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.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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.
| Original Score: C-
Disney's worst animated feature.
| Original Score: 1.5/5
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.
| Original Score: B-
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.
| Original Score: 7/10
A glorious return to the days at Disney when animation was full and detail was everything.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
Possibly not the worst animated feature the House Of Mouse has produced, but certainly stumbling around the darker recesses of the Disney vault.
| Original Score: 2/5
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.
It's quite good, though by the impossible standards the film sets for itself it inevitably falls short.
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.
Middle road Disney animation, unmemorable.
| Original Score: 3/5
John Hurt's gravelly voice of the Horned King steals the show.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
[The Black Cauldron is] too dark and scary for younger children, and it's too silly and childish for older viewers to embrace.
A mite disappointing, but certainly watchable enough.
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
A flawed, but ambitious film that was obviously aiming to draw as many adults into the theater as children.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Easily digestible (and forgettable).
| Original Score: 2/4
...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.
| Original Score: 4/4
The backgrounds are as richly textured and detailed as in any other Disney film.
| Original Score: 3/4