Critic Review - Village Voice

Honestly, it would take several more dimensions to craft something special out of this adequate but unremarkable animated tale.

March 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Village Voice | Comments (47)
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Kitt K

Honestly, I don't think you watched this movie. Maybe you were busy emailing on your Blackberry? From all the trailers, this looks to be one of the few Animated films on the caliber as classic Disney and Pixar films. Sorry to disappoint, but your credibility just dropped to the floor.

Mar 24 - 01:50 PM


Jason Scheier

Ella? Ive watched the film, and it's astonishing. Honestly, your completely 1 dimensional if you feel this film is unremarkable. I'm so tired of critiques that have no idea what a great film is.. -owned

Mar 24 - 02:39 PM

Mitch M.

Mitch McDeer

They always say to find a critic you agree with and stick with that person for future movie suggestions. This will be the last time I read a review from Village Voice. I disagree with your take. Parts of this movie brought tears to my eyes. I would recommend this movie to anyone who loves movies.

Mar 24 - 04:32 PM


Charles Chapman

Saw an early screening of this, and thought it was quite possibly the best animated movie I had ever seen. The cinematography is unmatched (name one animated movie that can compete), the animation is phenomenal, and the story has action, comedy, and tons of heart. Kids in the audience loved every minute of it, and there were even moments where I was almost moved to tears. But, to you its unremarkable? Wow. You are misleading your readers big time.


Mar 24 - 04:35 PM


Ron Mominee

That's funny, as not only do I disagree with your assessment, but I've found the Village Voice rather unremarkable and ultimately irrelevant for over a decade.

Oh, I know, you were the kid always picked last for kickball.

Mar 24 - 05:50 PM

Jack S.

Jack Sorrentino

Ella, obviously you are to old and jaded to view this movie through the eyes of a child as it was intended. Maybe you should move on to rating retirement communities in your area.

Mar 24 - 07:42 PM


Elijah Nelson

That's definitely the vibe I got from the trailers, but I'll watch it and see if it's really as fantastic as 101 Dalmations, Fantasia, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White & the Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, Dumbo, The Lion King, Toy Story, Finding Nemo, Wall-E and Up as Mr. KK suggests (considering the types of movies Dreamworks Animations has been focusing on lately, it looks about as likely as Pixar making a live-action romantic comedy).

Mar 24 - 11:31 PM

Adam D.

Adam DesCombes

Ella Taylor thought bubble "hmm, seems like everyone is really reviewing this one well, if I give it a bad review maybe people will notice me!" FAIL

Mar 25 - 09:53 AM

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Beth Ares

Top critic..huh? You have No credibility with me.
This film is very special. Parts of it brought tears to my eyes. The animation was incredible. Rated with the latest Pixar. I'm going to go see it again.

Mar 26 - 05:51 PM

Justin S.

Justin Steinburg

Gay *** is gay

Mar 28 - 08:41 AM


Geoffrey Jacks

Honestly, Ella. I am shocked to see someone who found 'Land of the Lost' diverting be so pedantic on this wholly remarkable film. It is discouraging.

Mar 28 - 05:07 PM


Gerald Tamura

I wonder how it feel to be one of the few reviewers to ever diss Godfather or Toy Story when it first came out? Well, Ella, you must know that feeling pretty well. Sad when you appears to be so far out of touch.

Mar 30 - 10:26 PM

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Joshua Jenks

It's not as good as Collateral Damage? (Your crotchety old b!@#$)

Mar 31 - 12:21 AM

James S.

James Swanink

"Honestly, it would take several more dimensions to craft something special out of this adequate but unremarkable animated tale."

If this review was anywhere public, that'd be embarrassing. Never taking a review from these critics.

Mar 31 - 01:10 PM


Spiritual Phoenix

3 for 3. This confirms what I suspected, you 3 critics are out of touch with the very people you're supposed to be representing and informing. Only 3 rotten ratings and all critics. Not often can a person say this on here but it's you 3 against the world. ~

Mar 31 - 09:52 PM

Ernesto H.

Ernesto Hernandez

If Mona Lisa's background is not of your 'taste' it become less wonderful?

A pity people like you misguide the public opinion. A shame.

Apr 1 - 11:18 AM

Alexander L.

Alexander Loucks

Why do you review movies? Your taste is terrible.

Apr 2 - 01:39 AM

Emily V.

Emily Vaughan

They completely missed the main motivation in the first sentence. Hiccup was trying to -kill- a dragon to get his father's approval. When he found that he couldn't kill Toothless, he started connecting with and training him, with no thoughts about his father's approval.

Bad review in general. This movie was one of the few I've watched recently that stood out to me as deep.

Apr 2 - 11:03 PM

Peter W.

Peter Winters

Any more spoilers?
Luke is Darth Vader's father?
Old Yeller dies?
Planet of the Apes is Earth?
Titanic sinks?

May 13 - 08:58 AM

Farhad F.

Farhad Farzaneh

OMG! Luke is his own grandfather!!

Mar 6 - 09:56 AM

liz g.

liz guan

When a movie makes you feel happy and full of hope even though the main character lost a leg, I don't understand how you could not see its beauty.

Apr 3 - 11:09 PM


thomas gilbert

Ummm: Spoiler alert?

Apr 7 - 04:04 PM

Zachary T.

Zachary Townsend

Since when does adequate mean rotten? Adequate would be a 6/10. Thanks for dragging this wonderful film down.

Apr 4 - 10:53 AM

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