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  Paddington Review
Tookey's Rating
8 /10
Average Rating
7.14 /10
Ben Wishaw (voice) , Hugh Bonneville, Nicole Kidman
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Directed by: Paul King
Written by: Paul King, based on the books by Michael Bond

Released: 0
Origin: UK
Colour: C
Length: 0

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There are so many terrific things going on in the film – rapid-fire wordplay, split-second visual gags, and some veddy, veddy British punning – that, frankly, Paddington deserves more than one viewing. Huzzah Paddington, and marmalade forever! Read full review
(Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle)
Paddington is perfect for today's audiences, so long overfed on comic-book fodder. The bear's impeccable manners, perfect diction, and earnestness make him the ultimate anti-Bart Simpson.
(Tirdad Derakhshani, Philadelphia Inquirer)
It's an excellent showcase for Paul King, for the tremendous character animation by Framestore, and for Ben Whishaw's delicate, inquisitive work as the title character, and it is one of those rare family films that actually seems to think of children as smart and full of empathy. Read full review
(Drew McWeeny, Hitfix)
Paddington is decidedly, proudly unhip. It’s a lovely, endearing chocolate-box of a movie.
(Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine)
There are plenty of laughs — and nothing that goes over a kid’s head to an adult funny bone is smutty or smarmy — and the sentiment never feels strained or artificial.
(Alonso Duralde, TheWrap)
Paddington is fast-paced yet unhurried, serving up surprisingly subtle ideas on melting-pot urban diversity—Paddington is a stranger in a strange land, after all—and rich visual tableaux, including a gorgeous recurring shot of the Brown home as a living dollhouse.
(Jason Clark, Entertainment Weekly)
Paddington is a wonder: warm, gentle, well-acted, funny without being stupid.
(Dan Kois, Slate)
Marmaladen with gloriously silly jokes, pitch-perfect performances and incidental detail, this is a warm, witty and wondrously inventive great big bear-hug of a movie.
(Chris Hewitt, Empire)

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