“Ratatouille Is A Film That Bends The Mould Of Usual Animated Feature Films, Proving That Any Age Can Enjoy This Median.”
“Ratatouille Is ... Something Completely Unique”
“A MOVIE THAT MADE ME HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”
“#10: Sorry To Be Rude, But We're French.”
“A PERFECT FILM”
“Brad Bird Has Done It Again! ”
“Guess I Just Don't Like Movies About Cooking Rats...”
“A Homosexual Rat!”
“A.J The Film Critic Is Back!!!!!!!!!!!”
“Best Animated Film In A While.”
“Not My Favorite Pixar Movie”
“This Movie Is Awsome.”
“Another Great Pixar Flick.”
“Not One Of Pixar's Best.”
“An Absolute Gem. Brad Bird And Pixar Have Gone And Done It Again.”
“And The Oscar For Best Animated Film Goes To . . . Ratatouille. Look For Those Words In February.”
Ratatouille has the Pixar technical magic without, somehow, the full Pixar flavor. It's Brad Bird's genial dessert, not so much incredible as merely sweetly edible.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Displaying the usual meticulousness associated with the Pixar brand, Ratatouille is a nearly flawless piece of popular art.
A.O. Scott - New York Times
I loved Ratatouille. I was even tempted to drop the odd bit of popcorn, like tipping the waiter after a particularly good meal.
Xan Brooks - Guardian [UK]
Ratatouille is delicious fun sure to be savored by audiences of all ages for its sumptuous visuals, clever wit and irresistibly inspiring tale.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
Ratatouille doesn't center on the over-familiar surfaces of contemporary life. It harks back to Disney's older era, when cartoons seemed part of a more elegant world with less edgy characters.
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
The movie doesn't have to strain for liftoff the way Pixar's Cars did (that movie had a Volvo's boxiness). Ratatouille keeps inventing surprises.
Wesley Morris - Boston Globe
The Pixar magic continues with Brad Bird's Ratatouille, a gorgeous, wonderfully inventive computer-animated comedy.
Jack Mathews - New York Daily News
The characters are irresistible, the animation is astonishing and the film, a fantasy version of a foodie rhapsody, sustains a level of joyous invention that hasn't been seen in family entertainment since The Incredibles.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Pixar, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the animation world, retains the title with this winning tale.
Stephen Becker - Dallas Morning News
Writer and director Brad Bird keeps Ratatouille moving without resorting to the cute animal jokes or pop-culture wisecracking that ruined so many other recent animated films.
Michael Booth - Denver Post
Brad Bird wrote and directed Ratatouille and tops his previous work. Since his work includes The Iron Giant and The Incredibles, this puts him somewhere between Chuck Jones and Michelangelo.
David Edelstein - New York Magazine
In Ratatouille, the level of moment-by-moment craftsmanship is a wonder.
David Denby - New Yorker
A lot of animated movies have inspired sequels, notably Shrek, but Brad Bird's Ratatouille is the first one that made me positively desire one.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Ratatouille will make you wonder why animation needs to hide behind the mantle of 'it's for children, but grownups will like it, too.' This one's for Mom and Dad, and yep, the kids will like it, too.
Miriam Di Nunzio - Chicago Sun-Times
The film may be animated, and largely taken up with rats, but its pulse is gratifyingly human. And you have never seen a computer-animated feature with this sort of visual panache and detail.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Brad Bird's second collaboration with Pixar is more ambitious and meditative than his Oscar-winning The Incredibles.
Andrea Gronvall - Chicago Reader
With Ratatouille, Bird once again delivers not just a great, witty story, but dazzling visuals as well.
Steven Rea - Philadelphia Inquirer
It's not just the computer animation that is vibrantly three-dimensional. It's also the well-rounded characters... I defy you to name another animated film so overflowing with superfluous beauty.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
Ratatouille has the technical genius, emotional core and storytelling audacity to lift it into the ranks of [the best] Pixar films, the creme de la creme of modern animation.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Like the burbling soup that plays a key part in Ratatouille, the movie is a delectable blend of ingredients that tickles the palette and leaves you hungry for more.
