Critics gave The Simpsons Movie generally strong reviews, indicating that it was one of the funniest films to emerge in 2007. The film has an 89% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes with the general critical consensus being the movie is filled with biting satire, hearty laughs and is more likened to the show in its earlier seasons. Metacritic shows critics score it overall 80/100 indicating favourable reviews.
A few critical quotes
"Hysterically funny, genuinely cinematic -- and you get to see Bart's doodle, too"
Channel 4 reviews, 2007
"The movie is funny, sassy and intelligent in that moronic Simpsons' way."
Roger Ebert, 2007
"I laughed aloud a number of times, and smiled and chuckled even more frequently."
James Berardinelli, 2007
"It might have taken 18 years for the Simpsons to make it to the big screen, but the wait was well worth it"
Tiscali Uk, 2007
"if a casual fan like me can find it so consistently funny, I imagine the hardcores are going to believe it was well worth the wait."
Erik Childress, 2007
"Once again, The Simpsons top all expectations"
"This is not the worst film of the summer, just the biggest waste. Then, perhaps that is the problem. The Simpsons never needed to be a movie."
Ian Nathan, 2007
"clever, irreverent, satirical and outfitted with a larger-than-22-minutes plot, capable (just barely) of sustaining a narrative roughly four times the length of a standard episode."
"On Sept. 23, 2007, when the first Simpsons episode of Season 19 aired, Bart wrote on the chalkboard, "I will not take 20 years to make another movie." Here's hoping so, especially if future Simpsons movies are as much fun as this one."
DVD Verdict, 2007
"it's not perfect, but you'll be laughing too hard to notice. "
Eric. D. Snider
"I was left more than a little disappointed."
David Mercier, 2007
"It is something of a miracle that The Simpsons Movie succeeds so admirably"