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Miami Herald
Just plain fun.
The movie feels like a long-form version of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series on which it's based, which probably won't bother Arnold fans.
Essentially a feature-length episode of the popular Nickelodeon animated series, this faithful expansion is savvy enough to stay put.
Portland Oregonian
Hey Arnold "don't get no respect," it's not half bad, either. Kids will certainly like it. For adults, it's perfectly watchable in a Rugrats sort of way.
The A.V. Club
Nothing about Hey Arnold! The Movie cries out for the big-screen treatment, but it at least makes the transition from television to film with its charm intact.
The cause is just. But there's something off-kilter about the mix. Maybe it's because the animation retains its TV flatness while the story's texture is gratuitously bulked up.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
The updated Dickensian sensibility of writer Craig Bartlett's story is appealing.
That may be enough to keep the kids bobbing along -- and there are worse heroes for a kid to have than Arnold -- but apart from the shenanigans of civil-disobedient senior citizens, this movie offers little to keep accompanying parents interested.
Charlotte Observer
It's a drab jumble of meaningless action, dull characters and animation as flat and superficial as its story.
Washington Post
Neither funny nor suspenseful nor particularly well drawn.

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