Tangled Reviews

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Tom Charity
CNN.com
December 8, 2014
This snappy role reversal may or may not appeal to young men, but it inspires some classic knockabout screwball comedy and an exciting, vertiginous escape sequence.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
December 8, 2014
This is your basic, and very enjoyable, Disney princess musical, an empowerment tale to teach bright, dreamy girls how to grow to maturity -- and outgrow the adults in charge.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
December 8, 2014
These are timeless themes -- domineering parent, sheltered child, dangerous boyfriend -- all woven together nicely by a crew of filmmakers from the Disney-Pixar trenches.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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David Edelstein
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 26, 2013
I can't help liking a movie with chameleon reaction shots.
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
March 29, 2011
It's the best Disney animation in years, and a natural counterpoint to the contemporary comic style that has come to dominate the industry.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 29, 2011
The prettiness comes with brains, and the whole production, like those newly eye-catching models of American-made cars, bespeaks resurgent confidence.
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Tom Huddleston
Time Out
January 26, 2011
Brisk, witty and entertaining, but far from classic Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claire Martin
Denver Post
December 17, 2010
Tangled is bound to be a hit with its target audience, and will keep parents entertained.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bruce Diones
New Yorker
December 6, 2010
There are no unnecessary pop references here, just fluid, graceful storytelling.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
December 3, 2010
As Disney animated features go, Tangled is middling
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 24, 2010
Disney's spirited re-telling of Rapunzel in 3D animation turns out to be a dazzler.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 24, 2010
Tangled is lovely to look at, but if you're not a pre-teen girl, you may be distracted by the split ends.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
November 24, 2010
Rapunzel, Rapunzel, you are lovely to look at it and occasionally charming. But there just ain't much to you beyond the hair.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 24, 2010
The heart of Disney animation lies in song and spectacle, and while none of the musical compositions here are quite at the level of "The Little Mermaid" or "Beauty and the Beast," they are good enough...
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Jennie Punter
Globe and Mail
November 24, 2010
Tangled, Disney's 50th animated feature, is a splendid tribute to the best moments from decades past but also a thrilling example of what could be the future of animated family entertainment from the studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 24, 2010
Tangled is the best animated film from Disney in the past 15 years.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 24, 2010
A solid if not-quite-classic musical version of "Rapunzel"...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 24, 2010
The delightfully witty Tangled is the first animated cartoon released by Walt Disney Pictures that can stand alongside Pixar toons without apology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 24, 2010
Tangled braids strands of traditional storytelling and a contemporary sensibility with stylish if predictable results.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 24, 2010
If "Tangled" hasn't morphed into a Broadway show within five years, then Disney isn't as smart as I think it is.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 24, 2010
A transparent attempt to fill the Disney coffers by repackaging the masses-pleasing formulas that led to the studio's early-'90s resurgence.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Dan Kois
Village Voice
November 23, 2010
Tangled is unusually attuned to the emotional frequencies of mothers and daughters, considering that, like basically every Disney/Pixar feature, its writer (Dan Fogelman) and directors (Nathan Greno and Byron Howard) are a bunch of dudes.
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Peter Howell
Toronto Star
November 23, 2010
Adventure, ho! And much of it is quite funny, well scripted by screenwriter Dan Fogelman, who previously wrote Bolt and Cars.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
November 23, 2010
A Rapunzel retelling could have become just a retread of the studio's past princess tales, but this genuinely charming, chintz-free story does something new: It takes the time to chill out, as its heroine might say.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Ted Fry
Seattle Times
November 23, 2010
Captures some of the best elements of Disney standards while nimbly integrating the clever pop-culture winks and dazzling technical style that are hallmarks of modern computer-animated features.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Wesley Morris
Boston Globe
November 23, 2010
I can't think of a cartoon more confident about how to use jump cuts for comedy. Those senses of cleverness and innovation merely underscore how shopworn the rest of this movie is.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
November 23, 2010
It eventually establishes itself as not just a fleet and engaging cartoon entertainment, but something of a latter-day classic... worthy of consideration alongside... Beauty and the Beast.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
November 23, 2010
It's a rambunctious, modern story full of chases, smart banter, big emotions, and palpable darkness.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 23, 2010
I don't feel like writing a review of "Tangled." I feel like throwing it a parade.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 23, 2010
The team at Disney has taken a deep breath and tried to be all things to all animation-loving people. There are some hiccups along the way, but by the end there is success.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 23, 2010
While it is a diverting Disney animation -- the studio's 50th -- it lacks the emotional undercurrents of a movie from the studio's Pixar division.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
November 23, 2010
The result is an uncommonly pretty visual experience, especially during a climactic scene when hundreds of lanterns are sent aloft into the night sky. One thousand points of light never looked so fetching.
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
November 23, 2010
Disney's new (yet not quite novel), musical (yet not quite memorable), 3-D (yet so what) animated retelling of the Grimm brothers' Rapunzel.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 23, 2010
The film has the advantage of getting surer and more heartfelt and beautiful as it goes...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
November 22, 2010
The romance doesn't match the visual splendor, but no matter: The lushness is enough.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 22, 2010
Despite the need to wear flimsy plastic glasses, watching Tangled reminds one that some brands of storytelling never go out of style, whatever that style may be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kerry Lengel
Arizona Republic
November 22, 2010
With "Tangled," a delightfully fresh spin on "Rapunzel," the entertainment powerhouse delivers its first classic-caliber computer animation outside the Pixar family.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Justin Chang
Variety
November 8, 2010
Old-fashioned storytelling barely prevails over sassy contempo attitude.
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 8, 2010
An old-fashioned Disney fairy tale gussied up in 3D for the holidays.
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Andrea Gronvall
Chicago Reader
October 6, 2007
The tale of Rapunzel gets a cheeky make-over in this gorgeous Disney animation, which combines the studio's traditional hand-drawn look with the sculptural qualities of digital 3D.