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Whatever slim charms there were in the nostalgic, musically cute and slapstick-friendly first film of chipmunk mania are squished right out of The Squeakquel like so much rodent roadkill.
New York Times:
The earlier Alvin movie made more than $217 million just in the United States. It's hard to imagine this somewhat confused sequel doing as well.
Blending CGI and live action, this "squeakquel" to the witless 2007 kids' film proves just how dangerous such technology is when placed in the wrong hands.
Betty Thomas delivers pretty much the bare minimum: peppy, brightly colored, tune-filled nonsense sure to meet the low, low standards of its pre-kindergarten core audience.
Whatever limited charms the first version had -- mostly David Cross' portrayal of Ian, the greedy manager who exploits the furry creatures -- have since soured.
Will kids eat up this cutely fractious claptrap? Of course they will. They'll eat up whatever you put in front of them. But that doesn't make The Squeakquel good for them.
Eric D. Snider,
Being aimed at children isn't a valid excuse for a movie to be simple-minded and illogical. You know that, right?
Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel offers exactly two big laughs for its kiddo target audience -- one involves passing gas, the other a shot to the crotch.
New York Daily News:
The slapstick required of everyone, animals or not, will exhaust even parents who remember the Chipmunks' original hits.
New York Post:
It's far from the most unpleasant kiddie flick I've sat through this year, although I would be misleading you if I promised you lots of laughs.
The whole thing is rather insipid. But Thomas makes it smoother and more palatable than it deserves to be.
Globe and Mail:
Every time an adult ended up in traction or broke wind, the three-year-olds in the audience were freshly ecstatic.
It's one that will keep little moviegoers happy without driving their parents too squirrelly.
What we're offered is a succession of lifeless scenes punctuated by pratfalls that only a handful of kids in the audience found funny. Next.
It seems as if no professional actors were hired in the making of this motion picture.
A frenetic but undeniably funny follow-up that offers twice the number of singing-and-dancing rodents in another seamless blend of CGI and live-action elements.
It's not entirely Thomas's fault: What are you going to do with those fat-cheeked, helium-voiced singing critters but slap together enough "awwww" moments to make the toddlers happy and enough knowing winks to keep parental bums in the seats?
At one point, Cross's character takes a full-frontal hit in the groin from an errant toy motorcycle.