“Best Animated For 2011”
“I Was Shocked To Learn That This Snooze Fest Won An Oscar.”
“Full Of Trash So Mutch You Wont Enjoy It”
“This Film Is Truly Colorful In Its Approach. From The Story, The Acting, And Even The Visuals This Movie Is Well Done.”
“8-14 Kids Will Enjoy It!”
“Some Of The Overall Themes Are Too Obscure For Children, But Nonetheless This Is A Film That Both Adults And Children Will Adore.”
“A Hero In Green...sometimes Orange, Purple, Orange Or Blue. But No Matter What Colour He's In, He's Definitely The One Who Will Light The Way In Our Darkest Hour!”
“Way Better The Rio!”
“The First Movie That's Worth Going To See Of This Year”
“NOT AT ALL FOR KIDS”
“Creo Que Tu Metáfora Me Rompio La Columna Vertebral”
“Rango Comes Out Guns Blazing As The First Movie Of The Year You Should Be Seeing.”
“Overall Its Really A Homage To China Town, Sergio Leone Fear And Loathing, Terry Gilliam, A Textural, Gritty, Dirty, Picturesque Movie, Built Upon Homage And Being A Rooting Tooting Classic. Full Of Great Moments....(Read On Below)”
“Worthy Of Full Price.”
“Control The Water, And You Control Everything”
“Beautifully Made, Rango Takes An Old Dish And Serves It With New Creativity That Might Just Be More Fun For The Adults Than The Kids.”
“Inventivo In Its Approach And Versatile In Its Aplicacion, Rango Is A Beautifully Animados Quirk-fest, Con Una Estrella De Todos Los Emitidos And A 'blending' Homenaje To Western Favoritos While Carrying Its Own Agua”
“There Was Shrek, Toy Story, And Now "RANGO" Thank God”
“Waste Of Money!”
“It Seems Like Studios Found Again A Great Chance Of Covering The Defunct Storytelling With Mesmerizing Visuals And Impressive Editing.”
“A Surreal And Beautifully Animated Film That May Confuse Its Audience As Much As It Entertains Them But In The End Is A Satisfying Yet Bizarre Motion Picture.”
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
An ultra-quirky animated Western with a vocal tour de force by Johnny Depp that's quite unlike anything I've ever seen.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
The whole enterprise is redolent of past movies (and drug trips), yet it somehow whiffs fresh.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Fans of Johnny Depp will enjoy his voice work as the nutty Rango; he is obviously having a good time. Ned Beatty's voice is easily recognizable as the main villain, giving him a one-two punch after working as the nasty Lotso in Toy Story 3...
Leonard Maltin - indieWIRE
With his first animated feature, Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski shows ambitions considerably beyond producing the usual standard of most children's fare. To put it plainly, Rango is one weird movie.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
I'm honestly not sure whether or not it's a good movie, but it doesn't leave you much time to ponder that question.
Andrew O'Hehir - Salon.com
The first animated film from ILM is also the first memorable motion picture of 2011.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Madly clever animated sagebrush saga has style and wit to burn.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
Perhaps a new classification has been born: the "SpaghettiOs Western."
Jake Coyle - Associated Press
A CGI western comedy populated by desert critters, Rango gives the film year a belated jump start with a passel of movie-wise fun and a knockout animation style.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Say what you will about 'Rango,' the computer-animated Western riding hard on Johnny Depp doing the voice of a lizard - just don't call it business as usual.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
In a world choked with animated films -- the good, the bad and the ugly -- it's hard to be either original or great. Yet director Gore Verbinski has done both -- and without 3-D...
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
The weirdness of the film is fascinating, but there's just so damn much of it.
Sean Burns - Philadelphia Weekly
Delivers the western genre goods along with generous laughs and some impressive animation--and some brazenly warped sensibilities.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Amusing in small doses, marketed to kids and not really FOR kids. An undeserving Oscar winner.
Meditations on identity make Rango unique, and somewhat special, in the current animated film landscape.
Ben Kendrick - ScreenRant
If the writers had dared to step a little outside the borders of the western formula or if they'd even just shaken up the old formula a bit, this really could have been something special, but sadly, it just ends up being pretty standard.
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Depp isn't as annoying in this as he has been elsewhere.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Packed with in-jokes, great characters and an offbeat anti-hero, Rango is the perfect shake-up the animated genre needed.
