(1998)

Critic Reviews

77

Metascore

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100
One of the great movies -- a triumph of storytelling and character development, and a whole new ballgame for computer animation. Pixar Animation Studios has raised the genre to an astonishing new level.
100
It's impossible not to be utterly blown away by Pixar's animation.
90
This is a family film. There's a great deal of wackiness.
88
Chicago Sun-Times
The story, about an ant colony that frees itself from slavery to grasshoppers, is similar in some ways to the autumn's other big animated release, "Antz," but it's aimed at a broader audience and lacks the in-jokes.
88
ReelViews
A Bug's Life, like "Toy Story," develops protagonists we can root for, and places them in the midst of a fast-moving, energetic adventure.
78
From the pure entertainment standpoint, ABL's nonstop action helps it avoid the slack moments that marred "Antz". The dialogue, kiddie-accessible though it is, is plenty intelligent for adult enjoyment.
75
Entertainment Weekly
So obsessed with wowing you, in every corner of every frame, that as a movie it doesn't quite breathe.
75
Christian Science Monitor
The story is amusing and the animation is first-rate, but there's less sparkling originality than in "Toy Story."
75
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
In a movie about an ant colony, perhaps it's futile to complain about a superfluity of characters. Yet this need to cover every permutation of cuteness is one major drawback to the cast of A Bug's Life.
60
The saucy repartee will amuse adults, while the climactic showdowns -- yes, there are more than one -- are gripping entertainment for the whole family.

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