Delgo Reviews

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Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 8, 2009
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New York Times
February 4, 2009
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Jane Horwitz
Washington Post
December 12, 2008
Although the film may be too violent for kids younger than 10 and too storybook for teens, it is a tale of mythic pretensions and can be quite stunning.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
December 12, 2008
The story is tedious, noisy and banal. It is also rather dark and convoluted for children, though it does have the familiar bombast of a video game.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Susan Walker
Toronto Star
December 12, 2008
This flick is like a cheap thriller where the wisecracks always fall flat and the author couldn't be bothered to invent a new plot, so he just patches together some old ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
December 12, 2008
There isn't enough action for older children, or silly humor for younger ones; even at an hour-and-a-half, the film feels padded, and it's going to feel even slower to audiences amped up on blood-red Icees and molar-cracking Nonpareils.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
December 12, 2008
A few magic rocks and tepid battle scenes do little to inspire interest in the goings-on as Malcolm McDowell and Eric Idle spout villainy and punch lines, respectively.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
December 12, 2008
Delgo demonstrates how hard it is to create a memorable, credible-looking piece of animated entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
December 11, 2008
The look has impressive flair and attention to detail. Its biggest weakness is too many characters, too many plot diversions, and too much violence for very young children.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Mark Olsen
Los Angeles Times
December 11, 2008
The story is a mishmash of adventure-fantasy tropes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Cole
Globe and Mail
December 11, 2008
Characters are stiff; there is little variety in movement. It's a cheapo product ideally suited for a Saturday-morning pyjama vigil in front of a small screen.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
December 11, 2008
Better than a lot of animated features released in the past few months.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 11, 2008
A boring, ungainly piece of animation.
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John Anderson
Newsday
December 11, 2008
A high-tech animation adventure with a top-flight voice cast and a well-told if familiar fable about power, peace and people getting it together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 11, 2008
The animation's not bad. But the staggeringly complicated Tolkien-C.S. Lewis setting, the reptilian leads and the faded fairy-tale plot skewer poor Delgo before we have a chance to figure out what's going on here and why.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
December 11, 2008
The animation is well done, but the story meanders between kid-pleasing slapstick and more serious good-vs.-evil fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Anna King
Time Out
December 10, 2008
Perhaps the creators of Delgo were going for the ugly-chic appeal of Shrek, but their cartoon characters have all the aesthetic allure of Jar Jar Binks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/6
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
December 10, 2008
Too grim for kids and too dumb for grown-ups, this cut-rate CG space opera raises more questions than it answers.
Full Review | Original Score: D-
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Luke Y. Thompson
Village Voice
December 9, 2008
Will love save the day? You won't care -- more likely, you'll just wonder why this isn't a video game you can actually play.