James and the Giant Peach
James and the Giant Peach (1996)

A young boy's discovery of a gigantic peach triggers an eventful journey across the sea in this strikingly designed and surprisingly twisted animated adventure. A live-action framing device establishes the dark yet fanciful mood one… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: April 12, 1996
DVD Release Date: October 3, 2000
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Critic Score: 91% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: The arresting and dynamic visuals, offbeat details and light-as-air storytelling make James and the Giant Peach solid family entertainment.

David Ansen

Dahl himself thought his book would be impossible to translate into film, and for all the ingenuity that's been thrown at the screen, perhaps he was right. This overgrown peach never ripens.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

As a tribute to the cranky genius of Dahl, it's both fond and, in the best sense, fruitful.

Rachel Wagner
Rachel's Reviews (YouTube)

Underrated animated film from director Henry Selick

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

The film is a technical tour de force, featuring a wealth of inventive design ideas. But James never develops the emotional dimension that Nightmare possessed.

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

This movie remembers what fun is.

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Zaki Hasan
Zaki's Corner

...valiantly attempts to convey the amazement and childlike sense-of-wonder so characteristic of the late Dahl's books, and while it does succeed occasionally, more often than not it falls flat.

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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune

A snappy, fun adaptation that entertains young viewers without speaking down to them.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

James and the Giant Peach shines with weird, whimsical invention.

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Chris Wright
Boston Phoenix

This film adaptation of his James and the Giant Peach, though capturing Dahl's comic brilliance, does not shy away from the tale's surreal grimness.

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Flixster Audience Score: 65% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
James and the Giant Peach is a very good film. But I did not think it was as good as Nightmare Before Christmas. The film is a perfect family film, but I felt… More
Bethany Murphy
Another childhood classic!
Eric Alvarez
This movie takes me back to 3rd/4th grade. One of those movies you couldn't forget even if you tried.
Michael Edwards
with a heartwaming and magical story and great stop-motion animation, it saves this film, and makes it one of Henry Selicks best films
Aj V
This movie is really cool, it's based on a good children's book, directed by Selick (who directed Nightmare Before Christmas), and it's got… More
danny d
inventive and fun, the film is benefited by a manageable running time and a unique plot. the film isnt too consequential, and at times even in this short film… More