Pocahontas Reviews

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Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
October 15, 2012
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]
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 12, 2012
"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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Scott G. Mignola
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Fine for kids; just don't expect a history lesson.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 30, 2009
The film of the Disney Renaissance likeliest to elicit a shudder of dismay from all but the most maniacal Disney buffs.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
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Laura Shapiro
Newsweek
September 2, 2008
Just about everything in this lavish, animated feature is for the pigtail set.

Film4
September 2, 2008
Forgettable.
David Hepworth
Empire Magazine
September 2, 2008
Not only historically dubious, but the dullest Disney animation for years.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 2, 2008
[A] handsome, deeply felt, even more deeply reverent animated musical.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 2, 2008
Overall, Pocahontas is a triumph as a visual experience (though the music is unusually bland), but a disappointment as a film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 2, 2008
Overall this seems like a reasonable stab at an impossible agenda.
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Rita Kempley
Washington Post
September 2, 2008
All Disney has really done in its disappointing 33rd animated feature is revive the stereotype of the Noble Savage.
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Jeremy Gerard
Variety
May 26, 2008
The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
February 27, 2007
Why make a Disney cartoon and take all the fun out of it?
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
Pocahontas can't get stirred dramatically for political correctness, the finale will please nobody, and the songs are duff. That said, there are enough incidental felicities to pass the time pleasantly.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
May 26, 2006
One of the most scattered of the studio's famed animated features.
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
May 26, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Michael Szymanski
Wordmag.com
May 11, 2005
A good one to explain tolerance and diversity to the young ones in your family.
Rory L. Aronsky
Film Threat
May 3, 2005
...being away from its high-powered predecessors, it has marched on well on its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
April 29, 2005
Pocahontas is a touching tribute to the power of loyalty, courage, cooperation, and, more than anything else, sympathetic understanding.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine
April 23, 2005
True to the film's idealized spirit, directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg similarly fend off history.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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