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Emoji Movie, The (U)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Gene, a multi-expressional emoji, sets out on a journey to become a normal emoji.

The critical consensus

While it's tempting to sum up in thumbs down emoji, when they go low, we go high. So let's just say, abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 30/07/2017

Without the wit needed to sharpen these surface fripperies, what could have been a Lego Movie-style, pop-culture-savvy play on modern appetites for distraction appears fatally distracted itself.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Kevin Harley, The List, 31/07/2017

The filmmakers would surely have been much better advised to make a movie aimed at teenagers, one that could tap into the sarcasm, cruelty, boastfulness, narcissism and surreal humour that Emojis can be used to convey. As it is, they've served up a story which is far more likely to be greeted with tears, frowns and thumbs-down signs than with smiles and kisses.

**(*)(*)(*)Geoffrey Macnab, The Independent, 02/08/2017

While the Angry Birds movie balanced dumbed-down world with a smart script, this personification of smartphone symbols is just ‘meh’.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 04/08/2017

Smartphones take centre-stage is this hideously dumbed-down offering.

*(*)(*)(*)(*)Wendy Ide, The Observer, 06/08/2017

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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