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Detroit Free Press:
Where the earlier Rugrats movies had a unique and quirky point of view, this one strictly follows formula.
Ebert & Roeper:
[T]his is harmless entertainment for very young children. Everyone else though, will be wriggling in their seats like 2-year-olds with wet diapers.
Even with Nickelodeon's cross-pollination efforts and the dazzling Oderama concept, the 12-year-old babies just aren't funny this time.
New York Times:
Even with the filmmakers winking references to movies as diverse as Tea and Sympathy and Duck Soup, there is little here to hold the attention of anyone older than 9.
The real question is not whether it's a great movie for adults -- you already know the answer to that one -- but whether it's bearable, and whether the kids will love it. It is, and they will.
Los Angeles Times:
Directors Norton Virgien's and John Eng's pacing is brisk, and voice director Charlie Adler elicits highly expressive performances, crucial in voicing animated characters, from his large cast.
Even the children in the audience will complain about the excessive potty humor by the movie's close.
Mildly amusing, but compared to Pixar's splashy fish story, the rudimentary drawings and childish gags of Nickelodeon's latest feature look, in a word, cartoonish.
Globe and Mail:
Perhaps too wildly ambitious in its goal to unite two powerful TV tribes to serve a common goal, but its unsentimental music (hip songs by Devo's Mark Mothersbaugh) and visual delights will capture the imagination of young and old.
Like a play date that gets so totally out of hand, you just throw up your hands and just wait for everyone to go home.
Not much more than a TV episode writ large -- and probably best strictly as a something-to-do stopgap before the Sinbad cartoon opens next month.
New York Daily News:
Though the energy occasionally flags, the movie does a nice job of exploiting the crossover potential.
The filmmakers apparently believe their audience suffers from ADD, and so they supply breakneck action and screaming sound volumes at all times.
The end product is surprisingly engaging, thanks at least in part to a pair of very stinky feet.
As matinee probations go, the movie's tainted by too many bad songs and too much of Bruce Willis.