Paddington

Paddington

Paddington

The duffel-coated, galoshes-wearing family favourite bear hits cinema screens for the first time. Follows the comic misadventures of a young Peruvian bear with a passion for all things British, who travels to London in search of a home. Stars Hugh Bonneville, Sally Hawkins, Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw as the voice of CG-animated Paddington.

Finding himself lost and alone at Paddington Station, he begins to realise that city life is not quite as he imagined - until he meets the kindly Brown family, who read the label around his neck ("Please look after this bear. Thank you.") and offer him a temporary haven. It looks as though his luck has changed until this rarest of bears catches the eye of a museum taxidermist.

2014Rating: G95 minsUK
Kids & Family

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Paddington / Reviews

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

It’s over 50 years since author Michael Bond introduced Paddington Bear on a London train station wearing the heartstring-tugging tag around his neck: “Please look after this bear”. That message referenced the plight of refugee children during World War II. In this charming screen update it could just as easily relate to wide-eyed Kiwis on their OE or refugees from modern day war zones. The scaffolding of the film is serious, but the action is joyous.

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Variety

Variety

May divide loyal Paddingtophiles with its high-stakes caper plot, but their enraptured kids won’t care a whit.

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Total Film

Total Film

Sweet and silly and, at times, edge-of-the-seat stuff.

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Time Out

Time Out

It’s charmingly simple. But it also offers a sharp modern spin on Michael Bond’s London-set stories without being cynical.

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The Guardian

The Guardian

A charming and sweet-natured family film, full of wit and fun, skewed towards young children but cheekily speckled with sly gags pitched at the older audience.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

A brightly wrapped Christmas present that has been assembled with love and care, and its message about the importance of welcoming strangers couldn't be more timely.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Quite charming, thoughtful and as cuddly as a plush toy, albeit one with a few modern gizmos thrown in.

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Empire Magazine

Empire Magazine

A warm, witty and wondrously inventive great big bear-hug of a movie.

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