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Pocahontas (1996)

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56

Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 52
Fresh: 29 | Rotten: 23

Pocahontas means well, and has moments of startling beauty, but it's largely a bland, uninspired effort, with uneven plotting and an unfortunate lack of fun.

67

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Critic Reviews: 15
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 5

Pocahontas means well, and has moments of startling beauty, but it's largely a bland, uninspired effort, with uneven plotting and an unfortunate lack of fun.

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In this animated retelling of one of history's greatest romances, a beautiful American Indian princess saves the life of a European settler, and the pair enter into a lifelong love-affair that transcends race or borders. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Jun 6, 2000

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All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (29) | Rotten (23) | DVD (29)

Just about everything in this lavish, animated feature is for the pigtail set.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsweek
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[A] handsome, deeply felt, even more deeply reverent animated musical.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Overall this seems like a reasonable stab at an impossible agenda.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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All Disney has really done in its disappointing 33rd animated feature is revive the stereotype of the Noble Savage.

September 2, 2008
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The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture.

May 26, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Why make a Disney cartoon and take all the fun out of it?

February 27, 2007 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Comments (2)
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It's hard to excuse the reconception of the eleven or twelve-year-old Pocahontas...as a statuesque supermodel, especially as kids don't need their stories to be hung on romance to deem them, err, shapely. [Blu-ray]

October 15, 2012 Full Review Source: Groucho Reviews
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"Pocahontas" isn't an A-movie in the Disney catalog, but it's a solid second-tier film that, despite its romanticizing of the "noble savage," nonetheless features themes that are wholesome and consistent with Disney's messaging.

August 12, 2012 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Fine for kids; just don't expect a history lesson.

January 2, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The film of the Disney Renaissance likeliest to elicit a shudder of dismay from all but the most maniacal Disney buffs.

November 30, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Forgettable.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4 | Comment (1)
Film4

Not only historically dubious, but the dullest Disney animation for years.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Overall, Pocahontas is a triumph as a visual experience (though the music is unusually bland), but a disappointment as a film.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

One of the most scattered of the studio's famed animated features.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

As long as Republicans are in power, the line "You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you" will remain relevant.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: Creative Loafing | Comments (6)
Creative Loafing

A good one to explain tolerance and diversity to the young ones in your family.

May 11, 2005 Full Review Source: Wordmag.com
Wordmag.com

...being away from its high-powered predecessors, it has marched on well on its own.

May 3, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Pocahontas is a touching tribute to the power of loyalty, courage, cooperation, and, more than anything else, sympathetic understanding.

April 29, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

True to the film's idealized spirit, directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg similarly fend off history.

April 23, 2005 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
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Audience Reviews for Pocahontas

For the past two years, I've had a hankering to rewatch "Pocahontas" to see if my childhood love for it still stands, and despite its glaring historical inaccuracies with Pocahontas's and John Smith's love plot, boy does it truly hold up in terms of animation, score, and message.

People are all praising millennial Disney princesses for not wanting to get married (Merida, Elsa, Anna), but they forget that 90s Disney heroines could be strong while still having love interests too. Mulan didn't want to get married at first; after fighting and winning the war, she sensibly invites Shang over for dinner. Pocahontas didn't want to get married at first; she falls in love with a perceived enemy but ultimately chooses to stay with her tribe.

The bold hues and watercolor effects are still captivating; "Just Around the River Bend" and "Colors of the Wind" are still sweeping and mature orchestral masterpieces; and the themes of interpersonal peace, ecological sustainability, and cultural understanding are still relevant and moving. So freakin' good!
April 12, 2014
aliceinpunderland

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One of the most powerful films in the Disney collection, Pocahontas suffers from a weak villain and some throw-away characters, but features raw emotions and tension, a haunting, beautiful score, and some of the best songs ever written for film.
November 26, 2012
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Pocahontas is one of the worst Disney films that I've seen. This was the end of an era as far as I'm concerned. The film was well drawn and had a good cast, but it just lacked the key ingredient that makes a Disney film so special. This film just feels like it was rushed and it just doesn't have anything memorable about. I really liked The Lion King, but this was such a disappointment. For me, it ranks as one of the most boring, uninspired Disney films. This could have been far better, but it failed to entertain me. This film feels uninspired and by Disney standards, it's a shame that they couldn't make a better film than this. This is a clichéd film that just doesn't succeed at pulling off what it tries to do. There are so many great Disney films, but Pocahontas just feels like the filmmakers took the easy way out by rehashing the same old ideas that have made Disney a brand name. By this point, you could tell that animated features were no longer the studios strong point, and as a result they would start to venture into more live action films. The Lion was a great film, this one, not at all, and then there was The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a decent flick, but nothing good or great. This film had potential in being a great little flick, unfortunately, it fails. If you want a terrific film about Pocahontas, watch The New World.
September 8, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

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Good+
August 12, 2011
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    1. Powhatan: When I see you wear that necklace, you look just like your mother.
    2. Pocahontas: I miss her.
    3. Powhatan: But she is still with us. Whenever the wind blows through the trees, I feel her presence. Our people looked to her for wisdom and strength. Someday, they will look to you as well.
    – Submitted by Victoria R (4 months ago)
    1. Pocahontas [Singing]: Should I choose the smoothest course? Steady as the beating drum. Should I marry Kocoum? Is all my dreaming at an end? Or do you still wait for me, dream giver, just around the riverbend?
    – Submitted by Jenna L (19 months ago)
    1. Pocahontas: The tree is talking to me...
    – Submitted by Nicole K (20 months ago)
    1. Pocahontas: It would have been better if we never met, none of this would have happened.
    2. John Smith: I'd rather die tomorrow than live a hundred years without knowing you.
    3. Pocahontas: I can't leave you.
    4. John Smith: You never will, no matter what happens to me, I'll always be with you, forever.
    – Submitted by Raha R (20 months ago)
    1. Pocahontas: You can own the Earth and still, all you'll own is earth until, you can paint with all the colors of the wind.
    – Submitted by Chelley R (2 years ago)
    1. Pocahontas: You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you.
    – Submitted by Hailey D (2 years ago)
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