The Nut Job
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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: 10%

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"Pretty much everything in this South Korean co-production is slightly undercooked, lacking the same degree of sprightly wit or dramatic punch regularly found in A-list studio product."
‑ Trevor Johnston, Time Out
"The Nut Job is a delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart."
‑ Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture
"This week's talking-animal toon is bad enough to cause an allergic reaction in anyone above the age of five. Everyone else is advised to take along two peanuts, one for each ear."
‑ David Edwards, Daily Record [UK]
"A promising set-up and a decent voice cast aren't enough to elevate this child-friendly animated caper."
‑ Stephen Carty, Radio Times
"The mixture of old school crime caper and Looney Tunes-style slapstick lends it a pleasant retro feel for adults even if kids might find Surly a poor relation of the acorn-obsessed squirrel Scrat in the Ice Age series."
‑ Allan Hunter, Daily Express
"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
"Small, undemanding children might find this distracting; small, tree-hopping rodents may be mortally offended."
‑ Jonathan Romney, Observer [UK]
"Endless wordplay and dumb slapstick do not a rewarding animation make. Pun-ishing."
‑ Olly Richards, Empire Magazine
"DreamWorks' 2006 film Over the Hedge scampered through similar terrain with far slyer gags in its cheeks."
‑ Mike McCahill, Guardian
"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
"The good name of Canadian-South Korean animated co-productions has been sullied forever."
‑ Donald Clarke, Irish Times
"Makes as little of its furry leads as it does of its '50s setting."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"The scriptwriters don't exactly deliver an embarrassment of riches in the joke department ... Unless you're a sucker for rodent farts, in which case they come up trumps."
‑ Elliott Noble, Sky Movies
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