R. L. Shaffer - IGN DVD
At long last, a spaghetti Western for the kiddie set -- and one that doesn't sell older viewers short.
Jason Buchanan - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Oddball existential western animation.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
An animated walk on the dry side
S. James Wegg - JWR
Unfocused and absolutely scattered...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
... The best non-Pixar animated movie in recent memory ...
Greg Maki - Star-Democrat (Easton, MD)
Set in a surreally off-kilter version of the Wild West populated entirely by animals, computer-animated Western Rango is both a witty spoof and loving homage to the genre.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
Kudos to the director for making it as oddball as it could get away with.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
... this southwestern goof is really for really big kids with a love of movies, a sense of whimsy and a soft spot for the hideously gorgeous creatures of the desert.
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
It's one of those movies that will reveal more and more to youngsters as they rewatch it in years to come... and that's the best kind of film.
Matt Neal - The Standard
For good or for bad, this is not your run-of-the-mill animated feature.
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Rango is Disney by way of Hunter S. Thompson, Chinatown recast with a lizard, Blazing Saddles with existential angst, Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns romanticallyspoofed. Rango is both weird and wonderful.
Brandon Fibbs - BrandonFibbs.com
Inevitably, as seems to be the law with any modern animation, there's an intertextual dimension to the proceedings.
Ed Whitfield - The Ooh Tray
This chameleon stands out.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Part celebration of the spaghetti western with a stunning resolutely 2:D visual style, is geared primarily for adults and is quirky in all the right ways.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Rango is as gloriously cinematic as it is witty and ironic.
Dan Gear - Moviedex
OK, kids, who's ready for an animated version of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas"?
Glenn Lovell - CinemaDope
Sergio Leone meets Chuck Jones
Robert Denerstein - Movie Habit
A third act cameo sets a high water mark of awesome, especially for fans of Deadwood.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
If ever there was an animated film made for film critics, Rango is it.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Daily Film Fix
The kind of computer animation that lingers so exquisitely on the little things. The romance is sweetly underplayed and Coen-like moments of hyper-erudition and eccentric, grizzled characters make for a rollicking escapade.
Brian Gibson - Vue Weekly (Edmonton, Canada)
A smart, satirical, and expertly animated adventure aimed at adults and children alike.
Mark Sells - The Reel Deal
...reminds one of how special animation can be.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
Brilliantly bonkers, this animated Western weirdo should scare little kids while dazzling adults with its inspired approach to demented homage.
Zach Gibson - Empire Magazine Australasia
Inventive visuals and lively voice cast lift this finely animated film above the fray. So it's a shame that the story feels both random and predictable.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Any serious, dark-minded child who's up on High Noon, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Chinatown, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and the writings of Carlos Castaneda will really find their precociousness rewarded.
Dave White - Movies.com
'Rango' is one of the best works of literature I've enjoyed for many years. 'Rango' is one of the best family films I've seen in years. 'Rango' is one of the best Westerns I've ever seen.
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
Going in, I was expecting much more standard children's fare, not an existential undertaking with shout-outs to everything from Chinatown to Don Quixote.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
Just when you thought you'd seen everything, here comes Chinatown, the animated version.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Una pelicula sumamente entretenida, y especialmente disfrutable por un publico adulto y cinefilo, que es todo un homenaje al universo del spaghetti western que inmortalizaran Sergio Leone (director), Clint Eastwood (actor) y Ennio Morricone (compositor).
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
It would be unfair, and inaccurate, to call Rango a one-joke movie. There may be two or three; I didn't count. The first laugh comes with the appearance of a...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
Rango is a precision-built, artistically rich and intelligently entertaining movie that deserves to become a hit and a classic.
Tim Martain - The Mercury
"Rango" has everything going for it -- strong characters, complex plotting, and a knowledge of the genre it parodies without excluding newcomers to it. It's smart without being alienating and exciting without being mindless.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Channeling spaghetti westerns, Cervantes, Castaneda, and a dash of CHINATOWN as refracted through the visual sensibilities of Dali, it is a fiendishly clever concretion of high- and low-brow in a story that is both vision quest and farce
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Quick-witted animated Western spoof gets plenty mileage out of good writing, a grand sense of fun, and the voice of Johnny Depp.
