Rango Reviews

  • Neither Rango the mash-up movie nor Rango the lizard is particularly lovable. But there's no denying the intrigue in its combination of the good, the bad, and the ugly.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • It is not self-conscious knowingness that drives Rango but rather a quirky and sincere enthusiasm for all the strange stuff that has piled up in the filmmakers' heads over the years.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Its strong suit is visual panache. It's too bad that consistent comedy and emotional resonance get lost amid the dust and cacti.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • A sun-baked symphony of rust and dust, Rango has a spiky, unsentimental appeal, sending out slightly risque jokes to parents while staying safely out of the danger zone for kids.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • "Rango'' is a highly watchable but somewhat frustrating mix of sloppy plotting, rascally attitude, and Big Action.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • A rollicking, surreal, and existential kids' Western that worships at the altars of Sergio Leone, Hunter S. Thompson, and Chinatown, Rango drowns under the weight of discordant objectives and influences.

    Nick Schager — Village Voice

  • Sharp-edged, surreal, and often astonishing in its giddy creativity.

    Elizabeth Weitzman — New York Daily News

  • I've made a good case for seeing "Rango," and why not; an eye feast is still a feast in this lean multiplex season.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • The film itself is a magically strange hybrid, a spoofy computer-animated Western acted out by anthropomorphic desert creatures.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • Every other week, it seems there is some new creation full of fantastically realized creatures engaging in eye-tricking action. The ironic effect of this... is a so-what-else-you-got state of jaded exhaustion. And then along comes Rango.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • Yes, [there are] enough nods to other sources to make Rango a bobblehead. But the movie, and much of John Logan's writing, is still pretty durn clever.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • "...a fleet, quirky, computer-animated feature that I found ingenious, charming and almost entirely engaging."

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • Though young children may enjoy it, the film is built for viewers of any age with a taste for joyful anarchy.

    Bruce Diones — New Yorker

  • "Rango" is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.

    Roger Ebert — Chicago Sun-Times

  • Rango never shuts up, but he never has anything funny or touching or clever to say.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • What elevates it above a cheeky romp is the skilled CGI work, not only the wealth of tactile detail lavished on the parched townsfolk but also the painterly, sand-swept vistas they call home.

    Andrea Gronvall — Chicago Reader

  • You know those animated films that have bits that the parents will enjoy? Rango is mostly those bits.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • It's an exuberant, audacious love letter to spaghetti westerns, masquerading as a kiddie cartoon. And it delivers deliciously on both levels.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • It's refreshing to see an animated movie that doesn't look as though the idea for the Happy Meal came first.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • Johnny Depp isn't the sort of star to blend in, so it's saying something that his turn as the world's most conspicuous chameleon in Rango is so full-bodied, you forget the actor and focus on the character.

    Peter Debruge — Variety

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