Finding Nemo2003

Critics score:
99 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press:As we now expect from Pixar, even the supporting fish in "Finding Nemo" are more developed as characters than any human in the Mission: Impossible movies.Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald:Parental anxiety may not be the kind of stuff children's films are usually made of, but this perfectly enchanting movie knows how to cater to its kiddie audience without condescending to them.Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper:Finding Nemo is terrific entertainment.Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune:You connect to these sea creatures as you rarely do with humans in big-screen adventures. The result: a true sunken treasure.Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times:Erupts with sea creatures that showcase Stanton and company's gift for character and peerless eye for skewering contemporary culture.Read more

Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel:Lives up to the proud, relatively new tradition of Monsters, Inc., A Bug's Life and the Toy Story films.Read more

Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer:As eye-popping as Nemo's peepers and as eccentric as this little fish with asymmetrical fins.Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times:Enchanting; written with an effortless blend of sweetness and silliness, and animated with such rainbow-hued beauty, you may find yourself wanting to freeze-frame it.Read more

Stephen Holden, New York Times:Visual imagination and sophisticated wit raise Finding Nemo to a level just below the peaks of Pixar's Toy Story movies and Monsters, Inc..Read more

Peter Rainer, New York Magazine/Vulture:Finding Nemo is distributed by Disney, and it has what the most heartfelt Disney animated features used to have: rapturous imagery matched with real wit.Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post:A dazzling, computer-animated fish tale with a funny, touching script and wonderful voice performances that make it an unqualified treat for all ages.Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal:While Mr. Brooks is very funny, Ms. DeGeneres gives a bravura comic performance, as well as a touching one.Read more

Eleanor Ringel Gillespie, Atlanta Journal-Constitution:It's full of bright visuals, inventive animation and enough cute characters to fill, well, an ocean.Read more

Keith Phipps, AV Club:Like Pixar's previous films, Finding Nemo mines humor from the oddities of an unknown world but stays grounded in a familiar one, finding recognizable elements of heartbreak and happiness amid the ink-jetting octopi and irritable flounders.Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe:Finding Nemo isn't quite up there with the company's finest work -- there's finally a sense of formula setting in -- but it's hands down the best family film since Monsters, Inc.Read more

Amy Nicholson, Boxoffice Magazine:When the blunt head of Bruce the shark slams into the screen like a hammer, everyone -- adults included -- gaspsRead more

Ted Shen, Chicago Reader:[An] aquatic joyride.Read more

Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle:Lives up to Pixar's high standards for wildly creative visuals, clever comedy, solid characters and an involving story.Read more

Paul Clinton (, water and you have an instant Disney/Pixar classic.Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post:An exquisitely touching saga about a father tracking down his lost son.Read more

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly:In this seamless blending of technical brilliance and storytelling verve, the Pixar team has made something as marvelously soulful and innately, fluidly American as jazz.Read more

Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News:Delivers with a colorful, lush and witty world under the sea.Read more

Hazel-Dawn Dumpert, L.A. Weekly:As gorgeous a film as Disney's ever put out, with astonishing qualities of light, movement, surface and color at the service of the best professional imaginations money can buy.Read more

Gene Seymour, Newsday:The underwater backdrops take your breath away. No, really. They're so lifelike, you almost feel like holding your breath while watching.Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek:A visual marvel, every frame packed to the gills with clever details, Finding Nemo is the best big-studio release so far this year.Read more

Anthony Lane, New Yorker:The latest flood of wizardry from Pixar, whose productions, from Toy Story onward, have lent an indispensable vigor and wit to the sagging art of mainstream animation.Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger:A genuinely funny and touching film that, in less than a decade, has established itself as a timeless classic.Read more

Bob Campbell, Newark Star-Ledger:Constantly delights and refreshes the eye -- it's a summer vacation in itself.Read more

Jami Bernard, New York Daily News:An enchanting animated feature.Read more

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News:A timeless delight.Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews:A treasure trove of visual splendor.Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times:One of those rare movies where I wanted to sit in the front row and let the images wash out to the edges of my field of vision.Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Nemo works terribly hard for every scrap of charm or humor it imparts.Read more

David Germain, Associated Press:Finding Nemo is laced with smart humor and clever gags, and buoyed by another cheery story of mismatched buddies: a pair of fish voiced by Albert Brooks and Ellen DeGeneres.Read more

C.W. Nevius, San Francisco Chronicle:The visuals pop, the fish emote and the ocean comes alive. That's in the first two minutes. After that, they do some really cool stuff.Read more

David Edelstein, Slate:It turns out that Pixar does fish like nobody does fish.Read more

Jeff Strickler, Minneapolis Star Tribune:Proves that even when Pixar is not at the top of its game, it still produces better animation than some of its competitors on their best days.Read more

Ray Conlogue, Globe and Mail:A superb animated film.Read more

Daphne Gordon, Toronto Star:One of the strongest releases from Disney in years, thanks to the work of Andrew Stanton, possibly one of the most successful directors you've never heard of.Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine:Nemo, with its ravishing underwater fantasia, manages to trump the design glamour of earlier Pixar films.Read more

Time Out:I was swept up in its dazzling stream of rainbow corals, amused by the stoner turtles going with the flow, sharks battling their own regressive instincts and DeGeneres' scatterbrained Dory.Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today:Treats family audiences to a sweet, resonant story and breathtaking visuals.Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety:Very clever and imaginative indeed.Read more

Ed Park, Village Voice:It's an ocean of eye candy that tastes fresh even in this ADD-addled era of SpongeBob SquarePants.Read more

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post:Finding Nemo will engross kids with its absorbing story, brightly drawn characters and lively action, and grown-ups will be equally entertained by the film's subtle humor and the sophistication of its visuals.Read more

Michael O'Sullivan, Washington Post:A captivating and richly resonant aquatic fable, with characters whose gills and fins belie their deliciously human (that is, flawed) personalities.Read more