The Emperor's New Groove Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A lot of fluff that never amounts to a good film.
David N. Butterworth
Movie Boeuf
November 16, 2001
Not without its amusing moments but this animated Disney feature feels hurried and somewhat frantic in its approach.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2000
Obviously a movie without new ideas, born out of a certain desperation.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 15, 2000
Often feels long, like a half-hour cartoon stretched to feature length.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 15, 2000
Feels like some lame, focus-grouped attempt by a bunch of people who have grown hopelessly middle-aged to make themselves hip with the kids.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 15, 2000
The first Disney animated movie since The Little Mermaid that amounts to nothing more than a throwaway.
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: C+
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
December 14, 2000
An amusing but predictable knock-off of themes that have been done much better.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
A forgettable movie as flat as its cartoon-like characters.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
Cornell & Petricelli
CinemaSense.Com
February 7, 2001
Yawn!
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
December 14, 2000
Comes off as a film lacking any distinctive edge.
Laura Reiley
Citysearch
December 15, 2000
Tries to entertain adults, but may prove confusing to kids.
Duane Dudek
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
December 15, 2000
Every new Disney film comes with a ton of baggage, and begs to be compared with the high standards of the studio's roster of animated classics. By this perhaps unfair assessment, it falls short.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2000
The animation and conception of the film seldom approach the exalted and imaginative level of Disney's better efforts in the genre.
Mary Kalin-Casey
Reel.com
December 15, 2000
[Frames] an entire story around a one-note, shtick-based gnat better suited for occasional scene-stealing than prolonged audience sympathy.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
December 15, 2000
The plot here is so threadbare and the characters so badly developed (or in a couple of cases, completely undeveloped) that both begin to fade from memory as soon as the film is over.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 15, 2000
An audience dominated by young children was disconcertingly quiet during a preview screening.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle
February 7, 2001
The Emperor's New Groove has no clothes, and not much else either.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
May 24, 2001
It may be cool, but it's not great animated cinema.
Full Review | Original Score: 67/100
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2000
A zany tonic, more upbeat and funnier than the lugubrious Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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