Watership Down Reviews

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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
Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
March 4, 2015
The animation style veers between poetic and prosaic.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
David Poland
Hot Button
July 26, 2002
| Original Score: 2/5
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com
June 11, 2005
| Original Score: 2/5
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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.
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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.
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
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
Philip Martin
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
July 26, 2002
| 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
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
August 13, 2002
| Original Score: 3/5
Rob Gonsalves
eFilmCritic.com
January 1, 2000
A dark and transfixing fable that happens to star cartoon bunnies.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Cole Smithey
ColeSmithey.com
April 6, 2006
| Original Score: 4/5
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-
Staci Layne Wilson
StaciWilson.com
January 12, 2005
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Jeffrey Westhoff
Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
October 4, 2004
| Original Score: 3/5
Bob Bloom
Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
August 22, 2002
Great animation.
| Original Score: 3/5
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
January 24, 2004
A respectful screen version of Richard Adams' bestselling novel.
Kevin Carr
7M Pictures
October 7, 2005
Classic non-children's animated film.
| Original Score: 4/5
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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.
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