo is a wonderment, certainly not human, yet humorously humane.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
A lavish feast and the best family catch of the summer blockbuster season.
- Tulsa World
Finding Nemo is distributed by Disney, and it has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.
Deliriously inventive and soaked in a warm and generous wit.
Mike Goodridge - Screen International
Pixar's turned in an instant classic.
Joel Siegel - Good Morning America
Pixar's fourth feature for Disney is yet another miracle of computer animation, an instant classic, but with less of the surface brightness of Toy Story or Monsters, Inc.
Leah Rozen - People Magazine
Pixar continued its run of superb computer-generated animated features with this jaw-dropping underwater adventure.
Sloan Freer - Radio Times
[Dory's] throwaway lines are funnier than anything that comes out of all the other fish combined, balancing out the dull father-son-must-be-reunited story at the core of Nemo that threatens to make this just another cartoon.
Erin Podolsky - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
Like Pixar's previous films, Finding Nemo mines humor from the oddities of an unknown world but stays grounded in a familiar one, finding recognizable elements of heartbreak and happiness amid the ink-jetting octopi and irritable flounders.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
The animation is so sleek and the action so perfectly paced that even the sharpest viewer could be forgiven for overlooking some unimportant lapses in internal logic.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
It looks more stunning than ever.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
An Easter treat.
Allan Hunter - Daily Express
This is a classic - bring on the sequel!
Lewis Bazley - Little White Lies
Every frond and fin pokes out at you.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
Re-releasing Nemo in 3D gives a whole new generation the chance to enjoy it in cinemas for the first time - as well as adding extra depth to the wonderful scenes from the ocean deep.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Though some scary parts may make the very young fret unduly, the film also puts forward some thoughtful messages for both children and their parents. [Blu-ray 3D]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Detail is what holds your attention from frame to frame: the panorama of soft and hard corals, the different textured sea bottoms, the undulating seaweed, and the schooling sardines that look flashy and real as can be.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
I don't exactly worship Pixar, but "Finding Nemo" is truly a great film.
Paul Chambers - Movie Chambers
Gill is Platoon's Sgt. Elias if he'd survived Sgt. Barnes' treachery and returned to civilian life weary and hard-bitten from his experiences. And also a fish.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Finding Nemo 3D is a quality post-conversion experience that successfully enhances the 2003 film's original standout visuals.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
The 3D gives the images a little more depth but they already had heft and weight. The 3D is a money-making gimmick, nothing more.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A great blend of storytelling and technology.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
It's downright curmudgeonly to remain focused on the negatives when the rest of the picture is saturated with invention and wit.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's bright, it's beautiful and it hasn't aged a day. So why, then, do we need to see it in 3-D?
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
A rare example of a movie that not only survives its 3-D conversion but benefits from it
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
It was as funny as I remember and brilliant because it is subtle. It just knocks it out of the park. I love everything about this movie, one of my favorite Pixar movies of all time, 5/5 Schmoes. The new sound/3D adds to the greatness that is Nemo.
Kristian Harloff - Schmoes Know
If you're fishing for fun in an ocean of movie mediocrity, grab the kids or the grandkids, fork out a few extra bucks and see this one in three-dimensions.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
A genuinely funny and touching film that, in less than a decade, has established itself as a timeless classic.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
It's a great movie, so much fun, an acheivement that should be enjoyed by children of all ages and worth seeing it in 3D.
Mark Ellis - Schmoes Know
Sea-worthy w/enhanced visual lure and rich, humorous characters set in a double narrative; this 3D revisit allows us to fall overboard all over again.
Kimberly Gadette - Doddle
If ever there was a film that wasn't broke, this is it. So naturally they converted it into 3D for a special re-release this weekend. (Stupid irony.)
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
I believe my sensitivity to certain creative choices of the picture has dulled some, while age has opened my eyes to its complex relationships and tireless sense of exploration.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
Think of this re-release as an encore, a handy touchstone for you and your kids. "Finding Nemo" was and remains the gold standard against which all other modern animated films are measured, a classic from the day it premiered.
