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Frozen (2013)

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89

Average Rating: 7.7/10
Reviews Counted: 188
Fresh: 167 | Rotten: 21

Beautifully animated, smartly written, and stocked with singalong songs, Frozen adds another worthy entry to the Disney canon.

86

Average Rating: 7.6/10
Critic Reviews: 44
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 6

Beautifully animated, smartly written, and stocked with singalong songs, Frozen adds another worthy entry to the Disney canon.

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Average Rating: 4.3/5
User Ratings: 286,470

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Featuring the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel, "Frozen" is the coolest comedy-adventure ever to hit the big screen. When a prophecy traps a kingdom in eternal winter, Anna, a fearless optimist, teams up with extreme mountain man Kristoff and his sidekick reindeer Sven on an epic journey to find Anna's sister Elsa, the Snow Queen, and put an end to her icy spell. Encountering mystical trolls, a funny snowman named Olaf, Everest-like extremes and magic at every turn, Anna and Kristoff

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Mar 18, 2014

$400.7M

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Frozen reminds you how many animated films rely more on inside jokes. It's modern without being hip, earnest with being sappy.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
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Extravagant care is taken with minutiae, and the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, whistle through the first twenty minutes of the plot with a controlled giddiness that would leave many live-action adventures staggering in their tracks.

December 5, 2013 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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If you thought there was only so much to be done with ice and snow as visual fields, think again along the lines of prismatic crystals, epic storms and fantastical structures built on water's gift for freezing itself into see-through art.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
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Frozen' has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo.

December 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out
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In a year of weak animated features, Frozen - loosely based on "The Snow Queen" - takes the lead by default.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone
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It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian.

November 27, 2013 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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Funny, whimsical and delightful to a fault, it is one of those movies that engages minds of all ages.

July 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
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The fairy-tale ending promises not only marriage but adds the didactic twist that 'the only fixer-upper' true love is not restricted to coming exclusively from a lover.

May 9, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

loses points for being a not-very-good musical

April 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

With a billion dollars in the bank, two Oscars on the shelf, and the ire of ridiculous, right-wing pundits who think it's turning the children of the world gay, Frozen has pretty much pulled off the trifecta of cinematic accomplishments.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Quickflix
Quickflix

Born out of warring needs to both play things safe and be truly bold, so it while it's never outright bland, it lacks staying power.

April 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine
Movie Mezzanine

Frozen is really about all of us learning that we can share our unique qualities with the world, as long as we also develop the maturity and responsibility to understand how our powers work and when it's the right time and place.

March 24, 2014 Full Review Source: CraveOnline
CraveOnline

Josh Gad's winningly goofy talking snowman... is too dim to realise that longing for the arrival of summer is not particularly wise for one of his kind.

March 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Movie Talk
Movie Talk

With its wonderful songs, spectacular animation, and heartwarming story, 'Frozen' ranks right up there with 'Beauty and the Beast and 'The Little Mermaid' in the Disney pantheon.

March 1, 2014 Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Frozen represent the middle of the animation bell curve. It's a far cry from the insufferable pop-culture spewing, catchphrase-ridden films churned out during at the beginning every holiday period, but nor does it hit the heights of Disney's best output.

February 28, 2014 Full Review Source: Concrete Playground
Concrete Playground

The expected Disney components are on display, from gleaming imagery to catchy songs to engaging humour, but this classically told fairytale revels in its moving modernity, crafting a strong ode to empowerment.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

The action is set in a chilling landscape but Frozen warms the heart.

February 7, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Record [UK]
Daily Record [UK]

It's not the best of the modern Disney set, but it's a sweet, charming, musically diverse film that makes you feel bad for not liking it as much as it wants you to.

February 3, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema Sight
Cinema Sight

A touching tale of sisterhood with a priceless message about blood being thicker than an ill-advised crush.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Baret News
Baret News

A deeply conservative Disney animated film that left me unmoved.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Impulse Gamer
Impulse Gamer

Uma obra emocionante, divertida e que comprova que as animaçőes com o selo Disney continuam tăo inventivas e envolventes quanto na época em que o velho Walt comandava o estúdio.

January 5, 2014 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

The story is well paced, characters beautifully created and voiced, and the animation is breathtaking, with the sight of a snow covered world (Disney style) a thing of pure driven beauty.

