Pete's Dragon Reviews

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Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Offbeat live-action/animation mix with lots of drinking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Gibron
August 16, 2009
As a testament to its founder's legacy, this is still somewhat lesser Disney. But when viewed in combination for what passes as House of Mouse merriment today's utterly brilliant.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Variety Staff
November 14, 2007
An enchanting and humane fable.
Steve Crum
August 29, 2005
Average Disney, a disappointment if you expect another 'Mary Poppins.'
| Original Score: 3/5
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Janet Maslin
New York Times
May 9, 2005
You don't often see children's musicals as ambitious as this one any more.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Randy Shulman
Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
March 19, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
February 27, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
October 3, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Clint Morris
September 18, 2002
A Touching, humourous, and ultimately warm family film.
| Original Score: 3/5
Danny Minton
KBTV-NBC (Beaumont, TX)
August 6, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
August 14, 2015
Saddled with an absurdly overlong running time (128 minutes!) and a raft of forgettable songs...
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 15, 2010
The animation is much the best part of Pete's Dragon, a film not surfeited with great & timeless elements.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Phil Hall
EDGE Boston
December 13, 2009
A horrid assault on the senses.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine
October 1, 2009
Another not very charming but harmless fusion of animation and good old real-life.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
August 19, 2009
Boring, annoying and not funny, Pete's Dragon is one of the dullest films from Disney that I've ever seen.
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 19, 2009
In the overall realm of Disney magic, Pete's Dragon is a card trick rather than a grand illusion.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10

TV Guide's Movie Guide
November 14, 2007
The film lacks the emotional complexity and classic status of previous Disney films.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
The dragon itself grunts, grins and goofs around, but isn't half as appealing as its creators obviously hoped. More character and better animation would have helped.
Emanuel Levy
September 26, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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