When the blunt head of Bruce the shark slams into the screen like a hammer, everyone -- adults included -- gasps
Amy Nicholson - Boxoffice Magazine
At its best, the added dimension is merely harmless, making the movie blurry enough that you need special glasses to make it sharp again.
Jaime N. Christley - Slant Magazine
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
[VIDEO ESSAY] Disney/Pixar's 3D upgrade of its classic animated children's movie - using the expensive Xpand 3D format - has the duel effect of darkening the film's vibrant colors while adding considerable depth to the screen.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
If the Pixar vault was on fire and they could only save one film, it'd be this eminently re-watchable modern fairy tale...Looks all the more stunning with this state-of-the-art 3D retro-fit.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
I could write an entire dissertation on how much I love this movie.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
Not worth the trip to the cinema but is worth every cent as a home entertainment blu ray purchase.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Sweet father-son tale with some very scary moments.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Tremendously well-made, marshaling the techniques of live-action filmmaking better than any CGI feature up to that point ever had.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The kids will appreciate the vivid characters and brilliant animation, and you'll surely appreciate the witty adult humor and human themes...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Wonderful writing generates several layers of humour -- from the innocent joys of childish fun to more complex comedy, but never at anyone's (or any fish's) cruel expense -- as well as an engaging dramatic plot.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A visual marvel, every frame packed to the gills with clever details, Finding Nemo is the best big-studio release so far this year.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Terrific-looking and sweet, it's certainly up to the superior standard Pixar has set for prime family entertainment.
Angie Errigo - Empire Magazine
I was swept up in its dazzling stream of rainbow corals, amused by the stoner turtles going with the flow, sharks battling their own regressive instincts and DeGeneres' scatterbrained Dory.
- Time Out
After four Pixar features under their belts, it is painfully easy to see the cliches emerging.
Kevin Carr - Film Threat
Magical. God knows how they do it, but Pixar is easily the most consistent, most intelligent movie shop in Hollywood.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
A joyous delight for audiences of all ages.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
Enthralling, and gorgeous, from start to finish.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Looking Closer
Brilliantly conceived Pixar movie is loaded with family values, albeit the salt water variety.
Steve Crum - Kansas City Kansan
A fish tale the whole family can enjoy.
Mark Sells - Oregon Herald
The creators are cracking themselves up first, the way the Warner Bros. animators did in Bugs Bunny's golden age; it works for anyone with a sense of humor.
Jake Euker - F5 (Wichita, KS)
Finding Nemo is a triumph, with a different, richer feel than any previous Pixar film. Aided by a smart, evocative score by Thomas Newman, the story is funny, moving and completely engrossing.
Edward Johnson-Ott - NUVO Newsweekly
'... excellent storytelling with superb, eye-popping animation...'
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
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Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
It's all tremendously entertaining stuff, with oodles of wonderful detail and superb direction by Andrew Stanton.
As the voice of the forgetful Dory, Ellen DeGeneres shows us how Memento could have been a comedy in this entertaining and visually stunning family flick.
Andrew Manning - Radio Free Entertainment
Each obstacle is a fabulous set piece with not-always-obvious lessons to be learned and smart, original humor.
Mark Robison - Reno Gazette-Journal
If it's not quite a tidal wave of entertainment, it's a welcome dip in the ocean nonetheless.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
It's a whale of a tale that's well worth catching. Even if fish isn't usually your dish.
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
The best father-son story in all of Hollywood animation, and maybe animation generally...exploits the potential of computer animation like no film before it and few films after it.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
This stonking film is a perfect example of Total Cinema, combining tragedy, excitement and humour, all wrapped up in one amazing looking package.
Ed Colley - Future Movies UK
beautiful to look at, and not without humour, but ... its waters are starting to taste just a little stale.
Anton Bitel - Movie Gazette
Finding Nemo may be the most beautiful and detailed animated movie ever made.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
'Like a road movie, only wetter.'
Paul Arendt - Teletext
Ellen Degenerous and Albert Brooks lend their voices to the craziest fish ever to talk on screen, and Dame Edna (Barry Humphries) performs a turn as a vegetarian shark!