Kelly Vance - East Bay Express
Rango a dynamic tribute to a lost genre.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
Sergio Leone meets 'The Shakiest Gun in the West' in this odd movie about a chameleon who -- credit the filmmakers for their cleverness -- doesn't blend in.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
A welcome change from formula as it travels on tangents that vary from the crazed to the surreal
Garth Franklin - Dark Horizons
There is never a doubt Rango will succeed by film's end, but the movie does have its charms.
John Esther - UR Chicago Magazine
Boasts a richer, stranger cinematic flavor than anything in Verbinski's Pirates of the Caribbean movies
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Already the best animated movie of 2011, Rango is a must-watch for anybody with a brain, a heart or a functioning pair of eyes.
Charlie Lyne - Ultra Culture
It is not a coincidence that the mayor (Ned Beatty) sounds like the evil John Huston character from Chinatown as the film makes an obvious nod toward that film classic.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
what it loses in coherence and dexterity it gains in pure sensationalism, whether it be visual, verbal, or narrative
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
Roger Deakins (True Grit) may have just lost the Academy Award for a criminal ninth time, but his talent as a cinematographer is one of the secret weapons in the first CG movie from live-action director Gore Verbinski.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
Existential, inventive and irreverent
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
What a joy to see an original vision constructed with so much passion and smarts.
Eugene Novikov - eFilmCritic.com
If the art of the mashup is what passes for originality these days, then Rango is a creative tour de force.
Cindy White - IGN Movies
The first film of 2011 that I can recommend without reservations.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"Rango" is proof that not all new animated films need to go the gimmicky way of 3-D.
Michael A. Smith - Nolan's Pop Culture Review
The stunning overall look -- which tips its ten-gallon hat at western classicists like John Ford and Sergio Leone while winking slyly at Salvador Dali -- qualifies as a work of art in its own right.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
The film unspools as an admittedly bizarre blending of an animated adventure film for kids and a meta-comedy about a character who must morph from being a fictitious hero to being a real one.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
Not often does one see an animated family film where someone talks about experiencing a "paradigm shift" or says, "I think your metaphor broke my spleen."
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
Very funny, packed with solid action, animated with a remarkable degree of care and creativity, and delivered with a breathless sense of energy.
There's absolutely no arguing that it comes from the same mentality of test-marketing and formula and commercial calculation as most American animation does right now.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Even if the story about a dust bowl town's diminished water supply isn't quite thrilling enough, the film makes up for it with wacked-out dream sequences and a general oddball tone
Andrew Hedley - Flicks.co.nz
In the end, Rango, despite its many pleasures, is a bit too smart for its own good.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
It's very, very interesting but it's sort of like you've got to have that magic combination: you've got to have looks and heart.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
With its many allusions to other films like Chinatown, The Three Amigos and any number of spaghetti Westerns, Rango seems to have pulled off the Pixar trick of entertaining both young and old.
Beth Wilson - Trespass
Rango is an impressive and wonderfully strange film.
Thomas Caldwell - Cinema Autopsy
There are some great sight gags and the script has some good lines, but there aren't enough of them - and the plot is rather slight and predictable.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
The Western isn't dead. It's just become more animated... literally.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Fantastical tale of the reptile that conquered the Wild West.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
Rango is like Chinatown meets A Fistful of Dollars meets a Geico commercial. And it's totally awesome.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
This one is for Johnny Depp devotees only. The animation is good but the overall effect of the movie is dull.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
It doesn't know what kind of a film it is.
Paul Verhoeven - The Vine
Closer to a comedy for adults than a kids' flick, this ground-breaking and simply unmissable animation bursts with creativity, humour and clever references.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
Minutes into the audaciously animated Rango, I wondered whether someone had slipped peyote into my soft drink... This movie is obviously not right in the head, and I love it.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
Presented in glorious bug-eyed 2-D, Paramount's animated western fantasia "Rango" arrives, and the Old West gets "Pirates of the Caribbean''-ized.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
See Gnomeo & Juliet instead.
- Daily Express
Gore Verbinski's sophisticated, extremely amusing CGI animated movie, a cartoon for adults as opposed to an adult cartoon...
Visualmente espetacular (...), e repleto de momentos que surgem poeticos de tao evocativos.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
I just don't know if we'll see a film as smart or fun or overwhelmingly rich as Rango for the rest of the year.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
A film so committed (and respectful) to the western flubs by basing itself on another style.
