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Waking Sleeping Beauty Reviews

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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
November 24, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
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
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 6, 2010
It's a not-so-great movie about some great movies.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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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
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
March 26, 2010
Sly retrospective exercise in corporate self-congratulation masquerading as an insider's tell-all.
| Original Score: 2/5
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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
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
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
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 26, 2010
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
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
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
March 25, 2010
It's got a terrific inside Hollywood sensibility plus an unblinking candor that lets the chips fall where they should. Which, given who made it, is something of a pleasant surprise.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 25, 2010
The movie turns from good to great as the layers are peeled away and director Hahn provides an insider's look at the creative epicenter of the studio.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
March 25, 2010
It could have been comfortably twice as long. But what's there is an unusual peek inside the Mouse House, one delivered by a director who seems to love the studio without letting that cloud his judgement.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 24, 2010
The joy of cartoons meets the agony of office politics in this fascinating, inside- Hollywood-baseball documentary about how Disney, against all odds, revived the art of feature-length drawn animation.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
March 24, 2010
A documentary about the lucrative rebirth of Disney's animation arm between the years 1984 and 1994, it's a warts-and-all tale of clashing egos and the eternal war between art and commerce.
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David Fear
Time Out
March 24, 2010
The film's tendency to wax sentimental occasionally undermines its authority, but you won't find better behind-the-scenes looks at the era's mouse-eared power struggles or at the making of modern Disney classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5