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Review: 'Wreck-It Ralph'

By Keith Staskiewicz, EW.com
updated 4:49 PM EDT, Fri November 2, 2012
John C. Reilly voices the role of Ralph in Walt Disney Pictures'
John C. Reilly voices the role of Ralph in Walt Disney Pictures' "Wreck-It Ralph."
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • "Wreck-It Ralph's" Ralph is voiced with hangdog perfection by John C. Reilly
  • The story itself risks getting overly sweet at this point, but miraculously it never melts into a syrupy wash
  • There are more videogame cameos and winks than you can shake a Wiimote at

(EW.com) -- Nostalgia has been digitized.

In "Wreck-It Ralph's" byte-size universe of arcade games, a pixelated panoply of characters (both copyrighted and made-up) commingle each day after the final quarter has been dropped. But for Ralph, the bulldozer-handed villain of the 1980s arcade relic Fix-It Felix Jr., life isn't all power-ups and extra lives.

An 8-bit brute with a heart of gold, Ralph (voiced with hangdog perfection by John C. Reilly) escapes his game on a quest to prove to the world that there's more to him than just being bad. As the well-meaning Fix-It Felix Jr. (Jack McBrayer) and a rough-and-tumble space soldier (Jane Lynch) pursue him, Ralph ends up in "Sugar Rush," a racing game set in a confectionary wonderland of cotton-candy clouds, peppermint forests, and innumerable dessert puns of varying tastiness.

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There, he encounters a young racer named Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) whose glitchy nature invites the ire of the crazed Ed Wynn soundalike King Candy (Alan Tudyk).

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The story itself risks getting overly sweet at this point, but miraculously it never melts into a syrupy wash. 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.

It doesn't quite carry the heft of "Toy Story," but there's a lot of heart packed into these zeroes and ones. B+

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