Hey Arnold! The Movie
Hey Arnold! The Movie (2002)

Everyone's favorite football-headed city kid graduates from television to the big screen in this animated comedy-adventure based on the Nickelodeon TV series. Arnold (voice of Spencer Klein) and his good friend, Gerald (voice of Jamil… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 31, 2002
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Critic Score
29%
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36%



Critic Score: 29% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Bland, unoriginal, and lacking the wit of the TV series, Hey Arnold is a 30 min cartoon stretched beyond its running time.

Scott Foundas
Variety

Pic has lots of charm, and parents in attendance won't feel too bored or alienated by its goings-on, while kids will lap it up.

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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com

A dull and plodding cartoon with barely enough story for a half-hour episode of the TV series.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A god awful closer for such a great show.

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Ted Shen
Chicago Reader

The simplistic drawing is closer to Peanuts than The Lion King, and the dialogue is strangely anachronistic.

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Malcolm Ritter
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

It all unfolds just about as a grownup might expect, though at a leisurely pace that makes the movie's 72 minutes seem longer.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Not inspired. What did you expect?

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Time Out

The coloured pencil tones and quirky-looking characters are likeable, and the plot cuts the sentimentalism with sarky wit and minimum schmaltz.

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

A good laugh every half-hour or so is not enough for me to recommend this film to anyone who's not a fan of the TV show.

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Alan Morrison
Empire Magazine

Arnold has his place on the small screen, but here his attempts to save his neighbourhood from corporate takeover seem overextended.

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Flixster Audience Score: 36% Flixster User Reviews
Phil Hubbs
Like the 'Doug' animated movie this is purely for fans of the original cartoon. Totally for kids and no one else really, I can't see any adult… More
Frisby 2007
The TV show, one of the greatest shows Nickelodeon has ever created, & one of the greatest shows ever made that teaches morals without it even intending to.… More
Drew Smith
Blah.
Bryce Iwaschuk
Like most children cartoon movies (especially Nickelodeon films), the charm of the original series comes no where close, and that is the only difference.… More
Bradley Wright
Hey Arnold! The Movie is a fun movie for kids and fans of the show. I loved the show, and this almost was as good.
Jackson Walsh
Unoriginal script and pretty much the same as the TV show but the animation was a little lighter and crisper to make it feel like a theater movie. Yet you have… More