Bill Muller - Arizona Republic
Ratatouille is a veritable feast for the eye and the ear. Don't miss it.
Andrew Sarris - New York Observer
The master chefs at Pixar have blended all the right ingredients -- abundant verbal and visual wit, genius slapstick timing, a soupcon of Gallic sophistication -- to produce a warm and irresistible concoction.
Justin Chang - Variety
Arguably the finest 'toon in the Pixar canon.
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
Has Pixar lost its magic recipe? Ratatouille is filled with fairly generic animated imagery, a few modest chases, a couple of good gags, not a lot of laughs.
Roger Moore - Orlando Sentinel
Had Bird gone the safe route, he would have robbed us of a great new cartoon figure in Remy, who like the rest of the film is rendered with animation that is at once fanciful and life-like. It's also my pick for Pixar's best.
Peter Howell - Toronto Star
Would it be redundant - or too premature - to call 'Ratatouille' the best film of the year?
Joe Baltake - Passionate Moviegoer
No sketchy backgrounds here -- Ratatouille's scenes feels like deep-focus camera shots. The textures, from the gleam of copper pans to the cobblestone streets, are almost palpable.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
This delicious tale of a rat who cooks is pure joy, a grand achievement -- one of the most beautiful animated pictures ever made.
Stephanie Zacharek - Salon.com
Ratatouille is Brad Bird's best movie yet, and from the writer-director who made two of the best American animated features of the past decade, The Incredibles and the sadly neglected Iron Giant, that's something.
Dana Stevens - Slate
For parents looking to spend time in a theater with their kids or adults who want something lighter and less testosterone-oriented than the usual summer fare, Ratatouille offers a savory main course.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
Brad Bird and Pixar Animation Studios are proving to be an unbeatable combination.
Kirk Honeycutt - Hollywood Reporter
Ratatouille is free of the kind of gratuitous pop-culture references that plague so many movies of the genre; it tells a story, it's very much of our world but it never goes for the cheap, easy gag.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
From the moment Remy enters, crashing, to the final happy fadeout, Ratatouille parades the brio and depth that set Pixar apart from and above other animation studios.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
What makes Ratatouille such a hilarious and heartfelt wonder is the way Bird contrives to let it sneak up on you. And get a load of that score from Michael Giacchino, a perfect compliment to a delicious meal.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
Brad Bird's Ratatouille is so audacious you have to fall in love with its unlikely hero.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
Up there with Finding Nemo and Monsters Inc. as one of Pixar's best creature features.
Ali Gray - TheShiznit.co.uk
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out
As classically as "Babe," "Ratatouille" turns animal-kingdom expectations on their ear for a unique, generous and gleeful gastronomic masterpiece that knows it's not much fun to look out, or cook, only for yourself.
Nick Rogers - Suite101.com
To borrow a line from the film, which includes an insightful look at the art of criticism: my compliments to the chef.
Brett Michel - Boston Phoenix
It's a melange of top notch production quality, great performances, amazing animation, and a universal story of friendship.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Fernando F. Croce - CinePassion
Ratatouille lacks the nutritional value of a truly satisfying meal. Only near the end does it serve up something meatier.
Steve Biodrowski - Cinefantastique
When is a rat a lark? When he's created by Brad Bird. Brad Bird, the animation maestro from Pixar, invents a spunky, gourmet rodent in the lively, spicy romp Ratatouille.
Tony Macklin - Fayetteville Free Weekly
Kids are gonna gobble Ratatouille up; adults will relish its wit, and everyone will want to go out to eat after.
Bob Mondello - NPR.org
A long run time (110 minutes) plus sly humor might make for restless kiddos. But take them anyway. Pixar is brain power.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
Ratatouille can expect to rake in the accolades.
