- compiled by Jeffrey Overstreet Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Jan
Director David McNally scored the #1 hit at the box office this week with
Steven Greydanus (Decent Films) describes
But Gerri Pare (Catholic News Service) says it's funny "a fair bit of the time. [The stars] have an easygoing rapport that lends itself to the buddy-comedy genre and neither goes overboard on vulgar humor or nasty sexual innuendo." Pare praises the computer-generated star for "its soulful expressions and flying feet, a marvel of computer-generated effects that look credible and tickle the funny bone."
Michael Elliott (Movie Parables) falls somewhere in the middle: "McNally tries to make this into a passable evening's entertainment, and for some may reach a certain level of success … if one doesn't set one's expectations too high. I would have cut the camel flatulence and the fecal matter jokes, but to each his own."
Cheryl Kull with Lisa Rice (Movieguide) calls it a mixed bag: "
Jesse Florea (Focus on the Family) writes that families should "hop far, far away."
Mainstream critics offered similar sentiments. Loren King (Chicago Tribune) says, "It's puzzling to think about which audience