Waking Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Top Critic
Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 29, 2011
An intriguing yet uneven documentary...
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Jeffrey Chen
Window to the Movies
January 7, 2011
Carries the mystique of Walt Disney, whose animated features can be regarded as a genetic line with ups and downs as compellingly dramatic as the history of royal families.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
November 27, 2010
Combining honest commentary with archival footage, Waking Sleeping Beauty offers a refreshing look at a side large companies often steer clear of.
Sean Means
Salt Lake Tribune
October 8, 2010
[Director Don Hahn's] interviews are used as voice-over to a lively mix of Disney film clips, behind-the-scenes footage and rare home movies taken by Disney staffers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
September 3, 2010
It's not one of those documentaries whose appeal stretches beyond people who are already interested in the subject, but animation buffs will eat it up.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
August 26, 2010
[It] may not be thrilling, riveting viewing for some, but for animation fans, and for aficionados of Disney, the movie is must-see.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Rob Thomas
Wisconsin State Journal
August 26, 2010
Instead, it's a fascinating look at how a group of talented, flawed individuals managed to pull together for a while and make some beautiful and lasting films. There's something kind of magical about that, too.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jonathan Kiefer
Sacramento News & Review
June 17, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
May 21, 2010
Waking Sleeping Beauty will matter only to those who grew up on Walt Disney's animated films. In other words, all of us.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Gary Thompson
Philadelphia Daily News
April 29, 2010
Feature animation had an explosively great year in 2009, so it's startling to be reminded in Waking Sleeping Beauty that it was all but dead 20 years ago.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
April 16, 2010
It's a must-see for any Disney purist, but is also an emotive, stunningly valuable documentary in its own right.
Full Review | Original Score: A
C. Edwards
New York Press
April 8, 2010
The entire story is worked into a perfect success story package, concluding right before the studios more controversial period begins, which just goes to show, you can always have a happy ending, if you know where to stop the story.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
April 7, 2010
Just extraordinary enough to make you really long for all the stuff that it's too-short running time and too-tight focus had to leave out.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Top Critic
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 6, 2010
A few too many industry asides, but filled with behind-the-scenes moments.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Ethan Alter
NYC Film Critic
April 1, 2010
All too often the movie's breadth comes at the expense of its depth.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Andy Klein
Christian Science Monitor
March 29, 2010
Objectivity is impossible under the best circumstances, and perhaps Hahn comes as close to "fair and balanced" as possible. But unavoidably there's a sense of untold stories and elided details lurking right beneath the surface.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Top Critic
J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 26, 2010
Even in its sanitized state, this movie about the generational revolt that reinvigorated Disney's animation department in the 1980s and '90s is fascinating
Dan Lybarger
eFilmCritic.com
March 26, 2010
'Waking Sleeping Beauty' is less of a documentary and more of a goldmine for animation geeks.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

Boston Phoenix
March 26, 2010
| Original Score: 3/4
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