Heather Huntington - ReelzChannel.com
Journey to the Center of the Broth
Thomas Peyser - Style Weekly (Richmond, VA)
Most of the discussions of food come off like an animated Frasier episode, which shouldn't have broad enough appeal.
Jeff Bayer - The Scorecard Review
Ratatouille is a delicious, delightful stew of a film, a classical fairy tale told with the language of 21st-century technology
Brandon Fibbs - Colorado Springs Gazette
One of the few Pixar films which, for me, seemed more geared toward just kids, as opposed to their usual balance of kid/adult themes.
JoBlo - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
One might have wished for a hero type more acceptable in terms of food preparation. Otherwise, delicious.
Jules Brenner - Cinema Signals
Ratatouille is a film made for snobs that may still repel them.
Joshua Rothkopf - Time Out New York
arguably the finest film in Pixar's distinguished canon
Marlow Stern - Manhattan Movie Magazine
Ratatouille is an instant classic.
Geoff Berkshire - Metromix.com
Complex in its simplicity. It can be summed up quickly by saying it's about a rat who helps a clumsy oaf achieve greatness in a French restaurant. But the rich themes that it covers in the process are universal and inspiring.
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Brad Bird is still on top of his game... if you think you can't make your dreams come true, try being a rat who wants to cook in a five-star restaurant.
Kevin A. Ranson - MovieCrypt.com
Not only funny, engaging and entertaining from beginning to end, but a picture which delivers an abundance of heartwarming messages.
Kam Williams - NewsBlaze
Dig into Pixar's delicious, well-crafted rat tale.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
The filmmakers at Pixar keep topping themselves with each new release.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Another yummy concoction from Pixar.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
This little gem puts you in the right mood.
Philip French - Observer [UK]
Sure, you may not love rats. You may hate them. But you really do have to love Pixar.
Stuart McGurk - thelondonpaper
Director Brad Bird has created a Pixar movie that's a joy to behold.
Sukhdev Sandhu - Daily Telegraph
A comedy that relates realistically to life, fashioned not with dozens of hilarious jokes but with due regard for proper storytelling.
Derek Malcolm - This is London
In terms of visual panache and confident story-telling, it's second to none.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
Combining vivid characters with a fresh story, this is one of Pixar's best films yet.
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Purveys huge charm, enough to make you fall in love with the rat species and enough, with its array of screen dishes, to make America forgive France, re-dub freedom fries as French fries, and fall sobbing on the country's cordon bleu shoulders.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Amazingly, Pixar just got better, raising the bar into the ether with Ratatouille.
Dean Essner - Daily Mirror [UK]
The animation lives up to Pixar's high standards, with the food looking mouth-wateringly realistic.
Dean Essner - Sun Online
Clever, certainly; ingenious, occasionally; enjoyable - hardly ever.
Anthony Quinn - Independent
Anton Ego, the restaurant critic of The Grim Eater, is one of the greatest performances of Peter O'Toole's career.
James Christopher - Times [UK]
A delicious delight from start to finish, with a terrific script, great performances, sumptuous animation and a non-stop barrage of wonderful gags, both verbal and visual.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
All the ingredients come together to make a richly rewarding main course, seasoned with wit and wisdom yet never half-baked.
Tim Evans - Sky Movies
Probably won't get the Oscar accolades of earlier, more inspired, idiosyncratic projects from the CGI masters. It's still good quality fare for the kids - although whether they really need the same old homilies again is debatable.
Daniel Etherington - Film4
The animation is superb, the vocal work flawless, the script witty, the central conflict between family ties and the pursuit of excellence subtly handled.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Occasionally inspired, but mostly trivial and pointless.
Matt Bochenski - Little White Lies
That feeling you have as you leave the cinema - that buzzing in the fingers and lightness in the heart - is called joy.
Ian Nathan - Empire Magazine
Novel in concept, exquisite in execution, another family feast from Pixar suitable for all palates. Not a studio chef d'oeuvre, perhaps, but still the richest of this year's animations. Don't miss the starter course, hilarious space short Lifted.
