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The Road to El Dorado (2000)

tomatometer

48

Average Rating: 5.5/10
Reviews Counted: 104
Fresh: 50 | Rotten: 54

Predictable story and thin characters made the movie flat.

36

Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 28
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 18

Predictable story and thin characters made the movie flat.

audience

64

liked it
Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 61,162

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Movie Info

Tulio and Miguel, a pair of two-bit con men, believe they have found their path to fortune and glory when they win a map to El Dorado, the legendary City of Gold. There's only one problem they've wound up locked in the brig on a ship of the Spanish explorer Cortes. After a daring escape, with the help of a clever war horse named Altivo, they manage to stumble onto El Dorado only to find their troubles are just beginning. The High Priest Tzekel-Kan proclaims them to be gods, plotting to use their

Dec 12, 2000

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All Critics (107) | Top Critics (29) | Fresh (50) | Rotten (54) | DVD (16)

Engaging children's entertainment.

March 22, 2002 Full Review Source: Globe and Mail
Globe and Mail
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The animation is uninspiring and brings nothing new to the table of animation magic.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: CNN.com
CNN.com
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Bright and zesty.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times
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[Kline's and Branagh's] shared timing is so good it whets the appetite for further adventures.

January 1, 2000
Film.com
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It's not cute enough for kids, not clever enough for adults. It's gorgeous but curiously dull.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
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This trip down The Road to El Dorado proceeds under the speed limit all the way.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly
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Outstanding family movie mixes comedy, action, romance.

June 13, 2012 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

It's a shame that a film with such talent and imagery behind it ended up being ultimately a waste of time...

April 29, 2009 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

Suffers from demographic schizophrenia.

August 7, 2008 Full Review Source: Sacramento News & Review
Sacramento News & Review

I expected to have a lot more fun...than I did, which is a shame. I think it's going to fall quickly by the wayside.

April 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews
Reeling Reviews

The less you know about history, the better your chances of enjoying this movie . . .

October 8, 2003 Full Review Source: Movie Gurus

El Dorado is not striking or groundbreaking, but it's accomplished enough.

May 14, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

Immerses the viewer with vivid color and awe-inspiring artwork from the first frame.

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

The filmmakers want an epic feel to the film, but they provide neither context nor dimension to the people of El Dorado themselves.

December 8, 2002 Full Review Source: Film Threat | Comment (1)
Film Threat

As good as most recent post-Katzenberg Disney films, and certainly -- with its stylised characterisation and bursts of witty dialogue -- a great deal better than the Mouse's turgid mega-budget epic Dinosaur.

December 2, 2002 Full Review Source: Sight and Sound
Sight and Sound

A nice animated trip for kids, but hardly a required journey for grown-ups.

November 7, 2002 Full Review Source: Netflix
Netflix

Good clean fun, that will keep kids (and most adults) absorbed in its shiny cartoon bubble throughout.

October 30, 2002 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Gets by with a story that is good but not great -- not unlike the famous Road movies made 50 years ago by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby.

October 15, 2002 Full Review Source: Cincinnati Enquirer
Cincinnati Enquirer

In the few moments when the noise and the fast-paced story subside long enough for a good look at the scenery, the animation is impressive.

June 19, 2002 Full Review
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)

Not only is the story reed thin, but it's also undercut by continual anachronistic dialog that's funny but alienates us from the adventure and characters.

December 10, 2001 Full Review Source: Shadows on the Wall
Shadows on the Wall

Everything about it evokes comparisons to other animated features, and while it more or less holds its own, nothing comes across as new or even interesting.

October 24, 2001 Full Review Source: Flipside Movie Emporium
Flipside Movie Emporium

Certain scenes are good, but visual wonder can only take a film so far, especially when that visual wonder is becoming an expected component.

February 27, 2001 Full Review Source: Q Network Film Desk
Q Network Film Desk

Funny and harmless family entertainment.

January 1, 2001 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
Laramie Movie Scope

Audience Reviews for The Road to El Dorado

I dont remember much about the movie i remember some of the comedy and i definitely remember the ending scene with the giant robot cat thing, from what i remember it was a good movie but ill probably have to watch it again to really get my results
February 23, 2013
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When you hear that a movie you loved and grew up with when you were young sucks, it kinda hurts a bit. I saw this movie SO many times when i was younger, so after about 1 and half years, I finally watched it again. But during that period of time i kinda grew into more of a critic, so when i saw this again, my childhood ripped to shreds. But even with it's bland plot and characters, and a hurtful realization of my childhood stupidity, I'm still giving it 3 stars, since it still has nice visuals and colors, and about 12 years of love for this movie
June 1, 2011
Kevin McCarver

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yea i hide my exorcist dvd in this case. its not good
July 22, 2009
LoughnerWasLucid

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    1. Chief: Hey, to error is human.
    – Submitted by Alex J (22 months ago)
    1. Chel: I want in.
    2. Tulio: In?
    3. Chel: On the scam!
    4. Tulio: [nervous laughter] There's no scam! Why would you think there's a scam?
    – Submitted by Jennifer K (2 years ago)
    1. Tulio: Apparently, 'El Dorado' is native for... GREAT... BIG... ROCK!
    – Submitted by Maria S (2 years ago)
    1. Tulio: Miguel, you know that little voice people have that tells them to quit when they're ahead? You don't have one!
    – Submitted by Maria S (2 years ago)
    1. Tulio: What's happening here?
    2. Miguel: We're both in barrels -- that's the extent of my knowledge.
    – Submitted by Victoria M (2 years ago)
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