David Foucher - EDGE Boston
Fin-tastic -- hilarious, moving and beautiful to look at, this is another instant classic.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Every single frame of the film is rendered with such detail and warmth that even without a compelling plot it would be a joy to watch.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
This is not the first time Pixar's animators have been engaged with the natural world, but they've never been as deeply immersed as they are in this undersea Fantasia.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Is this kid's stuff? That's a complicated question but the answer is a thing of beauty that will have children enchanted hook, line and sinker.
Shannon J. Harvey - Sunday Times (Australia)
There are so many subtle jokes, or little bits of insight into these fish's minds, it proves yet again that Pixar strives to make a complete experience instead of just 'some cool-looking graphics.'
Shawn Bowers - Kansas City Star
There are 3.7 trillion ideas in Hollywood for an animated film; Disney and Pixar have found another one audiences won't be able to resist.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Finding Nemo will please audiences of all ages with its raucous spirit and outrageous moments.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
There is beauty and brilliance in every frame.
La originalidad de sus universos y personajes, lo disparatado y divertido de sus situaciones, la inteligencia de muchos dialogos, y la reconocible humanidad con que los animadores visten a sus criaturas, son los principales ingredientes que contribuyen a
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
It was one of those instances where I found myself recounting out loud the funniest moments to someone who just saw the movie with me.
Michael Drakulich - Star Newspapers (Chicago, IL)
A expressividade dos personagens e tamanha que os dialogos tornam-se ate mesmo dispensaveis.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
For obvious reasons (no toys!), this feels like a much more grown-up film than previous Disney-Pixar movies.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Crafted with such care that the story, characters and colours positively pulsate.
Kim Linekin - eye WEEKLY
'Entranable, divertida y profundamente humana, es una obra de arte imprescindible.'
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
You know exactly how this one ends; yet getting there is such an enjoyable delight.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Beats any Disney animated film through 1960 and probably a good deal later.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
This movie reaffirmed my love for the cinema.
Matt Easterbrook - Matt's Movie Reviews
It's the brilliant animation and witty script that lift this film from retread material to sublime entertainment for kids and - equally - their parents.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Pixar's masterpiece. It feels dizzy with color and drunk on its own otherworldly creation. Sure, it derives most of its splendor from what actually exists on our ocean floors, but that doesn't make it any less wondrous.
Collin Souter - eFilmCritic.com
Each frame of Finding Nemo is a visual delight.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
[Once again Pixar] ensures that the label 'family film' isn't 'a movie only your tots will enjoy' but something that actually is for everyone.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
"Finding Nemo" was funny and a little scary, at least for the little tykes.
Dan Marcucci and Nancy Serougi - Broomfield Enterprise
The amazing thing about Pixar is that in every film, I go in with incredibly high, unrealistic expectations, & they always excel beyond them.
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
Simply the most entertaining movie you'll see all year.
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
I don't know how the staff of Pixar does it, but this is their fifth overwhelming achievement in a row.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
A clown fish without a punchline, a blue tang without a memory, a scarred prison hero fish, and a stoner dude sea turtle make for this summer's tallest fish tale.
Jeet Thayil - Rediff.com
...the movie is chock-full of color and fun, ambitiously gliding through one vibrant scene after another as it reveals an engaging and beautiful world...
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
Like Toy Story, A Bug's Life, and Monster's Inc., it features amazing animation, great characters, sharp wit, smart humor, and a story both timeless and timely.
Renie Scolaro Mora - PopMatters
Latest computer-animated offering from Pixar is a giant leap forward visually, even if the story treads familiar ground ... uh, water.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Although Finding Nemo reaches a new watermark in animation, it doesn't have the endearing characters or driving plot of Toy Story and Monsters, Inc. But then, classics are tough acts to follow.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
...Finding Nemo" captures the audience with vastly touching characters the audience really cares about.
Tony Toscano - Talking Pictures (U.S.)
The artwork is gorgeous and the characters are strong.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Another extraordinary effort from the unbeatable Disney/Pixar team.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
The animation team gives weight and depth to the sea itself, filling it with specks of life and creating a sense of movement with currents and bubbles.
Massimo Commanducci - National Post
The junior set will most definitely enjoy the jokes and the yarn, but it will be the adults who learn the biggest lessons this time around.