Matthew Sorrento - Film Threat
While the pace of the film is slow, the colorful characters, witty dialog, movie references and beautiful artwork make this a pony ride worth taking.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
The movie basically adheres to the conventions of the genre as well as the Western spoofs made popular by comedians such as Bob Hope, Abbott and Costello, and Mel Brooks in "Blazing Saddles."
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Who else but Johnny Depp would Gore Verbinski want to voice the character of Rango, given how they worked together to create Jack Sparrow, a Pirate in the Caribbean ... Rango, let's face it, is another colourful character.
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
There's a lot to like about Rango, the colourful, kooky chameleon looking for enlightenment in this unique and imaginative animation that takes the form of a Western, and embraces a zoo of weird and wonderful characters
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Hypnotic. I'd be shocked if there is a better animated film in 2011.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
This is a smart, hip comedy that works for adults and youngsters alike.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
These strange looking characters are hard to love. They didn't generate the excitement and enthusiasm that I was hoping for.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
The film reunites director Gore Verbinski with star Johnny Depp, and just as with their Pirates of the Caribbean collaboration it begins very promisingly before descending into a chaotic mess.
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
There's more visual wit in Gore Verbinski's Rango than the last two Pixar films combined.
Adam Nayman - eye WEEKLY
There are a couple of frightening sequences with a rattlesnake and a hawk that may scare small children, but all ends well. Rango will rope you in.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
Kids don't always need primary colors and fluffy bunnies and 3-D effects. Sometimes a scrawny, ugly chameleon in the dirty Old West will do.
Josh Jackson - Paste Magazine
A work that in its finest moments comes across as a Coen Brothers film with anthropomorphic animals instead of flesh-and-blood humans.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
- National Post
He is "sinking deeper into the guacamole of his own deception," says the owl who leads a Mexican mariachi band that serves as the story's Greek chorus - a description that shows you just how willfully weird are the goings-on.
Matt Soergel - Florida Times-Union
The humor is dry, dusty and packed with animated caricatures of legendary movie characters.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
The best animated film I've seen since Coraline (and yes, that includes the Pixar films).
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Guns and deep thoughts make this best for older kids.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
beautiful yet hollow, the first real missed opportunity of 2011.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
Some good bits about the nature of heroism, but not enough to elevate Rango to the ranks of Pixar. Still, when viewed as a silly comedy-adventure, it's enjoyable.
Russ Breimeier - Christianity Today
A defiantly weird and unexpectedly charming effort that could easily feel at home at both matinees and on the midnight movie circuit.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
A delightfully strange, if somewhat inconsistent, animated western.
Thomas Leupp - Hollywood.com
No tightly-plotted Pixar masterpiece, Rango is its own insane expression, a nervy bundle of outrageous daring, jangled and tangled to a free-wheeling fare-thee-well. Green hasn't been this much fun since early Shrek.
Kimberly Gadette - Indie Movies Online
Parents will be nudging aside their children to check out the thoroughly mature western known as Rango
Christian Toto - What Would Toto Watch?
I suspect the young'uns will...take a shine to the hero of Rango: a chameleon that's part Kermit the Frog, part street-corner kook (and all Johnny Depp, who supplies the often hilarious voice).
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Whether your a fan of film, a fan of animation or just a fan of having fun in the theater Rango is a delight across the board.
Matthew Razak - Flixist.com
A damn fine western, an entertaining throwback to classic B-pictures that pays clever tribute to its predecessors.
Robert Levin - Film School Rejects
Rango's not just a kiddie-flick (though it has enough silly slapstick to qualify as a pretty good one). It's a real movie lover's movie, conceived as a Blazing Saddles-like comic commentary on genre that's as back-lot savvy as it is light in the saddle.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Anytime you have a rattlesnake attached to a machine gun and voiced by Bill Nighy, you can sign me up. Cleverly written, not for kids and not in 3D. Go see it. Now.
Kevin McCarthy - BDK Reviews
The only thing more astonishing than its subversive sense of humor and general anarchy is the fact that a studio is putting it in wide release.
Eric D. Snider - Cinematical
Admirably ambitious animated ode to Spaghetti Westerns featuring a Johnny Depp-voiced lizard as the unlikely hero.
