The Black Cauldron Reviews

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Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
September 20, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 22, 2009
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 | Original Score: 7/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 4, 2009
A glorious return to the days at Disney when animation was full and detail was everything.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 5, 2008
It's quite good, though by the impossible standards the film sets for itself it inevitably falls short.
Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan
January 2, 2005
Middle road Disney animation, unmemorable.
| Original Score: 3/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
November 2, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
September 2, 2004
| Original Score: 4/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 12, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
February 10, 2004
John Hurt's gravelly voice of the Horned King steals the show.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
November 12, 2002
| Original Score: 4/5
Scott Weinberg
eFilmCritic.com
July 25, 2002
A mite disappointing, but certainly watchable enough.
| Original Score: 3/5
Shane Burridge
rec.arts.movies.reviews
August 15, 2001
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
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
February 27, 2001
A flawed, but ambitious film that was obviously aiming to draw as many adults into the theater as children.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
By the end of The Black Cauldron I was remembering, with something of a shock of nostalgia, the strength and utter storytelling conviction of the early Disney animators. The Black Cauldron is a return to the tradition.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Top Critic
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The backgrounds are as richly textured and detailed as in any other Disney film.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
January 1, 2000
...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 | Original Score: 4/4
Austin Kennedy
Sin Magazine
May 14, 2012
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 | Original Score: 1.5/4
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
March 9, 2011
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 | Original Score: C-
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
September 22, 2010
Disney's worst animated feature.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5

Empire Magazine
November 4, 2009
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 | Original Score: 2/5
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