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Jojo Rabbit

Lonely German boy Jojo "Rabbit" Betzler (Roman Griffin Davis) has his world view turned upside down when he discovers that his single mother Rosie (Scarlett Johansson) is hiding a Jewish girl (Thomasin McKenzie) in their attic. Aided only by his idiotic imaginary friend, Adolf Hitler (Taika Waititi), Jojo must confront his blind nationalism.
Author Review
United StatesUnited States F
Leah Greenblatt
Entertainment Weekly
"An audacious piece of Third Reich whimsy that almost definitely shouldn’t work as well as it does, considering it’s about a boy whose imaginary best friend is Hitler."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
"Love it or hate it, Taika Waititi’s singularly silly take on the WWII coming-of-age movie is damn near impossible to shake (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
A. O. Scott
The New York Times
"The humor is so audacious and the psychological insight at times so startling that it’s hard not to be dismayed when an easy and familiar dose of comfort is supplied at the end."  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Owen Gleiberman
"What gives 'Jojo Rabbit' its 'specialness', what makes it a kind of 'Moonrise Kingdom' with swastikas and German Shepherd jokes, is that it lacks the courage of its own conventionality."  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Todd McCarthy
The Hollywood Reporter
"[It] won't please all crowds (...) The cartoonishness of it, while amusing at the outset, doesn’t wear well as matters deepen and progress"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Eric Kohn
"A charming muddle of good intentions (...) the filmmaker’s light touch never matches the nature of his setting"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Matt Goldberg
"Waititi understands the power of comedy and love over hate, and had made that lesson easily accessible in the hilarious and sweet Jojo Rabbit"  POS
United StatesUnited States F
Brian Tallerico
"[It] lacks the punch it needs to really work. It’s far from the disaster it could have been given the tonal tightrope it walks, but it’s also closer to a misfire than we all hoped it would be (…) Rating: ★★½ (out of 4)"  NEU
United StatesUnited States M
Chris Evangelista
"Waititi’s World War II satire is both a magic trick and a high-wire act (...) A heartfelt, sweet, blackly comedic coming-of-age journey that tries to find hope in hopeless times."  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Benjamin Lee
The Guardian
"Waititi doesn’t really know what to do with his imaginary Hitler past an increasingly repetitive cycle of decreasingly funny acts of idiocy (…) Rating: ★★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Damon Wise
The Times
"There’s a sweetness that’s quite extraordinary (...) A special film (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Tim Grierson
"Part Nazi satire, part cockeyed children’s fable, Jojo Rabbit doesn’t lack for ambition or sincerity of purpose — which only makes it more disappointing that the film proves to be so meagre"  NEU
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Peter Bradshaw
The Guardian
"[It] fails to attack or even really notice evil (…) Rating: ★ (out of 5)"  NEG
United KingdomUnited Kingdom F
Clarisse Loughrey
The Independent
"[It] is tender, daring, and sharp – precisely pitched so that it keeps its path steady and its ambitions in check (…) Rating: ★★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United KingdomUnited Kingdom M
Lewis Knight
"Waititi succeeds in treading a fine line by handling some supremely weighty messages and topics in a way that is also both digestible to children and told through the eyes of them with fantastical innocence (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
United StatesUnited States M
Keith Uhlich
"Waititi is incapable of dealing with the twin horrors of oppression and indoctrination beyond cheap-seats sentimentality and joke-making (…) Rating: 0 (out of 4)"  NEG
IrelandIreland M
Donald Clarke
Irish Times
"[It works with] tensions throughout: between laughter and groans, between emotion and sentimentality, between daring and bad taste (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Paul Whitington
Irish Independent
"Waititi is using a child’s eye to offer new perspectives on the insanity of Nazism (...) It may not be perfect, but 'Jojo Rabbit' is an honest film (…) Rating: ★★★★ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland M
Brian Lloyd
"There's a real sense of good-hearted humour and a boldness to it that is refreshing, even if it doesn't work all of the time (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
IrelandIreland F
Laura Delaney
"At times 'Jojo Rabbit' keeps the audience at arm's length, and the script occasionally misses the mark, but it hops along with enough tenderness to engage the mind and take viewers on a satirical ride (…) Rating: ★★★½ (out of 5)"  POS
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