The Trumpet of the Swan Reviews

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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
August 9, 2002
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
May 17, 2001
Features charmless songs, junky animation, hambone voice talent.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 14, 2001
Too bad the director didn't set his mind to making a film parents could enjoy, too.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Pam Sitt
Seattle Times
May 11, 2001
Wait for this one to come out on video.
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Jan Stuart
Newsday
May 11, 2001
Passable animation for the younger members of the family, but the movie never finds its own voice.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2001
One ugly duckling of a cartoon.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 11, 2001
A shallow, tacky, finally soupy revision of a wry, noticing, resonant, elegant, deeply romantic story.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 11, 2001
The movie leeches from the book most of what makes the story wonderful: The sly humour and the occasional dark edge that keeps the inherent sweetness on the safe side of sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2001
An innocuous family feature that's too little/too late in the fast-moving world of feature animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 11, 2001
A bland, well-meaning mishmash that never coheres into a dramatic whole.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 10, 2001
The right messages about finding your own way and your real friends are gently offered, but The Trumpet of the Swan never really takes wing.
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
May 10, 2001
The only possible audience for this film are young children and their exceedingly bored parents.
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Tom Keogh
Film.com
May 10, 2001
Though colorful and well-meaning, Trumpet of the Swan collapses as an emotional experience, its restless script unable to build a resonance of feeling that can lift the audience collectively.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
May 10, 2001
Well-meaning but wholly forgettable.
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
May 10, 2001
The music, an eclectic blend of jazz and contemporary music, is one of the film's strongest calling cards.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Malcolm Ritter
Associated Press
May 10, 2001
The animation is unimaginative and uninspiring.
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Loren King
Chicago Tribune
May 10, 2001
A lame duck.