Rio Reviews

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 20, 2011
The platonic ideal of a children's movie that is completely devoid of either merit or flaw, existing solely that it might exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Joshua Starnes
ComingSoon.net
April 20, 2011
It's only real downfall is its lack of ambition to be more than decent. Saldanha has also been unerringly safe in most of his story telling choices, with little unexpected character development and quite a bit of overly tidy moralizing.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Diva Velez
TheDivaReview.com
April 18, 2011
Exuberant and full of life, music and colour as the city for which it's named, Rio's combination of a fun script, excellent soundtrack and stunning visuals will delight the entire family.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5

ComingSoon.net
April 18, 2011
There's probably not much to worry about come Oscar time, but for a weekend with the kids, it's not bad.
Full Review | Original Score: 6.5/10
Jackie K. Cooper
jackiekcooper.com
April 17, 2011
Fun for the kids and the adults - and you just have to love Tracy Morgan's Luiz
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
April 17, 2011
"Rio" is bright and bouncy and abetted by some strong vocal talent -- most notably, Jesse Eisenberg as Blu and Anne Hathaway as Jewel.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Glenn Heath Jr.
Slant Magazine
April 17, 2011
Carlos Saldanha's sincere but uninspired romp into the glossy postcard atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro is one long courtship that ultimately falls flat.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Rob Vaux
Mania.com
April 17, 2011
You may forget about it by the time you hit the parking lot, but at least you won't be muttering curses at the Hollywood oligarchs under your breath.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Andrea Chase
Killer Movie Reviews
April 17, 2011
The ending is never really in doubt, but how Rio gets there makes the most of its giddy sort of mayhem.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Keith Cohen
Entertainment Spectrum
April 16, 2011
The screenwriters have come up with a wonderful story filled with humor and romance. Youngsters will be captivated by the colorful characters, the toe-tapping musical numbers and the breathtaking aerial backdrops.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Eugene Novikov
Film Blather
April 16, 2011
I had my taste thoroughly offended by what Rio considered acceptable musical numbers - the same auto-tuned monstrosities that are currently clogging up the Top 40 airwaves.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Neil Miller
Film School Rejects
April 16, 2011
Using all the vibrant colors and lively music of Brazil, Rio dances its way toward becoming Blue Sky's best effort to date. It may be but a kids' movie, but it's a fun ride.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
April 15, 2011
Rango was crafty enough to extend an olive branch to adult viewers. Rio is strictly for the kids, and anyone expecting this Brazilian-set film to contain any references to City of God (or, heck, even The Boys from Brazil) will be sorely disappointed.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Alonso Duralde
Movies.com
April 15, 2011
The plotting here is of the set-up-the-pins-and-knock-them-down variety, so you'll pretty much predict every grinding of the script's gears.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
April 15, 2011
continually seesaws from gorgeous animated brilliance to tired and cliche jokes
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 15, 2011
...predictable and weightless fluff, a kiddie flick that's instantly forgettable but far from regrettable.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Daniel M. Kimmel
New England Movies Weekly
April 15, 2011
A pleasant enough way to pass time with the kids but, in the end, it's further evidence that Blue Sky makes animation you go to see only when there's nothing better available.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
April 15, 2011
Expect the expected.
Jim Slotek
Jam! Movies
April 15, 2011
Brazilian-born director Carlos Saldanha's palette is so over-the-top, they should be handing out sunglasses at the door instead of 3D ones.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Tom Long
Detroit News
April 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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