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Walt & El Grupo Reviews

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star

Above all else the film is a treasure trove of fantastic archival material, much of it never before shown.

| Original Score: 3/4

January 15, 2010
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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At a time when Hollywood doesn't remember last year, is obsessed with the bottom line and is run by men who often have no sense of history, Walt & El Grupo evokes a better time.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 3/4

October 22, 2009
Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
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While skimming over the troubled waters of impending war and ongoing labor unrest, it's both a vicarious vacation and a crash course in animation.

Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch | Original Score: 3/4

October 21, 2009
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

You get a taste of what the Disney group went through and saw, and you see how that work translated into rough sketches and designs.

Full Review Source: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel | Original Score: 2.5/4

October 1, 2009
John Hartl
Seattle Times
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[Thomas] may need more distance from the subject -- Walt & El Grupo could shed about 20 minutes -- but there's no questioning his sincerity or his instinct for revealing anecdotes.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

September 24, 2009
Anthony Lane
New Yorker
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This may be the first documentary that contains not a single American, living or dead, who is anything but merry of disposition. That cheer carries over to the on-the-spot gusto of el grupo's sketchbooks -- a more accurate tribute than the final cartoons.

Full Review Source: New Yorker

September 21, 2009
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru

A lively, well-edited documentary brimming with insight, warmth and humor while captivating audiences both young and old.

Full Review Source: NYC Movie Guru | Original Score: 8.5/10

September 13, 2009
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine

Provides a framing device for the Disney creative process as well as the issue of the place of art in geo-politics.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

September 11, 2009
Claudia Puig
USA Today
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While Walt & El Grupo could use trimming, it also is visually stunning.

Full Review Source: USA Today | Original Score: 3/4

September 10, 2009
Noel Murray
AV Club
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Hardcore Disney fans will appreciate how serious-minded and intimate this movie is, but for others, Walt & El Grupo might feel like an expensive vacation slide show, assembled by strangers.

Full Review Source: AV Club | Original Score: B-

September 10, 2009
Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
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Walt & El Grupo is the best kind of labor of love. A documentary made with affection and intelligence...

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 4/5

September 10, 2009
Edward Douglas
ComingSoon.net

This historical film has to be seen for the glorious way it takes you back through time, making you feel as if you are part of Disney's entourage.

Full Review Source: ComingSoon.net | Original Score: 9.5/10

September 8, 2009
Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
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Walt is both humorous and moderately revealing about the backstage machinations of the Disney machine.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

September 8, 2009
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a niche effort that has little to offer all but the most ardent of animation junkies.

Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews | Original Score: .5/4

September 29, 2011
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views

An intimate, albeit uneventful, story filled with flashy graphics but not a lot of substance.

Full Review Source: Movie Views

December 11, 2010
Sean Axmaker
MSN.com

... less probing documentary than colorful press release for the paternal Disney...

Full Review Source: MSN.com

December 3, 2010
James Plath
Movie Metropolis

This is the 'untold story.' And apparently there's not much more to tell.

Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis | Original Score: 6/10

November 29, 2010
Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
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The production values are first rate. But you will wait in vain to hear a good reason for this movie's existence.

Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle | Original Score: 1/4

October 30, 2009
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion

A bland tourist souvenir, the equivalent of an authorized biography rather than an independent one.

Full Review Source: One Guy's Opinion | Original Score: C

October 18, 2009
Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
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A relentlessly upbeat vanity project destined for the Disney family archive.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 2.5/5

September 11, 2009
Dennis Harvey
Variety
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