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    Review: “Wall-E”

    By Kyle | June 30, 2008

    GLOOM-E
    2.5 stars/ 4
    97 minutes/Rated G
    Kyle Smith review of “Wall-E”

    WALL-E is a cornucopia of filth, dust, rust and roaches, but if I wanted all of that I’d go back to my first New York City apartment. Compared to other kid flicks (or adult flicks, or even Ingmar Bergman flicks), this is one Gloom-E piece of work.

    WALL-E is the last (sort of) living creature on earth, a bedraggled and lonesome robot who spends his days in a befouled metropolis that makes the one in “I Am Legend” look like Oz. The earth has been made uninhabitable by junk and pollution, its skies as brown as a bad day in Beijing, but at least apocalypse provides a good living: the job for which WALL-E is programmed is to gather up rubbish, compact it into cubes, and stack those as high as skyscrapers. As the trashopolis rises around him, he spends his spare time arranging his favorite salvaged items (a Rubik’s Cube, a spork) and watching an old videotape (jury-rigged to play through an iPod) of Hello, Dolly. WALL-E’s living quarters amount to a tool shed of despair, although by the standards of New York City circa 2008, it’s merely a fixer-upper with lots of potential.

    A more advanced flying probe-bot sent to Earth for reasons unknown has feminine curves and lovely blue eyes that leave WALL-E smitten, though except for her habit of laser-zapping any suspicious object she could be one of those white bullet-shaped trash canisters you’d see at a snack bar.

    When she and WALL-E start to beep sweet nothings at each other, she has a higher-pitched tone than he does and says her name is Eve, so WALL-E is confirmed to be a heterobot. The two of them wind up at a space station that houses the remnants of the human race. At this point the film, previously dingy and dark, goes matte black.

    The earthlings — or maybe Americans, as none of them have any other kind of accent — are brain-dead blobs perpetually stuffed to the gills with entertainment. They never leave their spotless flying barcaloungers — and never could, since their bones have shrunk to useless twigs inside their Shrek-like masses. They float through their troglodyte lives as unquestioning subjects of the master corporation (the same one that ruined the Earth) that houses them, distracts them and feeds them. All foods are made to be sucked down like milkshakes for maximum convenience.

    It’s hard to see how a Disney-certified happy ending can result from this, and the answer is it really can’t. This is perhaps the most cynical and darkest big-budget Disney film ever, and an artistic gamble on the scale of Fantasia, which initially flopped despite critical acclaim. Pixar is now acting like Disney’s senior partner. Perhaps never before has any corporation spent so much money on insulting its customers — WALL-E is expected to be the year’s most heavily promoted film.

    The meatball humans in WALL-E are like customers passively being served up a fake existence at the Magic Kingdom (which readily provides wheelchairs for not merely the afflicted but also the obese and the simply lazy), snorfling up the latest wows in an entirely artificial setting where every beverage and hotel room brings profits to the same corporation. And Disney paved over a few thousand acres of Florida wetlands to build Walt Disney World in the first place.

    How paying customers will react to being told they’re porky slobs, or are headed in that direction (WALL-E is set 800 years in the future) will depend on how closely the people in the audience ignore the people on screen and concentrate on WALL-E and Eve.

    The robots are cute but limited by a lack of dialogue, and their storylines are told with a lot of Buster Keaton-style slapstick. Their romance is complicated by evil machines trying to steal from them a small plant from Earth that they brought with them as evidence that the planet is inhabitable again. That poses a threat to the corporation that is generating so much profit from its captive audience on the space station.

    WALL-E isn’t much of a character, though, and the conflicts in the film are not only slow to develop but have hazily-defined stakes. Regardless of what happens with the plant, regardless of whether a HAL 9000-like computer named Auto and the corporation he represents succeed in convincing the puppet captain of the space ship that there is no reason to return to Earth, the planet is essentially beyond hope.

    The repeated allusions to “2001″ (including some musical cues which are now trite) reminded me of how much more human Stanley Kubrick’s film was; Dave Bowman, unlike the space station captain in WALL-E, was resourceful and dynamic, not a blubbery idiot, and his adventure was leading to a mighty payoff, not a possible trip back to an apoca-landfill. What will the humans do to rebuild on Earth if they go back to it anyway? They are about as skilled as crash-test dummies.

    Those who go to WALL-E expecting a mechanical E.T. should be prepared instead to inhale the fumes of an almost sulfurous satire.

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    289 Responses to “Review: “Wall-E””

    1. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 10:35 am

      As WALL-E is luxuriating at RottenTomatoes.com with a huge 98% on the Tomatomometer, by “some critics” you really mean “everybody on the planet earth except me.”

    2. Patrick. Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 10:58 am

      Let the RT flame wars begin.

    3. Christian Toto Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 11:54 am

      I don’t get it either, Kyle. I worship at the Pixar altar, and I respect the fact that their latest film is so uncommercial, so bold in its attempt at something new and novel.

      But what a yawnarama! Once the engaging beginning wraps, it’s a convoluted mess.

      I hate to give the knee jerk ‘it’s the film’s politics, stupid,’ but 98 percent?? Yikes.

    4. Mo Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 12:13 pm

      “I hate to give the knee jerk ‘it’s the film’s politics, stupid,’ but 98 percent?? Yikes.”

      It’s not that hard to explain… most film reviewers are liberal, and think we will let the Earth get like that through the buying of too many Wall*E toys.

    5. Patrick. Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

      Kyle, just a quick question:

      How does the Post pick whose reviews are published? Your colleague Lou Lemerick gave the flick a perfect rating and his review was published for the Post, but yours is on Pajamas Media.

    6. Mo Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 12:45 pm

      Kyle, quick question:

      Is this movie as blatantly liberal as “Happy Feet”?

    7. kyle Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 1:21 pm

      Well, I loved “Happy Feet,” but if anything “Wall-E” is even more of an environmental parable. (Not that I concede that to want a clean environment is a liberal idea. I hope we all want that.)

    8. kyle Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 1:22 pm

      @Patrick:
      Ouija Board!

    9. Patrick. Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 4:58 pm

      So you’re not going to seriously answer my question?

    10. Mo Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

      “Not that I concede that to want a clean environment is a liberal idea.”

      No it’s not… I consider myself pretty conservative, but understand the importance of caring for the environment.. My belief is that we can have our cake and eat it too. That technologies will develop that will deal with the garbage problem.

      And seeing the news feeds recently (garbage eating bacteria that produces crude, and electricity producing engines that run on garbage from various forms) I think that I am right.

      I think that my point was more the cynical aspects of “Happy Feet”, Where the ‘hero’ gets captured and abused in a Zoo. Only to have his colony and himself saved by the UN (talk about fiction), who enforces a ban on fishing the Antarctic.

      Other than that it was entertaining.

    11. Rick Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

      Kyle I was thinking about publishing my bias opinion online too. Maybe just give a negative review to every good movie ever made to be different…to make those bad memories of a crappy childhood go away. I had planned to never rate a movie perfect just to spite the world, and keep my massively large ego properly intact. I planned on rating movies with poor plots and bad acting with incredibly high reviews as long as they contained poor special effects and mountains of explosions. Then a read your website and realized it had all already been done…and as it turns out, you look like a little goofy kid trying to get attention through poor writing and obviously fabricated contrarian opinions.

    12. yuki Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

      your writing ability is inflated and overly pretentious….

    13. Christian Toto Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 7:21 pm

      Rick,

      Very often critics file their reviews days before the film’s release date. That means they likely have no idea what the critical consensus will end up being on a particular film. Even if a critic wanted to be a rabble rouser and go against the flow, he/she often wouldn’t know where to start.

    14. Brendan Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 7:40 pm

      I saw Wall E last night and it was one of my favorite movies of all time. I do not think there is a single dark moment in the film. Every second is filled with joy, and it is one of the most positive and uplifting movies I have ever seen. Sure, a movie that is bright and clean from beginning to end can be happy and entertaining, but nothing could reach the level of euphoria that Wall E achieves without having a low to climb up from. From the moment the movie starts we are shown that no matter how bad things get, the human spirit will always endure, even if the last shred of it remains in the heart of a little robot who sees the beauty of life through watching an old VHS tape of “Hello Dolly”.

    15. Jack Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 8:11 pm

      You are an idiot.

      And you need to pay better attention to movies if you are going to review them.

      This movie and it’s message are birthed to give children HOPE. HOPE.

      If you feel that overcoming possibly the greatest of adversities shouldn’t be the subject of a children’s movie - then I hope you choke on whatever your ideals are.

    16. jic Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 10:42 pm

      “This movie and it’s message are birthed to give children HOPE. HOPE.”

      Why do I get the feeling you are going to vote for Obama?

    17. Christian Toto Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 11:01 pm

      JIC … don’t forget ‘change’ … ‘hope’ must be accompanied by ‘change!’

    18. Blogg'nhead Wilson Says:
      June 28th, 2008 at 11:21 pm

      Drill ANWR now.

    19. Josh Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 12:49 am

      Well I sure know which movie reviewer to avoid from now on. Can’t say i’ve ever been more opposite in my opinion of a movie.

    20. Anonemoose Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 11:24 am

      Hey Kyle, wake up!

      This movie is too dark for Disney? You do know they made Pirates of the Caribbean, right? The Lion King TRAMPLED the dad, Bambi SHOT the mom, The Incredibles had the dad TORTURED and Dumbo had the mom in chains for God’s sake. How many people died in Wall-E? I understand none of those movies had the planet turned into a wasteland, but still I’ve seen much darker themes out there.

      I also disagree that characters need dialogue to not be limited. The WAY they say things conveyed the necessary emotion and “acting” ability. In fact, I found myself walking out of the theatre saying “Wall-E” and “Eva” to my wife in different ways, such as angry, annoyed, smitten, cute, etc. She loved it, I loved it, the kids around us loved it.

      I have to admit, it’s the first “kids” movie I went to where the kids were incredible quiet for 90% of the movie. Why? They enjoyed it!

    21. Casey Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 12:29 pm

      Kyle…
      You say everybody should want a clean environment?
      In that case, why would you bash a movie that is working toward the same cause? You saw the gluttonous humans in this movie as merely insulting and the dystopic earth as merely bland, but they were meant as a warning, to raise awareness. And I have to disagree with your statement that the captain was un-resourceful– he was the first human in centuries to try thinking, and walking, for himself.
      Another quick question– did you watch the credits?
      If you said earth was hopeless, even if they did return… you obviously didn’t see the scenes during the credits in which humans re-evolved to live, not just survive, again.
      This movie had a VERY hopeful message- that no matter our screwups, humans will find a way to make things right again.
      …I think you completely misunderstood this movie, and I’m sorry you couldn’t appreciate it.

    22. Kay Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 1:10 pm

      Wow, you will never be a valid opinion among critics again for me and anyone I know.

      Do you even watch movies? Becuase half of your review was commenting on the Disneyland theme park, not the film. If you’re going to insult a film becuase of their parent distribution company… well let’s make up a full fledged list of movies that are bad by association. Becuase that’s what you do, right? I mean, anything distrubuted by Universal is now tainted by Universal Studios theme parks in CA and Florida (and they have motor scooters galore and Alcohol everywhere).

      But it’s cool and right wing of you to insult Disney. Oh so cool, right?

    23. sheryl Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 1:19 pm

      I think you have made a blunder mistake critiquing WALL-E because you feel like it doesn’t meet to your STANDARDS. Unfortunately Mr.Smith, the rest of the crowd thought it was WAY ON TOP of their expectations, and I myself was surprised of how brilliant this movie actually came out to be. I think you really need to ACTUALLY watch this movie again, and put the unesscary senseless comments aside.

    24. Chris Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 1:33 pm

      Errrrm, so you’re apathetic with regards to the environment, hate when people promote healthy lifestyles, and dislike heterosexual disney characterizations of relationships?
      I mean, really? Is it such a bad message to tell? Be environmentally friendly and take care of your body. Besides, it is told through such endearing and entertaining characters.
      Who’s the one being dark here - the movie or you?

    25. Jack Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 1:48 pm

      Better than voting for a president who will spend his 4 year run at a Shoney’s early bird breakfast before he dies.

      And seriously - those coming to this idiots defense, Have you seen the movie? When the most noted and respected critics in the world see it and appreciate it, not to mention an extensive approving audience, and 6 critics actually disagree with the rest of the world - maybe. JUST MAYBE. He’s flat out wrong.

      If he didn’t like the movie. Thats fine. Entitled to his opinion. But he’s trying to prevent people from seeing it. He even reposted his review on Rotten Tomatoes to get more attention and try to turn people away.

      THIS IS THE SAME GUY WHO GAVE A FAVORABLE REVIEW TO “YOU DON’T MESS WITH THE ZOHAN.” Stop listening to this guy.

      If you wanna attack me politically then please please, go drill for more oil, become even more money hungry, drive your SUV, start more wars and ruin the planet all you like, but do it so it doesn’t effect me.

    26. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

      This behaviour is nothing new for Kyle: he laughed when E.T. “died”, wouldn’t clap to save Tinkerbell, cheered when Gandalf fell after fighting the balrog, told Bambi to “get over it and move on” when her mother died and giving Tiny Tim a free Christmas dinner a waste of a good turkey.

    27. Paul Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:00 pm

      I sincerely feel sorry for you, Kyle. If you need someone to talk to about your problems then just let me know. We can exchange e-mails or something. Peace and love.

    28. El Scorcho Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:03 pm

      “Hey everyone, I’m Kyle, and I like to think of myself as different from the rest of the critics. I knew they’d give this movie glowing reviews, and whilst sitting through it, I did my best not to enjoy it and voila! I didn’t.

      So here’s my pretentious, hammy and yawn-worthy movie review, which criticizes Disney for promoting obesity. Never mind that I write reviews for movies. Never mind that Disneyland at least takes some amount of physical activity to participate in, and never mind that my favored environment is one of popcorn, coca cola, candy and hot dogs.

      If nothing else, at least I will be ‘the token negative critic,’ one who enjoys giving negative reviews to everything but obscure French indie films and Paul Thomas Anderson flicks.

      Objective critics?

      Apparently I didn’t watch Ratatouille.”

    29. kishke Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:19 pm

      I love reading these foaming-at-the-mouth comments. They’re up in arms b/c you dislike a cartoon about a robotic garbage collector! Hilarious.

    30. Hossrex Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:20 pm

      I agree with this review.

      Pixar movies are about character, and Wall-E never evolves beyond who he was in the great opening scene. Woody, Marlin, and Mr. Incredible all developed through the natural process of the story. None of them were the same at the beginning of the story as they were at the end. This can’t be said of Wall-E, Eve, or any of the characters in this movie. Its an incredibly static movie, and the lack of dialog hurts the narrative tremendously.

      Not to mention how ludicrously biased the politics of this movie are.

      If this movie is so good, why was I bored?

      This movie will do well with the kids who don’t bother to follow a “plot” anyway, and just want to watch brightly colored things moving fast.

      This would have been an Academy Award winning short film, and I would have been amazed had this been the case. Keep most of the beginning, Keep the part with Eve, cut most of the entire part on the ship, and imply the theme of the ending, without ever shoving it down our throats like this feature film did.

    31. JB Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

      Agree with your review. Boring movie that portrays human beings as incapable idiots. I don’t need to pay for awareness. I want to enjoy a movie that makes me forget about the worlds problems. That’s why they call it entertainment!

    32. Ken Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:27 pm

      I can’t believe so many people are getting this upset that Kyle didn’t give the movie a rave review. He still gave it 2.5 stars which is better than average. So what if most reviewers said it was amazing? That doesn’t make Kyle’s opinion wrong. After all, movie reviews essentially amount to personal preference. So quit crying like children.

    33. KyleisaFukhead Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:31 pm

      Wow…that was probably the worst review of all time…how was it negative? I think you need to have kids or something….maybe start with a girlfriend first.

    34. Kyle Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:50 pm

      It is so blatantly obvious that your goal here is to attract attention to yourself. What a loser. No respectable “critic”, would find your supposed “faults” in this movie. No, no respectable person. This review is not your opinion, it’s your own version of letting your body go limp and screaming at the top of your lungs when your mother tried to take you up to your room for naptime. Get a life.

    35. Jeff B. Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:51 pm

      # Hunter Tremayne Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 1:49 pm

      This behaviour is nothing new for Kyle: he laughed when E.T. “died”, wouldn’t clap to save Tinkerbell, cheered when Gandalf fell after fighting the balrog, told Bambi to “get over it and move on” when her mother died and giving Tiny Tim a free Christmas dinner a waste of a good turkey.

      Bambi was a guy!!

    36. Dr. Ramirez Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:58 pm

      “The meatball humans in WALL-E are like customers passively being served up a fake existence at the Magic Kingdom (which readily provides wheelchairs for not merely the afflicted but also the obese and the simply lazy), snorfling up the latest wows in an entirely artificial setting where every beverage and hotel room brings profits to the same corporation. And Disney paved over a few thousand acres of Florida wetlands to build Walt Disney World in the first place.”

