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Rio (2011)

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72

Average Rating: 6.4/10
Reviews Counted: 145
Fresh: 104 | Rotten: 41

This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.

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Average Rating: 6.2/10
Critic Reviews: 30
Fresh: 19 | Rotten: 11

This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.

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Average Rating: 3.7/5
User Ratings: 87,948

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From the makers of the hit Ice Age series comes Rio, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he's the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. Not long after they arrive, Blu

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Rio is a brightly-colored, dizzying pinwheel of 3D animation in which nothing much happens. Sounds like summer is here early.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Rolling Stone | Comments (3)
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Expect the expected.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: NPR | Comment (1)
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Rio will not set your heart afire, although its low-level consciousness raising about illegally smuggled animals is nice. Mostly, it's brightly colored fluff, but then, it's supposed to be.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Detroit News | Comments (6)
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A fairly typical children's movie, but at least it moves along with purpose!

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Film.com | Comments (2)
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The generic story elements can't spoil the real achievement of Rio, which is a series of vividly choreographed set-pieces.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail | Comment (1)
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Eisenberg's tremulous, earnest delivery matches Blu's big worrywart eyes perfectly, and he and Hathaway, to their credit, give it their all.

April 15, 2011 Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Comment (1)
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This isn't revolutionary animation, but it's warm, sincere and huge-hearted. I was dazzled by all the colors; your kids are gonna go nuts for them.

June 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Deadspin
Deadspin

While it may entertain the kiddies for a while, for the older folks out there (and that means anyone 10+), Rio is just another animated yawner.

April 21, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

Comical, colorful, wonderfully cast and beautifully animated, "Rio" is the first Blue Sky movie that could be compared to the best of Pixar.

January 16, 2013 Full Review Source: McClatchy-Tribune News Service
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

This is simply a film that both kids and parents can enjoy together, which, according to the consensuses for other recent kids' films, hasn't happened for awhile, so my advice would be to take advantage of it

September 20, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

Basic, good-natured cinematic charm isn't something that should be easily dismissed.

April 7, 2012 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Bright and chippy as a roomful of parrots, and the best thing Saldanha has done since the first Ice Age.

December 29, 2011 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Comment (1)
Movie Metropolis

You'd be the world's biggest grinch not to get a kick out of this feather fest.

December 18, 2011 Full Review Source: The Sun Herald
The Sun Herald

There is nothing wrong with this film - the voice cast are all good, the animation is colorful and the script peppered with one-liners. But it all seems so formulaic.

December 13, 2011 Full Review Source: The Baltic Times

Rio combines excellent visuals and a witty, modern script that will appeal to audience members both young and old.

September 1, 2011 Full Review Source: The National
The National

There's lots of color, some gorgeous animation, a running beat of lively (if not always memorable) music and the energy of lovely tropical birds in flight. The rest is formula...

August 3, 2011 Full Review Source: MSN.com | Comment (1)
MSN.com

This might be the first family film in which sex... serves as the narrative lynchpin.

June 26, 2011 Full Review Source: Projection Booth | Comments (2)
Projection Booth

Even if the story lacks the depth or originality of some of the recent crop of superlative animated films, 'Rio' has an innocent charm to it -- and an explosion of color.

May 31, 2011 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

The posters say From the creators of Ice Age, so don't say you haven't been warned.

May 27, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com | Comments (2)
Movies.com

Since the little ones will be amused, the high-flying Rio won't ruffle any feathers.

May 6, 2011 Full Review Source: Cinemaclips.com

If the birds aren't precisely "of a feather," as they suggest, they are bright and loud and alike enough to establish that this Rio is not real in any way.

May 1, 2011 Full Review Source: PopMatters | Comments (4)
PopMatters

With bold, tropical colors, salsa sounds, and refreshing voiceovers from Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, and more, Rio is pure, light hearted fun.

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comments (2)
Film Threat

Swaggering and splashy, even though its predictably stereotypical banality prevents it from ever achieving full flight.

April 23, 2011 Full Review Source: SSG Syndicate | Comments (2)
SSG Syndicate

The urban/tropical landscapes and Carnival backdrop add vibrancy to a smart romance-adventure that borrows from classic Bob Hope suspense-comedies and even Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps'...

April 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN) | Comments (2)
Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)

Rio features great vocal work from Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway and Tracy Morgan and a tired plot that needs the eye-popping animation to keep it flying high.

April 21, 2011 Full Review Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Comment (1)
Atlantic City Weekly

Audience Reviews for Rio

Sweet and innocent all around, "Rio" is the type of kids film that usually only comes around once or twice a year, and is both equally for children, teenagers, and adults alike. Although the feel of the picture is very childish, but the heart and motives behind each character, whether or not it is an animal or human, feels very genuine. The story follows one of the two last Blu Birds in the country, and they must be united to birth new life into their species. Many lessons will be learnt for kids and many emotional moments and adult humour will be shared for adults. It's not groundbreaking animation, but it is beautiful to look at as always, and it's a very fun film to boot. I will remember this short a sweet story for years to come, and recommend it to families of all ages. "Rio" is a lot of fun!
April 11, 2014
KJ Proulx