Matthew Leyland - Total Film
Simultaneously 2007's best adventure movie and its most moving coming-of-age story.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
It's always been Pixar's boast that it keeps its computers in their place -- at the service of the story -- and with Ratatouille, it has proved it yet again.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
Every delicious situation is finger-licking good as the shy, clumsy Linguini becomes Remy's puppet, the rat-puppeteer holding onto large tufts of the novice-chef's hair and tugging them decisively, manipulating his every move.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
Would that these culinary rats could have put a little spice into "No Reservations"! Ratatouille is an animated love letter to the art of fine cuisine, creating it, enjoying it, and even critiquing it. It's almost too mature in its devotion to its subject
Neil Cohen - Echo Magazine
An engaging enough premise, but does not really have a good story to tell. It pulls in too many directions.
Mark R. Leeper - rec.arts.movies.reviews
A sheer masterpiece. Sustains tension throughout between disgust and affection for the most repulsive of animals.
Louis Proyect - rec.arts.movies.reviews
I would have loved to have been present during the pitch meeting for "Ratatouille." "It's, um, a little bit 'Willard,' a little bit 'Like Water for Chocolate'"!...The greatest rat movie and the greatest food movie ever made.
Kyle Smith - KyleSmithOnline.com
With some terrific comedy and action sequences, an entertaining story, and engaging characters, the result is a sumptuous offering that both kids and adults alike will probably devour with hearty abandon
Jim Judy - Screen It!
... while Bird's great wit and impressively wide-ranging imagination are again on tap in Ratatouille, I found it hard to suspend my disbelief ...
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
One of these days, Pixar is going to release a stinker. But that day isn't today.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
"Ratatouille" may just be the most fully expressed animated family movie to come around since "101 Dalmatians" (1961).
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Part of the surprise of Ratatouille is the unexpected way in which it unfolds. Brad Bird's script has some of the expected dramatic turns but it also holds a number of surprises.
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
But how would the rat match up against Iron Chef Morimoto?
Stephen Himes - Flak Magazine
Un entretenimento de primer nivel, con extraordinaria animacion pero sobre todo con entranables personajes y una historia original, divertida y hasta raramente emotiva.
Enrique Buchichio - Uruguay Total
Ratatouille has imaginative animation, creative characters, but the use of a gray rat and his garbage-eating family is questionable.
Marie Asner - Phantom Tollbooth
Well I'm happy to report that it's not just very good, but Ratatouille is in fact great.
Vic Holtreman - ScreenRant
There are some ingredients that could have been left on the shelf, but overall, it's a treat for any taste.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
It's getting a bit anticlimactic to announce that Pixar Films has another animated winner in theaters.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Tiene la magia de las viejas peliculas clasicas de Disney con todo y su mensaje de luchar por los suenos y asi lograr lo imposible. Una verdadera delicia.
Jorge Avila Andrade - Moviola
In food-critic speak, Ratatouille is highly seasoned and layered with complex flavors and has considerable sweetness on the finish.
Susan Tavernetti - Palo Alto Weekly
A tantalizing smorgasbord that will delight the palettes of audiences of all ages with its simple moral tale about pushing beyond your social boundaries to achieve success.
Wesley Lovell - Oscar Guy
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
...delicious in every sense of the word.
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Representa nao apenas uma diversao imperdivel (suas sequencias de acao sao sensacionais e seu senso de humor e invejavel) como tambem pode dar origem a discussoes estimulantes sobre a natureza da Arte, do artista e do estudioso.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
A masterpiece that HAS to be the front-runner for this year's animated Oscar. It's actually the rare 'toon that even deserves consideration for Best Picture.
Pete Hammond - Maxim
I think Brad Bird is working on another level than most animated writer/directors.
Richard Roeper - Ebert & Roeper
Ratatouille is a welcome, delicate return to the Pixar gold standard, and, as I noted to myself, "wowzers and lovely."
