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Rango

children & family, comedy


A chameleon that aspires to be a swashbuckling hero finds himself in a Western town plagued by bandits and is forced to literally play the role in order to protect it.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    88%
  • Audience Score
    69%

common sense

ON for kids age 9
Violence
3 out of 5
Consumerism
1 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
2 out of 5
Educational value
0 out of 5
Language
2 out of 5
Positive messages
2 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sex
1 out of 5

Guns and deep thoughts make this best for older kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this animated film starring Johnny Depp is as dramatic as it is comedic, and it deals with several mature themes that may go over kids' head. The main character experiences an identity crisis and ponders life's big questions -- like "who am I?," "where do I belong?," and "why am I here?" (to name just a few of Rango's existential issues). There's also stronger language (both "damn" and "hell" are said several times, as well as insults like "trollop," "tart," and "floozy") and notably more violence than in many animated kids' movies -- violent/scary scenes range from gun showdowns and a gallows outfitted with nooses to a frightening killer hawk and a sadistic snake that threatens beloved characters. A few characters are killed (or nearly killed), shot at, or crushed, and there's a fair bit of smoking by supporting characters. But there are also positive messages about living up to your potential, defending those who are defenseless, and the importance of authority figures who do what's in their community's best interest instead of their own.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the movie's message about becoming who you want to be. How does Rango change from a wannabe hero to the real thing? Would you consider him a role model?
  • There are some pretty heavy themes here. Do you think that makes it too grown-up for younger kids? Who do you think the movie's target audience is?
  • How does the violence in this movie compare to others you've seen? Does it have more or less impact? Why?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    88%
    reviews counted: 20
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  • Audience

    69%

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: It is not self-conscious knowingness that drives Rango but rather a quirky and sincere enthusiasm for all the strange stuff that has piled up in the filmmakers' heads over the years.

- A.O. Scott, New York Times, Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fresh: The film itself is a magically strange hybrid, a spoofy computer-animated Western acted out by anthropomorphic desert creatures.

- Amy Biancolli, Houston Chronicle, Thursday, March 3, 2011

Fresh: What elevates it above a cheeky romp is the skilled CGI work, not only the wealth of tactile detail lavished on the parched townsfolk but also the painterly, sand-swept vistas they call home.

- Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Friday, March 4, 2011

Audience Reviews

4 stars

Great fun amazing animation especially on blu ray. Loved the shout out to Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas early on. A fun strange trip of a movie that had me just gleefully going along. Good times.

- jmanard52, Monday, July 18, 2011

4 stars

img]http://images.rottentomatoes.com/images/user/icons/icon14.gif/img] I wasn't expecting Rango to be any good when I first saw the trailer a while back. It looked to me like your typically smug production line animated film that was soon to be forgotten in everyones minds. I was wrong. Rango is a terrifically clever film that will entertain both children and parents alike. The voice over performances are all around great. Johnny Depp shows great enthusiasm for the titular role and it also makes references to Johnny Depp's previous enigmatic dream like picture "Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas". For me that reference was a hilarious in-joke. Like Fear And Loathing Rango is visually creative, eye popping and surrealist and mysterious with just enough substance addressing environmental issues to balance itself out with the bright colours and animated environments. There were two sex references in it that may put some off, but I think this is slightly more of an adult film than a children's slapstick comedy. I loved it much more than I thought I would, and I think it was the biggest surprise of 2011.

- aquateen2, Thursday, June 28, 2012

4 stars

I'm not sure whether to be confused, impressed or downright awed.

- MeetMeinMontauk, Monday, May 7, 2012