With its virtuoso tomfoolery, Fantastic Mr. Fox is like a homegrown Wallace and Gromit caper.
—Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly
Although it may initially seem to be yet another kids-film-for-adults of the kind the industry has been pumping out of late, Mr. Fox manages to be something else entirely. Pandering to neither audience, it remains true to its story's vulpine nature.
—Chris Barsanti filmcritic.com
Children, especially, will find things they don't understand, and things that scare them. Excellent. A good story for children should suggest a hidden dimension, and that dimension of course is the lifetime still ahead of them.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
Sometimes too clever by half, the film, replete with in-jokes, may in some ways work better for adults.
—Peter Rainer Christian Science Monitor
...an adventure in pure imagination that plays to the smart kid in all of us.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
...exactly what one might imagine a stop-motion Anderson film to be: multitudes of quirky characters, immaculately arranged compositions and camera pans, soundtrack outbursts of classic rock, and a blend of tender humanism and melancholic existentialism.
—Nick Schager Slant Magazine
...a delightful adaptation...
—Leah Rozen People
...a sometimes witty, if odd, cartoon for all ages.
—Claudia Puig USA Today
...I rank it roughly alongside Anderson?s The Royal Tenenbaums -- lower than the great Rushmore, higher than The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou -- in its slightly twisted formalism and sporadic, occasionally inspired comic returns.
—Michael Phillips Chicago Tribune