"I am not generally a huge fan of cartoons derived from TV shows, but 'Hey Arnold! The Movie' is clever, offbeat and even gritty enough to overcome my resistance ...the story is also engaging and hip enough to make it a far easier sit for parents...And it's hard not to like a hero who takes public transportation to a showdown with the bad guy." --Lou Lumenick, The New York Post

"Most adults have given up on causes, but when his neighborhood is threatened to be plowed under by Future Tech Industries, Arnold (voice of Spencer Klein) must act. He and pal Gerald (Jamil Smith) set out to stop evil Mr. Scheck from turning their neighborhood into a giant shopping mall...Arnold & Co.'s clever efforts naturally save the neighborhood. But the movie feels like a long-form version of the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series on which it's based, which probably won't bother Arnold fans." --Claudia Puig, USA Today

"The movie expands on the series' liberal and genial worldview (set in a funky out-of-time New York neighborhood), pitting Arnold and his posse as political activists who save the nabe from bulldozing in the name of heartless corporate conquest-- a plucky bit of 'Cradle Will Rock' activism smuggled in under the cover of Nickelodeon smiles." --Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly

"...the show's supporters will be deprived of the sight that serves as the regular opener of the television cartoon series--they won't get to see Arnold and his buddies make their marauding march down the middle of the street. The director, Tuck Tucker, and the series creator, Craig Bartlett (who wrote the movie with Steve Viksten), are determined to make this feel like something else...when Gerald with his towering flattop is absent, the film seems to be little more than a bad hair day circa 1985 (the year of the flattop fade), given Arnold's own wild blond tufts exploding from under his cap. --Elvis Mitchell, The New York Times