Peter Rabbit

Out Now On-Demand

Who said the countryside was peaceful?

James Corden stars in this live-action/CGI feature rendition of Beatrix Potter's classic character, as Peter Rabbit feuds with the owner of a veggie patch.

After Mr. McGregor (Domhnall Gleeson) inherits his uncle's smalltown home and vegetable garden, his aggressive nature starts an escalating feud with Peter over both the vegetable treasure in McGregor's forbidden garden and their rivalry for the affections of the warm‐hearted animal lover who lives next door (Rose Byrne).

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Directed by

  • Will Gluck('Friends with Benefits', 'Easy A', 'Fired Up!')

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Adventure, Animated, Comedy, Kids & Family, Fantasy

94mins

Rating: PG Violence

Australia, USA, UK

First published in 1902, Peter Rabbit gets a 21st century makeover, with a mischievous nature, cheeky attitude, and penchant for dance in this live-action family adventure. Computer-generated animal characters roam the real-life, present-day countryside, with James Corden voicing the titular rabbit alongside Margot Robbie as Flopsy, Elizabeth Debicki as Mopsy, Daisy Ridley as Cottontail, and Australian singer Sia providing the voice for Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle.

When old Mr McGregor (Sam Neill) pops his farming clogs, his nature-hating nephew Thomas (Domhnall Gleeson) arrives from the city, and is quickly pitted against Peter when he upgrades vegetable patch security and falls for rabbit-loving neighbour, Bea (Rose Byrne, underutilised in the woefully underwritten clichéd love-interest role).

On the film’s release, Peter lobbing blackberries at McGregor’s allergy-suffering cousin whipped up some controversy, but then this Peter also goes full Home Alone, rigging Thomas’ house so he’s electrocuted in wildly over-the-top cartoonish fashion. So no, this isn’t your grandparents’ Beatrix Potter, and whilst some of the more obvious updates grate (from rapping birds, to action-movie style fights complete with slo-mo), much of the broad slapstick comedy and animated animal antics are genuinely fun, and the 90-minute run-time hops by pleasantly. The English countryside looks lush and the cheeky humour largely lands in a tale aimed squarely at the under 12s, but with enough to keep older ones amused. Nowhere near as good as Paddington 2, but don’t let that deter you if it’s a solid, generally fun, family film for the little ones you’re after.

Los Angeles Times

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The movie, though set in the same serenely gorgeous Lake District countryside, resembles a sloppily tended garden plot where crude sight gags and violent set-pieces flourish like weeds, but anything resembling actual humour or delight refuses to take root.

NPR

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Peter Rabbit is sometimes crass, but more often simply dull.

New York Times

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The computer-generated animals are charming, albeit lacking in the particular gentle winsomeness of Potter's originals.

TimeOut (New York)

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It's certainly a new spin, but those who make the leap will do so vigorously.

Hollywood Reporter

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Awfully flimsy plotting ... fails to take full advantage of terrific production values and the work of an engaging cast led by the affably energetic James Corden.

Variety (USA)

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Beatrix Potter fans will be torn between wanting to hug a photo-real Peter Rabbit and wanting to scream at what Hollywood has done with him.

The Guardian (UK)

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This kids' animation is altogether lively and funny with just enough soul, even if it comes at the expense of Potter's sensitivity and delicacy.

FilmInk (Australia)

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The charming Peter Rabbit inventively drags a British classic kicking (and hopping) into the modern world.

Stuff.co.nz (James Croot)

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Best described as this decade's Mousehunt.

down the rabbit hole

Easy to follow story. Lots of humour to make you chuckle. However the constant violent themes in action and speech stole the innocence of the real charm of Peter Rabbit. Whimsy gone too far.