Pocahontas Reviews

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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
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Laura Shapiro
Newsweek
September 2, 2008
Just about everything in this lavish, animated feature is for the pigtail set.
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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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Jeremy Gerard
Variety
May 26, 2008
The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture.
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
Michael Dequina
TheMovieReport.com
January 11, 2004
A surprisingly understated and mature romantic drama that just happens to be animated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Shawn Bowers
Kansas City Star
August 21, 2003
Though released during the Disney slump that came post-Lion King, Pocahontas was the last truly quality Disney animated film until Tarzan came along a few years later. It doesn't touch the aforementioned Lion, but a worthy part of your collection.
| Original Score: 4/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
June 18, 2003
This is one of Disney's best.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 20, 2003
Any damage such revisionist history may impose on young minds is offset by the honestly inspiring thoughts Pocahontas offers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Jeanne Aufmuth
Palo Alto Weekly
May 14, 2003
A refreshing combination of old-fashioned animation and contemporary technology, Pocahontas is less about story and more about the artistic possibilities of color, detail and striking reality.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Clint Morris
Moviehole
April 27, 2003
Another Disney feature destined for the classic status
| Original Score: 4/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 27, 2002
Centers upon a heroine whose soul and spirit are worth emulating.
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
August 15, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
June 18, 2002
Disney's 33rd animated feature, and its first with characters based on real people, is a stunning movie with clever twists, vivid characterizations, insightful songs and a surprising harvest of revisionist history.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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