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New Paddington movie got mostly positive reviews from top critics. TWC-Dimension released their new family/adventure flick, “Paddington,” into theaters today, and all the reviews are in from the top movie critics. It turns out that most of them liked it, giving it an overall 77 score out of a possible 100 at Metacritic.com.

The movie stars: Jim Broadbent, Nicole Kidman, Ben Whishaw, Sally Hawkins and Hugh Bonneville. We’ve added blurbs from a couple of the critics (below).

Alonso Duralde from TheWrap, gave it a great 91 score, saying: “There are plenty of laughs — and nothing that goes over a kid’s head to an adult funny bone is smutty or smarmy — and the sentiment never feels strained or artificial.”

Jason Clark from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 91 score too, stating: “Paddington is fast-paced yet unhurried, serving up surprisingly subtle ideas on melting-pot urban diversity—Paddington is a stranger in a strange land, after all—and rich visual tableaux, including a gorgeous recurring shot of the Brown home as a living dollhouse.”

Betsy Sharkey over at the Los Angeles Times, gave it a 90 grade. She said: “Artfully and cleverly, the sweet spirit of that young bear from darkest Peru and his many London misadventures materializes brilliantly on screen in the very good hands of writer-director-conjurer Paul King.”

Joe Morgenstern at the Wall Street Journal, gave it a 90 score. He stated: “This comic chronicle of a Peruvian bear’s adventures in London turns out to be a total charmer, made with panache, élan and generous dollops of marmalade.”

Mary Houlihan at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it an 88 score. He said: ” The filmmakers behind Paddington successfully bring the lovable bear into the future and strike a balance between honoring the spirit of the original books and updating the story for today’s young audiences. This is a charming film whose underlying message of tolerance and acceptance strikes a palpable chord in today’s world — both for children and adults.”

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