(2011)

Critic Reviews

75

Metascore

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100
It is, all in all, off its rocker. But it's gorgeous.
100
Rango is some kind of a miracle: An animated comedy for smart moviegoers, wonderfully made, great to look at, wickedly satirical, and (gasp!) filmed in glorious 2-D.
90
Most exceptional is the visual style, which makes even the best animated 3D look like a poor cousin.
90
An animated western that's effortlessly the most exhilarating flight of computer-drawn fancy since "Ratatouille."
80
I've made a good case for seeing Rango, and why not; an eye feast is still a feast in this lean multiplex season. Be advised, though, of the film's peculiar deficits. The narrative isn't really dramatic, despite several send-up face-offs. It's more like a succession of picturesque notions that might have flowed from DreamWorks or Pixar while their story departments were out to lunch.
80
The latest collaboration between Verbinski ("Pirates of the Caribbean") and Johnny Depp is sharp-edged, surreal, and often astonishing in its giddy creativity. What it is not, however, is a family film.
75
To paraphrase something Quentin Tarantino once said about Sergio Corbucci, Verbinski loves the uglies. They return the favor by looking almost beautiful.
67
The biggest strike against Rango, though - for both the movie and the hero - is that the lizard is so damn ugly.
63
Rango is like nothing you've ever seen.
63
The result is an odd, occasionally engaging but often cacophonous mishmash.
63
Rango is best enjoyed by those over 10 who have an idea of what "existential" means and can appreciate a surreal mashup of "Chinatown," "Gladiator," "High Noon," and "The Good, the Bad and the Ugly."

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