Excerpt: Peter Lepeniotis’ quick-paced story of banished squirrel Surly (voiced by Will Arnett) and quest to stock up on food for the winter via a nut store heist features Dreamworks-level animation, appealing character design, and memorable voice work. More important, it refuses to cheapen itself by relying on dumb jokes, even when the temptation to lean on nut puns is great.
Excerpt: Not every animated film has to be a Pixar or DreamWorks spectacle of perfection. Plus, with a name like “The Nut Job,” there’s plenty of opportunity for unintentionally funny lines of dialogue that only me and a ten-year-old boy would find hilarious.
Excerpt: The film isn’t really witty enough to make adults laugh, although it’s chock full of references to 40’s noir crime movies…and it’s a little plot heavy for little kids, although they’ll probably enjoy the adventure (and fart jokes?!).
Excerpt: While the film’s sheen feels clunky and sluggish, The Nut Job’s biggest concerns stem from a thin premise with disjointed laughs rooted in dismissive flatulent humor and cute but colorless critters.
Frank Swietek @ One Guys Opinion
Excerpt: Surly Squirrel…garners fewer laughs over the course of 86 minutes than Scrat, the rodent from ‘Ice Age,’ does in three or four.