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The Black Cauldron Reviews

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Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine

With all of the talent and effort put into this, the movie only amounts to a bunch of premature ideas that are clumped together, making little sense.

Full Review Source: Sin Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

May 14, 2012
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema

It's not a good film, but for one with the reputation of being the studio's worst animated feature, it shows that interesting work is done in it.

Full Review Source: Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema | Original Score: C-

March 9, 2011
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

Disney's worst animated feature.

Full Review Source: EDGE Boston | Original Score: 1.5/5

September 22, 2010
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com

Flawed jumble of a film, but a picture of immense artistic accomplishment and dedication to atypical faces of wickedness...there's still so much to admire about this red-headed stepchild of a film.

Full Review Source: BrianOrndorf.com | Original Score: B-

September 20, 2010
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It may have cost five times the amount of any other Disney film in the preceding two decades, but by God that money ended up on screen.

Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy | Original Score: 7/10

November 22, 2009

TV Guide's Movie Guide

A glorious return to the days at Disney when animation was full and detail was everything.

Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 4, 2009

Empire Magazine

Possibly not the worst animated feature the House Of Mouse has produced, but certainly stumbling around the darker recesses of the Disney vault.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 2/5

November 4, 2009
Variety Staff
Variety
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The characters, though cute and cuddly and sweet and mean and ugly and simply awful, don't really have much to do that would remain of interest to any but the youngest minds.

Full Review Source: Variety

February 5, 2009
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
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It's quite good, though by the impossible standards the film sets for itself it inevitably falls short.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

September 5, 2008

Time Out
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As usual it is technically excellent, but the charm, characterisation and sheer good humour that made features like Pinocchio and Jungle Book so enjoyable are sadly absent.

Full Review Source: Time Out

February 9, 2006
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Middle road Disney animation, unmemorable.

| Original Score: 3/5

January 2, 2005
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com

John Hurt's gravelly voice of the Horned King steals the show.

Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com | Original Score: 3.5/5

February 10, 2004
Walter Goodman
New York Times
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This is the 25th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney studios, and professionally put together as it is, many of the ingredients may seem programmed to those who have seen some of the others.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

May 21, 2003
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

[The Black Cauldron is] too dark and scary for younger children, and it's too silly and childish for older viewers to embrace.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: 1.5/4

September 26, 2002
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com

A mite disappointing, but certainly watchable enough.

| Original Score: 3/5

July 25, 2002
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews

THE BLACK CAULDRON hitches up its pants, says good-bye to Mom at the door, but then decides to go no further than the front yard

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August 15, 2001
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk

A flawed, but ambitious film that was obviously aiming to draw as many adults into the theater as children.

Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk | Original Score: 2.5/4

February 27, 2001
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page

Easily digestible (and forgettable).

Full Review Source: Sci-Fi Movie Page | Original Score: 2/4

January 1, 2000
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org

...it serves a purpose in reminding us that even today's animation can't compare to the brilliance that hand-drawn animation offers its audience.

Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org | Original Score: 4/4

January 1, 2000
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
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The backgrounds are as richly textured and detailed as in any other Disney film.

Full Review Source: ReelViews | Original Score: 3/4

January 1, 2000
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