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Mr Peabody & Sherman (U)

Mr Peabody & Sherman (U)

Animation, Adventure, Comedy

Using his most ingenious invention, the WABAC machine, Mr. Peabody and his adopted boy Sherman hurtle back in time to experience world-changing events first-hand and interact with some of the greatest characters of all time. They find themselves in a race to repair history and save the future.

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The critical consensus

Dreamworks Animation’s latest attempt to recapture Shrek’s hit combination of pop culture references and unforgettable characters fails due to an overabundance of the former and none of the latter.

**(*)(*)(*)Paul Gallagher, The List, 04/02/2014

There’s a good-hearted father and son tale at the heart of the madness here, but the surroundings are sometimes a little too silly for true greatness.

***(*)(*)Helen O'Hara, Empire Online, 03/02/2014

This delightfully batty and warm-hearted adventure.

****(*)Henry Fitzherbert, Daily Express, 05/02/2014

Despite top-notch visuals and versatile voice-work from Ty Burrell’s (Modern Family) doting doggy dad and Alison Janney’s monstrous social worker, it lacks the Up-style warmth to be best in show.

***(*)(*)Kate Stables, Total Film, 07/02/2014

Delightful animation.

****(*)Brian Viner, Daily Mail, 06/02/2014

DreamWorks' latest animated feature is an engagingly witty, if bizarre affair.

****(*)Geoffrey MacNab, The Independent, 06/02/2014

Here's a likable, surreal and often funny animated feature written by Craig Wright and directed by Rob Minkoff (noted for The Lion King).

***(*)(*)Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian, 06/02/2014

DreamWorks' latest offers a fairly consistent stream of sight gags and vocal slapstick, even as the plot veers wildly down a wormhole in the time-space continuum. At its best, it has a shambolic Bill and Ted charm.

***(*)(*)Mark Kermode, The Observer, 09/02/2014

Few will recall their time-travelling adventures from the 50s and 60s, but the update is surprisingly bright, sweet and suitable for its target audience.

***(*)(*)Siobhan Synnot, The Scotsman, 09/02/2014

Where and when?

General release. Check local listings for show times.

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