It's Alvin and the Chipmunks with only one chipmunk, and (if possible) even less fun.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
The whole thing raises questions of the type it is almost embarrassing to contemplate; it's almost like "Donnie Darko," for little kids.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
Hop will win audiences over with its goofy charm.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
It offers a glimmer of amusement, but only to kids still young enough to believe in the Easter Bunny.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Washington Post
Brand does manage to play an obnoxious creature with a kind of charm. He feels like the only person who doesn't need this movie.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
Despite its scattered frenzy, Hop -- thanks to its fondness for smushing together seemingly incongruous elements and Marsden's goofy, bug-eyed mugging -- is just demented enough to deliver a fleeting sugar rush.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
As fake and forgettable as a marshmallow Peep, "Hop" goes down easy enough. It's the thought of a talented actor stuck on an industry conveyor belt that leaves an unfortunate aftertaste.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
...the almost willfully brain-dead tone of Hop began trying my patience right off the bat.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
"Hop" is hip. And sassy, speedy and slick. It's that rarest of surprises, a movie for kids that transcends age barriers.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Hop is just too shrill, slick and sickly sweet for anybody's good. Watching it won't rot your teeth, but it could leave an ugly cavity in your brain.
Tom Long - Detroit News
If you're 12 or younger, you'll think it's hilarious. If you don't? It's going to be a long 95 minutes.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
Hop integrates animated characters into live-action settings, relying on director Tim Hill to handle the logistics of convincingly blending both worlds.
Peter Debruge - Variety
Presented with the opportunity to do the first-ever big-budget Easter bunny flick mixing live action and animation, "Hop" gives us . . . a bunny who poops jelly beans.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Smaller kids will think E.B. is real, older kids will be bored by the story and adults will think David Hasselhoff must really need the money.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
Kids will love Brand's frenetic drumming take on E.B., adults will love that there are a few clandestine adult jokes.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
Though the integration of live action and animation is improving (especially a scene where E.B. cuddles with Fred's sister), it's still a slightly disorienting experience.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
A fun and funny mix of live action and animation that puts the hop back into Easter.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Hop has one of the cutest bunnies you'll ever see and plenty of other eye candy among its computer-generated visuals, yet there's not much bounce to the story behind this interspecies buddy comedy.
David Germain - Associated Press
The only thing missing is any real wonder, imagination or comic verve.
Robert Abele - Los Angeles Times
They should have just brained the bunny. Would have gotten people talking.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
A miscast Russell Brand and some poor writing make the film nothing but a decent one time watch.
Amy Curtis - We Got This Covered
A chip off the old munk -- "Chipmunk." And that's not a good thing.
The story is really all over the place, but it's your only choice for an Easter Bunny movie for miles around, so expect to see this one cycled around again each spring.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Harmless but not exactly clever.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Hop starts out cute, but slowly dissolves into a mundane, droll experience completely derivative of Alvin and the Chipmunks and numerous Christmas movies.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
It's not brilliant, but you probably already guessed that; this is a film about a mythical rabbit who poops jellybeans, after all...
Jayne Nelson - SFX Magazine
Director Hill, who previously combined live action and animation with the second "Garfield" film as well as "Alvin and the Chipmunks," has a way of telling a story seamlessly.
Michael A. Smith - MediaMikes
Hop is populated with humour that is slow, dated and mindless, an ADD confection of half-baked slapstick and notions of the healing power of Easter chocolate.
Andrew Simpson - Fan The Fire
Hop isn't charmless, but it is inert.
Matt Fowler - IGN Movies
A mostly silent theater filled with kids is one indication of this failed venture, a clock-watching pace and overall lack of creativity are two more
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Santa is SO last year.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
As cute and cuddly as a plush, floppy-eared rabbit despite a character some may find offensive: a Spanish-accented chick named Carlos...plotting to dethrone the Easter Bunny.
Fr. Chris Carpenter - Movie Dearest
Almost every scene's overscored, overtold or overdone to the point of the jokes getting runny. Hop seems to think filling out the formula and being super-duper eager-to-please is enough. Hobbling along, this bunny just ain't funny.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
The bunny poops jelly beans, which provides a nice metaphor: The film is slick and colorful, but it's formulaic crap.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Eggcellent family fare.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Parts of this movie made me hopping-mad. But, hey, I'm a bunny and I hop a lot. It annoyed my two-legs, too, though, and she never hops.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
... as sweet and tasty as a candy marshmallow chick -- and about as nourishing.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Perfectly pleasant, funny, if unexceptional Easter holiday movie.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
[A] heavily marketed piece of unfunny.
Brett Michel - Boston Herald
Hop is the kind of movie that makes helpless critics wish we could stage an intervention. Parents! It doesn't have to come to this!
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Cute-and-cuddly, filled with frantic, family-friendly bunny banter, it's nevertheless derivative of 'The Santa Clause' and 'The Tooth Fairy' - and decidedly mediocre.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
This was the first time in a long time I can remember really craving a piece of candy during a movie
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
A clunky, mirth-challenged mix of live action and animation, Hop should be bounced to the back of the family's to-do list in the coming holiday period.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
You know that sense of childlike wonder you experience when you tear away the shiny foil and bite into a huge milk chocolate egg - only it turns out to be carob? Well, Hop is a carob egg.