Karina Montgomery - rec.arts.movies.reviews
Though it took a while, 'Ratatouille' won me over with its superior visuals and sophisticated direction.
John P. McCarthy - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Pixar/Disney's latest animated movie Ratatouille could be a trap, as it ensnares viewers from start to finish with its adorable animation, non-stop humor and lovable characters.
Diana Saenger - ReviewExpress.com
Ratatouille is fast-moving and fun and makes me wish I gave more thought to my meals. But if I laughed out loud, it wasn't more than once and the most emotional moment came from Anton Ego, the snobby British critic.
Gina Carbone - Seacoast Newspapers (NH/Maine)
A love letter to Paris, a valentine to the fine art of cooking, and a gift to summer moviegoers.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
Brad Bird is officially my favorite animation director. Another masterpiece.
Bob Grimm - Reno News and Review
In a sense, Ratatouille is a story about fulfilling one's dreams, about going beyond preconceived boundaries and following your heart.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Rarely do Pixar films fall short of excellence, and Ratatouille is no exception.
Forrest Hartman - Reno Gazette-Journal
Brilliant in every conceivable way.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
Ratatouille is stunningly animated, cleverly scripted, and genuinely humorous. Bird and Pixar have another winner on their hands.
Pete Vonder Haar - Film Threat
Constantly pushing beyond its narrative and visual capacities, Ratatouille ends up one frighteningly effortless entertainment.
Bill Gibron - PopMatters
In an already stellar year for animation, Ratatouille - dare I say it? - takes the cake.
Rob Humanick - Stranger Song
My compliments to the chef Brad Bird. This writer/director has one of the best young filmographies in the world.
Nathaniel Rogers - Film Experience
The scene in which Ego samples Remy's ratatouille is the single best moment in the film and it rivals the moment when the Grinch's heart grows...
Beth Accomando - KPBS.org
Ratatouille represents another step forward for Pixar - not just on a technical level, but on an artistic one as well. Every location and character is vividly conceived and realized.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
While others in the computer-animation field are obsessed with making backgrounds appear real, Pixar knows it is more vital to make the characters real.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Not only is it as light and airy as a souffle, it's also as complex as the precise physics and flavorings that makes it a miracle
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The original writer and director of Ratatouille, Jan Pinkava, was replaced in midproduction and, for all the exquisite detail, the movie is missing a dash of heart.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Ratatouille is a delight -- with explosions of delicious humor and a gorgeous look that will have you rethinking what animation can accomplish.
Robert W. Butler - Kansas City Star
If you like food, rats, animation or a good laugh, Ratatouille is just what the doctor ordered.
Jean Lowerison - San Diego Metropolitan
Once again, Pixar has crafted a quality story to go with its dazzling visualizations.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
Like other Pixar films, Ratatouille makes your eyes tear with laughter and emotion. But, from the opening sequence...this movie also makes your mouth water, and the headlong narrative zips you through the sensual atmosphere.
Michael Sragow - Baltimore Sun
Not quite the comedic animated masterpiece, rather a cute quaint film that drags a bit at the second act, but offers up an unexpectedly warm plate of climax in the wind up.
Ross Anthony - Hollywood Report Card
Linguini gives the best physical "performance" from a CGI character to date, virtually (so to speak) rivaling the likes of Steve Martin in All of Me and Vincent D'Onofrio in Men in Black.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
...ultimately one of the most uneven and least compelling efforts from Disney's Pixar Animation Studios to date...
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Ratatouille has its heart, and its head, in this effort to serve up something unique and satisfying.
Terry Lawson - Detroit Free Press
The script, which doesn't play cheap or obvious to children or adults, and the film's fluid animation and luxurious palette make Ratatouille one of this summer's high-water marks for viewers of any age.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
Ratatouille might be that rare G-rated film that adults enjoy even more than children. In other words, some scenes cater to folks who prefer truffles over goldfish crackers.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
There are moments of laugh aloud comedy sprinkled throughout and I had a smile firmly planted on my face from beginning to end...