Charlie Brown - FilmStew.com
The peerless partnership of Disney and Pixar is officially five-for-five.
Jonathan R. Perry - Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)
Pixar respects both kids and parents-which cannot be said for certain big green ogres of animation.
Stephen Himes - Film Snobs
Several scenes are scarier than Edward Norton's mustache in "The Italian Job."
Beth Jones - Roanoke Times (Virginia)
The latest feature from Pixar Animation is another splendid, eye-filling installment in the studio's unbroken string of classics.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
More than just high calorie viscera, Finding Nemo is the best American comedy in two years.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Finding Nemo is undoubtedly another jewel in the Pixar crown and another example of the Disney conglomerate's ability to ride that company's coattails to success.
John R. McEwen - Film Quips Online
"Finding Nemo" is a whale of a treat.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
I challenge any adult to ignore the artistry of the amazing opaque jellyfish floating through the ocean. The animation is incredible.
Michael Szymanski - Zap2it.com
Finding Nemo captures a level of wonderment and dark sentiment unmatched even by the previous great works of Pixar. Walt Disney's throne is very much at risk.
Jimmy O - Film Snobs
Winning, invigorating entertainment for the entire family -- technically brilliant, attentive to detail, and precisely tuned between story and character.
Brent Simon - Entertainment Today
Proof that Pixar is the Babe Ruth of animation. Still batting a thousand.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Finding Nemo is terrific entertainment.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
. . . the computer animation reimaginings of the undersea orgies of color orchestrated by nature are mind-blowing.
Glenn Kenny - Premiere Magazine
C'mon, it's Pixar. Would you expect anything less than perfection?
Elias Savada - Nitrate Online
Visually stunning but dragged down somewhat by insipid dialogue.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
There's real heart in this movie without needing lots of superficial whiz-bang stuff.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
A surprisingly touching metaphor for how a parent's natural impulse is to be overprotective but one needs to have trust in their kids and let them leave their life.
Kevin N. Laforest - Montreal Film Journal
Continually floods the viewer with more extraordinary sensory input than anything previously.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
Colorful and entertaining for kids and witty enough to engage adults.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
I have never been to Australia, but I just can't imagine scenery more beautiful.
Danny Minton - KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
Fast, funny and brackisly beautiful.
If Pixar was fishing for another big catch in their stable of entertaining hits, Nemo is the prized filmmaking flounder that takes the absolute bait.
Frank Ochieng - Movie Eye
The plot is delightful, the animation spectacular ... the colors gorgeous, the message positive and the score by Thomas Newman fitting.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
A gem of a movie, and exactly what we expect from our friends at Pixar.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Even though Finding Nemo isn't Pixar's best, this animated comedy-adventure is still more imaginative and more clever in any five of its 100 minutes than most films manage in a full 90 minutes... or 120, for that matter.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
For a computer-generated cartoon to provoke laughs, thrills and a few tears, that's not just a great movie -- that's perfection in pixels.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Add water and you have an instant Disney/Pixar classic.
Paul Clinton (CNN.com) - CNN.com
What's unique and joyous is that it creates a whirl of slapstick and sentiment all its own, in an environment so otherworldly and beautiful that leaving the theater will give you the bends.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
A vivid charmer of a movie that makes a welcome addition to the growing gallery of computer-generated animated features.
Robert Denerstein - Denver Rocky Mountain News
I really can't remember an animated feature in which the voice work sounded so accomplished, redolent with emotional subtleties and crack comic timing.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Absolutely beautiful to look at, even when it has a bad case of the cutes.
Bill Gallo - New Times
Pixar is so consistent that reviews of their films basically write themselves. Finding Nemo is greatness!
John Venable - Supercala.com
Just when you thought they couldn't possibly do it again, the guys at Pixar bat it out of the park with Finding Nemo.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
What a catch - this whopper of a fish tale takes you beyond the sea.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Finding Nemo is superlative family entertainment, joyous and alive in a way few films are.
A gem, popping with cool tropical colors and wondrous sea creatures.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
..the computer animated imagery is once again exquisite... The bad side, the story line is only pleasant.
