The Rugrats Movie
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Based on the popular Nickelodeon TV series Rugrats, this is the first full-length feature animated movie to star the little tots. It's the story of diaper-clad kids, told from a baby's point- of-view, and they were one of the hottest-selling toy franchises of the late '90s. The film features a hilarious musical number in the hospital nursery, where newborns have the voices of major rock stars that include Jakob Dylan (Bob Dylan's son), Iggy Pop, Lou Rawls, Lisa Loeb, and Patti Smith, to name a few. The story escalates when self-proclaimed leader Tommy Pickles is thrust into an… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 59%

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"Makes little effort to reach beyond its target audience."
‑ Joe Leydon, Variety
"Although it works on two levels, one thing makes it work for any age: the sense of the id unloosed."
‑ Jeff Millar, Houston Chronicle
"Kids will love it, parents may not."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"A host of cooler-than-cool voices/cameos (Reed, Anderson, Curry and the B52s) and throwaway humour do keep the adults happy the whole time."
‑ , Film4
"Diaper-loads of fun."
‑ Chris Gore, Film Threat
"The dialogue reproduces infantile idiom even as it parodies the baby talk of adults, and a touching, didactic scene involving a baby blanket that's become the object of sibling rivalry may appeal to a broad age range."
‑ Lisa Alspector, Chicago Reader
"It's a fun-filled oddity among G- rated animated movies. But some folks may conclude that the babies' creators have gone off the deep end to satisfy a '90s sensibility that favors edgy entertainment."
‑ Peter Stack, San Francisco Chronicle
"The result is several steps above the clunky, offputting animation of the series' early episodes."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"Fun for kids, but, despite some adult references, appeal for the over 10s is limited."
‑ Neil Jeffries, Empire Magazine
"Very slow kids movie. I just never got into it."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Those unfamiliar with the series will have a chance to marvel at Klasky and Csupo's refreshing innovations: their affectionate play with traditional presentations of 'sweet' baby behaviour and 'pretty' toddler looks."
‑ Wally Hammond, Time Out
"What is most likely to impress adults is that the world of the Rugrats is not idealized or homogenized."
‑ Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"Intermittently snappy and featuring slicker animation than its TV incarnation, this popular children's cartoon may satisfy its youngest fans, but it'll be a big snoozefest for the rest of the family."
‑ Sandra Contreras, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Like many children's films, The Rugrats Movie is told from the point of view of a boy who enjoys a wonderful relationship with another boy."
‑ Maria Garcia, Film Journal International
"The boundless creativity of this franchise's creators and writers never ceases to amaze me."
‑ Eugene Novikov, Film Blather
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