They Are Home But They Are Not Alone.
"...the vocal talents particularly, Thomas Haden Church as the belligerent Tazer and Josh Peck as the lovable Sparks, are well cast. Joe Leydon, Variety
|A group of kids must protect their vacation home from invading aliens.|
"Amusing family comedy... Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
In this action-driven animated comedy, families on vacation discover that aliens have taken up residence in their attic. HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL's Ashley Tisdale stars.
Aliens in the Attic - DVD Review
By: Jason McKiernan
filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 10/23/2009 5:09 PM
Aliens in the Attic was originally titled They Came from Upstairs, which would be a cool title for a movie attempting to be a throwback to silly B-movie alien pictures from decades past. Alas, this film is not trying to be such a throwback, but rather an insipid bit of lazy filmmaking that mistakes silliness for comedy and young moviegoers for morons. In that case, I suppose this new title works better. The movie is literally so by-the-book that it barely merits any real discussion. The title pretty much sums it up quite tidily -- aliens have invaded the summer getaway of the unsuspecting Pearson family, and their home base is in the attic....read the full review
Aliens in the Attic - DVD Review
Published on: 12/3/2009 12:53 PM
|Did you watch the trailers for Aliens in the Attic when they were on television and in movie theaters and cringe inwardly? I was there with you. This flick had all the earmarks of a train wreck. A mix of animation and live action? Check. A young cast trying to expand their careers? Check. Alien invasion? Check. The list goes on...But was it really as bad as people said? Not really. Some parts were actually funny and others were almost touching....read the full review
Cast & Crew
"The ensuing war of the worlds is waged with weapons as fearsome as a bubble blower, a skateboard, and a sort of anti-gravity grenade, that, frankly, looks like a lot of fun."
"[ALIENS IN THE ATTIC] is mostly tongue-in-cheek and takes good advantage of digital effects and an athletic cast to make the action virtually nonstop."
Los Angeles Times
"[T]he movie belongs to Robert Hoffman. Playing Tisdale's two-faced boyfriend, Hoffman, a classically trained dancer, literally throws himself into the scenes..."
"Directed at an appropriately brisk pace....The vocal talents -- particularly Thomas Haden Church as the belligerent Tazer and Josh peck as the lovable Sparks -- are well cast."
The Onion A.V. Club 7 of 10
Given its particularly aggressive blend of wackiness and inoffensiveness, Aliens In The Attic could pass for a Disney movie of a long-ago decade, with just two exceptions: the reliance on special effects, and the way the kids take center stage. Aliens has all the modern "kids rule, adults drool" mentality of Home Alone or Spy Kids, but the broad acting, hammy physical comedy, and relentlessly G-rated language would be at home in a Don Knotts vehicle or a Herbie The Love Bug movie...Carter Jenkins stars as a gawky, ineffectual pill of a teenager who's evidently smart, but tanking at school, for transparent reasons destined to come out in a rush of emotion when the film needs a little extra conflict. His many frustrations include his too-perfect sister Ashley Tisdale (the High School Musical series' villainous Sharpay) and her smugly duplicitous boyfriend (Step Up 2 The Streets heartthrob Robert Hoffman), but really, his problem is that he's at that age where everything and everyone seems exhaustingly lame, and the only way to rise above the lameness is by loudly rejecting everything...Unfortunately, he loses that luxury when a quartet of klutzy but murderous CGI aliens descends on the rental home where his extended family (including obnoxious single-dad uncle Andy Richter and a crowd of cousins) is vacationing. When the aliens implant a mind-control device in Hoffman's neck and turn him into a flailing living weapon, the kids realize their parents, grandma, and local cop Tim Meadows are all in danger of a similar fate. Since the device doesn't work on the younger set, it's up to them to fight back with makeshift weapons and youthful cleverness...Adults will likely find Aliens pretty tiresome, given that there isn't much going on but kiddie-power validation and slapstick humor, though Hoffman's remote-controlled-robot act is agreeably game, and a Stephen Chow-esque martial-arts face-off between him and similarly remote-controlled granny Doris Roberts is fairly diverting. But at least the film doesn't go out of its way to insult anyone's intelligence, and apart from the occasional crotch-focused attack, it's about the cleanest kids' adventure around, short of a Walden Media production. Like those mild old Disney comedies of the '60s and '70s, it seems perfectly content with being a harmless distraction.
- Tasha Robinson