The Secret of NIMH Reviews

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 11, 2014
Aside from its title, there's no secret about it: The Secret of NIMH is exciting, engaging, and often magnificent to look at.
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Jeff Unger
Entertainment Weekly
November 20, 2013
Bluth and his animators, bless them, chose to revive an endangered art form -- classically detailed animation. They drew their characters exquisitely and gave them individual personalities.
Full Review | Original Score: A
John Ferguson
Radio Times
November 20, 2013
The animation is lovingly rendered and there's a pedigree cast (Dom DeLuise, Derek Jacobi, John Carradine) providing voices.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Michael Scheinfeld
Common Sense Media
January 2, 2011
Fascinating. But sensitive animal-lovers beware.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 22, 2009
The award-winning book had a pretty crackerjack story to begin with, but in some respects, I think Bluth and his co-writers have bettered it.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2008
Not enthralling, but worth seeing for anyone interested in the mechanics of this arcane art.
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Variety Staff
Variety
August 31, 2008
Every character moves fluidly and imaginatively against an extravaganza of detailed background and dazzling effects, all emboldened by fascinating colored textures.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
August 31, 2008
It is something gorgeous to look at.

TV Guide's Movie Guide
August 31, 2008
A return to the lush, finely detailed animation seen in the best Disney features.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
July 7, 2007
The animation was, as Bluth and company had promised, a spectacular return to old-school craftsmanship.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Derek Adams
Time Out
June 24, 2006
It's a spectacular return to the shimmering, mesmerising deep-focus animation associated with Disney's classic period...
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 19, 2006
Never mind the G rating, this is scary stuff which sent my little one fleeing to another room inside of 10 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 6, 2005
It's no secret -- this is one mighty mouse movie!
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 23, 2004
It looks good, moves well, and delights our eyes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Vincent Canby
New York Times
August 30, 2004
The story manages to be sentimental without being especially moving.

Film4
May 24, 2003
Lovers of animation shouldn't have too much trouble getting the kids to take them along.
James Rocchi
Netflix
November 7, 2002
Too leaden for kids, too slight for grownups.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
July 26, 2002
It took years before Disney would match the quality of this first film from expatriate Don Bluth.
| Original Score: 4/5
Andy Klein
New Times
March 28, 2002
It remains the best entry in Bluth's hugely inconsistent filmography.
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
October 3, 2005
| Original Score: 3/5
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