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My expectations have been shattered. I'm late to the party on this one but I had heard nothing but good things about Rio and yet after watching it, I have nothing but bad things to say about it. The story is standard at best, in all honesty the message is overused and not just boring anymore, it's become annoying. The voice work is a whose who of irritating too, if there is anything more irritable than Jesse Eisenberg's acting or face, it's his voice. Colour and movement, that's all this film is, it's not funny at all and the animation isn't that great either in my opinion. One really good song aside, it's forgettable.
March 24, 2014
SirPant

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Rio follows the story of a blue macaw named Blu (Jesse Eisenberg), being the last of his species who is taken to Brazil to mate with another found female Blue Macaw named Jewel (Anne Hathway,) to restart the breed of macaw. The two are somehow kidnapped and discover that they are going to be sold for a major fortune. The two escape after the kidnappers bird Nigel (Jermaine Clements) accidentally takes his eye off them for too long. Now the two birds have to learn how to get along and find there masters and restart the race of Blue Macaw.

Rio has probably some of the best animation I've seen in a while. This animation seriously matches up with Illumination studios and Dreamworks, and that's saying a lot from the people who made Ice Age, Robots, and Horton Hears a Who. The colors and lighting in this film really do shine and make this probably one of the most vibrant looking animated films I've ever seen, and in 3-D this film just looks incredible and just pops out. The animation and lighting for the musical numbers also pop and look just as vibrant and colorful as say Cats Don't Dance, or even some Disney movies like Oliver and Company.

Now in terms of animated films voice acting is one of those delicate things that has to be held with caution. Now animated films have done poorly in terms of entertaining me when it comes to the voice acting, *FLAME SHIELD* such as Happy Feet, with some of the most annoying singing voices and voices i've heard in an animated film. Or Hoodwinked Too Hood vs. Evil, which has probably the most obnoxious villain voices in the world not to mention one of the worst and most obnoxious animated film plots of all time. But thankfully, Rio doesn't fall in this category in the slightest, in fact without a lot of these voices, I couldn't see this film doing that well. Anne Hathaway, Jesse Eisenberg, Will. I. Am, Jamie Foxx, Jermaine Clements, George Lopez all do incredible jobs, and without these voice actors, the songs in this movie would be nowhere near as good as they were. Each voice was picked very well and just match these characters very well, unlike the Blue Sky movie Robots, which many of the voices just seemed to be picked due to how popular these actors were and not due to how well their voices suited the characters and were just flat out annoying and forgettable performances *CoughHalleBerry CoughPaulGiamatti.*

Now the musical numbers.....MY GOD!!! This movie has probably the best original soundtrack I've ever heard in a film in my entire life. The energy, the lighting, the vocals, they just are all blended together perfectly in these musical numbers and truly just match the environment in this film and just look and sound incredible. Special mention to my favorite song in the film being hot Wings done by Jamie Foxx and Will. I. Am.


The sheer look and energy put into this musical just show how much effort these animators put into this film and how much effort that Foxx and Am put into this song and how much fun they clearly had working on this. Also Anne Hathaway already being a great singer does a great job singing with Jesse Eisenberg who up to this point hadn't had little to no singing experience. The only real song I didn't like was surprisingly Nigels song, done by Jermaine Clements. The main reason I find this shocking being the fact that Clements is well known as being one of the lead singers in the duo singing group The Flight of the Conchords, and does have professional singing experience and has for a while, but his song just really annoys me and I don't really see much of a beat in this song. But other than that song these songs are the best I've heard in a film in a while if not of all time.

Overall Rio is like its music, beautiful, entertaining, colorful, and well sung. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves vibrant musicals or just fans of animation in general, you will not be disappointed.
January 3, 2014
michael e.
Michael Edwards

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a standard, well drawn kids movie that parents would never watch alone, but wont mind sitting through from time to time. decent humor and an entertaining story.
January 3, 2013
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    1. Jewel: End of line.
    – Submitted by Daniel F (5 months ago)
    1. Blu: That human has given me love and affection for the past 15 years while my own kind try to strangle me after 15 seconds.
    – Submitted by Russell Q (11 months ago)
    1. Nigel: Whats wrong? Cockatoo got your throat?
    – Submitted by Clay R (12 months ago)
    1. Jewel: [running with chain on Her and Blu's ankle] OH this is just GREAT I'm chained to the ONLY bird in the world who CAN'T fly
    2. Blu: [offended] Not true! There are many different types of species.
    3. Jewel: [noticing an obstacle] Duck!
    4. Blu: No, ducks can fly
    5. Jewel: NO! DUCK! [they duck down]
    – Submitted by Michael M (2 years ago)
    1. Pedro: Hey! Get back here! Ain't nobody messin' with a friend of Pedro! That ain't happenin'! It's on!
    2. Nico: It's on? Did you see the talons on that guy?!
    3. Pedro: Talons? Maybe it's on... next time. Mommy!
    4. Nico: Help! Help!
    – Submitted by Ezekiel S (2 years ago)
    1. Linda: Wow! You really are communicating!
    2. Tulio: Yes! I spoke to him by shaking my tail feathers, thus referring to his dominance.
    3. Blu: ....I did not get that at all...
    – Submitted by Alexander R (2 years ago)
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