January 4, 2014 Full Review Source: Matt's Movie Reviews
Matt's Movie Reviews

Disney's animation renaissance continues apace.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

This is definitely one for the whole family to chill out with on a hot Aussie summer's day.

January 2, 2014 Full Review Source: The Standard
The Standard

Frozen is a soaring musical that does everything you love about classic Disney while giving their portrayal of princesses a necessary twenty first century upgrade.

December 30, 2013 Full Review Source: 2UE That Movie Show
2UE That Movie Show

Audience Reviews for Frozen

If its final scene had ended with one more musical reprise and not with such a typical fade-out conclusion, 'Frozen' would've cemented its place in my top 3 favourites of 2013. But hey, it's the movie that completed the rejuvenation of Walt Disney Animation Studios, and for that I'm eternally thankful.
August 6, 2014
Liam Gadd

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August 1, 2014
spielberg00

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Sorry -- I don't get the popularity of this film. While the animation was exceptional, all the songs but one were pedestrian and unmemorable. The story was silly and the story behind the princess' special freezing power was never explained. Disney has done many films better than this one, which I consider average, at best.
July 21, 2014
cchclaw

Super Reviewer

I should start out with a disclaimer that before watching this film I did watch another review online which highlighted some problematic flaws. You could therefore say I was biased when I viewed it, but that doesn't take away from the simply poor nature of the film which whilst has some touching moments and songs is one of the worst of Disney's usually good pictures.

Telling the story of Elsa, a princess turned Queen with unexplained magical snow powers, and her annoying younger sister Anna, the film also includes the standard Disney side characters of: Prince who appears to have good intentions but surprisingly doesn't, lower social class ruffian who initially responds apprehensively to the damsel in distress but soon grows to love her, animal pet who becomes irritated at arrival of non-human sidekick and non-human sidekick who joins established animal pet. With her parent's both dying tragically Elsa must become Queen and also control her magical snow powers, which are still not and never are explained. Unfortunately she loses control of these powers because her sheltered sister decides to marry the Prince and all hell breaks loose...

The plot is pretty standard for a Disney film of this sort, as it should be. It is a kid's film and it's designed for that market. Thus whilst there are no great surprises or twists it doesn't particularly matter. The meat of the film is with the characters, most importantly the two sisters. And surprisingly the acting is not too bad. I wouldn't go as far as to say I was emotionally invested in the character's or their personal outcomes-it was only the reindeer, as an innocent animal, who's welfare I cared for, but both Kristen Bell, who is not exactly one of my favourite actors, and Idina Menzel delivered decent performances, as did Josh Gad as Olaf despite the sickly sweet nature of the role.

Unfortunately what lets 'Frozen' down seems to be where it derives all of its hype from-the songs. In comparison to other Disney animations which have had a range of hits and genuinely touching pieces the 'Frozen' songs were nagging, boring and dull. 'Do you want to build a snowman', was not touching or heartwarming but repetitively irritating and infuriating. The apparent consensus that 'Frozen' has delivered some of the best Disney songs for years is a lie.

To give its dues in beating stereotypes and genre cliches the two 'disney princesses' at least appear independent and free spirited, the traditional role of the prince being relegated to something of a b-story. But that message seems to be wrecked at the end of the film as Anna inevitably gets together with Kristoff. At least Elsa remains a strong Queen ruling alone in a somewhat Elizabethean like way.

Regardless the endless hype for this film does not live up to its actual qualities. It is a good kid's film as far as they go but there are far better on offer both from Disney and from others.
July 11, 2014
Adam Kelly

Super Reviewer

    1. Olaf the Snowman: Some people are worth melting for.
    – Submitted by Jesse H (3 months ago)
    1. Elsa: (Sings) Let it go, let it go, can't hold it back anymore!
    – Submitted by Larry M (3 months ago)
    1. Olaf the Snowman: Hey we were just talking about you! All good things, all good things!
    – Submitted by Kristin S (3 months ago)
    1. Anna: Do you want to build a snowman?
    – Submitted by Kristin S (3 months ago)
    1. Additional Voices: We are not letting anymore people come here from weasel town
    2. The Duke of Weselton: It's Weselton!!!
    – Submitted by Lauren W (3 months ago)
    1. Kristoff: Olaf stay out of sight
    2. Olaf the Snowman: Got it
    3. Additional Voices: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!
    – Submitted by Lauren W (3 months ago)
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