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In animated 3D, THE NUT JOB is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure. (c) Open Road
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 11%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"The whole thing looks like a video game you'd rather not play."
‑ Wesley Morris, Grantland
"Only a multilevel chase sequence involving Surly and some glowing-eyed street rats has any real kinetic excitement, and the supporting characters lack visual distinction."
‑ Adam Nayman, Globe and Mail
"The Nut Job feels like an archly contrived excuse to justify the groaning pun of the title."
‑ Eddie Harrison, The List
"Weird as it may be with its dancing Korean pop star and all of its "nuts" wordplay, The Nut Job isn't a tough one to crack. Like most actual nuts, it's pretty bland."
‑ Neil Miller, Film School Rejects
"[P]icking and choosing the worthwhile moments out of this disorganized grab bag of tones, gags, and ideas feels like picking through a cheap assortment of mixed nuts, looking for the occasional pecan among peanuts."
‑ Tasha Robinson, The Dissolve
"The bottom line: Kids may be mildly amused by The Nut Job, but adults accompanying them won't find much to capture their interest."
‑ Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times
""The Nut Job" features muddy-colored and often ugly animation, a plot that feels too stretched out and loaded with details to hold the attention of most children, and more flatulence jokes than anyone deserves."
‑ Miriam Bale, New York Times
"Clichéd, contrived and needlessly convoluted, The Nut Job is a real chore."
‑ Steve Neish, HeyUGuys
"Hints of the opposing forces at work include a curious subplot about the need for the rule of law (take that, Kim Jong-Un!) nestling uncomfortably against the fart jokes."
‑ Sherilyn Connelly, SF Weekly
"Standard issue in-the-bleak-midwinter animated kiddie movie."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The Nut Job is a delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"When the story gets stale, the movie inserts a "nuts" pun or, worse, resorts to a gas or burp joke. It doesn't work the first time, nor the fifth."
‑ Scott Bowles, USA Today
"A tired assembly of the expected celebrity voices (Liam Neeson is a despotic raccoon) and already dated pop-culture references (the end credits feature an animated version of Psy leading the cast of animals in a dance-along to 'Gangnam Style')."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
"It has many of the genre staples in place, with talking animals and their zany fish-out-of-water antics, but little of the visual or storytelling flair that is needed to separate it from the pack."
‑ Todd Jorgenson, Cinemalogue.com
"Like many rodents, the plot runs in circles, covering over and over again the same ground...[Plus,] Psy, who parties like it's 2012."
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
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