Simon Foster - sbs.com.au
I wish I could say that Hop is a complex remake of Scorsese's own controversial Easter movie, but it's more likely that any similarity between characters living, dead or reborn are completely coincidental.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
An act of aggression against childhood.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
The film is bright and breezy and the animation is first rate. Some of the jokes are lame, and it's more a film for younger, and less sophisticated children.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
For the most part it tries too hard, lurching from one plot contrivance to another and never giving any of its cast (apart from the heroically hard-working Marsden) much to do.
Philippa Hawker - The Age (Australia)
Overall, there's a Teflon quality to "Hop": it does the job, but it doesn't stick.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
There's something really creepy about the 37-year-old Marsden playing a guy who's still living with his parents, has no job, no friends, no girlfriend, and no interests.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Unpleasant, unfunny and uninspiring...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
E.B. is brought to life by Brand, the CGI is seamlessly worked into the live action, and Hop is briskly paced. It's entertaining enough but ultimately disposable.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
Very simple but very cute, this one's a sure hit with the littlies.
Marie-Christine Sourris - Sunday Mail (Australia)
For kids it may be a hit but for adults 'Hop' is a flop.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It's a perfectly averagely-executed movie for little kids that's marginally about the pleasures of sugar and furry animals. Nothing more, nothing less.
Dave White - Movies.com
This is a very bad movie.
Ignatiy Vishnevetsky - Ebert Presents At The Movies
Gone are the days of childlike mystery, and in their place we have the childish Hop.
Glenn Heath Jr. - Slant Magazine
If anyone needed a reason to boycott Easter, this it.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
The film is too concerned with providing inappropriate product placement for Playboy to bother with anything more than the most specious story beats...
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
It's a combination of the worst movies about trouble in Santa Claus's north pole toy factory and a version of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory lethally laced with sugar.
The animated critter that is at the center of this mess makes for one odd chick.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
Fulfills the "Golden Hasselhoff" rule, which holds that any work of "art" blessed with The Hoff's presence is all the better for it.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
The bunny-gets-injured, slacker-saves-Easter plotline doesn't pack too much predictability but Brand does his best with the material and it's cute enough for kids.
Anna Smith - Empire Magazine
An ultra cute family film catering for the under 12 set, Hop combines live action with the colourful animated world of the Easter bunny as it tells a happy story about families, expectations and dreams
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Like the colorful candies of Easter, "Hop" is a pastel distraction lacking any kind nutritional value. Inside its foil wrapping exists an endless array of predictable jokes, aimless subplots and obnoxious characters. It's a disaster.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Using animation and live action quite impressively, 'Hop' takes one reactionary myth and uses it to reinforce that myth as well as others
John Esther - UR Chicago Magazine
The lack of any comparable reality check will make this one an endurance test for most people who aren't five.
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
...a dull and aggressively mediocre comedy...
David Nusair - About.com
Hop is a hodge-podge of a movie in which stretches of dull subplots and narrative stagnation are broken up by an occasional good laugh.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
It may be okay for kids under 10 but this anodyne movie will try the patience of the family audience for whom it strives mightily.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
It's like a cartoon root canal for your brain.
Camerin Courtney - Christianity Today
Marsden has charisma to spare and is clearly game for the many pratfalls, but the more fantastical AND entirely animated sections of the film set in the factory are far superior.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Colorful and disposable entertainment for the kids. Adults will be intermittently amused but will spend more time checking their watches.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Witty scripting spices up a sugary scenario, giving this fluffy family comedy some adult-pleasing bite. It ain't Shrek, but it ain't dreck either.
Kate Stables - Total Film
Hop is a cheap chocolate Easter bunny of a movie; completely hollow, well beyond its sell-by date, and after it's finished you're left feeling a bit ill.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
It's supposed to be sweet, but "Hop" is a headache waiting to happen.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Most gags are as disposable as last week's colored eggs, but there's likable geniality that keeps Hop tolerable, hinging on your tolerance of Brand's cheeky style.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
To put it succinctly: Hop is brain death.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
Marsden is working it as he embraces the silliest of moments and makes us laugh.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Just like its sugary setting, Hop is designed to sugar coat everything, and cynically give Easter that commercial feel normally reserved for Christmas.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
[The film is] infused with a demented, genuinely subversive spirit that comes straight from Russell Brand, who voices E.B.
