Owen Gleiberman
July 28, 2012 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Alvin and the Chipmunks

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
90 minutes
Wide Release Date
12/14/07
performer
Jason Lee, David Cross, Justin Long, Jesse McCartney
director
Tim Hill
distributor
20th Century Fox Film Corporation
author
Will McRobb, Chris Viscardi, Jon Vitti
genre
Kids and Family, Animation, Comedy

We gave it an C+

Consumerized kiddie flicks like The Cat in the Hat leech the soul out of children’s classics. There’s a reason that doesn’t happen with Alvin and the Chipmunks: Those babyish sped-up voices are really all there is to them. It’s cutesy-funny-adorable to hear Alvin, Simon, and Theodore do chimed choruses of ”Bad Day” and ”Funkytown.” But once the amiable Dave (Jason Lee) lands them a record deal, an evil mogul turns them into massified robo-pop drones — and so, unfortunately, does the movie. C+

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