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Overall Rating
3.14

Awesome: 10.2%
Worth A Look34.69%
Average: 24.49%
Pretty Bad: 20.41%
Total Crap: 10.2%

3 reviews, 31 user ratings


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Stuart Little
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by Kelly Palma

"A Disappointing Ride With Stuart Little"
3 stars

Stuart Little taken from the book penned by E.B. White into a screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan was great up until about half way through. Geena Davis and Hugh Laurie as Mrs and Mr Little were great, the voice of Michael J. Fox and hey even Jonathan Lipnicki didn't grate on my nerves too much. Then they had to go and do it.

It all went downhill after the great boat racing scene. You think everything is great and then it happens. They mirror a scene from Annie. That's right remember that red head with the dog. Well Stuart's "real parents" aka mice come and want to take him home. The Little's have no choice but to give him up. Then it hits me something about the way the Stout's looked and Mrs. Stout [voiced by Jennifer Tilly] sounded reminded me of Annie. They they pan over the Brooklyn Bridge, and I'm thinking if they even try to dump this mouse over the side I am turning the DVD player off right then and there. But alas they don't and the movie dredges on. Until you get the happy ending you'd expect from animated/computer movie.

But now onto the things I liked about the film:

1. The colors, costumes, sets and backdrops were absolutely gorgeous. There was a a primary color theme as well as a patriotic red, white and blue theme running through the movie. The colorization in a way reminded me of Pleasantville. It was very important stylistically to the telling of the story.

2. The time period in which the movie is set. Where humans can adopt animal children. By the end you actually think this is ok.

3. The cats. They were positively hysterical. Beginning with Nathan Lane to Chazz Palminteri to Steve Zahn and ending with David Alan Grier. BTW fun fact In A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum on Broadway -- Nathan Lane and David Alan Grier played the same part.

4. The story - I really loved this book when I was a child. But hello after the Climax you begin to come down. The story should of ended right after the boat race and I would of been one happy camper. M. Night needs to stick to ghost stories and seeing dead people.

5. The DVD extras - I really enjoyed playing Stuart's Race through Central Park and seeing how they "MADE" Stuart. My favorite though was the videos -- Brian Setzer, Lyle Lovett and Trisha Yearwood. I may not have enjoyed the movie all that much but I just may get the soundtrack.

Light Fluffy - Let's Crank Out Another Animated Movie From A Children's Classic and then blow it all to pieces. Read the book your imagination is better that this any day of the week. However having said that - little kids will love this and want to see it over and over again. Parents will want to hide it. My favorite hiding place -- In the TRASH.

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User Comments

9/14/12 roscoe blandand mediocre. could've been so mucnh better. Stuart sucks. 2 stars
3/23/10 PAUL SHORTT CUTE, CLEVER FAMILY FILM SEAMLESSLY MARRYING LIVE ACTION AND ANIMATION 4 stars
4/17/07 Stevo UK Stars a little mutant man-mouse. How cute. 1 stars
3/31/07 David Cohen For a movie with Geena Davis and Michael J. Fox, it wasn't bad 4 stars
2/02/07 Matt Icky rather than cute. Would have been much better if the toy plane went down in flames. 2 stars
12/09/04 Kristina Williams awful 1 stars
5/12/04 spence guys, this is a kids movie. Of course it will be boring for you. 4 stars
3/09/04 Jaco Visser Sweet, sweater, sweetest! 5 stars
9/03/02 Charles Tatum Nathan Lane saves this 4 stars
7/19/02 STEVE THIS MOVIE BITES! 1 stars
10/20/01 Andrew Carden Way Too Childish, and Totally Displeasing To Fans Of The Novel. 2 stars
8/08/01 Mr. Hat It's a cute movie. 4 stars
6/09/01 Turtle A warm, family film with a great comedy-factor. Plus it stars MICHAEL J. FOX! 4 stars
5/24/01 moose i would have left in the middle had my little cousin not been there. not cute, not funny. 1 stars
3/15/01 Richard Wright A film about the Littles that could've been a Little more amusing,a Little more exciting.. 3 stars
2/03/01 viking Great for the kids. 4 stars
1/31/01 Little Trooper My girlfriend dragged me to this shitfest... I fell asleep halfway through 1 stars
12/26/00 Mitja Podgajski shitty family movie... 2 stars
11/04/00 TruckGirl great, great, great animation! 5 stars
10/17/00 Jed Ok I admit perhaps I went far that but it was still good. 4 stars
5/09/00 Jed In all sorts of ways this is a good family flick. 5 stars
5/03/00 Brianna I thought it was great! It was sad 3 stars
4/29/00 Pansy Michael J. Fox is the star 3 stars
4/26/00 MR joel harwood KIDS no way adults YES EXCELLENT 5 stars
4/11/00 COURTNEY WILLIAMS ITS REALLY FANTASTIC 5 stars
4/09/00 EMagGaRony cute, not the best but hey, it's a kids movie so what do you expect 4 stars
4/09/00 Shirley Stuart Little Is a very funny film, also sad and mysterious 4 stars
4/08/00 Bruen good 4 stars
12/20/99 Lame-Oh This was way retarded than Mousehunt. Could've been better 3 stars
12/19/99 mmmopens Technically good, yes. Funny, sometimes. 3 stars
12/19/99 Mr Showbiz Fun adaptation of the children's classic 3 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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  17-Dec-1999 (PG)

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Australia
  06-Apr-2000 (G)




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