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Bird's movies so far have been aimed at children, but the craftsmanship in them can leave an adult spellbound.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
A breathlessly scampering slapstick delight.
Bob Strauss - Los Angeles Daily News
Ratatouille is a Pixar tour de force.
Kit Bowen - Hollywood.com
Oh, but there is joy in this movie... It fills you up... with just the simple yet profound connection it's possible to make with another creature, even it that creature is merely a cartoon rat.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
By spitting out 30 minutes of unnecessary middle, Ratatouille could have come out of the oven a magnificent feast instead of a pedestrian meal for the masses.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Ratatouille never overwhelms, even though it's stocked with action, romance, historical content, family drama and serious statements about the creation of art.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Pixar has a habit of finding voice talent in unexpected places, and she's just part of the shrewd casting. Oswalt and Romano make an ideal team, assertive and nervous, while the almost unrecognizable Holm spits out disgust with glee.
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Delicious family entertainment.
Jonathan W. Hickman - Entertainment Insiders
This is an animated movie that's been made for adults, although kids probably will enjoy it, too.
Bruce Newman - San Jose Mercury News
A film as rich as a sauce bearnaise, as refreshing as a raspberry sorbet, and a lot less predictable than the damn food metaphors and adjectives all us critics will churn out to describe it. OK, one more and then I'll be done: it's yummy.
David Ansen - Newsweek
Ratatouille is touching and moving and very funny. Bon Appetit!
Coco Forsythe - Future Movies UK
Ratatouille is the most straightforward and formulaic picture to date from Pixar Animation Studios, but it is also among the most enchanting and touching.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
Will Pixar ever make a bad movie? Ever?
Dezhda Gaubert - E! Online
What a delicious concoction of French sophistication coupled with a dollop of slapstick humour and a sprinkling of visual marvel. Pixar's "Ratatouille" is the perfect recipe for an adult/child offering.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
An oasis in the middle of summer-movie mediocrity.
Jette Kernion - Cinematical
Brad Bird makes cartoons, yet I don't think there's a filmmaker anywhere with more respect for his audience.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Ratatouille is not merely the smartest, funniest, most joyous, most lovingly crafted film of the summer thus far, but it ranks among Pixar's finest.
Kevin Williamson - Jam! Movies
Ratatouille manages to simultaneously provide everything we love about Pixar movies while forging a new path.
Kevin Carr - Film School Rejects
Ranks up there with the best of Pixar's best, joining Nemo, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story (1 and 2) in the ranks of instant classics. It's a reminder of how good 'kids' entertainment can be.
Mary F. Pols - Contra Costa Times
"Ratatouille" is so fresh and fun and original and wonderful that the very least I could do is get through this review without any lame cooking metaphors.
Rob Thomas - Capital Times (Madison, WI)
Bewitching... Bird's movies don't have the same rush-rush rhythms or the lowbrow humor that have become the hallmark of too many animated films. Instead, he puts the emphasis on characters and cleverness...
James Sanford - Kalamazoo Gazette
The best way to put it about Pixar's triumphant new animated film Ratatouille is this: all is forgiven for Cars.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
A scrumptious and savory entree, delivered with wit and aplomb. It is the most delicious offering yet from those wizards at Pixar.
Pam Grady - Reel.com
It should be no surprise that the best American studio film of the year should come from the only American studio never to have made a bad film.
Shawn Levy - Oregonian
Dramatizing a very unexpected story of the gulf between adequacy and excellence may be the most difficult narrative trick of all.
Bryant Frazer - Bryant Frazer's Deep Focus
I'm really hoping this makes a ton of money and sparks a trend of mainstream animated features that rely more on plot and character than on by-the-numbers cartoonisms.
Dave White - Movies.com
There is so much to enjoy and celebrate here, Ratatouille deserves more than a review: it could (and probably will) inspire books about creativity and good taste.
Jeffrey Overstreet - Christianity Today
Little rats and big utensils is comedy gold.
