Bolt

Bolt

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Bolt Reviews

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

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 4/5

February 5, 2009
Dan Kois
Washington Post
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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 Source: Washington Post

November 21, 2008
Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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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 Source: Wall Street Journal

November 21, 2008
Peter Howell
Toronto Star
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Belief may be in question for much of the movie -- only for the perturbed pooch -- but fortunately, enjoyment is never a problem.

Full Review Source: Toronto Star | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008
Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
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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 Source: TIME Magazine

November 21, 2008
Ruthe Stein
San Francisco Chronicle
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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 Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008
Stephanie Zacharek
Salon.com
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Bolt, with its numerous winks and nudges, reminds us how attuned we are to the falseness of pop culture, which isn't the same thing as connecting us with its truths.

Full Review Source: Salon.com

November 21, 2008
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
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Disney animation takes a tentative step out of the shadows of Pixar with Bolt, a winning 3D-animated action-comedy that marries the best Disney traditions with Pixar polish.

Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel | Original Score: 4/5

November 21, 2008
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
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Overall it's basically a crass marketing concept closer to Beverly Hills Chihuahua than a fully conceived work of art like Wall-E.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2008
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Disney surely sees that inside the kinetic movement of Pixar films is a lot of restraint. Bolt is super-fast, yet not as super-sincere as it would like to believe.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 3/5

November 21, 2008
Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
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Wall-E, it's not, but its target kiddie audience will have no problem whatsoever adopting Bolt.

| Original Score: 2.5/4

November 21, 2008
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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At the end of the day, Bolt is a sweet Disney family film, but Lasseter's oversight has made it smarter than it otherwise would have been.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3.5/5

November 21, 2008
Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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This computer-animated (but non-Pixar) adventure flick doesn't do much of anything innovative, but it sports a disarming furball of a lead and enough jaunty comic turns to carry the day.

Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008
Tom Long
Detroit News
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Witty, sweet and -- in 3D -- often visually dazzling, Bolt is an unexpected pleasure, a showbiz, sci-fi spin on a classic Disney tale that's sure to please small kids and parents alike.

Full Review Source: Detroit News | Original Score: B

November 21, 2008
Tom Maurstad
Dallas Morning News
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The directors and screenwriters hit all their marks and push all the right buttons, but the story never really takes off, and the characters never really spark to life.

Full Review Source: Dallas Morning News | Original Score: B

November 21, 2008
Bill Zwecker
Chicago Sun-Times
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It's not a 'gourmet' banquet on the order of Ratatouille or the first Shrek, but this peppy picture is certainly more than a cinematic 'snack,' and for its 96-minute running time will not bore kids, the parents or other adults joining them.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
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Adults won't find much to enjoy here, though the dog's high-octane action series serves as a perverse parody of Jerry Bruckheimer-style summer blockbusters.

Full Review Source: Chicago Reader

November 21, 2008
Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
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The format brilliantly brings an audience that much closer to a handful of increasingly lonely, yet contagiously enthusiastic, animals.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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A holiday standout.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

November 21, 2008
A.O. Scott
New York Times
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If Bolt does not quite rise to the level of bona fide Pixar masterpieces like Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, it does manage to be frisky, funny and inventive enough to engage the attention of grown-ups as well as children.

| Original Score: 3.5/5

November 21, 2008
Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
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To paraphrase a line often misattributed to Samuel Johnson, this Disney-aspires-to-Pixar combination is both original and good; the problem is the original parts aren't good and the good parts aren't original.

Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Original Score: 2/4

November 21, 2008
Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Bolt is a jolt of joy, a computer-animated delight that is delirious with laughs.

Full Review Source: Minneapolis Star Tribune | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 20, 2008
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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Funny and heartwarming, if not entirely original, Bolt is bound to charm audiences of all ages.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 2.5/4

November 20, 2008
Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
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While this charmer about a canine James Bond does not pack the emotional punch of WALL-E, it's frisky fun to see the white shepherd get a new leash on life.

Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer | Original Score: 3/4

November 20, 2008
Tasha Robinson
AV Club
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For the first time in years, it feels like Disney has done its namesake proud.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B+

November 20, 2008
Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
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It's a seriously withholding action comedy, stingy on the wit, charm, jokes, narrative satisfactions and animals with personalities sharp enough for the big screen.

Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune | Original Score: 1.5/4

November 20, 2008
Rafer Guzman
Newsday
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Familiar territory, but the Disney team still knows how to bring a story to life.

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

November 20, 2008
Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
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Smart, sharp, original and very funny, Bolt could be the model for a certain kind of midrange, nonevent (i.e., not WALL E) animated family film that would be more welcome right now than such bizarre junk as the recent Fly Me to the Moon.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3.5/4

November 20, 2008
Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
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The story is somewhat predictable, but it's sweet and happy and the animation is first-rate.

Full Review Source: Arizona Republic | Original Score: 3/5

November 20, 2008
Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
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There's something touching about the yearning for ordinary life and decency that, to judge by its ubiquity in films for the nominally innocent, plagues those who live and work in the realms of the unreal.

Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly

November 20, 2008
Stephen Garrett
Time Out New York
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The results are downright schizophrenic -- a whiplash contrast between touching and tried-and-true.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/6

November 20, 2008
Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
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It's a great day in America when the complicated looks so easy, and when we expect smart storytelling as a rule, not the exception.

Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly | Original Score: A-

November 19, 2008
Christy Lemire
Associated Press
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Bolt certainly moves along at a lively clip that will satisfy both kids and adults, but the script (from Williams and Dan Fogelman) is a little too Hollywood-insider.

Full Review Source: Associated Press

November 18, 2008
Ben Lyons
At the Movies
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It's got a great ensemble cast. It's not the most original idea but still effective nonetheless.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 17, 2008
Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
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The film is funny -- with a sophistication that might actually appeal more to adults. But there's still plenty for the kids to enjoy.

Full Review Source: At the Movies

November 17, 2008
David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
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The Disney animated blockbuster-to-be Bolt is a delightful family movie, and if I'd seen it as a kid I would have been deeply traumatized.

Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture

November 17, 2008
Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
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Although it will never be mistaken for Pixar pedigree, this genial production is a notable step up for Walt Disney Animation Studios.

November 14, 2008
Todd McCarthy
Variety
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An OK Disney animated entry enhanced by nifty 3-D projection.

Full Review Source: Variety

November 14, 2008
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