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Lilo & Stitch (2002)

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Average Rating: 7.3/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 124 | Rotten: 21

Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch explores issues of family while providing a fun and charming story.

79

Average Rating: 7.2/10
Critic Reviews: 34
Fresh: 27 | Rotten: 7

Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch explores issues of family while providing a fun and charming story.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 463,930

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A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law.

Dec 3, 2002

$145.8M

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All Critics (145) | Top Critics (34) | Fresh (124) | Rotten (21) | DVD (41)

Smart, poignant, and utterly beguiling.

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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It's a bright, engaging bauble with half a dozen Elvis Presley songs for Mom and Dad, and just enough sass -- Stitch sticks his tongue into his nose and eats his snot -- to keep the tweeners giggling.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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Regrettably, towards the end the film veers off into a mess of weird aliens and Cartoon Network silliness.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Disney's most winning animated couple since Bambi and Thumper.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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An entertaining and (three cheers) modest bauble that eschews most of the blockbuster trappings that have been strangling animated features in the past few years.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A refreshingly low-tech cartoon.

August 1, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
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Cute story, great characters, fabulous soundtrack.

December 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It is the sweetest Disney movie of its generation; but the lengthy beginning and somewhat shorter climax drag it down at the worst possible points.

December 9, 2009 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

This is a very disappointing effort from Disney.

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed | Comments (4)
Cinema Crazed

...an affable but hopelessly uneven fantasy...

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

It's offbeat, action-packed, and it has a heart as big as a Hawaiian welcome. And in keeping with the Disney philosophy, the style of drawing has its own distinctive look.

March 21, 2009 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

It's funny, it's sad and, frankly, it's a bit weird.

September 2, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Easily one of the strangest products to ever emerge from the Disney animation pipeline.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

The movie does manage to tug at your heartstrings with its themes of loneliness and finding a place to fit in, but it does it without ever rising too high on the sap-o-meter.

September 30, 2005 Full Review Source: Three Movie Buffs
Three Movie Buffs

Similar to most contemporary American feature-length animation, the film's overall structure is frayed.

May 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Apollo Guide
Apollo Guide

... it unapologetically affirms that love can make good things happen in a broken family.

December 6, 2004
Looking Closer

A raucous comedy/adventure [and] easily one of the strangest products to ever emerge from the Disney animation pipeline.

January 12, 2004 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Putting aside the Pixar computer animated offerings, this is the best Disney animation in nearly a decade.

January 1, 2004 Full Review

Make sure your kids don't get too much sugar in the cinema - the house mightn't be up to the mayhem when they get out.

March 26, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

All the sentiment and charm you'd expect from a Disney movie, but easier to swallow thanks to mature themes and realistic characters.

March 2, 2003 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

It's not in the same league with the likes of Beauty And The Beast or Aladdin, but it's much better than, say, last year's Atlantis: The Lost Empire.

February 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Film Quips Online
Film Quips Online

Lilo & Stitch could be considered a safe and amiable vehicle for the powers-that-be at the Disney stable. But that's probably this movie's main downfall--it's TOO safe in a time where the sophisticated outlook of cinema is progressive

February 4, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Eye
Movie Eye

Wish I'd seen it on the big screen!

January 9, 2003 Full Review Source: Hollywood Report Card
Hollywood Report Card

Audience Reviews for Lilo & Stitch

This film has everything you could ever want out of a Disney film. With heart, a great story, and very memorable characters "Lilo and Stitch" is one of the better Disney films of this decade. Coming from another planet, Stitch must adapt to this new world that we know as Earth, and a little girl named Lilo is the one that must take care of him. Causing trouble 24/7 and getting on everyone's nerves, Stitch is becoming more of a nuisance than a welcomed family member. When the people from his planet come after him, all hell breaks loose on their island and Stitch must save the day and prove his worth. Filled with incredible lessons, "Lilo and Stitch" is not only a great kids film, but a great film all around.
October 17, 2013
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Without a doubt, Lilo & Stitch is the best animated film Disney has produced in over a decade--the only film by Disney made after 1999 that can hold a flame to any of the studio's previous releases. It is a consistent, beautifully drawn, and occasionally moving animated feature that holds the distinction as the most adult film in the entire Disney animated canon. It deals with mature, real-life issues, while also incorporating science-fiction fun. It delights, charms, and thrills, and, though not yet a classic, will be even more appreciated in years to come. What really makes the film a triumph is its originality--the unique mix of Elvis, space creatures, and Hawaii. You wouldn't think all these elements work together, but they work brilliantly.
August 19, 2013
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

Gave my nephews the choice of a 5 Disney cartoons they hadn't seen and they choice this, which worked out great for me. I love "Lilo and Stitch". Stitch is the funniest and more refreshing Disney character in years(well outside of the Pixar movies). The movie follows Stitch who is an alien who was created for the simple reason to destroy and kill everything. He lands on Earth and is mistaken to be a dog, and adopted by two sisters. Aliens then begin to hunt Stitch, while he forms a bond with his new family. Stitch is hilarious and has some great little one lines("cute and cuddly!" When the movie focuses on the sisters, it's very heartwarming, but you miss Stitch. The action is great, and the music is perfect! Elvis songs still kick butt. I remember seeing this at the Paris theater when it came out and I just laughed and laughed. Still laughing, and it's great seeing my nephews getting as much joy out of it as I did. If you or your kid haven't seen this, then you need to go get a copy, because ya'll are missing out!
August 5, 2012
Everett Johnson

Super Reviewer

A childhood favourite and a classic!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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    1. Nani: Watch where you're going! Stupidhead!
    – Submitted by Emelyn W (18 months ago)
    1. Nani: You are such a pain!
    2. Lilo: So why don't you sell me and buy a rabbit instead?
    3. Nani: At least a rabbit would behave better than you!
    4. Lilo: Go ahead than you'll happy because it'll be smarter than me too!
    5. Nani: And quieter!
    6. Lilo: You'll like it because it's stinky like you!
    – Submitted by S.R. H (18 months ago)
    1. Lilo: It's fish! If I gave Pudge tuna, I'd be an abomination! I'm late because I had to go to the store, to get peanut butter, because all we have is, is stinking tuna!!
    – Submitted by S.R. H (18 months ago)
    1. Lilo: And you like me better as a sister than a rabbit, right?
    – Submitted by S.R. H (18 months ago)
    1. Lilo: You know, you wreck everything you touch. Why not try and make something for a change?
    2. Stitch: [builds a city out of what he finds in Lilo's room.]
    3. Lilo: Wow. San Francisco.
    4. Stitch: [begins to destroy the city like the monster in 'Earth vs. the Spider', picking up a toy car.]
    5. Stitch: [as car passengers] Eeeeeek! Save me!
    6. Lilo: No more caffeine for you.
    – Submitted by Adam K (2 years ago)
    1. Stitch: Yoo porma dissy!
    2. Jumba: Leave my mother out of this!
    – Submitted by cj o (2 years ago)
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