The Nut Job
The Nut Job (2014)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: January 17, 2014
DVD Release Date: April 15, 2014
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Critic Score: 11% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Hampered by an unlikable central character and source material stretched too thin to cover its brief running time, The Nut Job will provoke an allergic reaction in all but the least demanding moviegoers.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

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.

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Nut Job is a delightfully goofy slapstick cartoon with a surprisingly dark heart.

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Josh Terry
Deseret News (Salt Lake City)

You could definitely do worse, but that's a weak endorsement for a film that should be quickly forgotten in the coming months.

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Wesley Morris

The whole thing looks like a video game you'd rather not play.

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Susan Wloszczyna

While the film isn't the worst of its kind, it might be one of the dullest of recent vintage.

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Brigit Grant
Daily Express (UK)

It isn't as rich in content as Ratatouille but, with Liam Neeson voicing a raccoon and lots of kid-specific silliness, it's a nice snack as nuts tend to be.

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Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times

The bottom line: Kids may be mildly amused by The Nut Job, but adults accompanying them won't find much to capture their interest.

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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail

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.

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Brian Viner
Daily Mail (UK)

This is the cinematic equivalent of a nut with no kernel, a film with no heart.

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Flixster Audience Score: 43% Flixster User Reviews
Christian C
The story idea is good, but the characters are unsympathetic and usually underdeveloped. The images are high quality, but there's a constant lack of… More
Manu Gino
No Nuts No Glory. Mediocre Animated Movie! The animation is nice and the voice work is good. I'm not sure if this appeals more to kids or adults as it has… More
Phil Hubbs
The most expensive movie co-produced in South Korea...apparently, and Canada had their fingers involved too! So would this explain why the movie is so poor?… More
Everett Johnson
So in a nutshell(get it!?) this is a cartoon about a squirrel, and his woodland buddies who wants to rob a nut store to stock up for the winter. It's one… More
Carlos Magalh„es
This is what you get when an animation director decides to direct an animation of his own: a movie that is visually appealing but is also unfunny, cliched and… More
Dann Michalski
It's a bit of fun and delivers some laughs, but overall The Nut Job is a mediocre animated film. The story follows a squirrel named Surly who, after being… More