WALL·E 2008

Critics score:
96 / 100

Reviews provided by RottenTomatoes

Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune: It's remarkable to see any film, in any genre, blend honest sentiment with genuine wit and a visual landscape unlike any other. Read more

Amy Nicholson, I.E. Weekly: A beautiful film that makes us proud of the species that created it, even as we root for the robot who inadvertently saves us from ourselves Read more

David Edelstein, New York Magazine/Vulture: The new Pixar picture Wall-E is one for the ages, a masterpiece to be savored before or after the end of the world -- assuming, like the title character, you're still around when all the humans have taken off and have access to an old video player. Read more

Joe Morgenstern, Wall Street Journal: I must drop my inhibitions about dropping the M word -- especially since I've already used magnificent -- and call WALL-E the masterpiece that it is. Read more

Christy Lemire, Associated Press: Andrew Stanton is resourceful enough to find infinite ways for them to express themselves - amusingly, achingly, and with emotional precision. He's also created, with the help of a team of animators, a visual marvel. Read more

Moira MacDonald, Seattle Times: This is Pixar's most audacious film yet, and some small children may become impatient with the film's long wordless stretches. But the storytelling is so meticulous and skilled, some may not even notice the absence of dialogue. Read more

Tasha Robinson, AV Club: It's Pixar's most daring experiment to date, but it still fits neatly into the studio's pantheon: Made with as much focus on heart as on visual quality, it's a sheer joy. Read more

Bill Goodykoontz, Arizona Republic: The animation is stunning; the landscapes of the futuristic Earth offer the Pixar folks ample opportunity to show off their wares. Read more

Ty Burr, Boston Globe: The best American film of the year to date. Read more

Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader: Finding Nemo director Andrew Stanton tops himself with this adorably loopy Pixar animation that sends up consumerism, musicals, Apple computers, and 2001: A Space Odyssey. Read more

Tom Charity, CNN.com: The most consistent production unit in Hollywood just hit another home run. Read more

Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor: WALL-E is yet another notch in Pixar's computer-animation belt, and it's one of the better entries, with greater emotional resonance than anything they've done since Finding Nemo. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: His intelligence may be artificial, but his heroism is anything but superficial. Read more

Tom Long, Detroit News: This is a film that stretches the expectations and reaches of animation at the same time it offers fantastic entertainment value to its audience. Read more

Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly: It whisks you to another world, then makes it every inch our own. Read more

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail: Mixing Chaplinesque delicacy with the architectural grandeur of a Stanley Kubrick film, director Andrew Stanton recycles film history and makes something fresh and accessible from it without pandering to a young audience. Read more

Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News: Dangerously close to the sublime, a film that will be dissected and enjoyed for years to come. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: Daring and traditional, groundbreaking and familiar, apocalyptic and sentimental, Wall-E gains strength from embracing contradictions that would destroy other films. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: WALL-E is Pixar's E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or its Pinocchio: an archetypal fable about loneliness simple enough -- yet deep enough -- to instantly captivate anyone who sees it. Read more

Rafer Guzman, Newsday: Like Charlie Chaplin's best silents -- a clear influence -- WALL-E is pure visual magic. As a bonus, it packs a wicked satirical punch. Read more

David Ansen, Newsweek: You'd have to be a machine for your heart not to melt. Read more

David Denby, New Yorker: WALL-E is a classic, but it will never appeal to people who are happy with art only when it has as little bite as possible. Read more

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: WALL-E is a surprisingly moving parable of what we waste, and what we should cherish -- and wrapped in a romance so absurdly moving it could wring a tear or two even from Gort and Robby the Robot. Or a parent and child. Read more

Bob Mondello, NPR.org: Pixar's robot romance is crazily inventive, deliriously engaging and emotionally true. Read more

Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News: This latest achievement from Disney's Pixar Studios rotates around a rusty little robotic hero who's built, as the movie is, with such emotion, brains and humor that whole universes exist in his whirring tones and binocular eyes. Read more

Lou Lumenick, New York Post: Some day, there will be college courses devoted to this movie. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: It is, undoubtedly, an earnest (though far from simplistic) ecological parable, but it is also a disarmingly sweet and simple love story, Chaplinesque in its emotional purity. Read more

Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel: The idea that an ancient Hollywood musical, with its love duets and foot-tapping dance numbers, would be the thing that awakens emotions in both humans and robots, is pure genius. Read more

Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer: The attention to detail -- always a Pixar hallmark -- is amazing, and Stanton and his crew incorporate surprising elements that mix vintage sci-fi with old musicals with a meta-cartoon rendering of the future. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Put simply, WALL-E is about as charming as movies get. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Pixar's WALLE succeeds at being three things at once: an enthralling animated film, a visual wonderment and a decent science-fiction story. Read more

Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com: The picture feels weirdly, and disappointingly, disjointed, something that starts out as poetry and ends as product. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: The power of WALL-E as a character, the poetic figure of the robot drawn to human splendor, remains powerful throughout -- and Pixar's loveliest creation. Read more

Dana Stevens, Slate: Wall-E is an improbable delight, a G-rated crowd-pleaser that seems poised to pack theaters as efficiently as the titular robot crams his chest cavity with rubble. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: Continuing a string of successes that pit Pixar films against only other Pixar films in terms of quality animation, WALLE makes the count nine masterpieces in a row. Read more

Joe Williams, St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Among its many wondrous achievements, the animated WALL-E is a sci-fi trifecta: a vision of the future, a tale for our times and a blast from the past. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: The greatest of all films by Pixar Animation, the little Disney studio with the Midas touch. Read more

Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine: It works; this is Pixar's most enthralling entertainment since Nemo. Read more

Dave Calhoun, Time Out: I wonder a little what kids will make of the long silence of the first half followed by the disorienting mania of the second, but there's nothing here that's not wonderfully imagined and lovingly presented. Read more

Christopher Orr, The New Republic: It is a story about love and loneliness, perseverance and triumph, the possibilities and pitfalls of human existence. That this story is told by way of the exploits of a tiny, faceless robot only makes it more extraordinary. Read more

Claudia Puig, USA Today: Who would guess that a movie with minimal dialogue and a love story between robots could emerge as one of the best films of the summer? And who would think a tale could be both post-apocalyptic and charming? Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: Pixar's ninth consecutive wonder of the animated world is a simple yet deeply imagined piece of speculative fiction...it has plenty to say, but does so in a light, insouciant manner that allows you to take the message or leave it on the table. Read more

Robert Wilonsky, Village Voice: A film that's both breathtakingly majestic and heartbreakingly intimate. Read more

John Anderson, Washington Post: A jewel of a film in conception, execution and message. Read more