This is an action-packed comedy in fictional Oakton that follows the travails of Surly (voiced by Will Arnett), a mischievous squirrel, and his rat friend Buddy, who plan a nut store heist of outrageous proportions and unwittingly find themselves embroiled in a much more complicated and hilarious adventure.
“”The Nut Job” is forgettably mediocre, but it’s not atrocious, and that represents a small victory during this January dumping ground for kid movies. Bodily-function jokes abound, and there’s an overreliance on violent slapstick to get laughs. Nevertheless, someone cared enough to give a movie about a squirrel that handles dynamite some subtle noir-ish qualities.” — San Francisco Gate – Peter Hartlaub
“A whimsical period setting helps this 3D animated caper escape some overly familiar trappings.”— The Hollywood Reporter – Michael Rechtshaffen