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Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas (2003)

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46

Average Rating: 5.7/10
Critic Reviews: 35
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 19

Competent, but not magical.

audience

57

liked it
Average Rating: 3.1/5
User Ratings: 55,731

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Movie Info

The legendary rogue of the seven seas confronts a new assortment of dangers and thrills in this animated action-adventure tale. Sinbad (voice of Brad Pitt) and his crews of pirate adventurers are hoping to retire to Fiji, and they discover a treasure that could make that possible -- the Book of Peace, which has kept the Twelve Cities in harmony for centuries. But Sinbad's plan to snatch the magic book is complicated when he learns it's on board a ship captained by his longtime friend Proteus

Nov 18, 2003

$26.3M

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Bland music, marquee-friendly casting and crassly contemporary dialogue give this film the mechanical feel of a marketing exercise, not a movie.

July 8, 2003
New York Post
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Ray Harryhausen's original stop-motion Sinbad classics are a hard act to follow, but Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore's update, couched in a gorgeous palette of indigo and dark rose, is a big, beautiful thrill all its own.

July 8, 2003 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Business-as-usual movie that isn't trying to make anything more than a medium-size splash.

July 8, 2003
Washington Post
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It's less the story of Sinbad than a compilation of greatest hits from Mythland.

July 3, 2003
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A movie carefully engineered for an audience of exactly nobody.

July 2, 2003
Washington Post
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The effects are competent, the action has exciting moments and the story is interesting enough, but the parts don't add up to a compelling sum.

July 2, 2003 Full Review Source: USA Today
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Fun, if standard, animated adventure with battles, innuendo.

December 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

Despite its flaws, this is a fun well-acted piece of escapist fare with action, romance, adventure, and monsters galore.

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

A visually exhilarating mix of hand-drawn and computer-generated images that sets sail with a rather mediocre and clichéd script.

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

As routine as many live-action adventure films, right down to the competent but fairly undistinguished art and animation.

January 3, 2005 Full Review Source: TheMovieReport.com
TheMovieReport.com

Handily outdoes [Treasure Planet], with bravura action set pieces, a surprisingly complex romantic triangle, and thoughtful exploration of moral issues and character.

October 15, 2004 Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide
Decent Films Guide

While younger kids will enjoy the magic and adventure, the real mystery is whether older audiences will respond as well.

January 3, 2004 Full Review

Even the voices of Brad Pitt, Michelle Pfeiffer and Catherine Zeta-Jones can't save this movie from just feeling "blah..."

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: EDGE Boston
EDGE Boston

It's a decent summer distraction for restless little ones, but not much more.

September 6, 2003
Las Vegas Weekly

For all of its freedom of movement, the film lacks real personality, and in parts, it's oddly serious-minded.

August 30, 2003 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

... entertains and fully exploits all the accomplishments DreamWorks' animation department has made to this point... "Sinbad" stands as an accomplishment all on its own.

August 18, 2003 Full Review Source: MovieCrypt.com
MovieCrypt.com

Dreamworks animation has a lot to live up to after Shrek, but this wacky and high-spirited version of the Sinbad legend really isn't too bad.

August 5, 2003 Full Review Source: Guardian [UK]
Guardian [UK]

This is not the kind of movie that keeps our hopes alive for a successful return of the standard animated feature.

July 29, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinemaphile.org
Cinemaphile.org

If you drag a gang along to this one, be prepared to make amends with a trip to Pirates of the Caribbean.

July 25, 2003 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

There's much to like here -- a gag-filled script, impressive visuals and Michelle Pfeiffer's classy villainess.

July 22, 2003 Full Review Source: BBC

Feature length films should no longer be hand drawn if the studios want the public to shell out fifty bucks to take the family to see them on the big screen.

July 21, 2003 Full Review Source: Internet Reviews | Comments (2)
Internet Reviews

The kids will like its simplicity and manic motion, but if you want more than that, you won't find it here.

July 17, 2003
Palo Alto Weekly

A lot of fun and a thoroughly enjoyable family adventure which, though not on the level of the Disney classics, is nonetheless worth watching. Recommended.

July 16, 2003 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

The story of Sinbad is a classic. If you're going to tackle a classic, make it an enduring tribute to the original.

July 16, 2003 Full Review
Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)

Os personagens são terrivelmente caricaturais - e não estou me referindo ao visual, e sim às suas personalidades.

July 12, 2003 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

A dazzling animated action feature with a solid story and interesting characters, aimed at a more sophisticated audience.

July 10, 2003 Full Review Source: Laramie Movie Scope
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Audience Reviews for Sinbad - Legend of the Seven Seas

Haha RT, really? 46%? I love it when critics just get things wrong.

Sinbad is one of the few animated movies out there to approach the genre with a morally open story/protagonist and a sophisticated, convincing romance.

The film's obviously targeted at young adults, teens unwilling to put up with the patronization of Disney films but still yearn for a beautifully animated and competent fantasy journey.

The biggest folly is the completely one dimensional storytelling, I wish Proteus's point of view played a larger role in the grand scheme of things as Sinbad's journey just seems redundant after the first couple of action sequences.

Also, just watch Eris move, she's meant to be animated.
May 30, 2011
Drake Tsui

Super Reviewer

One of my favourite animations, much funner than the last two POTC movies.
January 27, 2008
rezpatriot

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i enjoyed this movie very much. it took alot of flack, but i didnt see why. it was entertaining and creative, the characters were about as engaging as one would expect from an animated film. fun to watch.
November 28, 2007
sanjurosamurai
danny d

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Really cute animated film.
August 14, 2007
gatorgirl13

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    1. Sinbad: Think of the beaches.
    2. Kale: Oh, beautiful, if you like mosquitoes.
    3. Sinbad: Think of the sun.
    4. Kale: It's monsoon season.
    5. Sinbad: Ah, and the women.
    6. Kale: They're cannibals, Sinbad.
    7. Sinbad: Exactly.
    – Submitted by Adam H (2 years ago)
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