Anastasia Reviews

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Todd McCarthy
Variety
September 1, 2008
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.
Rob Blackwelder
SPLICEDWire
January 1, 2000
Having something for everyone seems to be a driving force for this film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Judging from their voices, about as close to Europe as most of these characters have ever gotten is probably Fresno.
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
May 22, 2003
Basically reduces the Russian Revolution to a big kaboodle of cuteness, which may give kids the wrong impression of what actually happened.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
While the movie is visually stunning, the characterizations and music are a bit weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
James Sanford
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, in the company of such cinematic royalty as "The Little Mermaid," "Pocahontas" and "The Lion King," "Anastasia," like the real-life woman who inspired it, seems like a pretender rather than a contender.
Noel Murray
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000
Frankly, even with the extra money, Bluth's team doesn't have the pizzazz of Disney.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A promising launch for Fox's new animation studio, which has declared war on Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The whole process of watching Anastasia is a thoroughly enjoyable one, and it proves that any studio willing to put forth the time, money, and effort can match Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 27, 2001
| Original Score: 4/5
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 21, 2010
Beautiful, not factual depiction of missing Russian duchess.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
January 22, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Philip Thomas
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
A charming little movie, nothing to write home about but a perfectly acceptable way to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon with the child, or children, in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Cornelius
DVDTalk.com
March 13, 2006
I have nothing but superlatives for this, a most phenomenal film.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
December 31, 2004
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Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
I'm not sure there was this much singing in Mother Russia, but the film isn't overly wretched.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Geoff Andrew
Time Out
February 9, 2006
Bluth has rediscovered the ingredients of quality mainstream animation...
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
September 3, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It's an enjoyable 90 minutes, but it never approaches the so-beautiful-you-have-to-cry sequences that have become Disney's trademark...
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
February 28, 2002
This entertaining animated feature is a dream-catcher, tapping into the universal yearning for home and love.
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