'The Nut Job' Has Star Power, But Not Much Else

In the age of Disney — back when only one, or less, animated films were released each year — they had better be good. But these days, when everything can be done electronically and studios are pressured into releasing numerous films each year, the quality may be going down. 

Will Arnett'The Nut Job' Will Arnett star arrives for an appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman'

At least that is according to basically every critic who reviewed The Nut Job. The film received a 14 percent positive review on RottenTomatoes.com.

"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," said Miriam Bale with the New York Times.

Scott Bowles with USA Today agrees, saying, "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."

The animated feature has some big star power, including Will Arnett, Kathrine Heigl, Liam Neeson and others. But star power doesn't always carry the story.

Katherine HeiglKatherine Heigl at Fashion Week

Even one of the only positive reviews the film received on Rotten Tomatoes wasn't exactly positive.

Joel Arnold with NPR said, "Once Surly and Buddy case the joint, develop a plan, and deal with the inevitable surprises, The Nut Job could be any classic caper flick."

The reviews keep getting worse, but 86 percent of respondents also said they will see it anyways, so it will likely do well when it opens on Friday (January 17).


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