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Anastasia (1997)

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86

Average Rating: 7.1/10
Reviews Counted: 51
Fresh: 44 | Rotten: 7

Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.

82

Average Rating: 7/10
Critic Reviews: 11
Fresh: 9 | Rotten: 2

Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.

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Average Rating: 3.3/5
User Ratings: 430,346

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Movie Info

Timeless Tales: Anastasia offers a family friendly animated story about the daughter of the last Russian Czar. ~ Perry Seibert, Rovi

Nov 16, 1999

20th Century Fox

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (11) | Fresh (44) | Rotten (7) | DVD (19)

An ambitious, serious but not particularly stimulating musical feature that unconvincingly attempts to graft warm and cuddly family-film motifs onto turbulent aspects of modern history and mythology.

September 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety
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Bluth has rediscovered the ingredients of quality mainstream animation...

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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A gorgeous piece of work.

June 18, 2002 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle
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Any film that echoes the landscape of Doctor Zhivago is hard to dislike for too long.

February 14, 2001 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Judging from their voices, about as close to Europe as most of these characters have ever gotten is probably Fresno.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times
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Flawed but not fatally, this ambitious epic's strength lies not just with its haunting melodies, pretty pictures, star voices and kid-friendly sidekicks -- the usual shtick that makes Disney tick.

January 1, 2000
USA Today
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It's Bluth and company's skill as artists, as well as some of the better celebrity voice casting in an animated movie of the 1990s, that give Anastasia its merit.

January 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Beautiful, not factual depiction of missing Russian duchess.

December 21, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This enchanting fairy-tale, the first release from Fox Animation Studios, is pure family entertainment.

October 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

There is much for tots to enjoy: decent songs, an amusing script and some surprisingly imaginative animation.

September 1, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

It does veer horribly towards the sentimental at times, but still provides proof positive that other people can do cartoons too.

September 1, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

I have nothing but superlatives for this, a most phenomenal film.

March 13, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

...it's the typical boy-meets-girl-boy-annoys-girl-boy-and-girl-snipe-at-each-other-as-a-disguise-for-being-fond-of-each-other relationship.

March 6, 2006 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

It proves that Disney can be beaten at their own game.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Bluth and Goldman have created a quality animation work, with some individual scenes bordering on the extraordinary, that does a solid job in telling the mythical adventure.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

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December 31, 2004 Full Review Source: StaciWilson.com
StaciWilson.com

Basically reduces the Russian Revolution to a big kaboodle of cuteness, which may give kids the wrong impression of what actually happened.

May 22, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Blather | Comments (6)
Film Blather

An entertaining romp through history and romance that is best suited to young girls who should enjoy its G-rated passion.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

...Absolutely on a par with recent Disney greats like Beauty and The Beast and Aladdin...

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

The story may be a trifle complex for very young viewers, but for most, Anastasia serves up a tasty tale about a fairy-tale princess.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

In a fall season that's already given us its share of turkeys, there should be room for any film as handsome and touching as this one.

March 24, 2002 Full Review Source: Boston Phoenix
Boston Phoenix

This entertaining animated feature is a dream-catcher, tapping into the universal yearning for home and love.

February 28, 2002 Full Review Source: Spirituality and Practice
Spirituality and Practice

[They] think all the world wants is an inane plot to justify the drawing of it,and that's enough. Kids have never been that stupid & they will never be.

June 14, 2001 Full Review

Audience Reviews for Anastasia

Though the pacing may be off at times--and some moments may feel like Disney-rip-offs--Anastasia is a very well-done animated film, and may arguably be the most stunning film of its genre to grace the silver screen. It also contains one of the most beautiful songs ever written for film: "Journey to the Past," and manages to brilliantly blur the line between animation and real-life. With mostly strong dialogue, thrilling sequences, and a powerful, moving story, Anastasia is a triumph.
August 6, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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Bad+
August 12, 2011
spielberg00

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Disney adapts yet another old story, this time from Russia. Like all of these movies, they're not entirely accurate, but still they're fun and well made. This is a good one too, I liked it.
August 11, 2011
ajv2688

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    1. Anastasia: Do you really think I'm royalty?
    2. Dimitri: You know I do!
    3. Anastasia: Then stop bossing me around!
    – Submitted by Adam O (7 months ago)
    1. Anastasia: Men are such babies.
    – Submitted by Adam O (7 months ago)
    1. Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna: You were the boy, weren't you - the servant boy who got us out? You saved her life and mine and you restored her to me. Yet you want no reward
    2. Dimitri: Not anymore.
    3. Empress Dowager Marie Fedorovna: Why the change of mind?
    4. Dimitri: It was more a change of heart. I must go.
    – Submitted by Adam O (7 months ago)
    1. Vladimir: She certainly has a mind of her own.
    2. Dimitri: Yeah. I hate that in a woman.
    – Submitted by Adam O (7 months ago)
    1. Young Anastasia [singing]: Dancing bears, painted wings. Things I almost remember, And a song someone sings. Once upon a December.
    – Submitted by Bojana J (16 months ago)
    1. Vladimir: It's one-two-three, and suddenly, I see it at a glance. She's radiant and confident and born to take this chance. I taught her well. I planned it all. I just forgot romance. Vlad, how could you do this? How will we get through this? I never should have let them dance.
    – Submitted by Jenna L (19 months ago)
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