Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Future Of Film
The 100 Greatest Video Games
Robin Williams: The Big Interview
Kevin Feige:
My Movie Life

The Marvel supremo's pick of the flicks
4Music's Size Does Matter
Introducing your new favourite app
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
U
Cast
Ty Burrell (voice)
Max Charles (voice)
Stephen Colbert (voice)
Leslie Mann (voice)
Stanley Tucci (voice)
Allison Janney (voice)
Mel Brooks (voice)
Patrick Warburton (voice).
Directors
Rob Minkoff.
Screenwriters
Craig Wright.
Running Time
92 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Ida
4 Star Empire Rating
Night Will Fall
4 Star Empire Rating
Grand Piano
3 Star Empire Rating
20,000 Days On Earth
4 Star Empire Rating
Manuscripts Don't Burn
3 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Two Days, One Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Some Like It Hot
5 Star Empire Rating
A Hard Day's Night
5 Star Empire Rating
Boyhood
5 Star Empire Rating

Mr. Peabody & Sherman
The dogfather


submit to reddit


Plot
Mr. Peabody (Burrell) is a hyper-intelligent dog and expert in almost everything, who adopts the orphaned Sherman (Charles) and builds a time machine to teach him about history. But when Sherman uses the machine to try to impress a hostile classmate, history itself is put at risk...


Review
Mr. Peabody & Sherman

This adaptation of a classic US cartoon looks like they remade Excellent Adventure with Bill as a genius dog and Ted his adoptive son. Young Sherman (Max Charles) destabilises time itself, forcing his canine father Mr. Peabody (Ty Burrell) to set things right. But really that’s just a hook on which to hang historical cameos, silly puns and a heartfelt father-son bonding story.

The zany action sequences still have a whiff of small-screen cartoon, but there are witty enough gags — da Vinci’s “creepy” attempts to invent his own child — to keep parents entertained while younger viewers wish a dog would adopt them too.


Verdict
There’s a good-hearted father and son tale at the heart of the madness here, but the surroundings are sometimes a little too silly for true greatness.


Reviewed by Helen O'Hara

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.

Your Reviews

Average user rating for Mr. Peabody & Sherman
Empire Star Rating

Better than..

I enjoyed this film as much as the kids,while its nothing amazing its well worth a watch. A slight return to form for Dreamworks after the abysmal 'Turbo' ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by dethmart at 15:03, 17 April 2014 | Report This Post


Could do better

This is probably for older children certainly not for under 7's the difficult explanations regarding the disemboweling and decapitation is bad enough.Also the film message that as long as your child enrolled in a posh school and exposed to some hard truths about life is fine! It doesn't have the tone and balance of Lego Movie which to appeal to all ages. THe chase sequences are fine but it a bit too clever for its own good. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by WozisWoz at 16:09, 18 February 2014 | Report This Post


"Back To The Drawing Board".

Mr Peabody & Sherman is an affable enough adventure-yarn for the first two acts, but lacks anything remotely special. There's plenty here for an undemanding audience with slapstick and chase sequences, but the deadpan puns and one-liners delivered by Mr. Peabody fall distinctly flat. By the time the writers have remembered that a central conceit of the story is a time machine, things actually start to become interesting, albeit in their final push. ... More

Empire User Rating

Posted by TheMightyBlackout at 23:31, 08 February 2014 | Report This Post


SPECIAL FEATURE
The 301 Greatest Movies Of All Time EMPIRE READERS' POLL: THE 301 GREATEST MOVIES OF ALL TIME
You turned out in your hundreds and thousands, and here are the results... Browse the full list


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
The Future Of Film: There Will Be Another Indie Golden Age
Independent producers are growing from micro-budgets to something a lot bigger

Empire's Epic Interstellar Subscribers' Cover
The countdown begins to Christopher Nolan's sci-fi masterpiece

The Future Of Film: Your Favourite Movie WIll Be Crowdfunded
Click here to donate

The Empire Podcast #128: Interviews With Sir Roger Moore And George MacKay
Plus we say goodbye to Richard Kiel and the British Expendables are assembled...

Shut Up, World! Gary Busey Is Talking!
Strap yourselves in and meet a true Hollywood original.

Classic Feature: Gods Among Us - Paul Newman
A cat so cool he makes Steve McQueen look geeky.

The Boxtrolls Interviews: The Cast And Crew On Laika's Latest
Sir Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead Wright, Elle Fanning and more talk stop-motion

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 6 Issues Of Empire For Only £15!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 6 issues of Empire for just £15!
Get the world's greatest movie magazine delivered straight to your door! Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)