      And there you have it, yet another writer who takes every oppurtunity to bash on the Disney corporation. Another joyless, cynical, jaded movie reviewer who would rather be writing for the New Yorker or reviewing some esoteric black and white film about Czechoslovakian prostitues. Or maybe I’m wrong, maybe our reviewer is upset because he didn’t understand the artistry behind the move. For John Lasseter and company to be able to convey such an untangible thing as humor and love with out uttering a single word is pure movie gold. Myabe Kyle is more of a “Cars” or Larry the Cable Guy fan.

    37. What's everyone smoking? Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 3:22 pm

      I cannot believe the Emperor’s New Clothes mindset that so many people have shown towards this movie. It’s not terrible, but it’s far from the Classic it’s being hailed as.

      I went in fully expecting to enjoy myself, and at least like it a lot, maybe love it. I had no agenda, none. If anything, I was PREdisposed to love it. But it was a disappointment. The opening, much-vaunted “GENIUS” wordless scenes were incredibly ordinary and predictable-the robot does….not so much of anything. He goes to his daily workplace and-hey!-finds a few items-a spork, a hubcap. Back at home he’s made mobiles out of CDs, just like people sometimes do nowadays. Christmas tree lights. He’s found a rubik’s cube. later theree’ll be a BIG non-surprise when Eve puts it together in a few seconds, which we knew because after he hands it to her we pan away with him for the express reason of panning back to find she’s solved it. Was anyone “surprised and delighted” by that? The entire film runs long those lines.
      Afterwards, on the ship, the story got both pedantic and muddled. There was an awful lot of pandering(I really get annoyed when characters on screen tell me in the audience how I should feel at any moment. Example: WALL-E only has to tap on one of the slugpeople, waggle his fingers/shake hands and say his name-and next thing you know a look of wonder comes over them and in the next scene the guy says “HEY! It’s that little guy, whatsisname!” with loving approval. WTF? The fat guy hasn’t been elaborately introduced to WALL-E and Eve, seen their cute courtship, know about the deep adorable longing in lil’ Wall-e’s heart like we have, so why do he and the Fat Woman He’s Destined For both see him as anything other than a dirty, plain old robot–after all, they’re totally accustomed to robots-ones like Eve & WALL-E having been served by them their entire existences. It’s so embarrassing. The plot unravels, makes little sense…and moreover it’s all totally predictable: I counted exactly 2 times where I involuntarily laughed or smiled because I was SURPRISED by what the characters(OR the story)did. TWO times! The film isn’t horrible, and it’s beautifully produced but it is totally predictable in where it’s going(gee, I sure didn’t see the Captain’s turnaround coming! or the “evil” autopilot refusing to go back to earth! Come on), and ultimately I was just bored. And to “cheat” by using “La Vie En Rose sung by Louis Armstrong is a lazy borrowing of something really one of a kind and using it to confer onto the ordinary WALL-E much more emotion than he earned for himself by anything he actually was DOING during that scene. Speaking of music, the score was an outrageous ripoff of John Williams, with specific cues so identical to those in Star Wars I and my friends looked at each other with out mouths open. I could go on and on.
      But if everyone loves it, great. I just think you’re not seeing what’s actually there. I’d love to have this film shown with no advance info about who made it and see if it gets the same total adulation. It’s just not that fantastic.

    38. Ashley Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 3:29 pm

      Kyle, kyle, kyle.

      You completely missed the message of this movie.

      A dark movie?

      Maybe it is time that the people like you wake up a little.

      You complain about how poorly humans were depicted in this film. But have you seen the rising obesity rates in America? This is real life. This is what our race has been degraded to. We are so lazy, we don’t even walk in to get our fast food anymore, we drive through. No walking required. And if you’re fat, you can use a wheel chair to get around, just so you can eliminate walking. Convenience, convenience, convenience. We eat, breath and preach those words.

      If you feel that Pixar has offended its prime audience, you are wrong.

      Take a look around at our country.

      I warn you though. I might shock you.

      At least they turned it around and showed us that the humans were capable of righting their wrongs.

    39. Wall-E Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 3:31 pm

      waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllll-eeeeeee

    40. Brad Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 3:44 pm

      I liked the movie, but I think Kyle’s criticisms are fair. This is a dark, serious comedy for older kids and adults. My wife and I were in a theater with a mixed audience. Younger children were frightened and confused by the plot and conflict between the Wall*E and the bad robots.

    41. Asiaticfox Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 3:50 pm

      Kyle, I have to say…

      I am quite ashamed with your view of Wall-E. True, the movie is darker than one would expect for a ‘children’s movie’. However, I noticed that most of the kids in the audience seemed to love it anyways. And besides, the teenagers and adults appreciated the movie a lot as well.

      In fact, I think the movie actually appeals more to teens and adults than little robot-crazy 7-year-olds. The movie had an important message contained within, a message that would come through much more readily to those who have strengthened their perceptive powers and abstract reasoning. It pretty much told us: “Stop with all the commercialism and megacorporations, or else you’ll keep on ruining the earth.”

      I’m not sure how many people will go out and sell their SUV after seeing the movie, but still, the movie had good intentions.

      I’m not sure what compels you to feel so badly against Wall-E. I wish I knew what was going on in that head of yours.

      P.S.
      At the time of this message, Wall-E’s rating on rottentomatoes.com is 96%. And is it ever well-deserved.

    42. Despair Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 3:54 pm

      I saw the movie yesterday and the experience plunged me into a depression. Story: Rampant consumersism and corporate greed destroy the Earth. 800 years later plant life re-emerges. Upon discovering this there’s a brief struggle and then the space-borne human remnant returns to Earth, *having learned nothing*. This was the dark and disturbing part. The filmmakers, now presumably being chauffered around LA to parties, convey the following message: “Humans in their greed are bound to destroy this planet. We are so dim-witted and feckless that given a second chance we would blunder back and set the same cycle back in motion. There is no hope for a future of enlightenment and balance.”
      I wanted to like the film, I had high hopes for it. But in trying to make a film that worked on the kid level and had an important social message for the adult level, the filmmakers failed badly and, I think, unwittingly.

    43. Neil Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 4:13 pm

      How dare you. This movie was given higher ratings than almost anything you’ve ever reviewed, yet you arrogantly give it a worse-than-mediocre review. Did you even watch the movie or did you read about it in a synopsis somewhere? Your nonsensical rants about this are completely wrong, and that is not just an opinion. You either need to watch this movie again, or you need to be fired. Stick to adult movies because obviously children’s movies are “below” you. You disgust me.

    44. Eli A. Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

      I didn’t care much for this Pixar film either. However, I’m tired of critics calling it a dark film. Yes, it is cynical in large stretches, but it ends on a happy note. The end is not just the humans landing on Earth and stepping off the ship. The credits show how they begin to settle on the planet, with the cave drawings, fishing, et cetera, implying that they do succeed in reclaiming their humanity. So where is this dark ending? I must’ve missed it. Was it after the end credits, which I watched all the way through?

    45. Brad Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

      I agree with Kyle 100%. This movie left a horrible dark and disgusting taste in my mouth. It was really creepy to me. Too much of a commentary for Pixar. The robots were cute, but the corporation aspect of it was absolutely terrifying. It was a good movie, but I have a feeling that whoever wrote it wanted people to be freaked out by it and not say “Ohhh, that movie was just so cute!”

    46. chris Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

      maybe you should clamor back to the norman rockwell painting you fell out of.

    47. Emma Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:33 pm

      I have to say that I disagree with your opinion of Wall-E. This has got to be the best movie I have seen all year! It might be the best Pixar movie to date.

    48. JDW Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

      It was good, not great. If you possess a generally cynical or negative opinion of humanity, are easily guilt-ridden, and prefer to think the worst of society and civilization you’ll love this film. It didn’t make me weep or hang my head simply because I actually have hope and trust in human-kind. I don’t buy into entropy theory and the global warming hoax. The folks who loved this film do so because it is rather subversive and dark. Those things appeal to too many supposedly “concerned” people. I prefer not to hold such a low opinion of man and man’s potential.

    49. Soup Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

      The only overriding message I get from your review is that you are bitter….for whatever reason.

      Stop directing your dystopian mind on films and ….wait for it…start living your life. ; ) Isn’t that the unabashedly heartfelt and in-your-face theme of this movie anyway?

      Oh, kishke, they’re nailing him because he’s missed the point of the movie entirely. Though some of us can never let ourselves go enough to fathom that such a warm-hearted message is feasible. His brain just went ‘ERROR, ERROR, MUST….PUT…..DOWN!”
      : )

    50. Bacon Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:44 pm

      I’m sorry, but anyone who gives a good review to “You Don’t Mess With the Zohan” and gives a bad review to “Wall-E” doesn’t know a thing about movies.

    51. Bacon Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:45 pm

      Oh and one more thing… It’s really sad that you gave this movie a bad review just to post it on rottentomatoes.com so people will visit your horrible blog/website.

    52. Alnebi Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:47 pm

      Kyle Smith is a troll without equal. The fact that he has published literature AND a column attests to the fact that Americans are profoundly stupid and will suckle at even the most hackneyed, incompetent teat.

    53. Joseph Watts Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:51 pm

      Awesome, the ant-corporation, anti-consumerism film just pulled in $65,000,000!!! HAHAHA! All you greenies gotta love the irony in that!

      “Wal-Mart…bad…ugh…ugh…but Wal-Mart sell D-V-D in four month…ugh…and make many million more…” Hooo-f*ckin’-ray for capitalism!

      For the record, we bought two large cokes, a large popcorn, and some Whopper candies. We paid 12 bucks, ate everything, gained two pounds in the process and left all our trash on the movie houses sticky floor for the kid making $5.45 an hour to clean up after us. Somehow, Wall-E didn’t make me cry over it. :) Cheers

    54. Frederic Dahm Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

      Two things

      First, this is not a kid’s movies and I think that Pixar/Disney should have pointed that out. Lots of little kids in the movie got frightened and cried at some passages and I would have labelled it a 7+ year old movie. Toy Story this is not.

      Second, the art is so excellent and the story so well crafted that it was difficult to remember throughout the movie that these were two robots, “things” really, which show more emotions and give us more to ponder than the humans do in the movie (and in real life movies). That’s sheer movie magic, and I wish some real world actor would learn a thing or two from this.

      Oh, and the Pixar short before the movie? Ridiculously funny. That alone warrants a 100% fresh rating. Did you see it?

    55. jenny Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 7:06 pm

      Hey kudos for you- I never heard of you until you gave a bad review for a movie everyone from a 2-80 year old likes. Now I know who you are! Bad publicity is good publicity….

    56. Blogg'nhead Wilson Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 7:07 pm

      Some people have as much trouble accepting a non-leftist film critic as they do one non-leftist news network.

    57. mayostard Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 7:20 pm

      Yikes. Mr. Smith, this review makes me sad for you. In your eagerness to prove your intellectual independence (or something), you’ve put the cart before the horse in the most egregious way.

      Wall-E is not an environmental treatise. It’s a story about loneliness and the universality of love. Yes, there’s a cautionary theme to it, but that functions as a backdrop. Having seen it in a packed theater, I can tell you that at least one audience got that. There was hardly a dry eye in the house, as they say.

      But it’s not real thrilling for a reviewer like you to praise the miracle of imbuing such humanity into a little cube of metal, is it? Or to admire how so much emotion can be found in a largely wordless story about machines? So instead, you just ignored all that–the heart and soul of this movie–and skipped straight to irrelevancies.

      It’s a shame, really. You missed a great movie.

    58. Imagination Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 7:24 pm

      How said that you have lost your imagination completely.

      The movie wasn’t dark, it was life affirming. I put it right up there with recent life affirming movies like Juno and Bucket List.

      But then again, I’ll guess you thought Juno was dark because a 16 year old decided to keep the baby, and Bucket List was too grim because the lead characters died.

    59. blah Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 8:10 pm

      Kyle, you seriously suck.

    60. Nick Eiche Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 8:18 pm

      Wow Kyle, you are among the 2% of bad reviewers.

      What kind of movies do you like? War documentaries?

      Don’t review good movies. Please.

      Thank you.

    61. Ammon Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 8:46 pm

      I totally agree with mayostard. This movie did not have a political agenda. The whole enviornmental thing was such a small part of the movie. It was a love story, and that’s it. The characters were way more developed than half the crappy movies out there right now.

    62. Ammon Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 8:48 pm

      …And you liked Kung Fu Panda over this?

    63. Dave Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 9:04 pm

      Come on people–does everything always have to be us vs. them, left vs. right? How can we have a country if all we can think about are petty political labels and broad categorizations? Get some perspective. This is an animated childrens movie afterall. Nothing it says hasn’t been said before, nothing it does hasn’t been done before. That doesn’t mean the things it says are right; it means they are not particularly original. And to everyone who feels that humans are too insignificant to effect the Earth in such a profound way as global warming, why do you then think humans are significant enough to create technologies to survive and even correct this problem? Your logic is flawed.

    64. Britto Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 9:32 pm

      I don’t get it. Why is there always some message in these movies? I’m not interested in robots and special effects; I want actors and a good story line. Disney sucks.

    65. Rachle Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 9:41 pm

      Kyle, I feel so sorry for you. You just don’t get it. And that’s woeful. I hope that something good happens in your life, because from the cynical tone of your review, you need it. Blessings to you, for you have my sympathy.

    66. Metoo Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 10:02 pm

      I have to say I agree that the movie was not really a children’t movie. I took my two year old to see it since, being 2, he was mesmerized by all the commercials. Anyways, he got bored with the movie and I felt that the social commentary was blaring. It was no doubt cute at times and I came away loving the robots and ultimately satisfied that humans came back to fix things, but the whole consumerism, humans destroying the earth and becoming sedentary creatures was a bit much for a children’s movie. I was expecting a little more Toy Story and Finding Nemo. I thought it would make a good independent film.

    67. Peter Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 10:11 pm

      you are a hideous human-being, after reading your “review” I can only find comfort in the hope that you never put pen to paper agin.

    68. jic Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 10:25 pm

      I’m actually afraid to go see *Wall-E* now. I might not appear to be appreciating it enough, and get lynched.

    69. jonnymont Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 10:37 pm

      here we go again, kyle smith attempting to be ‘cool’ by bagging a popular film

    70. Greg Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 10:54 pm

      This so-called “reviewer” is either unable to comprehend the movie or is just making a pathetic attempt to attract attention to his little blog by negatively reviewing a film that deserves much better feedback.

      Just by reading his review, one immediately notices his lack of logic. He does not review the movie. Rather, he decides to talk about how dirty Earth appears in the movie and how much he wouldn’t want to live there. Apparently he seems not to understand that a movie review should review the movie, and that it should not drone on about the reviewer’s own personal interests which are completely irrelevant.

      He also seems to make fun of how Wall-e is confirmed to be a “heterobot.” Maybe Kyle finds gay robots exciting. Perhaps he was disappointed that the robots turned out to be straight.

      Most bull of all is his little prediction that audiences will not enjoy this film. I personally found it entertaining, humorous, and definitely not a waste of time. Apparently so did everyone one else in the theater and every other normal critic and person that has commented on this film. But then again, that’s probably because we’re not so entertained by gay robots.

      ~Greg

    71. kishke Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 11:10 pm

      The movie wasn’t dark, it was life affirming.

      Anyone who needs their life affirmed by a pair of cartoon robots is in bad shape.

    72. Jack Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

      Kyle — I’m really glad you busted the politics behind Wall-E. From the first trailer I saw of it, my head was shaking at the pervasiveness of the global warming hysteria.

      Thanks for manning up and taking a few punches from the film community.

    73. whiskey Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 11:37 pm

      Look, let’s be honest about what Wall-E is. It’s a movie meant to appeal to elitists that only really, really rich people should have nice things, everyone else should live in poverty!

      Consumerism? Ipods? Only for the truly cool, hip, happening, and WEALTHY. All others should just go off and live in mud huts somewhere. Save the planet! Al Gore needs his mansion!

    74. ddanddave Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 11:54 pm

      kyle doesn’t have a clue, ignore this idiot… he’s either too dim to get the film or his schtick is to hate what other love. and btw i saw the movie in a theater packed with kids from 18 mos to 10 or 12 and nobody was “scared” or “cried” at the intense parts. why don’t you wrap your child in cellophane and never let them leave the house? this is a kids movie. it’s also made so well that it’s enjoyable for adults. and kishke, art can be life affirming regardless of genre or character, your comment was a cheap criticism. michelangelo’s David is just a hunk of rock, and yet…

    75. ddanddave Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:01 am

      for god’s sake, the guy writes for THE NEW YORK POST, which is like a love child of the National Enquirer and FOX (Fascist) News. he’s a hack like the rest of them, this is no place to look for an thoughtful, well written movie review…

    76. Dave Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:06 am

      From above:
      ” Example: WALL-E only has to tap on one of the slugpeople, waggle his fingers/shake hands and say his name-and next thing you know a look of wonder comes over them and in the next scene the guy says “HEY! It’s that little guy, whatsisname!” with loving approval. WTF? The fat guy hasn’t been elaborately introduced to WALL-E and Eve, seen their cute courtship, know about the deep adorable longing in lil’ Wall-e’s heart like we have, so why do he and the Fat Woman He’s Destined For both see him as anything other than a dirty, plain old robot”

      I think you missed the point - everyone was so caught up in the messaging devices in their chairs to the point where they were talking to someone who was really right next to them on their phone. When Wall-E interrupted the female and male characters, they were legitimately surprised to realize that there were THINGS going on around them. That the ship had a pool. That the stars looked the way that they did. Wall-E might have been the first tactile contact that they had with ANYTHING. They might be “used” to robots walking around, but I doubt they were aware of anything outside of the screen on their chair. With a handshake, the little guy opened them up to what was around them rather than allow them to remain in their self-absorption.

      No, this was easily one of the best movies that I’ve ever seen. Others can not like it, but I am somewhat disappointed that many of you didn’t “get” it.

    77. Squirrels Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:07 am

      “Anyone who needs their life affirmed by a pair of cartoon robots is in bad shape.”

      Anyone who’s too macho to let their life be affirmed by a pair of cartoon robots is in even worse shape. Let go and enjoy it :)

    78. nycandre Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:19 am

      I tried my best to ignore the depressing views and go with the plot. Fell asleep, not wanting to walk out, since my friend was with me. Just can’t understand how we could have become so desensitized to “reality” to see this as “entertaining”.
      There was such a huge disconnect too between the plastic characters and the dialogues, as if it were “real” .. Perplexed .. are we all getting crazy or am I ?

    79. Eeeevah Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:24 am

      You must have walked out before the movie was finished.

    80. Eeeevah Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:30 am

      Oh, now I get it. It’s posted on your website.

      “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.”

    81. jic Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:36 am

      “This so-called “reviewer” is either unable to comprehend the movie or is just making a pathetic attempt to attract attention to his little blog by negatively reviewing a film that deserves much better feedback.”

      Is my mind playing tricks on me, or has that been posted almost word-for-word in the comments for several of Kyle’s reviews?

    82. Josh Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:43 am

      I agree - it was like a kid’s version of “Idiocracy”, except not as interesting (but no Dax Shepard, which is a plus).

      SPOILER ALERT: sort of…as if we don’t know how the movie will end. But why are we supposed to want the humans to return to earth? It is obviously NOT inhabitable yet, and these people will all die because of their physical condition…

    83. Nik Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 1:06 am

      Frankly i just think he’s the stereotypical American. Loud, obnoxious and adores violent movies with to many fart jokes. So anything that is subtle, smart or even mildly liberal is scorned.

      Great movie btw,
      saw it with my 12 year old brother and my 17 year cousin and his friend and all of us loved the film, defiantly recommend it.

    84. elmer Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 3:05 am

      i was stunned at how boring this movie was, after all the raves. and did no one else notice the racial slur, when the porkpie captain, for some reason unable to read the word “manual” on the cover of a manual about how to return to earth, starts hollering “manuel” and waiting for something to happen? i saw this in a theater filled with latino parents and children (and a single latino, myself)–and the joke… fell flat. in fact, i could count on one hand the number of times the audience laughed. i am totally confused about all the reviews–i thought this movie sucked.

    85. mcEwan Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 3:17 am

      “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.”- Kingsley Amis

      thats posted in the header, and that probably is the whole point why this writer writes, just to annoy:)

    86. Grae Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 3:19 am

      For Fate Sakes, people! He IS allowed not to like a movie, if it is a harsh review, it is a harsh review, not everyone has to see eye to eye.
      I Personally disliked Wall-e, it is up there with Cars, visually wonderful (as most Pixar movies go) but the story left me, bored and uncaring.
      I am allowed saying this, because I am aloud to voice my opinion, because we all can. You all liked it, fine, just keep it to yourselves.

    87. Bradd Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 3:23 am

      Kyle’s Masthead Quote Gives away his true intentions: Just to annoy people.

      And I’ll admit, I took the bait. He so desperately want’s to be special, he dissects that which is good to find petty counterarguments.

      So, since you lured me hear to read what you wrote, you can read what I have to write:

      You’re an uninspired cynic, and your ‘take’ on life just give us a lens through which to view your own self loathing. I’d feel sorry for you, but I can see that’s what you secretly crave. So instead I’ll just give you some advice: Quit Writing. Nobody cares about a cynic. And I won’t be back. fool me once, shame on you…

    88. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:22 am

      “Britto Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 9:32 pm
      I don’t get it. Why is there always some message in these movies? I’m not interested in robots and special effects; I want actors and a good story line. Disney sucks.”

      Always? ummm Monsters Inc. and Incredibles did not have any deep messages. Letalone most movies in General have small meanings behind them some don’t. You’re not interested in Special Effects and Robots? umm okay too bad for you, but regardless the reviewer of the movie said it was a dark movie which it wasn’t at all.

      Letalone i guess you don’t realise that portraying emotion with body language is quite hard and definately had alot of inspirations from the Classic Charlie Chaplin movies. Though that is all opinion a Critic should know good and well done movies when it slaps them on the face. Critics who lie like this and claim Wall-E is a dark movie are just pathetic. It clearly wasn’t a dark movie it was a love story with a pretty good message behind it.

    89. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:26 am

      “kishke Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 11:10 pm
      The movie wasn’t dark, it was life affirming.

      Anyone who needs their life affirmed by a pair of cartoon robots is in bad shape.”

      so a movie that upholds validity, and declares a positive attitude to somebody’s life is sad? Wow, thats about 97% of the positive critics. Nice job in trying to be witty.

    90. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:28 am

      and to the reviewer of this movie

      you gave

      Superbad a flawless 4/4
      and Wall-E a 2.5/4 which is a score you flipflop alot since there are other 2.5’s which are not rotten?

      Alot of inconsistency’s with this critic.

    91. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:34 am

      “Christian Toto Says:
      June 27th, 2008 at 11:54 am

      But what a yawnarama! Once the engaging beginning wraps, it’s a convoluted mess.

      I hate to give the knee jerk ‘it’s the film’s politics, stupid,’ but 98 percent?? Yikes.”

      What was so convoluted? are you actually too dumb to read the body language of the Robots?

      Film’s Politics Stupid? So it has a fairly mediocre amount of Enviromental Messages in the movie about 75% of the movie was about Wall-E and Eve hooking up.

      So please tell what was so Convoluted about it, i really want to know because i’ve seen convoluted like “I Know Who Killed Me”
      and the japanese version of “Pulse”
      This is not even near Convoluted unless you just have a hard time comprehending Body Language.

    92. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:44 am

      To the people saying this is not a kids movie. Are you insane?

      This is an excellent kids movie, i’ve seen a school of children watching this and being happy at the end. They found it cute, of course they won’t get the message of Economics and how come the people are fat but to them, but it’s funny regardless escpecially with alot of the slap stick comedy that goes along with this film.

      Letalone this was said on and on, The Main Point and the Majority of the movie was about Wall-E and Eve.

      It was flashy to look at, most Kids can watch the same movie over and over and still love it.

    93. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:53 am

      Joseph Watts Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 5:51 pm
      Awesome, the ant-corporation, anti-consumerism film just pulled in $65,000,000!!! HAHAHA! All you greenies gotta love the irony in that!
      __________________

      The movie isn’t really anti-corporation, it’s more about the Human Desire to be lazy and everything be hand fed to you.

      You totally missed the point, buynlarge wasn’t and evil corporation they in fact tried to help Humanity Live by sending them to space, letalone was the ones who invented the robots to clean up space but it failed. Though they still tried.

    94. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:04 am

      “Stop with all the commercialism and megacorporations, or else you’ll keep on ruining the earth.”

      That really wasn’t the meaning of the movie, it was in fact only 1 store that was shown BuynLarge, if people wanted they could eat less but it’s Human Nature to eat more and more and spend less and less. It wasn’t really Anti-Corporation. Corporations are something people have to live with, Wall-E shows that if a Corporation in the same Kin as Wal-Mart practically takes over buisness then things might get even more out of hand. BTW it’s not like Garbage isn’t already a problem people are trying to fix some caused by Corporations in real life such as Oil Spills and other waste, but as portrayed by the movie Wall-E it was only garbage and waste, which is not caused by Corporations but the human need for feeding oneself.

    95. Fire Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:11 am

      On one more note Regardless of what you all think even if it’s Negative about this movie. This Reviewer obviously didn’t understand alot of the movie since he did say and horribly written for not explaining why eve was there

      “A more advanced flying probe-bot sent to Earth for reasons unknown”

      Did you really miss the simple point that Eve was a Robot sent to earth to find a plant?

    96. Nadia Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:27 am

      I really think that the people who have given this movie a bad review are, quite plainly, dumb. They complain about the lack of dialogue or how the “plot doesn’t make sense.” I guess only smart people understood the following:

      Earth is empty. Hence the lack of dialogue in the first portion of the movie. Who the hell would Wall-E talk to? A chirping cockroach?

      Someone mentioned the fascination displayed by John and Mary when they see Wall-E and Eve floating around space. Uh, hello. Of course they like him. Didn’t anyone pay attention to the scenes that showed how humans no longer had face-to-face interactions? All communications with other people were handled through a hologram transmitter attached to their chairs, even if they were right next to each other. Wall-E “broke the spell” for both Mary and John. Those were the first 2 characters who began to notice their surroundings (a pool) and their dependence on a floating lounge chair.

      How can you be unclear about the development of the climax? I guess without dialogue, you just simply don’t understand what is going on. Someone must blatantly spell out the occurances through pointless banter!

      I guess the creators of Wall-E actually underestimated the time period it would take to dumb down the human race!

      Wall-E is an amazing movie. Is it the best thing Pixar has created? No. Does it deserve the recognition it is getting? Yes. While it may be too heavy for some younger kids, it definitely sends a strong message to a failing society that lacks compassion for each other and our environment.

    97. duane Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:31 am

      well honestly he had a point. the first half of this movie is the darkest social satire since brazil. no matter how much you try to make it have a happy ending, those images and that future are grim and disturbing.

      as is the idea that only white people will get to survive in the first place by being rich enough to go to the corporate orbital disney world.

      how much of this is intentionally disturbing i am honestly not sure. i’d love to Q and A the filmmakers about it.

    98. duane Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:32 am

      that being said i also thought it was ENTERTAINING throughout, and making something grim an disturbing not be a straight BUMMER is VERY GOOD FILM MAKING!

    99. duane Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:34 am

      if you keep thinking it through theres enough ambiguities that maybe its just a good story. on some levels there seems to be a very “liberal” bias but on other levels the survivors of the earth are all white english speakers which is flagrantly non PC.

      did shakespeare need an obvious agenda?

    100. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:37 am

      Wall-E will, said with a high degree of certainty, be nominated for an Oscar for Best Picture.

    101. cak Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 8:19 am

      I saw WALL-E yesterday, and really enjoyed it. It is my favourite Pixar movie to date. Didn’t think I would enjoy it so much, because I heard there was not much dialogue, but the characters showed a lot of emotion without having to talk.

      But, I don’t feel that everybody has to enjoy the movie because I did. What is the problem with someone disliking the movie, why do they need to be attacked by people who did enjoy the movie? “How dare anyone not like something that I like?” Crazy.

    102. ... Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 9:39 am

      Did you see this movie? It is 700 years in the future, not 800. You’re an idiot. I also doubt that the corporation exists anymore besides the computers run the ship. See films before you write crappy reviews.

    103. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 9:44 am

      christian toto says: But what a yawnarama! Once the engaging beginning wraps, it’s a convoluted mess.

      I hate to give the knee jerk ‘it’s the film’s politics, stupid,’ but 98 percent?? Yikes.”

      Gee Christian, these conclusions of yours can only mean you lack the mental faculties to follow a multi-layered, intellecutally demanding plot. that sucks bud. kys

    104. Dan Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 9:54 am

      So…you enjoy Superbad which is garbled nonsense fun…yet you don’t appreciate Wall-E.

      INTERESTING.

    105. kyle Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 9:54 am

      @The geniuses who keep pointing out that there was a reason (the plant) for Eve to be on Earth: I know. That’s pretty much what the movie was about.

      I said “for reasons unknown” so as to not spoil the movie (since this is a mystery it takes a while to resolve) for those who haven’t seen it. In a review of “Citizen Kane,” I might write, “We don’t know who Rosebud is.” Get it?

    106. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 10:18 am

      Honestly, I’d say the only defects in this orgasmic visual experience were the minor scientific shortcuts taken. for example, Wall-E’s metal encasing surely wouldn’t have withstood S waves at that proximity.duh. and maybe they could have explained the repro situation a little better. however, given its ostensible kid flick tag, such an explanation was appropriately excluded
      …please excuse the redundancy in 73-visual

    107. brlabrat Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 10:34 am

      Sure, the Earth’s fate (and ours) as portrayed in WALL-E is pretty bleak. But that doesn’t strike me at all as being a bad or thing.

      The film had a strong message of environmental stewardship, and I think that’s an important message to convey… not only to children, but evidently also to “adult” movie critics who are made uncomfortable and defensive by indictments of their own rampant American consumerism.

    108. Rick Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 10:34 am

      The world is becoming a wonderful place when the obviously neoconservative critic agrees with only 2% of the population. So, now that you have learned that 98% of the population (and critics) LOVED an obviously LIBERAL themed film, what will you do ? Continue to write nonsensical, head-scratching and unaccepted dissenting reviews while your career withers away like the Earth in this movie, or will you begin to recognize the error of your ways ? Seek professional help man.

    109. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 10:49 am

      duane, i’ve appreciated your commentary. however, not sure it was really a satire, as much as a tragedy in nature-hmm- the “human tragedy” vielleicht. As far as the socio-political, ideolgoical spin,I didn’t really pick up on that. Maybe it’s because there was most certainly a 20-30% black population on the Axion starship.

    110. bill swallen Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 10:54 am

      I agree, this movie was a cartoon ripoff of Idiocracy. No won wants to lace the sacred cow of Pixar or Spielberg.

    111. johnny5 Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 11:00 am

      Kyle, in your review you wrote: “a variety of evil machines try to steal from them a small plant from Earth that they brought with them as evidence that the planet is inhabitable again. That poses a threat to the corporation that is generating so much profit from its captive audience on the space station.”

      Actually this is incorrect. The reason the “bad robots”, Otto in particular, try to destroy the plant is because the BNL corporation has determined that Earth is unsalable, the soil is toxic and it would just be EASIER to stay in space, not more profitable. In fact, there doesn’t really appear to be much discussion of greed or profit motive in the movie at all, just an indictment of laziness, really. Perhaps when you were writing your review you thought it would just be “easier” to make up elements to support your negative take on the film. Clearly you are way off base.

    112. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 11:04 am

      this thread really runs the gamut. We’ve got genuine inquiry, alarmingly high idiocy (perhaps 8th grade reading level), astute observation, and joy-to-ride erudite summary. a fine sesh! all stemming from cattle prodder, Kyle Smith.

    113. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 11:05 am

      …err-joy-to-(read)

    114. Rob Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 11:08 am

      Kyle -

      I find your review of the Wall-E to be trite and a feeble attempt at driving people to your ridiculous site. Your review seems to focus on how gloomy and depressing the film is. Politics aside - it drives down a very important path; that of possibility. The point of the film is that with all of the gloom and doom around Wall-E - he is able to look at the good in the world.

      Wake up and stop being such an arrogant retard.

    115. philseg33 Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 11:18 am

      I agree with comment #30 (Hossrex). I said the exact same thing walking out of the theater; the ending would have been 100X better implied rather than forced.

      I was in awe and intrigued by this film all the way up until walle left earth. Everything after that was unnecessary.

      This movie would have been great without any people at all.

    116. Gabe Coppinger Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 11:33 am

      “The robots are cute but limited by a lack of dialogue, and their storylines essentially consist of a lot of Buster Keaton-style slapstick as a variety of evil machines try to steal from them a small plant from Earth that they brought with them as evidence that the planet is inhabitable again. That poses a threat to the corporation that is generating so much profit from its captive audience on the space station.”

      Kyle, this poorly written “paragraph” proves you have no idea what you’re writing about. Did you even WATCH the movie?? Buddy, you need to find another hobby, because you SUCK at this one.

    117. Robert Pruitt Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 11:49 am

      Way to take a lemonade and make it into a lemon tool.

    118. Hambone Scuttlesworth Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:16 pm

      P.S. The only good thing in the post is the weird but true section.

    119. Alex Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:33 pm

      The autopilot’s name is AUTO, not Otto. Although I can see where the confusion lies. On top of that, he is shaped like the steering wheel to a galleon, which I found quite witty. I think the movie was a slap to humanity [perhaps, as you have argued, to America specifically] to understand how consumeristic it is.

    120. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 12:39 pm

      jese i should start a blog about Wall-E. To reply to your question respectfully Cak-91, I would just say that when someone is so outlandishly off-base in his criticism, there will and should be some reckoning like the kind that has materialized here. In my retorts, I deemed it necessary to attack this hack ‘journalist’ on a personal level and with substantial ire, choler, etc. This decision was based my dispassionate respect, admiration for this film. You may call it love- or whatever spikes your whistle.

    121. D Ras Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 1:00 pm

      All I can say is that Kyle Smith is an idiot for writing such a review and would only do so for all the attention he is getting… it’s obviously working.

    122. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 1:16 pm

      The problem with creating notoriety to encourage hits on a blog is that it draws the attention of hitmen.

    123. kishke Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 1:31 pm

      @ddaveddandy:

      michelangelo’s David is just a hunk of rock, and yet…

      No “and yet” for me. My life feels just a-ok and perfectly well affirmed without it.

    124. kishke Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 1:34 pm

      Anyone who’s too macho to let their life be affirmed by a pair of cartoon robots is in even worse shape.

      You may be right, but as I am not macho in the least, it doesn’t apply. I’m just convinced that I can remain happy about my life without the help of cartoon robots, and I think it’s sad that some of you can’t.

    125. kishke Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 1:38 pm

      @bradd:

      So, since you lured me hear to read what you wrote

      Here, here!

    126. Jeremy H Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 1:52 pm

      Seriously, you completely messed the plot and some of the character names in this movie. I don’t care that you have a differing opinion, but surely attention to detail is kind of part and parcel of what a writer is supposed to have. The Autopilot’s name was Auto - as shown in the credits. There was a HUGE plot point shown in the scene with veteran Fred Willard where the robots are indeed under orders to not return to Earth and are not “evil”. Seriously, if you can’t get the story straight, how can we trust anything you write?

    127. kelly Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 2:09 pm

      I’m actually quite shocked at the glowing reviews that this movie is getting. I nearly fell asleep…and the 5 year old with me hadn’t a clue what was going on. Someone posted that the kids were quiet because they enjoyed it…I’ll bet there wasn’t a kid in the movie that even GOT it. It wasn’t all bad by any means…it’s just not at all a “kid’s” movie.

    128. Kevin C Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

      this review made me laugh. enjoy your fan club, kyle.

    129. Gary Seven Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 2:29 pm

      I loved the movie but can see your points. Congratulations to Pixar for finally making a controversial movie. It’s controversy that drives book and movie revenues and generates a secondary market & revenues for critics (A&E has milked the Da Vinci Code controversy for years). I’ve enjoyed this post as much as the movie. Pass the popcorn please.

    130. fastimes Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 2:32 pm

      I would appreciate if people would stop trying to extrapolate political agenda from this film. Truly a naive and off-base intepretation that undermines what really proves to be a transcendent message. Jeremy H, please don’t get so worked up over the character names-you’re talking about spelling-and i will concede, a clever pun, yes.

    131. leon Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 2:39 pm

      First of all, it wasn’t a kid’s movie. I would not recommend taking anyone under the age of 8 to it since it would go over their heads and just leave them laughing at the slapstick parts. And there weren’t any fart jokes for the kids to understand.

      Anyway, good call Kyle, ‘cuz it sucked. I got bored within the first five minutes, I mean all the depressing post-apocalyptic depressing sights and stuff, so I went and got a popcorn and soda, and when I got back (same price as the movie), it was the same old crud; nothing changed. No action, no fistfights, no dialog, no cute chicks, nothing. Where’s the character development? Where’s the characters? I just don’t get it.

      So I went and got more popcorn, and talked up the cutie at the counter. When I got back, they were on some sort of spaceship. Again, no hotties, and the chicks were gross. I mean they looked like the guys. What’s up with that? And all the fuss about one plant, I mean it was a pretty sad looking plant. Big deal.

      And then at the end everybody gets uptight that the robot — and I have to say that the robot didn’t look like robots are supposed to, like the one in Spaceballs — was messed up. I’m not going to get all emotional about a stupid robot that looks like a toaster oven.

      So, no I don’t get it, just like you. I didn’t get Brazil, either, except when they showed it on TV and took out the last 30 seconds or so, then it was lots better.

    132. Ivonne Felix Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 2:49 pm

      OK. I wanted to see the movie and went in without any prejudice. Wall-e is a very cute, hard working, organized,
      kind and rather humanized little robot whose only earthly friend is a cockroach - it tells you these bugs are very resilient, something we already know - but - I don’t like bugs,this a is minor and my problem.
      He likes “Hello Dolly” music. I like Michael Crawford’s singing in “It Only takes a moment” but have never been too big on this particular musical,just don’t like Hello Dolly. I wish they had picked something like “Whistle While You Work” instead, but then again that is just me. Maybe the issue was royalties.
      It is a complex movie and Pixar really examines what topic their next flic is about. They are aware of the fenomenal success of their previous films and they know each new one is a gamble but they stick to their guns and go forth.
      Disney studios does release their movies and Pixar needs their support in that sense, but don’t blame Disney for the contents. Pixar, I believe, retains the right to choose the contents of their work. This is a studio where grown-ups do their work very happily and they can bring to life their childhood dreams and hopes and one of the best work places in the world. They are good to their inner child and it shows.
      It is an enjoyable children’s movie and I did not hear any children crying, asking their parents “what’s that”,what I saw were kids watching a movie. It also sends a message to adults to take care of our environment, teach their kids about that through example and recycle, reuse, reduce so our children do not inherit an earth that is so far gone. There is really nothing wrong with that.
      I enjoyed the movie although Pixar can do much better and I’m sure their next flic will show it.

    133. Jimbo Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 3:59 pm

      Anyone who starts a war of liberals vs conservatives over a movie about robots in love needs to get a life.

    134. bmg Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:01 pm

      I feel sorry for right-wing hysterics. Because they lack humanity and imagination, if a movie/book/show isn’t all about their money and how someone or something is trying to take it away from them, it just doesn’t hold their interest.

    135. devin Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:19 pm

      i haven’t seen, or even heard about, a single child that was even remotely entertained by this film. i think that says it all.

    136. RupeBlows Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:21 pm

      Its not that Kyle didnt like the movie, he probably did, but instead gave it a negative review because it went against the value system of his corporate slave masters over at News Corp and the rest of the FOX News/NY Post henchman in that it had a anti corporate, pro environmentalist subtext which Im sure good ol Rupert hated. I have a feeling those robots that never got out of “line” in their travels around the axion and went and did exactly what they were supposed to be for the sake of BNL and their Bush/Cheney like CEO hit a little bit too close to home for you Kyle. Buck up, maybe one day you will cease to be one of News Corps androids and actually take on human feelings.

    137. kd Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 4:46 pm

      “i haven’t seen, or even heard about, a single child that was even remotely entertained by this film. i think that says it all.”

      you don’t have kids do you devin? or know anyone who does. my kids loved it, the neighbor’s kids loved it, i haven’t seen or even heard about one who didn’t.

    138. chris Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:20 pm

      I think your review says more about your own cynicism than it does about the movie.

    139. Chris Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 5:43 pm

      The nay-sayers on are quick to point out the “liberal” mindset of the majority of viewers who gave this the %95 rating. Do you honestly think they liked it because the humans destroyed the earth and failed at bringing it back to life? Do you actually think they were happy about the “fat Americans” being depicted? That all the libs out there were going, “Ohh!! I love how this shows us how stupid we are!”

      Look, you people who think that way are wrong. The person who wrote this article is wrong. It’s not that kind of story. If he had actually stayed in his seat, he would have seen the Earth being rebuilt by the humans at the end of the movie. That alone negates this “scholar” of a hack thinking this was a dark tale. Dont you actually have to WATCH the movie to right a review here?

      I am into science fiction. You may not believe in Global Warming, or whatever you deem the flavor of the year. I know I dont believe in “Man Made Global Warming.” But that doesn’t mean the earth still warms up from time to time. What you have to deal with is fundamental truth. Truth! The truth is, the Earth warms, it cools off and there are terrible Ice ages. The ultimate truth is the sun will expand and blow it up someday. Who cares about politics when truth stares you right in the face?

      This is a science fiction story. In this story, the humans mess up, and humanity is almost destroyed. These people aren’t “fat Americans.” They are all thats left of 700+ years of floating around in space. Of course they are fat. It’s a wonder they can still think for pete’s sake. It’s like the human spirit was placed in ‘pause’ for hundreds of years. Throw in a few cool robots who have a unique way of looking at life, and you have a Pixar flick.

      Done. Fin. Exit. Seriously. This was one of the best movies I have seen in a few years. I love it, and I get the message. The message is to live, love and try and make a better world for yourself and those around you. If given a chance, to seize opportunity and rebuild and repair while you still can.

      It says, “Hey people, look around, this COULD happen, but if you just take a little care, it might not.”

      “Life is an occasion. Rise to it!” –Mr. Magoriums wonder Emporium.

    140. D. Ha Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 6:16 pm

      required to enjoy this movie: a heart two sizes too big and a brain two sizes too small.
      if you think robots can have emotions and fall in love and at the same time have super sophisticated technology that allows them to scan and find things with pinpoint precision, and all this somehow does not contradict the idea that they can lose track of a plant, wall-e will be enjoyable. if the idea that robots will someday gain human emotions, while human beings will lose all of theirs, even the ability to fall in love, seems plausible, wall-e will be enjoyable. if you think a plant can grow inside a refrigerator without water or sunlight or carbon dioxide, and somehow life after 700 years of being nonexistant can come back, spontaneously generating out of nothing, is also plausible, wall-e will be enjoyable. if you think mega corporations are evil and will destroy the earth, making us all fat and lazy, wall-e will be a godsend. but if you like things to make a little more realistic sense, and you dislike simple feel-good anti-intellectual superemotional schmaltz, wall-e will be a torturous waste of time.

    141. kishke Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 6:18 pm

      I feel sorry for right-wing hysterics.

      The hysterics on this comments thread are all lefties.

    142. KyleisSad Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 6:21 pm

      You want a little to far this time. Trying to stand out by being different but your reasoning is so full of holes it is almost like you watched this movie on fast foward or while writing another one of your lame books.

      You have completely lost most of your credability as a film critic. The traffic to your site will die down in about 1 week, after everyone has vented. However, word of mouth about how horrible of a film critic you are will go on forever. Hope the 15min of fame was worth it.

    143. Wrathos Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 6:49 pm

      Ahah, Kyle got burned down… such hostility here.

      Politics and publicity stunts aside, I thought this was a really touching movie.

      Kyle takes 23 fire damage

    144. devin Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 7:01 pm

      “you don’t have kids do you devin? or know anyone who does. my kids loved it, the neighbor’s kids loved it, i haven’t seen or even heard about one who didn’t.”

      i personally took my 12 year old little brother, who left to go play video games halfway through. as for other kids… i’ve talked to the parents of six kids now, ALL of them “wanted to leave 15 minutes in”. the only real laughter i heard in the theatre (2pm show) was for the preview of “Beverly Hills Chihuahua”.

      this movie is beautiful, has a very solid story, and contains characters you’ll fall in love with… but its BORING! and if your kids enjoy it, you might consider stimulating their minds with more than crayons and a workbook!

      Any child that takes part in modern society will be taking a $7.50 nap!

    145. Hunter Tremayne Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 7:19 pm

      Righties don’t care for movies with an ecological message, simply because they know they won’t be around when their kids have to clear up the mess.

    146. Diane Hunter Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

      I found the movie to be BORING and very bleak. I also found the depicting of humans as insulting. My 8 and 11 year old girls also did not care for it at all. I found it preachy and the girls found it difficult to follow at certain points. I don’t know who in their right mind would give it 4 stars!

    147. kishke Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 9:05 pm

      Righties don’t care for movies with an ecological message, simply because they know they won’t be around when their kids have to clear up the mess.

      Actually, the reason righties don’t care for movies with an ecological message is that they’ve generally got their own religion already, and have no interest in adopting the lefties’ new one.

    148. autobot Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 10:34 pm

      -Hossrex said:
      “I agree with this review.

      Pixar movies are about character, and Wall-E never evolves beyond who he was in the great opening scene. Woody, Marlin, and Mr. Incredible all developed through the natural process of the story. None of them were the same at the beginning of the story as they were at the end. This can’t be said of Wall-E, Eve, or any of the characters in this movie. Its an incredibly static movie, and the lack of dialog hurts the narrative tremendously.”

      I have to respectably disagree with you, because the one thing that stuck with me as I walked out of the theater was how dynamic each of the characters were.

      EVE isn’t a dangerous, almost unfeeling robot she is portrayed to be in the beginning. By the end, she discovers what attachment feels like, and is incredibly devastated when (SPOILER!! LOOK AWAY) WALL-E turns into a regular old robot with no personality.

      WALL-E too shows how he can be a courageous little guy when he manages to save the plant.

      The most dynamic character(s) in the movie would have to be the captain and all the cruisers. They finally realize that they should return to Earth.

      Simply because the characters don’t speak dialogue doesn’t necessarily mean that they are devoid of emotion and depth. I think they are even more expressive because of their limited speech.

    149. Chris Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 1:45 am

      This makes me sad. I am a Conservative-Libertarian and I am ashamed at all the stuff I am hearing from the Right.

      ITS A MOVIE FOR HEAVENS SAKES!!!!

      D. Ha says, “if you think robots can have emotions and fall in love and at the same time have super sophisticated technology that allows them to scan and find things with pinpoint precision, and all this somehow does not contradict the idea that they can lose track of a plant, wall-e will be enjoyable.”

      Are you crazy? It’s a KIDS movie! KIDS! People that are smaller than adults. Kids. Remember that?

      Hey, sense you are so bent on reality in this Pixar movie. I have a question for you. Did a Bugs life make sense D. Ha? Did it make sense there was a city of bugs? No. Did a Toy Story make sense? Toys talking and then showing themselves to the human race? No.

      How about the humans with super human powers? Like in The Increadables. Did that make logical sense? Did a rat cooking food make sense? Huh?

      What are you looking for here people? Its a movie. About what might happen. It’s fake. Not real, but a story. A story, remember? One that you would read from a Michael Criton novel. He did write a lot about what might be… Was he even less realistic?

      D. Ha said, “but if you like things to make a little more realistic sense, and you dislike simple feel-good anti-intellectual superemotional schmaltz, wall-e will be a torturous waste of time.”

      Sir, I am surprised you still see kids movies. Why even bother?

    150. Fire Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 2:33 am

      leon Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 2:39 pm
      “And then at the end everybody gets uptight that the robot — and I have to say that the robot didn’t look like robots are supposed to, like the one in Spaceballs — was messed up. I’m not going to get all emotional about a stupid robot that looks like a toaster oven.”
      ______________

      So please tell me did Robots in Star Wars really Look like they were suppose to? How about Terminator?

      Yeah because R2D2 WAS SOOOOO much akin to a “Real Robot” You mean like how the japanese people have invented Mecha’s and Robots in there anime for ages because the Japanese Mecha’s look so much more like Robots right? i mean those crazy looking Mecha Balls and Suits.

    151. Fire Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 2:41 am

      “Diane Hunter Says:
      June 30th, 2008 at 8:05 pm
      I found the movie to be BORING and very bleak. I also found the depicting of humans as insulting. My 8 and 11 year old girls also did not care for it at all. I found it preachy and the girls found it difficult to follow at certain points. I don’t know who in their right mind would give it 4 stars!”

      Really depicting Human Nature in this way is really insulting? Wow you must really hate Greek Mythology and Bibles.

      Gluttony is 1 of the 7 deadly sins.

      Greeky Mythology and Bibles have always portrayed Humans to be imperfect.

      Did you not notice the people in the movie not even realising the pool in the Cruise? That is a small social commentary to how some people get so hooked into electronics that they forget everything around them letalone forget seeing real people.

      Cell Phones, Online MMORPG’s like WoW can be extremely distracting to ones life letalone it’s easy for people to become lazy in a dystopian society and have everything automated for them therefore making us fat.

    152. Fire Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 3:00 am

      “Kyle Says:
      June 29th, 2008 at 2:50 pm
      It is so blatantly obvious that your goal here is to attract attention to yourself. What a loser. No respectable “critic”, would find your supposed “faults” in this movie. No, no respectable person. This review is not your opinion, it’s your own version of letting your body go limp and screaming at the top of your lungs when your mother tried to take you up to your room for naptime. Get a life.”

      Really so you constantly reposting this Horribly Written Review constantly on Rottentomatoes to get more attention, isn’t your doing?

      Yes your write but is this even an opinion? hahaha sure it is, but a horribly written and uninformed one at that. Escpecially after you undermine your reviewers by making them Think Eve has no point in going to earth.

    153. Fire Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 3:14 am

      Yes your write but is this even an opinion?

      meant to say right*

    154. Elisha Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 4:17 am

      Look, I just have to tell you - your review really isn’t very good. Not because you disliked Wall-E, but because this review is wrong in several ways.

      1.”When she and WALL-E start to beep sweet nothings at each other, she has a higher-pitched tone than he does and says her name is Eve, so WALL-E is confirmed to be a heterobot.”<—-Does this have anything to do with the movie? (the answer, if you were wondering, is no.) Several of your “comments” throughout this review were pointless - they were simply put there in a small-minded attempt to make people think you were “witty.” Or should I say “witt-E?” Sorry, Kyle, we don’t buy it.

      2. “It’s hard to see how a Disney-certified happy ending can result from this, and the answer is it really can’t.”<—Besides the obvious fact that not all good endings are happy endings, if you watch the end, you’ll see it actually is pretty darn happy. I’m hesitant to spoil the ending, but you’ve (allegedly) seen it already.

      3. “Perhaps never before has any corporation spent so much money on insulting its customer.” “How paying customers will react to being told they’re porky slobs, or are headed in that direction (WALL-E is set 800 years in the future) will depend on how closely the people in the audience ignore the people on screen and concentrate on WALL-E and Eve.” <— Sorry, but once again, I find you to be wrong. The film is reolutely NOT insulting it customers. It’s not telling us that we are porky slobs. The film is telling us that if we let others run our lives, that if we let ourselves lose all ambition and drive, that if we don’t TAKE RESPONSIBILITY, then disastrous thing can (and will) happen.

      4. “The robots are cute but limited by a lack of dialogue.” <— Sorry, Kyle, but you are about the only person on the planet who thinks this. Everyone who reviewed the movie (except you and one other person) agreed that the first half of the film was exceptionally gorgeous, both visually and emotionally. Most problems with the four other critics who have given this a bad review comes in the second half.

      5. “WALL-E isn’t much of a character, though, and the conflicts in the film are not only slow to develop but have hazily-defined stakes. Regardless of what happens with the plant, regardless of whether a HAL 9000-like computer named Auto and the corporation he represents succeed in convincing the puppet captain of the space ship that there is no reason to return to Earth, the planet is essentially beyond hope.” <—- Well, Kyle, besides the fact that your reason for not telling us EVE’s purpose on Earth was that it would give too much away, AND YOU JUST GAVE IT AWAY, you’re wrong again. The plant in itself is not important. The plant is PROOF that the Earth is once again inhabitable. That’s the whole point. You think the captain just wanted a nice potted plant, or something? The Earth is now able to be restored. As to the question of HOW, I’m sure the floating behemoth that is the AXIOM has tools and such, as well as training guides and so on.

      6. “And Disney paved over a few thousand acres of Florida wetlands to build Walt Disney World in the first place.” <—- And this relates to the movie…how?

      7. “The repeated allusions to “2001? (including some musical cues which are now trite) reminded me of how much more human Stanley Kubrick’s film was; Dave Bowman, unlike the space station captain in WALL-E, was resourceful and dynamic, not a blubbery idiot, and his adventure was leading to a mighty payoff, not a possible trip back to an apoca-landfill. What will the humans do to rebuild on Earth if they go back to it anyway? They are about as skilled as crash-test dummies.” <—- Besides the fact that the hero of this story is Wall-E, and not the captain, traveling back to Earth was essentially an evolution. Humans had turned into a mass of sheep, with no real reason to live. When they came back to Earth, they had to become human again. I’m pretty sure that’s a huge payoff. Being reborn as the human race isn’t exactly nothing.

      It’s really hard to read your review. If you took out of all of the aforementioned snarky comments, you’d be left with 5 sentences. And that’d mostly be about the plot. And you never explain why a gloomy movie is a bad thing.

    155. Matthew Smith Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 8:18 am

      The problem with your review is it ignores the true excellence and passion that stretches the entire movie, in addition to a riveting plot that, incidentally, is the reason the movie managed a 96% on RT. The method with which you reviewed the movie festers on every remotely objectionable aspect of the movie, while ignoring the details which rectify them (ie the reclining chairs, which are there because it was originally a CRUISE - there is nothing remotely wrong about relaxing on a cruiseline. Your “fake existence” point - isn’t the point of a cruise to escape reality?). You say that the story is limited by a lack of dialogue, yet this is precisely which gives the movie artistry. Finally, your point about Wall-E not being much of a character - HE IS A ROBOT. A robot is designed with no personality, yet Wall-E has not only developed a taste for pleasure and fun, but also a longing for love. He is a child starting to form, and the dreary backdrop only serves to reinforce the tre significance of Wall-E’s character.
      In all honesty, it is clear from your review that you entered the theater with the idea to tear apart a Disney blockbuster, and you ignored the entire plot and beauty of the movie in order to be able to write a scathing (and inaccurate) review

    156. Jonathan Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 8:48 am

      Sounds like someone has it out for Disney. Yawn.

    157. Josh Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 8:54 am

      A quote at the bottom of this page currently reads: “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody”.

      I get the picture now, no point in arguing against this bozo, he’s merely being obnoxiously facetious.

      Frankly, I get the feeling he actually lloved the movie.

    158. Nivek Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 8:59 am

      It feels like this a lot of older people trying to pick apart a kids movie with controversial topics. By no means is it a bad movie, the structure is excellent & the story does have meaning. I think the concept & main character behind this was genius. You have to be pretty creative to make such a minute little character like WALL-E so eccentrically enjoyable.

    159. Richelle Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 9:18 am

      Here is what I find ironic:

      -Kyle complains that the movie is cynical and dark.
      -He says it is portraying it’s own viewers as porky slobs (or “headed in that direction”).
      -There is an implication that said viewers should be insulted by this.

      Then…

      -He says the human characters are “blubbery idiots” and have no hope of saving the planet because “they are about as skilled as crash-test dummies”.

      So… should I, as a viewer, be insulted by Disney/Pixar implying that my future relatives are going to be fat, lazy, slobs? If so, should I then be insulted by the fact that Kyle says as fat, lazy, slobs they will be totally worthless, or should I ignore that part?

      Bravo Kyle. You just insulted the very people you were painting as the victims of a Disney/Pixar fat joke. Even if the movie was calling us slobs at least it was hopeful enough to say that we could do something to change that, unlike you. Who’s the cynical one now?

      And what is the deal with the comparisons to Stanley Kubrick’s movie? Apples and Oranges. Wall-E is a movie for KIDS. If it alludes to another movie it is not for the purpose of trying to compete with it.

      I’ll finish by saying my son and I really enjoyed this movie and the ridiculous rant written by Kyle makes me appreciate the story even more.

    160. kishke Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 10:19 am

      Some very strange birds on this thread. And some very poor grammar!

    161. Thad Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 10:50 am

      Excellent review. Be sure to read my own at my site.

    162. Jameson Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 11:07 am

      Some commenters seem to be criticizing the environmental warnings in this film as too “liberal” or exaggerated. Sorry to burst your bubble, but WALL-E’s future Earth is already here (just not in your backyard). Check out the documentary, Manufactured Landscapes, for example: http://www.zeitgeistfilms.com/landscapes/

    163. MSmne Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 11:12 am

      I have never been a real fan of the Pixar movies and I didn’t even want to go see this BUT, this was honestly one of the BEST movies I’ve seen in a long time. The story was so poignant, the visuals so stunning and the music so great that I was entertained from beginning to end. For Disney/Pixar to make such a strong statement about consumerism shocked and impressed me.

      I typically don’t get interested in the many Pixar movies because I feel they lack a purpose, unlike Wall-E which definitely had something to say. I recommend everyone (both young and old) to see this amazing film. I can’t wait for it to come out on DVD.

    164. Chris Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 11:28 am

      LOL. I thought you are not supposed to not begin a sentence with the word “and.”

    165. kishke Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 11:31 am

      @Chris:

      Once you graduate second grade, you’re allowed to. You’ll find out one day.

    166. Wayne Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 11:50 am

      This confirms for me that I really dislike movies with either of the following:

      1. Cute aliens
      2. Cute robots

      I put this right up there with E.T., then again I’m one of the few that thought that movie blew.

    167. Niko Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 1:54 pm

      Kyle,

      I’m not going to attack you for having an opinion about the movie. I disagree with you on all levels of your criticism but you are more than entitled to not like Wall-E.

      May I suggest watching it another time not for the sake of changing your published opinion, but perhaps making sure you actually feel the way you do about the movie? I get a sense from the tone of your article that your criticism was filtered through some pretty heavy bias.

      You had some pretty damning things to say about the film in comparison to Disney which I think is unfair. Disney merely distributed the film. They had no hand in conceiving or developing the film. They didn’t even have a say in the major themes of the film. Is it totally impossible that Andrew Stanton and the crew working on the film at Pixar were indirectly leveling some of their criticism at Disney? I truly believe your personal biases severely limited your ability to judge this movie with a fair and open mind. If I am totally wrong in this assessment you are obviously, as I said before, entitled to your opinion of the movie.

    168. Dingus Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 3:08 pm

      I’m sorry, but I will not be lectured about the evils of corporations and consumerism by Disney and Pixar. Wall-E had a 180 million dollar production budget. It was made with technology that would not exist without multi-national corporations. What’s the carbon footprint of this film? How many millions of pounds of plastic are being used to make cute Wall-E toys?

      The hypocrisy is obvious, and it would be hilarious if so many people were not taking this garbage so seriously. I hope you self-congratulating left wingers aren’t using regular computers to post your rants. I hope that your computers were made by the Hopi Indians, using only Earth friendly components. If not, you’re just another multi-national corporation supporting consumerist, just like everyone else.

    169. Forlourned Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 3:56 pm

      Thanks for the heads up on this new turd Kyle! I could not get into a single trailer or that pretentious “teaser” with the creators waxing over a stained coffee napkin. I also noticed that every trailer showed only the events of that garbage robot on Eart~ errr.. GAIA! (Lady GAIA that is to write) and only a half second shot of one human reacting to something.

      What I gathered from those is a Slave (robot) / Master(Cooperation) plotting that’s quite an old story for such a “future looking” tale. Let me guess; trash robot comes to humanland and shows all the robots how to be !!!!FREEDOM!!!! Comical fun fun happens as they riot in fun fun ways to entertain the little boys and girls in the theater and bright shiny white “girl” robot learns to luv~… Ruuv! the trash robot! Everybody rushes back to GAIA(Lady GAIA that is to write) to resurrect the spotted owl and pick up the tossed beer cans into happy happy fun fun land~

      ……………………………….

      yeah, I don’t think this is any more than a Netflix to fast forward thru to get the gist of the actual story and a long.. Long read of Paradise Lost to clean out my memories of it. Ahh, Dante you minx.. I’m heading for ya soon!

      Well over a Hundred posts PLUS of dribbling rantings of very small people taking umbrage for your Blasphemy against the mouses’ house. I’ve read most of it and am still amazed by the amount of miss-spellings in most of them. Diction, grammer and proper sentence structures I have no say in since I’m horrid in that. But I make damn sure that everything I spell is correct!

      Every damn time, everywhere…

    170. jic Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 4:12 pm

      Fire, I am genuinely amazed that you managed to confuse an obvious troll attacking Kyle under his own name with Kyle himself.

    171. Walter Fegis Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 7:58 pm

      This was the first Pixar movie in which I was disappointed. I took my kid expecting light hearted entertainment and instead felt bored and insulted. I go to movies to forget how screwed up the world is, not to be preached at.

    172. viewer Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 10:14 pm

      Kyle, you have no heart and your soul is dead.

    173. Wade Taylor Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 1:40 am

      EVEN if I were to write the perfect masterpiece of story art the world has ever known, and even if it was brought to screen in what I think is the perfect way, there are STILL going to be, obviously from this group of negative reviews, a BUNCH of people who scoff antagonistically and even vehemently at what I consider to be perfect art.

      The reason people are so quick to lash out vehemently in response to various movie reviews is due to their INSECURITY that MAYBE, JUST MAYBE they are wrong when it comes to analyzing movies. That fear and insecurity leads to a very energized and angry basic response of, “ You are SO stupid for not seeing things MY WAY!!!”.

      In summary, to each his own. Everyone has their own opinion. Art is like this. Everyone looks at art with different emotions and backgrounds. One certain piece of art will hit one person’s emotions in a deeply moving and profound way. That same piece of art will be boring and unattractive to another person because it doesn’t touch their unique set of emotions in the same way.

      And some people are just geared to appreciate most things, and to overlook flaws, whereas others are geared to look for the flaws in most things. Let me tell you, though, you’ll be a WHOLE lot happier in life, and will see that opinions of movies are just one aspect of life, if you can try to appreciate most things.

      That doesn’t mean you have to like WALL-E at all.

      People need to have the courage to trust and respect their own, unique opinions and let others do the same.

      If you look at the top of this page, the tagline quote for his site, next to kyle smith’s name is: “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.” – a quote by kingsley amis. All I’m asking is this: is kyle writing this review to annoy us, or does he really feel this way about this film? I think this film is one of the top 10 movies of the past 36 years. I really do. Possibly even in my top 3. I own over 800 movies and write frequently about movies, but you know what? I’m not an expert. No ONE IS! NO ONE. NOT YOU. NOT YOUR FAVORITE DIRECTOR, even. When it comes to art, a ten year-old kid has as much power of opinion as you do. If you can’t respect others’ opinions, then you are presenting yourself as uneducated. That’s my opinion. To each his own.

    174. chris Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 1:45 am

      Thank you for being the one reviewer in the world to see through this overrated film. I can’t believe all the reviews I’m reading.

      Weak storytelling, convoluted plot and worst of all, characters with zero depth. The love story was trite and predictable from the first moment.

      Of course, the first part of the film looked amazing and the camera work was energetic (if somewhat inappropriate). But that’s not enough, especially from Pixar. Ranks outside of the top 5 of their otherwise stellar library.

      Oh, Thomas Newman is amazing.

    175. Wade Taylor Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 1:52 am

      I mean seriously. It does.

    176. Laura Hallie Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 2:11 am

      “Diction, grammer and proper sentence structures I have no say in since I’m horrid in that. But I make damn sure that everything I spell is correct!”

      lol. Check your spelling of ‘grammar’. That’s super classic.

      And as for Kyle… gloomy? Cynical? WALL-E is all about second chances and optimism. I don’t know where you got that there isn’t a happy ending, because there was! The humans were left moving forward from their 700-year stint of existing solely as sloths and gluttons and products of mega-corporations. Did you watch the beginning of the credits? All of the characters were working to essentially re-build humanity from the ground up. “Eve” included (get it?). Second chances.
      The scary part of the movie is that, yeah, we’re currently screwing with the earth pretty badly. The possibility of turning it into a worldwide junkyard isn’t that far-fetched, and damn right, that’s creepy. But the seriousness of the film’s political message - which younger kids won’t tap into- doesn’t really convey its tone. The movie doesn’t FEEL creepy. It feels warm, right from the beginning. There have been kids movies that I’ve found creepy or really sad, and I’ve wondered how 7 year olds would deal with such morose material. But not WALL-E, not at all. At its core, the movie is all heart. I could go on, but I have a feeling all of this is falling on deaf ears, anyway… :/

    177. Fire Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 2:17 am

      jic Says:
      July 1st, 2008 at 4:12 pm
      Fire, I am genuinely amazed that you managed to confuse an obvious troll attacking Kyle under his own name with Kyle himself.
      ________________________

      Right, and whats your proof that it isn’t really kyle?

    178. Suren Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 3:16 am

      I tend to like dark childrens movies, but so far most computer animated films haven’t been enjoyable to me. I think traditionally animated environmental movies such as Ferngully and Once Upon a Forest were far more heartwarming while still getting their point across and showing hope for the future. (An example in Once Upon a Forest, throughout the movie humans are viewed as fearsome monsters by the forest animals, until the very end when humans arrive to actually clean up the mess they made in the forest, revealing to the audience that there is still some good in humanity.) CGI is so cold by comparison. Though one thing I will say for WALL-E, at least it didn’t rely on cheap laughs by way of toilet humor and pop-culture references, like so many computer animated films do.

    179. Richard Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 8:17 am

      As I sit here reading the comments section, I am amazed at the level of vitriol directed at Kyle for his review. He is a reviewer of movies, that is what he does. He has his opinions and he shares them with us because he gets paid to do so and because he is obviously a lover of film.

      His opionion is his and that is it. For ssomeone to sit at home and become enraged because one critic doesn’t like a particular film that you happen to like is just plain silly and a colossal waste time and energy on your part.

      Are you somehow afraid of his opinion? Why are people so threatened when someone diagrees with them. To become enraged and to attack someone for their opinion displays a very undemocratic and frankly fascist tendency. To attack and demean someone for their opinion is nothing more than an ignorant emotional reaction.

      Grow up!

    180. Sharah Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 9:12 am

      Kyle,
      I heard an astounding review for this movie on my favorite radio station. I was uber curious because Rotten Tomato rating was 96%. So I scrolled through the reviews and read yours first.

      I think I wanted to know why you didn’t like it more than anything. I read through the comments too. I just want to remind people that they chose to read your review instead of/in addition to everyone else’s… You have a particular slant on the movie, and that is fine by me. I don’t think I will bother seeing it now. Maybe when it comes to our towns $1 theater. I appreciate your blatant honesty, even if no one else does.
      Thanks for the honest review.

    181. jic Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 10:15 am

      “Right, and whats your proof that it isn’t really kyle?”

      Well, lets review what “kyle” wrote again:

      “It is so blatantly obvious that your goal here is to attract attention to yourself. What a loser. No respectable “critic”, would find your supposed “faults” in this movie. No, no respectable person. This review is not your opinion, it’s your own version of letting your body go limp and screaming at the top of your lungs when your mother tried to take you up to your room for naptime. Get a life.”

      “Kyle” is obviously attacking Kyle’s review. Now, either “kyle” suffers from extreme self-loathing, or it isn’t the real Kyle.

    182. Paul F Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 10:38 am

      A well-made animation film, but the story was indeed very gloomy, as was the “scenery” (I was happy to see some color the next night with the kids in the ok Kung Fu Panda).

      People can quibble with some of the smaller details of what Kyle wrote here, but, on the whole, his “minority” view seems much closer to the mark than the majority who seem to be assuming that, because it’s Pixar, it must be great.

      Kyle’s 2 and a half stars, if anything, seems generous.

    183. Mike Goberis Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 12:58 pm

      You have no soul.

    184. Joe Balck Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 2:02 pm

      I have to tell you Kyle…you are the most ridiculous human on earth. As a critic you get a solid -12. You gave HANCOCK a better review. Lay off the crack pipe sir, really!

    185. Joe Balck Says:
      July 2nd, 2008 at 2:07 pm

      Sarah…not that many people are wrong and Kyl-E right. Go see it, it’s worth it. How can you possibly listen to one idiot over sooooo many others? So to you Kyle is basically the all seeing eye? WOW!!!!!

    186. Oliver Grant Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 1:49 am

      Finnally!!! You are actually very right, with your review. Disney is virtually destroying Pixar and completely engulfing its reputation.

    187. Fire Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 6:13 am

      jic Says:
      “It is so blatantly obvious that your goal here is to attract attention to yourself. What a loser. No respectable “critic”, would find your supposed “faults” in this movie. No, no respectable person. This review is not your opinion, it’s your own version of letting your body go limp and screaming at the top of your lungs when your mother tried to take you up to your room for naptime. Get a life.”

      “Kyle” is obviously attacking Kyle’s review. Now, either “kyle” suffers from extreme self-loathing, or it isn’t the real Kyle.
      ______

      Or maybe one of them is Kyle and one of them Isn’t. There’s no Rule where 2 people can’t have the same name.

    188. Brian Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 7:41 am

      Your review is a piece of trash. You really looked too deep into some of its aspects that you completely missed what was trying to be told.

    189. jic Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 9:48 am

      “Or maybe one of them is Kyle and one of them Isn’t. There’s no Rule where 2 people can’t have the same name.”

      Wow.

    190. kishke Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 11:46 am

      @jlc:

      Is that the dumbest response ever or what? I was gonna take it on but then just threw my hands up.

    191. Joe Black Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 12:29 pm

      Oliver Grant…did you actually watch that film???? Or did you go by the way of Kyl-E and just decide to pull comments out of your ass just to create overinflated hype for yourself? Honestly!!

    192. moo Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 7:25 pm

      hey kyle did someone steal your soul?!?

      talk it out man. just because you’re angry doesn’t mean you have to take it out on a cute little robot trying to make Earth a better place. sheesh.

    193. Jon Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 8:44 pm

      The quote at the top and bottom of your site “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.” by Kingsley Amis is out of context. His intention was not to annoy others, but to be fearless when writing opinions. You are fearless in writing your opinion so I assume you take the sentiment at face value. You write to annoy. I guess we are all giving you what you want … attention.

    194. Heather Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 10:01 pm

      Thanks for debunking the Wall-E mystique, Kyle. Perhaps there is also little point in movie-making if you can’t annoy someone as well. Wall-E certainly annoyed the hell out of me. Just when you thought it was safe to go to a cartoon with your kids, you get to view Pixar’s version of doomsday. I’m afraid it was all a little too close to home as I watched chubby kids (not mine of course) scarf down popcorn and toss away their garbage. My kids and I agree that we won’t be adding any Wall-E merchandise to the junk pile any time soon.

    195. jic Says:
      July 3rd, 2008 at 10:28 pm

      kishke:

      For his own sake, I hope Fire is never allowed to leave the house by himself.

    196. Paul Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 12:09 am

      What’s everyone smoking?,

      I agree with you ABSOLUTELY.

    197. pr Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 12:12 am

      I find your review very refreshing, Kyle. Sure, the movie had a “beautiful” message, but it certainly wasn’t entertaining. I don’t know how a word like “perfection” can be used to describe the storyline. The animation, however, was definitely impressive.

    198. buttholesurfer Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 3:34 am

      Close-minded conservatives annoy me. So do extreme liberals. Hey, it was a movie. It was good, who gives a shit about the “politics”. If the movie terrified or depressed you, might wanna get your head checked. Starving kids in Africa is depressing, Micheal Jackson is terrifying…Wall-e is neither of these. Kyle…oh never mind, I think Micheal Jackson says it all.

    199. Nincommook Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 6:27 am

      Yikes folks!

      I didn’t agree with this particular review too much either, but for the love of Pete, there’s a difference between opposing opinions and, well, this. No movie is universally good or bad because everyone’s idea of the two concepts are unto themselves. I found this particular film to be my favourite in recent years, but I can only speak for myself. The same goes for anyone, even critics. A man ought to be able to give an innocent opinion without being verbally shat on.

      Sticks and stones, Kyle. Those who care don’t matter, those who matter don’t care.

      Here’s hoping I annoyed somebody.

    200. EVE or EVA? Damn! Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 7:58 am

      WALL-E was okay. It was a good movie. 2.5 stars out of 4 sounds about right. It’s better than “Cars” but no where near as good as “The Incredibles”. All you people who are raving about it should watch it again with the Disney/Pixar blinders off your eyes.

    201. Chris Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 9:12 am

      I’m thinking that you obviously didn’t watch all of the credits which actually show a great deal of the rebuilding of the world they returned to with a very lovely finally image of a large, healthy tree which pans down to the boot stuck at the bottom of the roots.

    202. Rob A Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 9:31 am

      I could respect this review if it actually hit the mark, but the reviewer, and his seemingly vapid sludge of defenders are probably only providing evidence for its greatness. This movie is not anti-corporation, and it’s not actually the corporation that messes up the planet. NO corporate entity is capable of doing such a thing, but we the consumers certainly are, and there are places on earth where trash is heaping to an insane degree, it’s just that a certain percentage of us don’t have to see it, so we can just go about our daily business ignoring it. The story is more about the disconnect, and really, if you look around, that’s what’s going on. People are yakking like idiots on their cell phones when they walk around with friends. People are sitting at their computers, much like I am right now, typing at strangers making a point that possibly no one will care about (but I hope that maybe someone does) and we generally have become very dependent on technology. People ignore the fact that the company only had our best interests in mind in the film, and ignore the epilogue of the movie, depicted by the artwork that played during the credits. Mankind redeems itself, and WALL-E and EVE find love. The dark overtones of the movie lifts here, and I for one thought it was fantastic. So you peanut gallery cretins can bleat all you like about liberal this and propaganda that, but none of your stickling and bellyaching are not going to negate fine art.

      Peace.

    203. DL Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 10:49 am

      Someone commented this isn’t a “kid’s movie”. What? Pixar is all about kids, with a little adult humor in there so we go watch it too. This is by far the worst Pixar movie. I don’t get the 96% good reviews on RT. I really didn’t want to go see the film, even the previews looked gloomy. Usually, if you go into a movie thinking it is bad, many times you come out surprised, or at least going yep, it was pretty much what I expected. This movie was worse than I expected. So boring. I agree with you Kyle; however, I have one question. Are you not a hetero? The “heterobot” line really stuck with me like you were offended by that fact. Kudos, though, your review was pretty much spot on.

    204. cheychey37 Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 11:38 am

      Point being made here, 800 years into the future, is that if we continue to rely on “automated” assistance, rather than do things for ourselves, we ultimately become lazy… as in lazy fat slobs. we want everything the easy way. This film is making this point clear… will we be in this position in another 800 years? ABSOLUTELY! We need to reach today’s children and instill this message NOW. I loved the movie. I intend to see it again and again. Disney/Pixar, you really outdid yourselves!

    205. nic Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 12:37 pm

      [i don't question your motives, kyle, but it's interesting to see how much more activity there is on the negative reviews of wall.e than the positive ones...yours sure stands out]

      in any case, somebody might want to mention somewhere that the supposed “politics” of this movie are unintentional. andrew stanton has been clear in at least one interview that he never intended for this to be about the environment or even obesity…he says its a movie about relationships and how we’re drifting apart.

      in any case, i guess people will read into any film they watch whatever it is they’re currently thinking about. and maybe mr. stanton should’ve been more careful with his storytelling. i don’t know.

    206. ~Jas Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 1:41 pm

      Wow, there is some pretty strong opinions being expressed here. I for one appreciate the 2% opinion.

      When I noticed the 98% rating I thought that’s great! As I will invariably see this movie… I have a 5 year old at home. But I came immediately to this review because it did not give a glowing recommendation. I like reading various opinions to try and get some objective perspective. Recently I saw “Get Smart” and thought it was a good movie, not great, but good. NPR’s reviewers were especially critical, but that is what I want a movie critic to do - be critical!
      Agree or disagree reading the reviews enhances the experience. Isn’t that the point?

      Anyway, thanks Kyle for your take. I thought your piece was interesting and well written.

      Cheers

    207. Heather Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 7:09 pm

      It’s great that you’re taking the time to research the film before taking your 5 year old. I had no choice because my daughter’s friend chose to take her birthday party to the premier. Bad idea. She spent the movie on her mom’s lap, looking gloomy-e. Personally, I wouldn’t take someone under the age of ten to the movie. They’re just too young to get it.

    208. John Says:
      July 4th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

      It’s obvious that you wrote this negative review just to attract attention to it. Well it worked… you got 208 comments. We can all tell you don’t REALLY fell that way about the movie, you just put together some random bs for attention. What a sad person you are.

    209. Dan Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 2:40 am

      Pretty Gloom-E review if you ask me. This was a touching movie and the two robots even with very limited dialog had more genuine personality than most characters you’ll find in other films. And how about the visual aspects of this film. It looked amazing. I just don’t think you looked close enough. Maybe you should try again.

    210. Joseph Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 10:02 am

      Again it seems your review honors your favorite quote: “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.” Yet your column always remind me never to take the New York Post for the New York Times. Have a nice day and better luck on your next life!

    211. buruboi Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 10:19 am

      I think you were either predisposed to hating this movie or you simply can’t enjoy something beautiful that may not sit well with your conservative leanings.

    212. Shaun Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 12:28 pm

      Did you actually see the movie?

    213. Eddie Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 1:47 pm

      Critico idiota.

    214. Wall-E Fan Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 1:50 pm

      I am really sick of people saying that this film is filled with liberal bias! This film has a touching story and a strong message. How could anyone disagree with the messages in Wall-E?

      1. We should take care of the earth.
      2. We should not let corporations like Wal-Mart control our lives.
      3. We should not live sedentary lifestyles.
      4. We should enjoy life.
      5. We should contribute to the growth of human society.
      6. We should monitor the development of machines and work with them for our advantage.
      7. We should strive for intelligence.

      None of these ideas are incredibly “liberal”. They are just smart.

    215. Malkyn Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

      I recently watched this movie, and while I did not view it in quite the same way as others, I also could see it as a bit gloomy. I found myself almost worked to tears as at times I could relate with the poor little guy in his quest to feel or to be “accepted”.

      Only after a struggle, dealing with unrequited love as he tried in vain to be noticed, were his dreams achieved. Then, once attained, that point is reached yet again after she has aquired that which she wanted from him. Fully committed and attentive to the object of his desire, willing to give everything for her, he is “ignored”. Kind of reminded be of some of those Pon and Zi drawings.

      Later, the tables are turned, if only for a moment, as she repairs him, only to find that he no longer seems to “care”. Yes, I can see it is about hope, but also shows the trials and struggles that are along the way, and that determination and commitment will eventually pay off.

    216. D. Ha Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 6:51 pm

      “”Are you crazy? It’s a KIDS movie! KIDS! People that are smaller than adults. Kids. Remember that?

      Hey, sense you are so bent on reality in this Pixar movie. I have a question for you. Did a Bugs life make sense D. Ha? Did it make sense there was a city of bugs? No. Did a Toy Story make sense? Toys talking and then showing themselves to the human race? No.”"

      i love watching kids’ movies and fantasy and sci-fi flicks. but i only enjoy them if they’re consistent with their ideas. wall-e is very inconsistent. first theyre supersophisticated high tech robots, then they completely lose track of a plant they had in their hands. first plants can grow in a refrigerator w/o co2, sunlight, and water. and later they show how to use traditional agricultural methods to grow plants. inconsistency is why i disliked the film. and lack of development of the themes. whoever liked the films didnt see the inconsistencies and thought simply having images of a rotten earth and large corporations and fat people sent a deep messages. hardly any ideas were well-developed. this was a simple movie w/o a simple plot full of inconsistencies. i like depth.

    217. mar-e-e Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 7:10 pm

      I agree with this review and review #37. The movie was way to slow moving, way to political and not very endearing at all. I found myself wanting to leave after the first 45 minutes but had to stay because I went with someone. The movie has very little plot and took way to long to develop. I love Pixar, but this movie was mediocre at best and definitely not the best movie I have ever seen.

    218. David Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

      Congratulations on breaking all conceivable boundaries of stupidity. To proudly rate Handcock higher than Wall-E requires an advanced level of ineptitude.

    219. Janet Says:
      July 5th, 2008 at 10:22 pm

      The worst indictment of any film: boring. This movie was boring. It ripped off lots and lots of other movies (Star Wars: A New Hope has a Wall-E in it- check it out!) Monsters, INc chases, E.T. heartlight stuff, 2001 Space Odyssey.
      The movie also has a very, very dark, dystopiac view of Earth’s future, particularly in its treatment of humans. And the final resolution of the film is just so full of holes! The blobs are going to re-establish life on earth with a seedling. They can hardly walk. Dumb ending.
      Wall-E and Eve are cute. Some of their love scenes are touching. But there’s really nothing else here. I am shocked at how well it has been received. It’s boring! It’s self righteous! It’s depressing!

    220. JT Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 2:45 am

      After a friend of mine went to see this with his kids, he reported to me that he fell asleep during it. He also had a problem with the message aspect of it. Not having seen it, I submitted to him that it was probably un-American to not like “WALL-E”, based on the high percentage of people that seemed to love it. I was still looking forward to seeing it, and frankly still expected to love it, just as I did “Finding Nemo”, which I understand was done by the same guy.
      To make my comments short, however, Kyle’s critique is almost identical to my own opinions on it. And I remember thinking about halfway through it that someone who was tired might well fall asleep watching it; I just kept wondering when it was going to advance beyond being only mildly interesting.

    221. Anonymous Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 3:43 am

      You all seem to have forgotten what movies are all about.

      It doesn’t matter how much you analyze a film for it’s realism, dialogue, depth of character, plot, action sequemces, humor, emotion… what have you - all that matters is that you left the theatre AFFECTED. Positively or negatively.

      I’m a hypocrite for joining this site - I hate reviewers. It is because of reviews that give people something to into the movie with, positive or negative, that they leave the theater with (perhaps) a different impression they would have had if it weren’t for someone’s snide remarks or over-glamorous praise.

      Movies are meant to be enjoyed - NOT analyzed until they turn into nothing but an ‘apparent political statement’

      Yes - I realize Wall-E has a political agenda and I also realize that it is a children’s film - but I think that’s the beauty of it.

      Getting a message to the children that isn’t just about ‘playing nice’ or ‘the bad guy always loses’ or even ‘they always live happily ever after’ - kids need something that this film provides in spades: REALISM.

      I also find it’s ironic;

      Robots are teaching us how to be human again.

      And if you can’t be affected by that, check your heart - it might be frozen over.

    222. Megan Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 12:57 pm

      Kyle,
      Thank you so much for writing a review that involves critical thinking skills and common sense. I went to Wall-E because rotten tomatoes gave it a 97%, only to leave with my intelligence insulted. It’s amazing how some folks praise the film’s liberal message but miss the frequent Apple product placement and fat/dumb/lazy people.

    223. Heather Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 1:17 pm

      I agree wholeheartedly. I went with my kids hoping the share a few laughs and felt like we had been smacked around. I suppose if it causes even some small changes in our behavior (ie. buy less junk, exercise more) it’s worth suffering through, but more likely everyone will just go out and buy Wall-E merchandise etc.

      What’s next for Pixar? A Nemo sequel could involve the main characters struggling with a dying reef system. How about a movie based on starving people in Africa, a la Ratatoille? Oh yeah, I can’t wait — not!!

    224. Richard Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

      Kyle,

      You have nailed it! The Emperor in this movie is stark naked. The movie was boring, politically heavy-handed, and a huge shot not so much at Disneyworld (close) as at the cruise ship industry (perfect hit). Compare the personality of Nemo and his crew (Marlon, Dory) or Remy and Linguini, or Woody and Buzz, to this dreary, colorless, politicized hack job of a movie. I hated it as much as I loved the earlier Pixar movies (except the Incredibles, another made-for-TV style idiotic cartoon). Now I know to watch for your reviews - right on the money (and money is always the word in Hollywood).

    225. Rob A Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 5:05 pm

      The only shred of “critical thinking” that I actually read in this review are the cues from classic scifi, such as the Macintalk-voiced AUTO, Sigourney Weaver-voiced mothership computer, and of course the audio cue when the captain actually stands and walks on his own.

      Thankfully, mindless pundits don’t have complete power over the movie industry, or else we wouldn’t have anything but summer crapfests, such as Hancock, which this reviewer actually likes. How surprising.

    226. Judy Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 5:58 pm

      Hey Kyle,

      Get another job. Your review was boring. Here wait, for everyone who’s about to read this article and decided to scroll down to the bottom of the page to find the comments box first let me save you ten minutes of your time.

      Blah blah cynicism. Blah blah most obviously too tainted to watch a movie and see it as a whole with a hopeful ending for the future.

      And to all of the people who decided to take their stupid snotty kids to the theater so they could kick my chair and scream and yell because you can’t control them, thanks for destroying my movie experience and ruining the very little time I get from my sixty hour work week as an animator.

    227. Sycamore Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 7:14 pm

      Since when did it become wrong or “liberal” for art to hold a mirror up to our faces and force us to see ourselves for who we are?

      Isn’t that what art has always done? Isn’t that why art exists?

      It just seems that if people are going to claim themselves to be “pro-life”, perhaps if a movie can help people understand the breadth of what being pro-life really means, then it is accomplishing its goal.

      It’s as if the people who complain about this movie’s message would much prefer to spend their lives never having to care about anything but maximizing their own physical comfort and consuming only that which entertains them without thinking.

      Is there really much difference between that spaceship and our suburbs? Well done, Wall-E.

    228. Peter Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 7:36 pm

      Oh Dear!! You know things are bad when you have to anonymously post comments of praise on your own website! Lol, Kyle, if you spent more time thinking about the actual review, you wouldn’t find yourself in the position of having to write on your own wall in a desperate attempt to appear less stupid.

    229. Ummm... Says:
      July 6th, 2008 at 9:36 pm

      To everyone who’s up in arms about this review/blogger - just because someone’s published a review with an opinion contrary to yours, does it really require this level of vitriol? Armchair psychoanalysis of the writer (”Get a girlfriend/life/happier childhood”) or flat-out character assassination just doesn’t seem to be warranted. You can be happy that you happened to agree with the 96-98% Freshness rating on RottenTomatoes — you don’t need to take it as an attack on YOUR taste.

      This kind of online lynchmob mentality makes me wonder at how thick of a skin one must develop in order to blog.

    230. Matt Says:
      July 7th, 2008 at 1:01 am

      “The robots are cute but limited by a lack of dialogue… ”

      Wait, WHAT?

      I read your review and pretty much chocked most of it up to opinion and a matter of what a person looks for in a film. Yes, now that you said it I agree a little with the hypocrisy of Disney as a big corporation that stuffs its consumers with products. But I enjoyed the movie because I didn’t over analyze it, and if I did I would probably have been just as skepticall.

      But, how on earth can you possibly be so DEAD WRONG? This is what made the first half of this movie brilliant. This is what redeemed the fact that the plot was very trite and fairy-taleish and that there was barely any developement of the main character. The first half hour, the lack of conversation, and pixars ability to make a movie so uplifting and enjoyable without anyone saying a word is what I loved this movie for

      This kind of brilliance used to only appear in Pixar’s shorts but in Wall-E they managed to extend it for a half an hour if not more, and did it astoundingly well.

      I am now convinced that you either did not watch the movie or went into the theater knowing that you will just watch it and think of ways to hate it. In either case you should stop reviewing movies if this is your method.

      P.S. You probably know this, but the quote at the bottom of your website reveals your intentions. This piece of crap called a review wasn’t meant to be a movie review, just a way to annoy people. Congratulations, Kyle, you succeeded.

    231. bill Says:
      July 7th, 2008 at 1:03 pm

      Your reviews are brutal to read. you try too hard to have a cute catch phrase like ‘Gloom-E’ worked into every review. You fail.

    232. James Says:
      July 7th, 2008 at 1:28 pm

      My guess is that anyone who did not like this movie is AT LEAST 30 lbs overweight and therefore takes it as a personal offense. Which is understandable, but not objective.

    233. Cleeve Says:
      July 7th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

      I enjoyed WALL-E a hell of a lot more than I enjoyed this review.

    234. k Says:
      July 7th, 2008 at 5:40 pm

      I’ve read this “review” more or less because all the others sound the same.

      Well, I think the author is just a SAD FAT OLD MAN. Sorry to say that, but I find no other explanation for this brainless, emotionless, piece of Sh*t review.
      I was looking for some solid arguments but there was none, just grumpiness.

    235. Ottis Says:
      July 8th, 2008 at 1:36 pm

      I think Kyle is on to something. Wall-E was boring and predictable. And it’s ending trite (a robot miraculously recovers its personality despite the fact its actual motherboard was replaced?). And the story line about trash on Earth was very 70s … why not energy or raw material shortages or something more contemporary? It was an OK movie, but it isn’t a classic.

    236. Tom Says:
      July 8th, 2008 at 5:02 pm

      You have horrible taste in movies.

    237. Teshi Says:
      July 8th, 2008 at 8:05 pm

      Commenters, this blog has a quote at the top which says, “There’s little point in writing if you can’t annoy somebody.” If you disagree, chart it down to this and move on.

    238. Steve Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 2:01 am

      I consider myself conservative (in the Barry Goldwater/Ron Paul sense. I love capitalism and am totally oppossed to any form of socialism. I have no particular hatred for corporations and remain VERY sceptical about global warming. I certainly don’t think anyone should be selling their SUVs anytime soon and yet I still loved this movie and its message. It reminded me of Idiocracy and I did not see any Left Wing commentary at all. Let’s all face it -the reality is Americans are getting fatter and lazier and we spend/consume much more than we save. We are more and more distracted by pop media and by our technologies than we’ve ever been. Sometimes I am genuinely frightened that we will end up like the people in Wall-E or Idiocracy and when that happens everything our ancestors fought for was for nothing. I am not sure how movie exhorting Americans to thrive, stay healthy, maintain real human contact, and be good stewards of the Earth or in other words good citizens is a bad thing or anything even close to Left Wing? Maybe I missed something.

    239. Alchemist Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 10:39 am

      Many impressive things about the movie, but I agree that the ending was lacking. The biggest problem of the movie was -how do we clean up this mess? This question was never answered. It wasn’t clear to me how the boneless blobs were going to clean up the earth when their bonier predecessors had failed. There was a brief montage of their clean-up process during the credits but it was hard to tell exactly what was going on or how they were dealing with all the garbage. That end bit could have been its own movie- “How the heck are we going to clean this place up?”

    240. Kitty Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 1:54 pm

      I didn’t think it was sad at all! If anything, this movie is missing a villian, and somehow, doesn’t suffer at all from it. Everyone seemed to have the best of intentions, even the CEO of the giant company who didn’t want humanity returning to earth. It seemed like a reasonable thing to him at the time, like he had lost faith that humans could or would make it work. The mistake he made was entrusting that decision to the ship’s computer, and taking it out of humanity’s hands. The fat meatball slob people were not at all vicious and had in no way lost their humanity. They may have lost sight of it, but when given the chance to reclaim their relationship with each other and with the earth itself, they rally. You can laugh and call this a symptom of empty, hope-banging Obamania, evidence of media’s liberal bias…or it could easily be spun as a conservative tale of faith in the resilience of the individual, in free will, and in a return to traditional values. Family, farming, and Hello Dolly? I can’t think of anything more wholesome.

    241. rima Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

      this is from a long time ago but:

      “Agree with your review. Boring movie that portrays human beings as incapable idiots. I don’t need to pay for awareness. I want to enjoy a movie that makes me forget about the worlds problems. That’s why they call it entertainment!”

      what I am trying to figure out is whether this is sarcasm to prove a point or completely unwitting irony.

    242. Lucy Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 2:59 pm

      I agree with everything in this review. Totally depressing, and weak character development.

      –a very liberal, physically fit, sci-fi appreciating reader

    243. Sebastien Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 5:11 pm

      The one common theme I read from those who give it a bad review is that the viewers thought it was depressing and gloomy. I’d say I had that sentiment for the first 30 min of the movie.
      However, when you see this movie you’re in for a 2 hour emotional roller coaster from despair, to hope, to laughter, to excitement, to romance, and finally with resolve.
      It employs themes of loneliness, curiosity, love and humanity. Although it follows a typical linear pattern of Hollywood movies, it achieved it in a better way than I could say of any movie.
      The WALL-E character is a creatively designed one. He is very much like “La Joconde” (mona lisa)in the sense that his image portays multiple expressions. Very well done.
      Those who feel threatened by a left wing liberal view of consumerism should realize that we’re relentlessly exposed to product promotions in movies. Besides, Steve Jobs made sure to add an Ipod somewhere in the movie. He does own Pixar. And doesn’t Eve look like a mac product anyone? Don’t worry, you right wing conservatives have been well represented in this movie.
      I’m disapointed that Kyle gave it a bad review. But it prompted me to visit his blog and add this comment so I guess he got the publicity he wanted out of me. Did he really give “Don’t mess with the Zohan” a favorable review? I was forced to see the movie so I can safely say it was one of the worst movies I ever saw. And you, Kyle, must have given it a favorable review to get more people on your garbage blog. Stop reviewing movies and go work for microsoft, they could sure use your wits.

    244. Miss Mary Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 7:37 pm

      I totally agree with Kyle who has a lot of courage for his review. It was a joyless and depressing movie which mocked its audience. My kids were bored and distracted.

    245. Skye Says:
      July 9th, 2008 at 10:55 pm

      Ok.
      Does NO ONE realize that this movie had a whole heck of a lot of truth in it?

      People in our country ARE fat, and lazy.
      They’re not dumb, they just don’t care.
      And of course it’s not everyone, it couldn’t be.
      But come on.
      You gotta admit.
      It’s TRUE.

    246. jktowns Says:
      July 10th, 2008 at 12:47 am

      I definitely agree that this movie was sub-par, especially for Pixar. It’s not even because the main characters are robots, but because there is no development of the message. Think of Cars, and Toy Story, and Finding Nemo — humans weren’t exactly the focus, but the themes were something we could relate to. Instead of going into the increased laziness, lack of common sense, and overall unwillingness to improve the world around you, the film just focuses on the external, materialistic problems. Instead of feeling that I got a nice message, I just felt annoyed that an overrated film was trying to tell me that the human race is basically doomed — and by the way, make sure to purchase the DVD when it comes out, the toys, etc.

    247. RichB Says:
      July 10th, 2008 at 4:59 pm

      Wow, I want to know if you ever saw past the first 10 minutes of the film. You were so full of disdain for the way the earth was portrayed in this film you shot it down before you ever even got a chance to see what an amazing film it was.

      Your problem is, you were expecting to see a cute, heartwarming, happy-go lucky type film and Wall-E just wasn’t that (though it did have it’s moments). That’s not to say it wasn’t amazing though. In my opinion Wall-E is quite possibly Pixar’s best creation since Monsters Inc.

      The film did have some post-apocalyptic overtones about the way humanity is headed I’ll give you that. But there’s so much hope. When the captain stands up and says this is what’s right, we have to go back to earth it’s our home, really spoke to the good of mankind. And the characterization of Wall-E and EVE I thought was comparable to that of Wilson in “cast away”. I really truly felt for those robots, and there discovery of something more to life was heartwarming and captivating.

      If you were looking for a storybook ending where everything works out, and everyone lives happily ever after, your in the wrong era. Go watch Enchanted, and Shrek again. The theme seems to be that life isn’t perfect but that’s ok. You have to have faith in humanity that we will find a way. We went back to earth for a reason, and we aren’t giving up.

      The message of Wall-E isn’t of of death and dispair, it’s one of hope, I saw it, and so did the millions of other viewers around the world.

      And as to be expected with all Pixar films, the movie is visually captivating, and awe inspiring.

    248. El Dudarino Says:
      July 10th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

      I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I always like to read contrarian reviews. What’s the point of reading a bunch of fawning reviews? They all say the same.

      I have no dog in this fight, but I will say that Jack convinced me to buy and eat more, drive two SUVs and declare war on Iran. Something about pissing off smug people is so gratifying.

    249. Michele Says:
      July 11th, 2008 at 10:26 am

      Kyle,

      I think your review is “spot on.” However, I do think that your review reflects an adult perspective and isn’t true for kids. My kids were oblivious to all of the no-so-subtle messages and loved the movie. I believe this movie was written to appeal to kids but preach to the parents! Ahhh, what a marvelous combination!

    250. Chris Rodriguez Says:
      July 12th, 2008 at 3:04 am

      Mannn, people need to relax. One person has a differing point-of-view and you all go ballistic. Although I don’t agree much with Kyle’s POV, I enjoyed reading a different opinion.

      Also, one person above said that the movie took place 700 years in the future. It did take place 800 years in the future. Earth according to the movie was evacuated in 2110 or sometime around then.

      I hope people go watch this movie. It’s worth seeing and making an opinion for oneself.

    251. Adam Says:
      July 12th, 2008 at 9:54 am

      I am in a state of shock after seeing this movie. It’s up there with Pixar’s best ever. This is VERY DIFFERENT from the other amazing stuff Pixar has made over the years, mainly because there is very little dialogue. In fact, I don’t even recommend it for young kids!! However the movie was INCREDIBLE!! IT WAS JUST SO DAMN GOOD PEOPLE!

    252. Outraged by opinions! Says:
      July 12th, 2008 at 11:25 am

      Who hired this boob to write reviews for KyleSmithOnline.com? I ought to call up the CEO Kyle Smith himself and have him fire Kyle Smith for writing a review that I don’t agree with. This guy is just giving the reputable news source that is KyleSmithOnline.com a bad name. When I come here because it was the only Green tomato in sight I expect to read a fair concise review, that doesn’t make the Wall-E loving publics’ blood boil into steam. Not some conservative tripe that clearly reeks of the writers pen. How can someone write an opinion based review that does not coincide with my opinion? I demand a full refund!

    253. Jonathan` Says:
      July 12th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

      Terrible movie.

    254. K E Says:
      July 12th, 2008 at 10:21 pm

      Wow, let’s crucify the critic for having an opinion that varies from those of his peers. Burn the heretic! Seriously folks, take a deep breath and step away from the computer.

      To the numerous commenters who felt the need to label Kyle a “hack journalist” and otherwise impugn his professional merit, are you really so inexperienced that you cannot comprehend the difference between a journalist, whose job it is to report on events, and a columnist, whose job it is offer opinions on said events? If so much of the public cannot make this basic distinction, I weep for the future of our society.

      For the record, I enjoyed the film, and I read Kyle’s negative review in order to see the other side of the coin, so to speak. However, I did not find his opinion personally threatening, nor did I feel the need to resort to juvenile insults. A major part of life is learning that others don’t always perceive the world exactly as you do, and treating those who hold different views with hostility only makes life more difficult than it needs to be. In short, grow up and learn to relax.

      Flame away, ye lords and ladies of fruitless internet feuding.

    255. Ari Says:
      July 13th, 2008 at 11:18 am

      Mmmkay, well. I got pretty angry when I read this review, but I feel like people who start mudslinging at each other in order to “prove their point” is ridiculous; if you really want to bite someone’s head off, go on Myspace or something. F.Y.I.: I loved this movie; it was adorable and touching; I disagree with this reviewer - but I’m not gonna set his donkey on fire. Please, everyone… calm down. To each his own, right?

    256. Fluffy Says:
      July 13th, 2008 at 3:28 pm

      # El Dudarino Says:
      July 10th, 2008 at 7:32 pm

      “I haven’t seen the movie yet, but I always like to read contrarian reviews. What’s the point of reading a bunch of fawning reviews? They all say the same.

      I have no dog in this fight, but I will say that Jack convinced me to buy and eat more, drive two SUVs and declare war on Iran. Something about pissing off smug people is so gratifying.”

      —————–

      Something about you thinking things out and looking at scientific evidence before saying something like this would be gratifying, too.

      But I guess thinking’s just too hard, huh?

    257. Richard P Says:
      July 14th, 2008 at 1:45 pm

      I totally agree with you is a dark film and it is really hard to believe is form Disney. Is scary and violent you were generous my rating is 1 star of 4.
      There were children crying when i went to see this movie with Eve shooting at others all the movie and the loudness of the spaceships.
      Eve even plays with a lighter on this movie.

      In my opinion Pixar has crash the ship on children in this movie.
      I saw KungFu Panda it was rated “PG” and was milder than Wall-E.
      At least change this movie the rating to “PG” because is not even close to a “G” rating.

    258. Bob Says:
      July 14th, 2008 at 2:16 pm

      Kyle, I have a rope in my basement that I would like to let you use so you can hang yourself and end your miserable life.

    259. pat i Says:
      July 14th, 2008 at 4:55 pm

      I am glad I wasn’t the only person annoyed by this movie. I felt insulted they had the earth completely trashed by humans. And there they are. Floating around in space like fat pigs drinking their food. After about 20 minutes into the ship segment I walked out. This movie deserves no best film award.

    260. Steffan Says:
      July 14th, 2008 at 6:30 pm

      Note to all Disney Employee’s:

      Currently there is a review by writer Kyle Smith of The New York Post. In order to receive your paychecks for this past two-week period, and maintain employment, each ‘team member’ or ‘Mouseketeer’ must go on to his personal site and leave hateful remarks below the review in order to make the public believe that his position is incorrect to our continued message and our direction in the future. Paychecks will be withheld until proof of posting can be verified.

      Thank You

      Dick Mouse

    261. Xopher.tm Says:
      July 14th, 2008 at 9:35 pm

      OR…

      A lot of unbiased people simply think that Kyle is an idiot. Just a thought.

    262. PeterW Says:
      July 14th, 2008 at 10:57 pm

      A negative, poorly focused review of WALL-E? Positive reviews of Superbad and Zohan? And the kicker comment in the footer that so many people are having fun quoting? It’s clear I’ve stumbled upon a humor column. The question is, does RT include him in reviews as a mistake, believing him to be serious, or as a “token contrarian?”

      Reading 250+ comments, one of my hot buttons has been pushed. People assuming that an animated movie simply has to be for kids. Is Beowulf for kids? Is The Simpsons Movie for kids? Are you letting your kids watch Adult Swim because it’s on Cartoon Network? The 1972 movie “Fritz the Cat” is animated. It’s also infamous as “the cartoon that got an X rating. (The ad campaign included posters saying “We’re not X-rated for nothing!”)

      Oh, one more thing:
      Forlourned (169) said: “Long read of Paradise Lost to clean out my memories of it. Ahh, Dante you minx.. I’m heading for ya soon!” Forlourned is a poser. Paradise Lost was written by John Milton. Dante wrote the Divine Comedy, being Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradisio.

    263. PeterW Says:
      July 14th, 2008 at 11:27 pm

      It occurs to me that all of the examples I listed could be “not a good example” because they’re more or less all ‘raunchy.’

      To those, I suggest King of the Hill. Hardly for children, hardly raunchy, and hardly funny.

    264. Dave Says:
      July 15th, 2008 at 4:18 pm

      Wow, you seem more interested in your own smarmy writing than in actually reviewing the film, I am sure you are proud of how snide and detached you can feel.This film did indeed have “sulphuric satire”, as you say, but also had genuine warmth and hope. The best thing about Rotten Tomatoes it is allows “too cool for mainstream” critic like you to state you opinion, but allows the tripe that you spew to be mellowed by people who actually like movies, writing and art.

    265. jim Says:
      July 16th, 2008 at 1:31 am

      I guess that Charlie Chaplin was also “limited by a lack of dialogue”. idiot.

    266. Kris Says:
      July 16th, 2008 at 12:11 pm

      Kyle,
      Fun review. Many thanks for the warning. Will avoid.

      @Neil (43) - Overreact much?
      @Bacon (51), Rob (114), Jon (193), John (208), Dave (264) - Well, you sure showed him by not coming to the site, reading the review or posting a comment. Oh, wait …

    267. Jack Says:
      July 17th, 2008 at 3:57 am

      Giggitty! Giggitty!

    268. David A. Says:
      July 17th, 2008 at 6:46 am

      So, let me see. 98% of critics like Wall-E, while 2% do not. It seems that the 2% must not stand–perhaps all must agree one way or the other.

      And yet, while 4 out of 5 dentists approve the use of Trident Gum, the 5th dentist still lives!

      It’s an incongruity, I tell ya.

    269. David A. Says:
      July 17th, 2008 at 8:09 am

      @138, Rupeblows says:

      “Its not that Kyle didnt like the movie, he probably did, but instead gave it a negative review because it went against the value system of his corporate slave masters over at News Corp and the rest of the FOX News/NY Post henchman in that it had a anti corporate, pro environmentalist subtext which Im sure good ol Rupert hated.”

      Considering that this sentiment is common on this board, and is very common amongst those in the same leftward clique, it’s worth mentioning the following.

      Four years ago the studio released “The Day After Tomorrow,” a movie that didn’t hide behind a “subtext” (it was all out there in the open).

      This year the studio released “The Happening,” which almost everyone universally hated which means you should be over at Roger Ebert’s page pillorying him for giving it 3 stars. Incidentally, Kyle excoriated it.

      And the upcoming “The Day the Earth Stood Still” which seems to use global warming or something as the equivalent to the focal point of the original is being released by Twentieth Century Fox.

      So, on the facts, you are wrong, but I know it won’t matter. Rupert Murdoch is an ideological corporate villain etc, etc. No amount of facts will change your perception.

      Not even pointing out that a critic in his employ might savage a product his company creates.

      And who knows maybe Fox made those global warming agitprop films because diabolically, Murdoch wants to make it appear that he’s against global warming, which makes him even more sinister and validates your thesis against him.

      Rupe’s is sinister that way, right.

      Anyway, apart from being wrong you are entirely right.

    270. kishke Says:
      July 17th, 2008 at 2:24 pm

      A lot of unbiased people simply think that Kyle is an idiot.

      Of course, these loony defenders of cartoon robots are unbiased people! Why didn’t I think of that?

    271. LC Says:
      July 19th, 2008 at 9:40 pm

      Wall-E is a movie for kids, i just want my kids love it. The critic’s opinion doesn’t matter. I just want to see a smile on my son’s face.

      That’s all.

      LC

    272. Ray Says:
      July 20th, 2008 at 6:03 pm

      Kyle, I don’t think you were properly paying attention in this movie, seeing as you got a few of the major plot points wrong.

      And this movie was definitely not “dark”. Far from it. The main character was charming and hopeful, there was so much joy in some of the simple imagery of the film, and the final message(s) were positive. This was an uplifting movie, it left me feeling happy to be alive.

      And the fact that you found the lack of dialogue “limiting” shows how shallow you really are. If all you can sit through is explosion-bloated action films, then you really shouldn’t review works of art like Wall-E.

    273. caroline Says:
      July 22nd, 2008 at 3:26 pm

      The themes of WALL-E

      1. To love and interact with one another

      2. Don’t liter. It pollutes the environment

      3. Don’t be lazy by using labor-saving machines. It makes you fat, and you life has no meaning.

      Look, you seem to disagree with those themes.

      This movie may have little dialogue, but I understand it completely. My very young brother loved and understood this masterpiece!

      You do not understand details.

      You cannot write a story like this. So back off.

    274. Nicenin Says:
      July 23rd, 2008 at 7:44 pm

      I agree with the reviewer. I went in expecting to love this film as many friends whose opinions I trust implicitly told me it was great. I was wrong.

      It’s a beautifully produced movie, but hackneyed in its characterization of Wall-E and Eve, and overly preachy in its sentiment and message. Attributing human characteristics to Wall-E from the start in particular was a mistake. It would have been better if he had learned these traits and emotions as the story progressed.

      The slapstick and constant “jumps” were a persistent irritant to cover up the lack of a plot.

      The lack of dialogue was a pretentious attempt to confer gravitas on a movie that didn’t deserve it. It’s a bad kiddy rip off of “2001″ and that’s the best that be said about it.

      By the way I’m a really melancholy teary individual and I cry at everything. I expected to spend all of “Wall-E” pretended that sunscreen had gone into my eyes but actually there was no need.

    275. Ryan Says:
      July 24th, 2008 at 9:33 am

      I just wanted to say that you’re the only person who I was able to find that so eloquently and succinctly put my exact feelings about Wall-E into words.

      For that, I congratulate and thank you.

    276. Lenne Says:
      July 26th, 2008 at 5:08 am

      “Nicenin Says:
      …Attributing human characteristics to Wall-E from the start in particular was a mistake. It would have been better if he had learned these traits and emotions as the story progressed. ”

      I couldn’t disagree more. It was Wall-E’s emotions that made the start of the movie so powerful and his sentiments that touched Eve. He represents a part of the Earth left behind by the humans, longing to experience life. Where would the remaining 60minutes of the film be if Wall-E began as a heartless plant-destroying bot?

    277. Stephen Says:
      July 28th, 2008 at 7:27 pm

      Since when is a thought provoking children’s movie a bad thing.

    278. somewhere Says:
      July 31st, 2008 at 8:30 pm

      I have no ideea why I write this. But I j just saw the movie and I felt check out on critiques. …mmmm So I felt the need to write. Because somehow i felt betrayed in this movie. In a strange way…

      I can think of things, but I listen to myself of how I feel about this movie.

      I love Ghibli Studio work since they were not so popular as they are nowadays. There is no secret of the influence of Ghibli in the Pixar movies. I just like to point out for those who know Ghibli’s movies and have seen Wall-E, how amazing is the ability of the japanese creators from this studio to show the greateness of the humans despite a lot of terrible things that they do. I can’t forget that feeling of spiritual healing from their art.

      Something that could have never been achieved witghout respect and trust in the human nature.
      And also in all forms of life. …

      That was it. I feel I said enough.

    279. Ryan Says:
      August 2nd, 2008 at 1:54 am

      Did you even bother to finish the movie? It was an incredible movie and had deep symbolism everywhere.

    280. John Says:
      August 3rd, 2008 at 11:56 am

      It is obvious that Kyle Smith lacks the intelligence to appreciate the deep symbolism of this movie. He should be lynched.

    281. loco Says:
      August 3rd, 2008 at 6:34 pm

      wow, look at all the apologists here just beaming with righteous indignation! people saying the reviewer should be murdered because his opinion is different from theirs.

      and all this over a kid’s movie. you people are crazy!

    282. Wulf Says:
      January 10th, 2009 at 9:35 pm

      I think you’ve got the right instinct on the film being overrated but I think your analysis is overzealous. Frankly, I couldn’t finish the film; the melodrama was overwhelming and themes were redundant and overextended resulting in boredom. And yet the previews had me excited, but previews are short–that’s exactly what the film felt like, a _short_, and there lies the problem: the entire endeavor was only worth of 15-30 minutes. Anyway, I think the Emperor’s New Clothes Phenomena saved the film: people recognized noble, heart-warming elements and were forced to praise the film under the illusion that to do otherwise would somehow make them evil–ridiculous perhaps, but most people simply aren’t that smart.

    283. Wulf Says:
      January 10th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

      A few more things regarding the nature other comments: First, talk of what ‘most’ people thought of the film is poor grounds for determining its worth. I will remind you that ‘most’ people used to think that the world was flat, too; and guess what, people haven’t changed. Indeed, the _odds_ are that if most of you had been alive back then you would have not only been a part of the _stupid_ community but that also, quite amusingly, you would have been the ones calling for those who oppose your beliefs to be burned at the stake, _just as you are now_. Furthermore, the subject of the work does not elevate the result: if one were to paint a grotesque picture out of fecal matter and then title it ‘Love, Hope and Friendship’ then it _would still look and stink like shit_.

    284. ArnoldSchwarzenegger Says:
      February 11th, 2009 at 4:51 pm

      I think dear Kyle here is a bit pessimistic?

      You sound like a gloomy person your self. I bet you are no fun to be around with.

    285. Angie Says:
      February 11th, 2009 at 10:02 pm

      I recently saw Wall-E for the first time. I probably would have seen it sooner but I was steered away by people calling it preach-e. After seeing it, I was curious to see what your review was, since I find them entertaining (sometimes more so than the movie), even if I don’t always agree. I typically can’t stand the love sick puppy. However, I fell in love with Wall-E immediately.

      As for the people out in space, I didn’t see them as porky slobs. On one hand they do represent the stimulus overloaded, corporate manipulated consumers who are so wrapped in technology forget to take joy in simple things. More importantly, the lack of the earth’s atmosphere and gravity leads to significant bone and muscle loss. Astronauts who spend 6 months in space lose on average 10 - 15% of bone mass. So the portly chair-ridden state of humans is based in science. The part about humans that stood out to me was their good nature. Their (and Wall-E and Eve’s) innocence was refreshing. They meet Wall-E once and consider him a friend despite chair bumps and all. The captian is representative of the state of humanity. He is clearly longing for more, upset he didn’t get to do morning anouncements, his one responsibilty. Faced with the choice of dealing with the mistakes of the human race or just continuing to survive, he choses to not shrink from the responsibility and declares he would rather live than just survive. I think it is unfair to compare that existance to the Disney Kingdom meant for childhood entertainment and as temporary escape for adults. Although the wastefulness, consumeristic society the movie is critical of, Disney does somewhat represent. The message of the movie shouldn’t be lost because of Disney’s hypocrisy. I took no offense in the message either.

      As to people who call the movie preach-e or upset with Disney having a message. Disney just didn’t embed the “liberal” message as much as others: Newsies - pro-union, 101 Dalmations - anti-fur, Bambi - anti-hunting/gun, Finding Nemo - pro-vegetarian (fish are friends not food) and so on. The environment is a hot button issue with lots of passion out there on both sides. However, I think the message was a good one.

      The movie at times did seem a little slow to get to the point but what I came to appreciate upon second watching was the journey. A beautiful masterpice of traveling through space and dancing about it. I had to get over my technological instant gratification and lear to enjoy the ride. Wall-E may be the most endearing character ever in a movie (perhaps tied with Elwood P Dowd) and if that didn’t brighten up the gloom you saw, well that is just opinion and can’t be argued with. Despite how you may think of me based on this commentary, I actually consider myself somewhat of a cynic but to me, Wall-E is one of the greatest movies of all time. I guess I was, as you put it, a person who could “concentrate on Wall-E and Eve.”

    286. Josh Says:
      May 23rd, 2009 at 2:59 pm

      Characters are not limited by a lack of dialogue. Have you ever heard the saying “Actions speak louder than words?”, which in itself is quite ironic, but that is besides the point.

    287. Sean Says:
      May 29th, 2009 at 12:53 am

      I agree quite a bit with Kyle. I’m not trying to knock anyone, but I can’t believe this movie is being labeled as a masterpiece. It was slow and left me feeling aloof. And although the lack of dialogue didn’t bother me, the few random words and sounds the main characters made did. Their voices were so clearly designed to be “cute” sounding that it was distracting. There were some amusing bits, but nothing was really all that funny. And its supposedly scathing satire of consumer culture was so heavy-handed and over-simplified that it basically negated its own message. Much of the writing came off as trite and obvious (i.e. Fat Guy1 sitting and talking to Fat Guy2 on virtualscreen. Cut to shot showing Fat Guy1 and Fat Guy2 sitting two feet apart from each other. )
      I’m not trying to say this movie was terrible (and neither was Kyle in case anyone noticed - he gave it 2.5 stars); I found a lot of the story to be engaging. But a masterpiece? Not by a longshot.

    288. Bob Says:
      April 24th, 2010 at 6:55 am

      Hey, you know how the movie was consistently trying to impress upon you this one idea? Something like how consumer culture is a mistake and that blindly following those in pursuit of money will end in tragedy?
      Thats called a THEME. Lots of movies have THEMEs. They tend to be boring without them.

    289. AK-Sci-fi13 Says:
      July 22nd, 2011 at 8:11 pm

      Something everyone seems to think is that the humans are fat and obese, but that is actually incorrect. It is a proven scientific fact that after long periods of time (Like, generations, not just months or years,)the low gravity in space would cause or bones to dwindle to near non-existence, as pointed out several times in the movie.

      Also, people say that kids would not like it, or that “Any child that takes part in modern society will be taking a $7.50 nap!” This is not true, and I myself am proof, being of the age of 13. I and many other children of a young age, including under seven, who do indeed take part in modern society, find this to be a wonderful movie.

      To those who make comments about the bleary ending, or it being futile to return to Earth, I have a great suggestion for you. As in many Pixar movies, you should watch the credits to the end, as they frequently have a continuation to the movie, or an amusing animated piece. In Wall-E, the credits show humans and robots working to recreate Earth as it was, and in doing so becoming more human, in the classic meaning of the word. All of this is shown in the context of art from different cultures and time periods, which is something younger children can more readily understand.

      I end with saying that this movie, in it’s bare essence, is a beautiful, touching movie.

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