Josh Gilchrist - rec.arts.movies.reviews
The moment all the gorgeously rendered inhabitants of this beautiful undersea realm open their mouths, they sound surprisingly, and rather depressingly, human.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The computer graphics create a visual world that you would actually see if you dived down 50 feet on a coral reef
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Enchanting; written with an effortless blend of sweetness and silliness, and animated with such rainbow-hued beauty, you may find yourself wanting to freeze-frame it.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
With its phenomenal animation and heart-warming story, Finding Nemo is a resounding hit with this daddy-daughter combo.
A near perfect example of movie magic that will appeal to viewers of all ages.
Jim Judy - Screen It!
My fondest wish is that Pixar doesn't hire or fire anyone for the next 25 years. What these magicians are capable of is nothing less than pure cinematic gold.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It's business as usual -- the usual being stunning visuals, a charming story, and a dab of emotional resonance thrown in for good measure.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
A hundred different little moments constantly impress either with their use of movement and light or their use of stillness and darkness.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Constantly delights and refreshes the eye -- it's a summer vacation in itself.
Bob Campbell - Newark Star-Ledger
far more sophisticated and ambitious than what typically passes for 'family entertainment.' ...manages to be extremely funny, thrilling and sometimes a little scary as well.
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
Once again, the team at Pixar proves that the freshest, most entertaining films coming out of Hollywood today are the animated kind.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
As notable for its well-crafted story as it is for its breathtaking animation.
Dan Fazio - Citysearch
As with all of Pixar's earlier efforts, the animation in this movie is superb. They just keep getting better.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
The visuals pop, the fish emote and the ocean comes alive. That's in the first two minutes. After that, they do some really cool stuff.
C.W. Nevius - San Francisco Chronicle
In not just a crowd-grabber but an instant classic, Albert Brooks achieves a new height vocally as Marlin, the dad.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
DeGeneres does vocal duties by which all future voiceovers and dubs will be judged.
Joe Baltake - Sacramento Bee
Strikes the perfect balance between the charm and childlike innocence of Disney animation and the cutting-edge humor and hipness of the old Warner Brothers cartoons.
Jack Garner - Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
On its visual elements alone, Finding Nemo could get almost any kid started on a love of nature -- even if us older specimens know that it's a deep understanding of human nature that keeps the whole thing swimming.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
More familiar in its story line and characters than previous Pixar films, it's nevertheless stuffed with wit, energy, charm and clever touches.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
A captivating little adventure that gives its animated characters as much heart as personality and that's a heaping helping in both cases.
Louis B. Hobson - Jam! Movies
PIxar's fifth feature-length film continues an uninterrupted string of winners; and from a visual standpoint, it's the studio's finest effort.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
So advanced - with lifelike motion and imagination-tingling artwork stroked with a silicon paintbrush - that it makes its predecessors come off as crude, ancient scrawlings on a cave wall.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
...a parable for parents terrified at the thought of preschool.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Rarely matches the emotional depth or richly textured worlds of predecessors Monsters, Inc. and A Bug's Life, but it has a sly sense of humor and evocative voice acting.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Pixar heads under the sea and finds subject matter that couldn't be more perfectly suited to its vivid style of computer animation.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
There may be plenty of fish in the sea (for now, anyway), but few films can manipulate you like Finding Nemo and have you not mind.
Tor Thorsen - Reel.com
The best animated underwater picture since The Little Mermaid.
Gregory M. Lamb - Christian Science Monitor
Parental anxiety may not be the kind of stuff children's films are usually made of, but this perfectly enchanting movie knows how to cater to its kiddie audience without condescending to them.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Pixar's employees, masters of computer-generated animation, capture the look of the ocean like no artists before.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
There wasn't one element I didn't love about this captivating movie.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
Fish, schmish. This is a movie about humanity, and I doubt if we'll see a more compelling father/son relationship this year.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Spectacular visuals, non-stop laughs and action -- plus a PC message. That's some package, no?
Glenn Lovell - San Jose Mercury News
Pixar's super genius continues to flow with no ebb in sight.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
The underwater backdrops take your breath away. No, really. They're so lifelike, you almost feel like holding your breath while watching.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
As gorgeous a film as Disney's ever put out, with astonishing qualities of light, movement, surface and color at the service of the best professional imaginations money can buy.
