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Captain Underpants (U)

Animation, Action, Comedy

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George and Harold hypnotize their principal into thinking he's a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

The critical consensus

The small miracle here is that the film (based on Dav Pilkey's books) generally sustains its freshness and comic momentum.

***(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 19/07/2017

It’s a thoroughly entertaining and likable film: two qualities that look easy but are anything but. Captain Underpants deserves a franchise.

****(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 19/07/2017

Young kids will have a giggle and even grown-ups might crack a smile. A very pleasant surprise.

****(*)Allan Hunter, Daily Express, 21/07/2017

This surprisingly nuanced animation intersperses lavatory humour with narrative invention.

****(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 23/07/2017

Kids will love this infectiously exuberant, unashamedly scatological animation.

****(*)Kevin Harley, The List, 24/07/2017

A snappy animated comedy with a lovely, gooey, sentimental heart.

****(*)Catherine Pearson, Little White Lies, 24/07/2017

Silly and aimed squarely at the younger crowd, Captain Underpants has enough spirit to be entertaining. Just don’t expect it to work all the time.

**(*)(*)(*)James White, Empire Online, 26/07/2017

In some respects it’s a bit too pleased with itself, but it breezes by fast enough to make those summer holiday trips to the movies a little more bearable.

***(*)(*)Alistair Harkness, The Scotsman, 27/07/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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