Norman Wilner - NOW Toronto
"Hop" feels less like an attempt to tell a story than an attempt to reach out to as many marketing demographics as possible.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Hop is spectacularly charmless -- there's no spring in its step. The last thing we need is an Easter movie that comes limping down the bunny trail.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Thus we have Hop, which I'm sad to say isn't all that bad, and isn't all that good. It's as if it knew it had the holiday all sewn up and didn't even bother to try very hard.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
It will charm the training pants off of the audience for which it is intended -- without leaving parents constantly checking their watches.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Silly animated/live-action holiday comedy is fun for kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Flop would be closer.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
The real disappointment, though, is Brand as E.B., giving a motor-mouthed G-rated spiel that denudes him of his R-rated personality.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
While the world's desperate cries for more sequels to The Santa Clause go unanswered, Universal Pictures brings us the next best thing.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Uninspired, bland, charmless and increasingly asinine. Only little kids might be fleetingly amused by the eye candy and sight gags.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Even the most undemanding of children won't enjoy this sickly confection that would have benefited from better one-liners. Or a dose of myxomatosis.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
Hop can't even find anything funny to do with Kaley Cuoco.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
A mild matinee ruckus that doesn't feature much in the way of creative invention or comedic might. However, candyholics and fans of David Hasselhoff will be delighted.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
You can practically hear the director shouting that at the actors before he rolls tape; 'It's just a kid's movie. Now dance, you monkeys!'
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
"Hop" is stuffed with humorous moments and clever gags.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
What could have been a painfully childish animated Easter romp is given a shot of deranged humour and an above-average cast of voices and cameos.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
This Easter, celebrate with a slice of rabbit pie at home while avoiding this film.
Catherine Bray - Film4
All in all, it's hard to know for whom "Hop" is made.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Impressively animated, nicely written and gently amusing family comedy, enlivened by a terrific central performance from James Marsden and a weirdly note-perfect vocal effort from Russell Brand.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Despite some surface appeal, it is as hollow in the center as a chocolate rabbit.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
Anyone bewailing the near-absence of tacky family films inspired by Easter need bewail no more: Hop has arrived to fill the void.
Keith Phipps - AV Club
Skip, jump, run away, whatever! Do anything you have to do to avoid Hop, which treats its plot like a formality and its young viewers like brainwashed twits.
Matt Pais - RedEye
There is no denying how much better it might have been with an extra screenplay polish and a greater willingness from director Tim Hill to think outside the box.
...almost entirely witless.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Hill mines the same seam of cuteness as in his earlier Alvin and the Chipmunks, with Brand's manic characterisation helping to paper over the cracks of a flimsy story.
Terry Staunton - Radio Times
A soulless and depressing film, with plasticky production design.
If the filmmakers had just made a movie about E.B. and his clever animated bunny world, they might have delivered a tasty Easter surprise. This one has been sitting in the back of the fridge too long.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
No amount of enthusiasm can make up for the shaky premise and half-hearted writing.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
Kiddies might be eggcited by the critters and candy, but for most peeps, this bunny-buddy comedy delivers a mixed basket.
Matt Stevens - E! Online
The LA antics are woefully familiar, and not helped by Marsden's mugging.
Betsy Sherman - Boston Phoenix
A fairly undistinguished but pleasant and easy-to-take holiday movie, with slow spots and silly spots and a handful of moments of inspiration.
Mick LaSalle - San Francisco Chronicle
Leap to another theater, and wait for something that's worth your family's time.
Sean O'Connell - Reelrave
Silly, energetic and mildly amusing.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
This is a movie convinced that a rabbit pooping jelly beans is the height of comedy.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
"Hop" may not be the best holiday live animation, but its attempt is not terribly flawed.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
All you really need to know about Hop - a godforsaken mixture of live action humans with animated rabbits - is that it's brought to you by the same geniuses who gave us Alvin And The Chipmunks.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The ideas are so uninspired and the direction so vanilla that the end result is nothing but a rotten egg.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
I think mom, dad and the kids will have fun.
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Lays one big, though colorful, Easter egg.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Hop is hopeless.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
It could be worse. That's not intended as praise -- just a sigh of mild relief.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
The bunny's cute, but the story's mangy in Hop, a forgettable family film that may play well to young tykes but won't hold the interest of parents or older siblings.
Tim Grierson - Screen International
Brand is diffident and banal; he continues to lack versatility as an actor, seemingly more comfortable in his own skin.
Emma Simmonds - Time Out
It's a story kids have seen a thousand times, and even recently in a far cleverer, engaging and touching way (How To Train Your Dragon), and Hop brings nothing new or unique to the table.
Matt Risley - Sky Movies
You'll laugh a lot at this colourful Easter treat, so hop to it.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
It goes through the motions provoking a few chuckles, yet wastes Brand's flamboyant way with words by keeping him nailed down to the script.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Hill effortlessly blends state of the art CGI with winning animation.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
The bunny? It burns. Bad.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Dreary, forced, unfunny, juvenile without actually being stupid enough to provoke a laugh. At least it's not in 3D.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
It offers few surprises, and for your buck all you'll essentially get is a cringe-inducing dance number, lame gags and an admittedly alluring display of oversized chocolate. Avoid.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
There are not enough chocolate eggs in the world that could save this dud of an Easter Bunny movie.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Looks suspiciously like a cack Santa flick in which the fat red guy's been switched with a talking rabbit.
Robbie Collin - News of the World