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You should see Happy Feet -- not only because it's stupendous, but also because it features the best dancing you'll see on the screen this year.

-David EdelsteinFull Review

Was I enchanted, entertained or even diverted for its 108-minute running time? Not really.

-Andrew SarrisFull Review

I think kids will love it, because the penguins are cute.

-Richard RoeperFull Review

Happy Feet is the kind of musical comedy that might have swept the world if MGM had been based in Antarctica instead of Culver City.

-Joe MorgensternFull Review

The dazzling animation, catchy songs and Broadway-worthy dance numbers give the film even broader appeal.

-Claudia PuigFull Review

Imagine March of the Penguins with a pop soundtrack. Or maybe An Inconvenient Truth with Al Gore doing his best Donald O'Connor impression. It's quite the mash-up, as intended, and it's cooler than a South Pole skinny dip.

-Peter HowellFull Review

An ambitious, sporadically intriguing, occasionally hilarious but weird pastiche of grab-bag references to pop-culture history.

-Tom KeoghFull Review

Don't little ones have enough to worry about without ecological concerns popping up in family entertainment? Happy Feet should have stayed light on its feet.

-Ruthe SteinFull Review

Happy Feet offers dazzling cinematic family fun, and a mad medley of tunes (songs made famous by the Beatles, the Beach Boys, Earth, Wind & Fire, Queen, and Stevie Wonder, among others).

-Steven Rea

Robin Williams saves Happy Feet.

-Roger MooreFull Review

The production numbers are delightful, but the musical fun is marooned in cliched storytelling.

-Lisa RoseFull Review

George Miller's Happy Feet may be the 10th animated film this year with talking critters -- but, trust me, you're probably going to want to see the best feature-length cartoon since The Incredibles, no matter what your age.

-Lou Lumenick

If you fell in love with the wingless heroes of last year's documentary hit March of the Penguins, prepare to surrender completely to George Miller's computer-animated musical/adventure Happy Feet.

-Jack MathewsFull Review

In a year rich with animation options, Happy Feet stands head and shoulders above its competition.

-Peter DebrugeFull Review

The animation dazzles. The baby birds are fluffy darlings. The script has its moments, the dance bits are a blast.

-Amy BiancolliFull Review

[Writer/director] Miller has tried to make three or four different movies at once, the result occasionally lapsing into a state of noisy incoherence.

-Jason AndersonFull Review

Here's all you really need to know about Happy Feet: Singing penguins! Dancing penguins! Funny penguins! We're killing them! Smile for the holidays!

-Tom LongFull Review

For all the time, effort, and song royalties lavished on Happy Feet, the new computer-animated blockbuster spends much of its time dancing on thin ice.

-John MonaghanFull Review

When's the last time a movie that championed the environment made you want to get up and dance?

-Robert Denerstein

When Happy Feet isn't being pretty darn fun, it's just plain pretty.

-Lisa KennedyFull Review

Writer and director George Miller, the artistic force behind the beloved Babe and the Babe: Pig in the City movies, brings a concern for penguins that recalls the devotion shown by March of the Penguins.

-Nancy ChurninFull Review

Overall, this is an enjoyable ride, despite the occasional preaching.

-Bill ZweckerFull Review

Happy Feet is one of the most visually ravishing CGI films yet rendered.

-Ty BurrFull Review

After everything from March of the Penguins to Madagascar, you may think you've seen enough penguins, but you've never seen them like this.

-Kenneth TuranFull Review

Even in a story about singing-and-dancing fat and feather, the director George Miller cant help but go dark and deep.

-Manohla DargisFull Review

Tap-dancing and R&B-singing emperor penguins make Happy Feet a fun, animated family movie, complete with adorable penguin chicks and a breathtaking icy landscape.

-Annemarie MoodyFull Review

Happy Feet is cooler than a penguin's toenails, taking what appears to be a routine animated musical comedy into rewarding, unexpected places.

-Colin Covert

Director George Miller imbues every sequence with extraordinary fluidity and visual invention.

-Desson ThomsonFull Review

This isn't some overreaching Pixar wanna-be, but a rich, absorbing story that isn't content to dazzle you with effects, but rouse your spirits.

-Gene SeymourFull Review


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