Watership Down Reviews

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J.C. Mašek III
PopMatters
March 27, 2015
Although this is an animated film featuring cute rabbits as the main characters, this is far from a children's movie, and considering the violence and horror to be found in this film, it is rather surprising that the MPAA passed it with a PG rating.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 5, 2015
The film's careful balance of humanizing the rabbits while also recognizing the realities of their inherent nature (which is more territorial and combative than cute and cuddly) gives its conflict a particularly sharp edge
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 4, 2015
The animation style veers between poetic and prosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Austin Trunick
Under the Radar
February 26, 2015
A rather faithful adaptation of [Richard] Adams' book, as well as a milestone work of independent animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Tasha Robinson
The Dissolve
February 23, 2015
It's a work deeply enamored with its source material, and determined to do right by it, even if it means frightening kids, baffling parents, and embracing whatever style works.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
October 3, 2008
...lovely to look at and fun to listen to, but dull and lethargic in spots, too, and sometimes brutally savage.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Richard Schickel
TIME Magazine
September 4, 2008
A rare movie that keeps kids on the edge of their chairs without inducing in their parents an overwhelming desire to escape theirs for a smoke in the lobby.
Richard Luck
Film4
September 3, 2008
A beautifully realised animation, Watership Down ultimately works because it doesn't dilute the violence and drama of Adams' book with a rose-tinted lens.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5

TV Guide's Movie Guide
September 3, 2008
Expertly and realistically animated, this version of the popular novel didn't seem to have an audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2008
A brief spark of imagination survives in a prologue sequence, designed by the great John Hubley before he was fired from the film. The rest is blandness.
Rob Humanick
Projection Booth
March 20, 2008
The rabbits' interactions mirror those of human behavior, and so too does the film possess a startlingly tangible sense of death.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Steve Crum
Video-Reviewmaster.com
February 17, 2008
Artful, pretty forgotten (and it should not be) animation of best seller.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
The 'camera' takes a conventionally objective viewpoint, perpetually rolling over rolling countryside, which effectively robs the plot of all its terror and tension.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 7, 2005
Classic non-children's animated film.
| Original Score: 4/5
Phil Villarreal
Arizona Daily Star
July 17, 2005
Cuts so deep on so many ethereal levels that you can flip to nearly any page in the history book and see a parallel.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
January 15, 2005
Don't listen to anybody who writes it off as a 'cartoon about bunnies.' Stunning beauty, smart scripting, a splendid score ... this is a serious film for serious moviegoers.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 12, 2005
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Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
August 22, 2004
A singular achievement in English-language animation: a thematically and emotionally rich cartoon about talking animals, untouched by sentiment and cutesiness.
Full Review | Original Score: A
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2004
A respectful screen version of Richard Adams' bestselling novel.
Widgett Walls
Needcoffee.com
July 31, 2003
For a kid, it's great. Kids can't normally smell extremely episodic, fractured narratives.
| Original Score: 3/5
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