Manages to be touching as well as silly, thrilling and just a bit exhausting. The secret to its success is a genuine enthusiasm for the creative potential of games...
—A.O. Scott The New York Times
It's a wildly exciting ride, the fastest-moving, most enthusiastically kinetic kids' action film since "The Incredibles."
—Tasha Robinson The A.V. Club
Manages to be touching as well as silly, thrilling and just a bit exhausting. The secret to its success is a genuine enthusiasm for the creative potential of games, a willingness to take them seriously without descending into nerdy pomposity. I am delighted to surrender my cynicism, at least until I've used up today's supply of quarters.
—A.O. Scott New York Times
The movie's subversive sensibility and old-school/new-school feel are a total kick.
—Betsy Sharkey LA Times
The metaphor is clever, injecting real-life risk and reward into these beautifully artificial vistas, scored to composer Henry Jackman's Nintendo-worthy beeps and bloops.
—Joshua Rothkopf Time Out New York
There are more videogame cameos and winks than you can shake a Wiimote at - even the Konami Code, the gamer's paternoster, makes an appearance - but the real success of the film is its emotional core and the relationship between the two misfits.
—Keith Staskiewicz Entertainment Weekly
Moore brings a video junkie's passion to the movie game, and it's hilariously infectious.
—Peter Travers Rolling Stone
More than in most animated films, the art design and color palette of Wreck-It Ralph permit unlimited sets, costumes and rules, giving the movie tireless originality and different behavior in every different cyber word.
—Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times
It's a lovely pretext for dazzling visuals, yet the production is diminished by the clumsiness of an 8-bit script.
—Joe Morgenstern Wall Street Journal
It's pure plastic product from plot line to the pro forma 3-D to the tidy moral lessons - ersatz family entertainment as disposable as it is diverting. It made me want to go read a book.
—Ty Burr Boston Globe