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Epic (2013)

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Average Rating: 5.9/10
Reviews Counted: 117
Fresh: 75 | Rotten: 42

Though its narrative themes are all too familiar, Epic is beautifully animated and crafted with just enough flair to make for solid family entertainment.

38

Average Rating: 5.4/10
Critic Reviews: 26
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 16

Though its narrative themes are all too familiar, Epic is beautifully animated and crafted with just enough flair to make for solid family entertainment.

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EPIC is a 3D CG adventure comedy that reveals a fantastical world unlike any other. From the creators of ICE AGE and RIO, EPIC tells the story of an ongoing battle between the forces of good, who keep the natural world alive, and the forces of evil, who wish to destroy it. When a teenage girl finds herself magically transported into this secret universe, she teams up with an elite band of warriors and a crew of comical, larger-than-life figures, to save their world...and ours. -- (C) Fox

Sep 20, 2013

$107.5M

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All Critics (117) | Top Critics (26) | Fresh (75) | Rotten (42) | DVD (1)

For all its attempts at wonder and spectacle and play, Epic is mostly a slog.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
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Although the basic story is too juvenile and simplistic to entertain anyone with an age in the double-digit range, the themes and underlying ideas are too complicated to capture the attention of someone younger.

May 27, 2013 Full Review Source: ReelViews
ReelViews
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Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator's trap of making the "human" characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor
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With its array of goofy sidekicks (Aziz Ansari as a slug almost runs away with the whole picture) and carefully crafted relationships, Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Village Voice
Village Voice
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A 3D eco-fantasy whose mantra-like insistence that we're all connected by nature is one of the main things that underscores the abject insincerity of the sentiment as the movie articulates it, "Epic" is very nearly epic in its stifling mediocrity.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: MSN Movies
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Anyone over the age of 7 or so - not to mention their accompanying adults - isn't going to find too much here to truly engage them, let alone linger past the final fade out.

May 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger
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The story is pretty routine, but it's the vivid colors and sense of excitement that comes with the crisp animation that makes it really work.

August 27, 2013 Full Review Source: 7M Pictures
7M Pictures

Boasts sometimes photorealistic animation and some cool concepts (the heroic 'Leafmen' ride hummingbirds like horses), but it's grounded by the cliche aspects of everything else.

August 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

The story has a nice combination of reconciliation, drama and humor. There are some very funny jokes and pratfalls in the film. The kids in the audience laughed at the jokes aimed at them, but this film works for adults too.

August 22, 2013 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

However closely you look, "Epic" is epically gorgeous in its art design and animation.

August 21, 2013 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

Boasts plenty of thrills, good humour and an empowering, tall and angular female protagonist - even if things sometimes feel a little rushed and aren't always in balance.

July 11, 2013 Full Review Source: Flicks.co.nz
Flicks.co.nz

An absolute delight from start to finish, Epic features an award-worthy sequence where giant figures in extreme close-up move in slow motion as the tiny heroes scatter about. There's a freshness and originality to it that we see all-too-rarely.

June 28, 2013 Full Review Source: 3AW

Though the story may be slight, the film is stacked with brilliantly colourful characters, a fabulous voice cast and simply spectacular animation.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: The Vine
The Vine

Sure there's not much original here ... but it's well done, and that can't always be expected. Like a dandelion thistle, Epic is light and fluffy and quickly lost in the breeze.

June 27, 2013 Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net
ComingSoon.net

A fantasy forest is a fabulous setting for animation; it is filled with all shapes and sizes and colours of flowers and animals ... Sweet and funny and sometimes exciting, Epic is a cleverly made visual delight, certain to keep younger kids entertained

June 24, 2013 Full Review Source: Urban Cinefile
Urban Cinefile

... has enough excitement and visual flair to appeal to moviegoers of any age.

June 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Cinemalogue.com
Cinemalogue.com

Beautiful 3D animation coupled with a compelling story and fantastic writing make this the best animated movies since Rise of the Guardians.

