• PG, 1 hr. 26 min.
  • Documentary, Television
  • Directed By:    Don Hahn
  • In Theaters:    Mar 26, 2010 Wide
  • On DVD:    Nov 30, 2010
  • Walt Disney Pictures

Waking Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
March 28, 2010

Marginally fascinating and well-edited, but has too much potatoes and not nearly enough meat for audiences hungry for insight about the second Golden Age of Animation.

Full Review | Original Score: 5.75/10
Aaron Cutler
Slant Magazine
March 25, 2010

It twists, turns, and avoids unpleasant aspects of the Disney company, both immediate and historical.

Full Review | Original Score: 0/4
Tricia Olszewski
Washington City Paper
October 1, 2010

A subpar movie about exceptional ones, and you won't really care who was responsible.

Kyle Smith
New York Post
Top Critic
March 26, 2010

Waking Sleeping Beauty doesn't have as much behind-the-scenes juice as you'd hope.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
March 24, 2010

Essentially a Jeffrey Katzenberg take-down piece, Don Hahn's fragmented documentary about the massive changes at Disney Studios between 1984 and 1994 doesn't dare go near touchy subjects like Disney's blood-draining takeover of Manhattan's Times Square.

Full Review | Original Score: C
Claudia Puig
USA Today
Top Critic
March 25, 2010

Waking Sleeping Beauty covers a dream era in the history of animation, but it could have delved a little deeper to keep us wide-eyed and engaged.

Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Peter Sobczynski
eFilmCritic.com
April 2, 2010

The film feels too often as though it is pulling some punches so as not to enrage its corporate parents.

Stephen Holden
New York Times
Top Critic
March 26, 2010

Sly retrospective exercise in corporate self-congratulation masquerading as an insider's tell-all.

| Original Score: 2/5
Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
March 26, 2010

Although fun to watch, it will take a princely kiss to make a legitimate documentary out of this Disney vehicle.

Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 26, 2010

This eighty-six-minute feature falls far from the enchantment most of the public will enter expecting.

Jesse Hassenger
Filmcritic.com
March 25, 2010

Disney-approved

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
Top Critic
August 6, 2010

It's a not-so-great movie about some great movies.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
Top Critic
October 1, 2010

More Belle, more Ariel, more Simba -- and less of Eisner and Co. -- would have made a more interesting movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
James Verniere
Boston Herald
October 7, 2010

Featuring interviews with such luminaries as Tim Burton, John Lasseter, Don Bluth, Michael Eisner, the late Howard Ashman, the irascible Roy Disney and others, the film is a self-congratulatory dud.

Full Review | Original Score: C+
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.

Christopher Campbell
Cinematical
March 24, 2010

As consistently funny as it is illuminating.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic
March 25, 2010

Whatever happened, happened. The fact remains that those years were revolutionary, and if not for them, it's a good question whether Pixar, DreamWorks and the other animation production sources -- and Disney Animation itself -- would still exist.

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net
March 23, 2010

A MUST SEE documentary, as it pulls back the curtain on one of the most enigmatic periods in Disney history and allows you to enter a world very few ever get to experience.

Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
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
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
Top Critic
April 6, 2010

A few too many industry asides, but filled with behind-the-scenes moments.

Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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