Joe Lozito - Big Picture Big Sound
It is only the first week of March and we are still getting over last year's award season. But the race for 2011's Best Animated Feature may have just begun. And may have just ended.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
...whole-heartedly casts its lot with the grown-ups in the audience, paying homage to Sergio Leone, Carlos Castaneda, Hunter S. Thompson, and Roman Polanski's Chinatown. ...So, let's dispel the illusion that this movie is for kids.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
This is one of those movies where the grandiose vision is there, but it never gels.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
It's almost like Sergio Leone was adapting a Kenneth Grahame story.
Widgett Walls - Needcoffee.com
Rango is clever and entertaining. Not for the very young perhaps, but ideal for teens and adults.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
With all of these crazy characters running around and Hans Zimmer's perfect Spaghetti Western score, "Rango" is a treat for everyone who enjoys animation.
Jeanne Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
...viewers will eventually find themselves growing tired of the movie's meandering structure and unusually deliberate pace...
David Nusair - About.com
"Rango" is a delight from start to finish, both visually and in its creative writing.
David Kaplan - Kaplan vs. Kaplan
As animation, this is top class, and a mile away from the orthodox. Some of the detail is terrific, and the screenplay is sharply intelligent.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
Adults and slightly older children should have a great time.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
The strangeness is off the scale in a kooky concoction that might have been hatched at the bottom of a bong. Then again, what do you expect with Johnny involved?
Neil Smith - Total Film
The funny and powerfully weird Rango is probably the closest I've seen a big-budget, computer-animated feature get to the comic vibe of my favorite Chuck Jones cartoons.
M.E. Russell - Oregonian
Nothing about this witty, inventive film obeys the rules.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
All in all, Rango is a freaky and fun ride, with some tasty philosophical asides and references for the grownups to chew on.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
What it borrows and what it builds combine to feel original and strange.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
The best of Rango is a lot like the best of the first Pirates movie -- crazily funny and rambunctious.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
Without double-crossing the kiddie contingent, "Rango" is iconic like a spaghetti Western, smart like a '70s conspiracy thriller and lively like a Coen brothers comedy.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Rango might be the first animated feature film from Industrial Light & Magic, but in many ways it's easy to forget you are watching an actual cartoon.
Adam Tobias - Watertown Daily Times
It's a one-of-a-kind film that could have faltered in numerous places and yet somehow hangs together and works. Best of all? It's not in 3D.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Amusing and thrilling albeit slightly overlong with dazzling visuals and clever nods to classic Westerns.
Avi Offer - NYC Movie Guru
Frantically and refreshingly fun.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
It's all technically brilliant, but maybe lacking a little in charm and true wit.
David Aldridge - Radio Times
One of my favorites of this young year and among the most unique features I've seen from an American animation house in recent memory.
Ethan Alter - NYC Film Critic
The movie is astonishing as a technical feat alone, proving you don't need 3-D to make CG pop.
Luke Y. Thompson - E! Online
Wry, genial, and not at all interested in jumping on the bandwagon of flash-in-the-pan pop-cultural hipness, "Rango" holds an eclectic eye for finding beauty in the unusual.
From start to finish this is a wonderful and immensely creative animated film about a loser who arises to the challenges faced in a town without water.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
There are hundreds of clever details and imaginative flourishes to make it worthy of being put into the same category as the films to which it so charmingly pays tribute.
Nell Minow - Beliefnet
It is Depp, however, who really nails this thing by simply blending in with all the other voice talent and characters and not reverting to the oversized Captain Jack Sparrow swagger.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Gore Verbinski has created a truly left field, oddball, hilarious film that again, like Toy Story 3, proves animation is today's most exciting cinema form.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
A possible cult hit, it's too self-indulgent to find a mass audience.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Verbinski has made an animated feature unlike any other on the current mainstream landscape: For a big-budget animated picture, Rango sure is an odd little varmint.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
For a movie about finding one's identity, Rango spends an awful lot of time searching for one of its own.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
It's Verbinski's trust in the audience to get his jokes and pop-culture references that makes "Rango" such an engaging ride.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The film features some of the most astounding computer animation ever, and, thanks to a slew of terrific voice actors who are obviously having a great time, the film is wildly, weirdly amusing.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
What makes this unhinged, wildly self-conscious comedy-adventure more than a two-hour gimmick is an inspired vocal performance by Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean" star, Johnny Depp.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
Verbinski's scored an offbeat oddity, a classic Western with surreal elements and references to films from "Chinatown" to "Star Wars"...If only he'd known when enough is enough...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
It doesn't always work, but it does set itself resolutely apart from the pack, and if you look closely, you can spot the occasional moment of genius.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Ignoring the weak storyline entirely, Rango is a joyously weird experience, far more concerned with texture and flavor than with elaborate narrative.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Consistently plays like an adult movie in uncomfortably fitting family-friendly clothes.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Rango is the revitalising injection of new blood that animated cinema didn't know it needed.