June 7, 2013 Full Review Source: Reno Gazette-Journal

Beautifully animated forest fantasy for undemanding families.

June 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

I will now review this movie using the lyrics to the song "Epic" by Faith No More, which I think you'll find are eerily fitting.

June 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Houston Press
Houston Press

I remember, not so very long ago, when most of the protagonists in children's movies were male. The change in recent years has been, well, 'Epic.'

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)

Extraordinary! A magical and wondrous - and blessedly original - animated movie experience for everyone.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: Movieline
Movieline

Produces images of poetic power ... The catch is that the world the filmmakers create is far more interesting than the story they tell in it in it or the characters they put in it.

May 31, 2013 Full Review Source: National Catholic Register
National Catholic Register

At least it's pretty.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's not quite an animated masterpiece, but it's still a fun, sweet-hearted kid-pleaser that boasts some downright lovely animation.

May 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Times-Picayune
Times-Picayune

Apart from the visuals, it's pretty undistinguished.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Great animation, good voice talent but something is just a little flat about the storyline.

May 28, 2013 Full Review Source: jackiekcooper.com
jackiekcooper.com

Audience Reviews for Epic

Truth in advertising would demand a title change, something more appropriate like: "not quite as epic as we would have you believe". Yah sure, unbelievably eye-popping animation, but the story doesn't allow for anything deeper than mere character introduction. The action happens but you'll hardly give two shiny pennies. Yer grammar school children won't feel gypped but you'll be looking out the window. Is the neighbor taking out the trash this time of day?
April 17, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

Funny, and very entertaining. The animation is excellent, it has an interesting Bug's Life-inspired story line, and is a really good movie that the entire family would enjoy...
March 17, 2014
itsjustme2004

Super Reviewer

Epic is the new Rise of the Guardians, brilliant but completely overlooked. The title is rubbish and has understandably confused people. The story isn't that original, human being shrunk/fairies etc, it's part FernGully and part Avatar but I'd watch this over them any day. The characters are well thought out, the voice talent is good, the script is very funny, the story is strong and the overall feel of the film is really nice. The special effects are extremely impressive, I didn't think much of the humans as such but everything looked so lush and detailed, there were times where I was just blown away. This film deserves more love than it's received so far, it's miles better than Frozen!
January 10, 2014
SirPant

Super Reviewer

Epic may not be epic, but Chris Wedge manages to keep the leaves on the trees.When all is said and done, the story actually works out for 95 minutes of work. The characters are a tad underdeveloped, but the plot details, while simple, move the story along when needed.The bright colors revolving around the leaf men and the grey of the boggans play off each other, creating appropriate scenery for the story; however, aside from the characters themselves, there isn't much to remember regarding the visuals.The voice work takes getting used to. It's not a big hurdle, since all is fine and dandy by the end. Colin Farrell, Josh Hutcherson, Amanda Seyfried, and Christoph Waltz lend their voices to the major characters. Aziz Ansari and Chris O'Dowd are held in check for what could be a huge annoyance.Epic is an overstatement of a title, but that doesn't mean this should be avoided.
October 24, 2013
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    1. Mub: Ugly says what?
    2. Mandrake: What?
    3. Mub: Nothing.
    – Submitted by Danny F (7 months ago)
    1. Ronin: Many leaves, one tree. We're all individuals, but we're still connected. No one's alone.
    – Submitted by Mary Joyce D (9 months ago)
    1. M.K.: Put your arms around me.
    – Submitted by Abbey W (10 months ago)
    1. Grub: I'm a slug, baby. No shell over here.
    – Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
    1. M.K.: I had a nightmare, I was a tiny little person surrounded by tiny little people and a talking snail.
    2. Grub: Hello.
    3. M.K.: Oh man.
    – Submitted by Adam P (12 months ago)
    1. Mub: Ugly says what?
    – Submitted by Facebook U (12 months ago)
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