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Bolt (2008)


Average Rating: 7.2/10
Reviews Counted: 179
Fresh: 158
Rotten: 21

Critics Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 30
Rotten: 8

Critics Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.


Average Rating: 3.6/5
User Ratings: 313,162


Movie Info

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes Bolt, the tale of a superstar TV pup (voiced by John Travolta) who gets plopped in the middle of America with seemingly no way back to the glam and glitz of Hollywood. Thanks to his starring role on a hit television show, Bolt the pooch has become a household name. But Bolt has bought into his own heroic image, now believing that he really possesses the super-canine powers of his fictional television series. When he's accidentally shipped from Hollywood … More

PG (for some mild action and peril)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Comedy
Directed By:
Written By:
Chris Williams , Dan Fogelman
In Theaters:
Mar 24, 2009
Box Office:
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for Bolt

All Critics (180) | Top Critics (38) | Fresh (158) | Rotten (21) | DVD (20)

Disney's first 3D animation, made under new head John Lasseter, is a likeable, dynamic and seductively characterised family entertainment.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

That it falls short of Pixar's lofty heights doesn't mean the attempt isn't worthwhile; indeed, Bolt is the most entertaining and well-crafted Disney Animation movie in years.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

The 3-D process is an enhancement, even though it's used with little verve or ingenuity. But the movie's terms are severely limited too.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Belief may be in question for much of the movie -- only for the perturbed pooch -- but fortunately, enjoyment is never a problem.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

In the pre-Thanksgiving lull, parents can take their young'uns to Bolt, drop their 10-to-14-year-olds off at Twilight, and the whole family will have survived the weekend.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Although it doesn't reach the heights of Finding Nemo or The Incredibles, it's a masterpiece compared with Disney's 2002 Treasure Island.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Restores some faith that there are some creative minds left in animated films that Pixar hasn't added to its talent pool.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

It's sophisticated look is rich with details that are easy to take for granted, but which add immeasurably to the texture and dimension of the scenes.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

The latest generation of animated flicks is a sort of latter-day vaudeville revue. Kiddies who take Bolt to heart may conclude not only that dogs really do have superpowers, but also that everybody's in showbiz.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

Wait... an all-star voice cast for a computer-animated story we've never heard of before, and it's watchable, too?

Full Review… | April 8, 2010

A touch slight by Disney standards, but even if it's not high art, it's still warm-and-fuzzy fun.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

Bolt marks Disney's long awaited re-emergence as a top-dog in the world of animation.

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

...a fairly winning animated endeavor.

Full Review… | May 1, 2009
Reel Film Reviews

What Bolt lacks in originality it makes up for in execution.

Full Review… | April 8, 2009
Window to the Movies

Unmistakably bears the conflicting influence of Pixar and Disney's old ideals.

Full Review… | April 7, 2009
Paste Magazine

Are your kids ready for an existential movie? Turns out they are: Disney's CGI-animated action comedy Bolt is, at its core, a story of one individual's discovery that his sense of reality...has been seriously skewed. [Blu-ray]

Full Review… | April 3, 2009
Groucho Reviews

Focused, fun and action-packed, Disney's Bolt proves that it doesn't need the Pixar banner to make an excellent CG animated film.

Full Review… | April 1, 2009

John Travolta's earnest, gentle voice performance as the title character goes a long way in making this Disney animated feature a winner.

Full Review… | March 27, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

So much fun, you might be tempted to conclude that Disney's acquisition of the amazing Pixar team has inspired the already in-house Disney team to new heights.

Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Apollo Guide

Molonoti me ton Lasseter kapoy pano ap' tin paragogi, na tis dinei aroma Pixar, i prototypia tis tainias tis Disney eksantleitai se merika oraia panarismata kai haritomenes gonies tainias drasis sti skinothesia, i asfaleia tis sto problepsimo senario omos

Full Review… | March 22, 2009
Movies for the Masses

I had a lot more fun at Bolt than I initially thought I would.

Full Review… | February 27, 2009
JoBlo's Movie Emporium

The jokes aren't a match for Pixar's best, and there's too much sentimentality (as if Lasseter were determined to keep Disney's cartoons just that little bit less cool than Pixar's), but this is still an above-average children's film.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Times [UK]

It's funny and inventive, though not greatly helped by 3D.

Full Review… | February 12, 2009
Observer [UK]

The plot is sentimental fluff. But this has energy and invention enough to keep Lasseter top of the heap.

Full Review… | February 10, 2009

The wonderfully expressive features on Bolt make him feel almost real and the movie has enough charm and humour to please both adults and children.

Full Review… | February 10, 2009
Daily Express

The latest Disney animation has everything going for it, from a cast including John Travolta and Miley Cyrus to a truly brilliant premise.

Full Review… | February 10, 2009
Sunday Mail [UK]

Audience Reviews for Bolt


My daughter loved this movie. it was cute and fun. We had a blast cuddled up on the couch laughing and enjoying this one.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


I absolutely adored Bolt. It's one of the few animated features I've seen lately that can actually boast the cliched line 'A film the whole family can enjoy'. It's not particularly predictable either, which is often the flaw of these films. The animation, story, script, voice talent and physical comedy are all very well done. It is one of the few really touching animated films out there, in fact only Toy Story 3 and Up have made me well up before this. I thoroughly love it, I'm perplexed as to why it isn't that popular!?

Anthony Lawrie

Super Reviewer


Well I'm still yet to see an animated film that can topple the mighty 'Toy Story', 'TS' still sits on its throne with the number one spot. But Bolt is a nice film, very sweet, very nice, a touch of emotion and you have a good solid performance.

The story is as usual pretty unoriginal but it still works well, it has a touch of 'Lassie' in there and 'Homeward Bound' with the cross country trek to find the owner but this does give it a soft touch that can pull at the heart strings in places.
It starts off kinda weak, your not too such what the films tag is or where the plot is going but it soon starts to pick up when Bolt reaches NY.
It looks great with some very detailed fur action going on and brilliant movement copying with other animals such as the pigeons. The funniest parts tend to be with the funniest character...that being 'Rhino the hamster', an almost Jack Black type rodent haha not an overdose of humour in the film but most comes from Rhino.

Solid film for all but still cant compete with the mighty 'Toy Story' trilogy.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


A fun and cute movie. Although this movie follows a very familiar formula, it's a lot of fun and feels fresh because of the quirky and live characters. The animation is great. An awesome movie for the kids but can keep the adults entertained as well.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Bolt Quotes

They need a hero to tell them that sometimes the impossible can become possible.
– Submitted by Nusfish K (2 years ago)
Get lost.
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
We know just the cat.
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
Mindy Parker. From the Network.
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
Are you even observing me? That's incredible.
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)
How dare you disrupt the relationship with your evilness!
– Submitted by Anthony A (2 years ago)

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