Adam Woodward - Little White Lies
Jason McKiernan - Filmcritic.com
It loosens the shackles of a post-Pixar/post-Blue Sky animation landscape, where family entertainment must either be an emotional roller coaster or mindless slapstick.
Jordan Hoffman - UGO
An animated picture that can bear comparison to Pixar's best...In attitude and style it's distinctive and witty, walking a fine line between respectful homage and spoof.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Doesn't build to anything substantial, instead dragging along interminably while its sense of humor succumbs to heat exhaustion...a gorgeous picture, but its soullessness wears down the viewing experience.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
A neon-colored, sun-baked fantasia that's part Western spoof and part surrealist jag through the desert with Johnny Depp as our theatrically unhinged, reptilian tour guide, Rango is anything but your standard kiddie animated flick.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
If you have kids, aged five to 10, they'll have a rollicking good time, but anyone over that age might marvel at the look of the film, but after about 20 minutes, will be bored.
Neil Rosen - NY1-TV
Well, visually Rango looks excellent. Then characters start talking.
Matt Pais - RedEye
It coasts on strangeness only so long before the novelty wears off.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
It's a droll and invigorating alternative to the Disney and Dreamworks models. At the same time, you wish that Verbinski had a tighter grip on his storyline.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Rango turns out to be a master of adaptability and good will in the end, in fact, an educating and entertaining little ambassador for all with an addictive personality.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
This digimated all-animal western borders on the inspired.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Toplined by Johnny Depp, who's in great form, Rango is a thematically witty, visually striking animated Western, a movie that could be enjoyed by younger and mature viewers in different ways.
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
There are some wonderful things in 'Rango': the dialogue is witty, the animation is dizzying and the action is stunningly choreographed.
Tom Huddleston - Time Out
Not many animated escapades aim to please such a broad audience. Even the poo jokes are sophisticated.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Visually inventive and enjoyably quirky...
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
While Depp turns his bug-eyed reptile into a charismatic character, the plot gets lost in a maze of tangents and the story has too many tasteless jokes -- like a prostate gag -- that are not kid-friendly.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
An animated homage to western movies-from classic to revisionist, old-fashioned to postmodern--Rango plumbs existential depths and hits movie-lover highs.
Frank Lovece - Film Journal International
[W]hat a [Coen Brothers'] animated flick might look like and sound like, if they got an assist from Terry Giliam: this is a deeply weird and deeply demented movie, and thrillingly so.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Visually, so stunning and clever that you can almost forgive that, really, it's not very funny. Incredibly artful - but its grasp of the art of comedy is unfortunately slight.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
The most satisfying non-Pixar animated movie to emerge in some time.
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
So weird I can't believe they got to make this movie.
Fred Topel - Screen Junkies
A terrific Saturday matinee for pretty much anyone.
Chris Bumbray - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Rango is the most beautiful animated film since the golden age of hand-drawn cartoons. Shame that the movie has no heart beneath all that beauty, though.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Rango feels unhinged at its best moments, like anything might happen, and it's liberating to see such talented people running so absolutely off the rails.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
[VIDEO] The folks at Pixar should be worried. In conjunction with Industrial Light and Magic, director Gore Verbinski has created a gorgeously animated western that doesn't need any stinking 3D effects to entertain or pump up its profit margin.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
state-of-the-art animation collides with postmodern pastiche on a busy road along which wayside legend will always count for more than supposed progress.
Anton Bitel - Film4
This reteaming of Depp with his Pirates of the Caribbean director Gore Verbinski looks like a lock to emerge as the first genuine blockbuster of 2011.
Pam Grady - Boxoffice Magazine
Western myths infuse with the story of a lizard facing an existential crisis. His name? Rango.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
It's ultimately a pastiche-by-numbers and doesn't live up to its full potential, but as a visual treat and one of Depp's better vehicles of recent years, it delivers the basic goods.
Shaun Munro - What Culture
Spoofs such kiddie favourites as Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, the mystical writings of Carlos Castaneda, and Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy.
Robbie Collin - News of the World