Fred Topel - Can Magazine
Fresh family fun. Although there are those slightly noxious images of rodents scampering around a kitchen, the movie doesn't stoop to kid-pandering jokes based on back talk and bodily gases.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
A clever, ingeniously animated film filled with many shining moments.
Ken Fox - TV Guide's Movie Guide
At its core, Ratatouille is really the story of the artist and the creative impulse, of the artist's obligation to follow that impulse in the face of what friends, family, society may say.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
How good, and how much fun, is Ratatouille? So good that when it was over, all I wanted to do was watch it again.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Kids will giggle at Remy's antics, while the grown-ups will find in Ratatouille a feast of inventive animation with a generous portion of culinary inspiration.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Remy discovers he can control Linguini's movements using his hair like a puppeteer's strings...And while that last idea never really works and proves the film's imaginative failing, Ratatouille has other ideas that do...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
If a bit long for a cartoon feature -- probably a sign that its makers fell in love with it -- Ratatouille is the eighth and one of the best Pixar features.
David Elliott - San Diego Union-Tribune
Pixar's latest release is brilliantly animated, and a lot of fun. But it does not have a clear sense of who its audience is, and families with children who are looking for the next Finding Nemo may find themselves puzzled.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
Ratatouille is just the delicacy the customer ordered -- and one of the best films of the year.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
... hearty and tasty, created from fresh ingredients and cooked up with unexpected flavors and dashes of spice, and it leaves a satisfying and inspiring warmth when it's done.
Sean Axmaker - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
A boisterous ode to culinary delights, artistic inspiration, egalitarianism, camaraderie, family, and Paris.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
At first glance, this is Bird's lightest film; upon further reflection, it deepens into perhaps his most substantive.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
It's a character-driven story that lets the humor flow naturally from the story's details. Also, the handsome, colorful backgrounds here have a mind-blowing, photorealistic quality.
Jeff Vice - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
When Remy starts driving Linguini around like a puppet, it feels like something lifted from an episode of Pinky & the Brain.
Joshua Tyler - CinemaBlend.com
In sequence after sequence, we are presented with visual set pieces that far exceed the imaginativeness of most live-action dramatic fare.
Peter Rainer - Christian Science Monitor
There's a brilliant 75-minute film here, and truthfully, I could watch the cooking scenes with Remy all day. But Pixar being Pixar, simplicity just isn't in the cards.
Brian Orndorf - OhmyNews.com
A furry, pink-tailed, and utterly irresistible affirmation of mainstream animation at its best.
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Pixar's animation is simply flawless; colorful, deeply realized, and ably conveying both the chaos of the kitchen, and the sensual allure of food well prepared.
Marc Savlov - Austin Chronicle
There's enough to enjoy in the artistry and its final hope for new discoveries to applaud the outcome even if its just a polite applause until the flame goes out.
Erik Childress - eFilmCritic.com
So many computer-animated movies are brash, loud and popping with pop-culture comedy, but Ratatouille has the warm glow of a favorite book. The characters are more than the sum of their gigabyte-consuming parts -- they feel handcrafted.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
Animation shouldn't be just for kids -- animation should be used to tell good stories ... And, with its many strengths, Ratatouille is a great story, and a great movie.
Jeffrey Chen - Window to the Movies
Easily the best Pixar creation next to The Incredibles; arguably it's even better.
David Levine - Filmcritic.com
Almost as funny, joyful, and heartfelt as anything that Pixar's merry band of genius-nerds has ever done.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
The best animated movie in well over a year, and one of the most magical, enjoyable movie experiences you'll have at the theater this summer or any time else this year.
Brian Tallerico - UGO
Its pleasures are mostly small.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
The best comedy of the summer, animated or not, and perceptive parents may enjoy it even more than their offspring.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Beyond the stunning animation (they finally got hair right!), there's little to recommend besides the fact that it's a touch better than Shrek the Third.