Hazel-Dawn Dumpert - L.A. Weekly
It's full of bright visuals, inventive animation and enough cute characters to fill, well, an ocean.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Finding Nemo is a witty and epic adventure packed in unlikely wrapping.
Rachel Deahl - Local Planet Weekly (Spokane, WA)
Is Pixar capable of making a bad film? Whether a serendipitous confluence of talent or. . .some divine being at work in our world, either way, the answer, I think, must be no.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
There's nothing fishy about its success. It's got intriguing anthropomorphic characters, a compelling story and Pixar's fanciful computer-generated animation. It's fun, bubbly, fantastic. Sea it!
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
The creatures in Finding Nemo are more real than some flesh and blood actors.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
You won't need a map to unearth the treasures buried in Nemo.
Sean O'Connell - Filmcritic.com
Those Pixar strengths -- story, humor, characters, and art ... shine through, more dependable than rising of the ocean tides.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Saying that Finding Nemo is Pixar's weakest effort to date is like a starving man telling you the third piece of pizza you've given him wasn't as good as the first.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
Isn't quite as clever and wonderful as we've come to expect. Even as such, it remains pretty clever and wonderful.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Forget about being a great kids movie -- Finding Nemo is just a great movie.
- E! Online
Basically another winner, though it can't quite muster the kind of emotional tug that appeals to all generations and made several of the earlier Pixar films such instant classics.
William Arnold - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Pixar has done it again.
Todd Anthony - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
As we now expect from Pixar, even the supporting fish in "Finding Nemo" are more developed as characters than any human in the Mission: Impossible movies.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
Further proof that the folks at Pixar are ceaselessly, unflaggingly more clever and imaginative than anyone else working in big-budget feature animation.
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
A rousing underwater adventure set in the Great Barrier Reef that celebrates youthful independence and lances the illusion that parents can make the world safe for their children.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Thanks to a solid script by director Andrew Stanton (a Pixar regular), many of the human actors who give voices to the computer-generated fish wind up becoming more engaging than when they appear in flesh-and-blood.
Dan Lybarger - Lybarger Links
Unlike the greatest children's films, I never once forgot who the target market for Finding Nemo really was.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
The concept of a fish with short-term memory loss sounded dubiously annoying, but DeGeneres just swims off with it
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Children and adults alike should be enchanted...as quietly charming, cheekily amusing a family feature as you're likely to encounter this summer.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
... with Father's Day just a few weeks away...'Nemo' swims off with hearts of all ages.
With the release of Finding Nemo, the creative team at Pixar has redefined what is known as being 'on a role.'
Alex Sandell - Juicy Cerebellum
Yet another quantum leap for the Pixar folk.
J. Robert Parks - Phantom Tollbooth
I can't say that this movie was as exciting, original or captivating as many of its predecessors and would recommend it more to the toddlers.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
A great film for its timeliness, and a greater film for its timelessness.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Pixar has interlaced its energetic storyline with the moody strains of a classic Thomas Newman score, lending an element of darkness that ingeniously penetrates the perpetual submarine light.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Aufmuth.com
Finding Nemo is cute and clever, but it's no Toy Story, A Bug's Life or Monsters, Inc.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Creates a very high benchmark for this summer's other films to strive to best, and I don't think any of them will.
Jon Popick - Planet Sick-Boy
Could have been stronger, but it's still fun and has good heart. Ditto to what Steve Rhodes said.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Another masterful piece of family entertainment from Pixar.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
A wonderfully engaging entertainment that is a visual masterpiece as well as a darn good tale with loads of humour and excitement to appeal to the child in all of us.
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Finding Nemo merely transplants human suburban anxiety to an underwater realm.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Another terrific Pixar pic for all generations.
Shirley Sealy - Film Journal International
Finding Nemo is like a great foreign film, its visual and energy having such clarity that subtitles (or words or stories) are almost unnecessary.
David Poland - Hot Button
No doubt, Finding Nemo marks yet another huge advance in the world of animation. The technical term for these advances, in layman's language, is "Holy mackerel!"
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies