Box art for Curious George

Curious George

anime & animation, children & family, comedy


This animated family classic about everyone's favorite monkey and The Man in the Yellow Hat features the voice talents of Will Ferrell and Drew Barrymore, and the soundtrack by Jack Johnson.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    69%
  • Audience Score
    70%

common sense

ON for kids age 4
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Language
0 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
0 out of 5

A simple, sweet, sometimes silly monkey tale.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that there isn't a lot to be concerned about here. There are some product placements, some flirting, moral ambiguity, and an emotionally intense scene in which George is removed -- at the Man in the Yellow Hat's request -- by animal control. One man schemes to replace a museum with a profitable parking lot. Ted himself tries to fool the museum patrons with a fraud, something he is not punished for. An apartment building manager roughly chases the monkey from room to room, then evicts Ted, who has to sleep on a park bench that night.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what they liked about the movie and if anything scared them. They can ask what makes George so curious. Is he a troublemaker or does he just act like a kid? Older kids can talk about how Ted's relationship with George changes -- what does Ted realize George brings to his life? Families could also compare this movie to the books upon which it's based, and about which one they prefer and why.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    69%
    reviews counted: 27
    see all Curious George reviews
  • Audience

    70%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Visually, the movie benefits from a charming animation style, a traditional 2-D approach layered with shadows and backlit halos. But it benefits most from George, still worming his way into people's hearts.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Friday, February 10, 2006

Fresh: It's good old-fashioned family entertainment.

- Anna Smith, Time Out, Saturday, June 24, 2006

Fresh: If you count yourself among the curious, spend an afternoon with George.

- Bill Muller, Arizona Republic, Thursday, February 9, 2006

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Jeepers. Flixster rates this as 3 1/2 stars. I found it a horribly childish waste of 90 minutes. Nowhere near the quality of other animated flicks I have seen like Ice Age or Shrek, etc.

- Redlats, Wednesday, August 6, 2008

3 stars

fantastic if you like george. i watched it with my son and we had fun

- sanjurosamurai, Wednesday, January 30, 2008

3 stars

I appreciated that the animation wasn't phonier than a Chinese redhead, but the Jack Johnson soundtrack kind of rubbed me the wrong way. And Will Farrell as The Man With the Yellow Hat was pretty damn annoying. Plotwise, it was kind of annoying but it's a kid 's movie and they tend not to care too much about plot points. One of the better animated movies I've seen of late, but that's not saying much.

- mjgildea, Saturday, September 22, 2007