Jason Ferguson - Orlando Weekly
The Ratatouille concept could be off-putting -- a rat who dreams of using his bubonic paws to cook for humans at a ritzy Parisian restaurant -- but it's so funny and lovable that the ick factor vanishes almost immediately.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Bird has taken the raw ingredients of an anthropomorphic-animal kiddie matinee and whipped them into a heady brew about nothing less than the principles of artistic creation.
Scott Foundas - L.A. Weekly
One of the most beautiful and complex digital films yet, layered with detail and atmosphere and dimensionally rich and fluid.
Duane Dudek - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Bird has a rare cinematic gift: the ability to stage slam-bang action sequences without neglecting the rich emotional resonance that makes for a great story.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
Peter O'Toole's performance as the critic Anton Ego is worthy of another Oscar nomination.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Takes the most vile, hated, disease-ridden vermin in the history of the world, then makes them cuddly and lovable. It's madness! Complete, ingenious madness!
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
A test for tiny tots, a mite nostalgic and as male-dominated as a modern kitchen it may be, but these are mere quibbles about this delightful addition to the Pixar pantheon.
Wally Hammond - Time Out
...Oswalt babbles away with the mania of a true obsessive. He's like Julia Child after too much wine.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
Even more fun to watch than it is to say.
Matt Pais - Metromix.com
Pixar's weakest film in almost a decade.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
Ratatouille is the best of the eight movies that Pixar has offered to date. It has color, glorious music, a fast pace, a clever and witty script, a credible villain or two, and the one thing everyone in the audience loves: lots of delicious food.
Harvey S. Karten - Compuserve
Don't be surprised if people start called Brad Bird the Spielberg of animation
Mike Sage - Peterborough This Week
Ratatouille's one of the few must see movies of the summer of 2007.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The wild, devoted praise afforded Bird's solid yet tepid films puzzles me. It's as though society is playing a joke that everyone but me and a few others are in on. I smell a Ratatouille.
Phil Villarreal - Arizona Daily Star
This is a summer animated film aimed at your 15-year-old youngster, not your toddler. [While] younger fans will enjoy the sight of these furry heroes in a man's world, they will easily lose track of the intricate story, smart dialogue and complex themes.
Steven Snyder - Zertinet Movies
An irresistible feast of comedy, imagination, intelligence and heart, Ratatouille will have audiences clamoring for seconds.
Kevin Lally - Film Journal International
Catch this rat!
Staci Layne Wilson - Buzzine Magazine
A visually astounding comedy that's missing the emotional significance and thematic complexity of the computer animation studio's best work.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Ratatouille's narrative shortcuts only serve to make room for the fun, of which there are generous servings.
Annlee Ellingson - Boxoffice Magazine
It's a variation of Cyrano De Bergerac with its own comic sensibility.
Mark Palermo - Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Easily the best Pixar film since A Bug's Life, Ratatouille is deliciously delightful, wonderfully sweet and drop-dead gorgeous.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
Captivating, inventive and souffle-light...family audiences will eat it up!
Susan Granger - www.susangranger.com
Remy, the rodent hero of Ratatouille, may not be as cute as Mickey Mouse, but he grows on you -- blue fur and all.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
If rival studios ever adopted Pixar's story process for their films, there would be no need for critics due to the exceptional quality of the movies being made.
Danny Minton - Beaumont Journal
To watch Ratatouille is to recognize we're living in another golden age of American animation.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Ratatouille is a major revelation. It is the first great American animation for adults first.
David Poland - Hot Button
Ratatouille is a delightful treat. As the French would say, C'est magnifique.
Gary Brown - Houston Community Newspapers
What pushes this movie over the top is how it combines cartoon fun with rich evocations of the beauty and romance of Paris, the value of family, and the wonders of food.
Brian Webster - Apollo Guide
Delectable! Ratatouille should be savored by every age of movie goer.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
A terrific movie -- and an early contender for the Academy Award. With Ratatouille, Disney and Pixar not only capture the culinary heart of Paris -- itself a feat -- but also the hearts of audiences through one adorable little rat.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)