Ratatouille 2007

Critics score:
96 / 100

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Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: Ratatouille is the most straightforward and formulaic picture to date from Pixar Animation Studios, but it is also among the most enchanting and touching. Read more

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: 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. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Brad Bird's Ratatouille is so audacious you have to fall in love with its unlikely hero. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: How good, and how much fun, is Ratatouille? So good that when it was over, all I wanted to do was watch it again. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Displaying the usual meticulousness associated with the Pixar brand, Ratatouille is a nearly flawless piece of popular art. Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: 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. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Arguably the finest 'toon in the Pixar canon. Read more

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader: Brad Bird's second collaboration with Pixar is more ambitious and meditative than his Oscar-winning The Incredibles. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: 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. Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: 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. Read more

Bill Muller, Arizona Republic: 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. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: 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. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: In sequence after sequence, we are presented with visual set pieces that far exceed the imaginativeness of most live-action dramatic fare. Read more

Michael Booth, Denver Post: 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. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: 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. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: 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. Read more

Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: Ratatouille has its heart, and its head, in this effort to serve up something unique and satisfying. Read more

Stephen Becker, Dallas Morning News: Pixar, the undisputed heavyweight champion of the animation world, retains the title with this winning tale. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: 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. Read more

Bruce Newman, San Jose Mercury News: This is an animated movie that's been made for adults, although kids probably will enjoy it, too. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: 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. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: 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. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: In Ratatouille, the level of moment-by-moment craftsmanship is a wonder. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: 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. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR: Kids are gonna gobble Ratatouille up; adults will relish its wit, and everyone will want to go out to eat after. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: The Pixar magic continues with Brad Bird's Ratatouille, a gorgeous, wonderfully inventive computer-animated comedy. Read more

Andrew Sarris, New York Observer: Ratatouille is a veritable feast for the eye and the ear. Don't miss it. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: With Ratatouille, Bird once again delivers not just a great, witty story, but dazzling visuals as well. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: 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. Read more

Roger Ebert, RogerEbert.com: 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. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: This delicious tale of a rat who cooks is pure joy, a grand achievement -- one of the most beautiful animated pictures ever made. Read more

Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle: Ratatouille never overwhelms, even though it's stocked with action, romance, historical content, family drama and serious statements about the creation of art. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: 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. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: 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. Read more

Miriam Di Nunzio, 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. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: 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. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: 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. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: 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. Read more

Wally Hammond, Time Out: 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. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Ratatouille is delicious fun sure to be savored by audiences of all ages for its sumptuous visuals, clever wit and irresistibly inspiring tale. Read more

Justin Chang, Variety: 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. Read more

Desson Thomson, Washington Post: 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. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: 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. Read more