The Emoji Movie 3D

The Emoji Movie 3D

(2017)

Welcome to the secret world inside your phone.

T.J. Miller, James Corden and Ilana Glazer play emojis on a mission to save the hidden world within our phones in this CGI family comedy.... More

The Emoji Movie unlocks the never-before-seen secret world inside our smartphones. Hidden within the messaging app is Textopolis, a bustling city where emojis live, hoping to be selected by the phone's user. In this world, each emoji has only one facial expression – except for Gene (Miller), an exuberant emoji who was born without a filter and is bursting with multiple expressions. Determined to become 'normal' like the other emojis, Gene enlists the help of his handy best friend Hi-5 (Corden) and the notorious code breaker emoji Jailbreak (Glazer). Together, they embark on an adventure through the apps on the phone, each its own wild and fun world, to find the code that will fix Gene. But when a greater danger threatens the phone, the fate of all emojis depends on these three unlikely friends who must save their world before it's deleted forever.Hide

Flicks Review

Dumb puns, uninspired 3D animation and a script that may well have actually been written in emojis, The Emoji Movie is a tale of emotional icons that certainly got me [angry red face emoji] at this [turd emoji]. T.J. Miller stars as Gene, a multi-expressional emoji living in Textopolis - a digital city in a teenager’s phone. Wanting to be a “meh” emoji like his parents (no, I’m serious), Gene sets out on an adventure so tedious I was convinced he’d achieved his goal of being “meh” long before he took his first misstep.... More

Tony Leondis, director of Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (no, I’m still serious), helms a cinematic “meh” without wit, imagination, fun - hell there aren’t enough words in my thesaurus to list what this ain’t got, but name pretty much any entertainment virtue and it’s likely lacking – in spades.

Throwing cash at a decent voice cast doesn’t help matters, but for the record those who took the money and ran away giggling guiltily include James Corden, Anna Faris, Maya Rudolph, Steven Wright, Christina Aguilera, Sofia Vergara, and Sir Patrick Stewart OBE as a poop emoji. Yup, Captain Picard, Professor X, and now a poop.

If undemanding and family friendly is what you’re after, with no aspirations beyond keeping the ikkle ones occupied, then (like the Angry Birds movie) this provides just over 80-minutes of colourful distraction. If you’re over 6, and even slightly demanding or desirous of entertainment that actually entertains, make that 80-plus minutes of excruciating mental torture. One star? One poop emoji maybe. What next? The hashtag movie? #FMLHide


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  • Abandon all hope, ye who enter here. Full Review

  • Disregard that PG rating and keep your children far away from director Tony Leondis' vile animated faux-comedy. Beneath its trippy surface lurks an insidious philosophy hazardous to impressionable minds. Full Review

  • A viewer leaves The Emoji Movie a colder person, not only angry at the film for being unconscionably bad, but resentful of it for making them feel angry. Full Review

  • There could be far worse ways to spend 86 minutes. But maybe, just maybe, it'd be the better choice to spend those 86 minutes outside, or reading a book, or talking face-to-face with another human being. Because The Emoji Movie could not be more meh. Full Review

  • This movie's "believe in yourself" message is borne out, in a perverse way, by the very fact that it even exists. And yet the whole thing remains nakedly idiotic. Full Review

  • If only this smartphone-centric dud, so happy to hawk real-world apps to its audience, could have done the same in its release strategy - coming out via Snapchat, where it would vanish shortly after arrival. But even that wouldn't be fast enough. Full Review

  • There have been worse ideas, but in this case the execution isn't good enough to bring the notion of an emoji movie to funky, surprising life. Full Review