Pocahontas (1995)

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Critic Consensus: Pocahontas means well, and has moments of startling beauty, but it's largely a bland, uninspired effort, with uneven plotting and an unfortunate lack of fun.

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History gets the Disney kiddie treatment and a politically correct interpretation in the studio's 33rd feature-length animated movie, the first to be based on actual events and people. Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) is the daughter of Algonquin chief Powhatan (Russell Means), who promises her in marriage to Kocoum, a brave whom she doesn't love. Pocahontas would rather be paddling in her canoe or wandering in the forest, communing with nature and her animal pals, Meeko, a raccoon, and the hummingbird Flit. When European settlers arrive, she becomes enamored of handsome John Smith (Mel Gibson). Their attraction is encouraged by Grandmother Willow (Linda Hunt), a talking tree. The situation between their peoples is tense, however, as the settlers, led by Governor Ratcliffe (David Ogden Stiers) desperately want the gold that they're sure the natives are concealing. When a dutiful sentry, Thomas (Christian Bale) follows Smith into the woods on one of his secret meetings with Pocahontas, a tragic mistake leads both groups to the brink of war. Only the love of Pocahontas and Smith can prevent bloodshed. Pocahontas (1995) was awarded two Oscars, for Best Original Musical or Comedy Score and Best Original Song for "Colors of the Wind." ~ Karl Williams, Rovi
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G
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Animation , Drama
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Cast

Irene Bedard
as Pocahontas
Mel Gibson
as John Smith
David Ogden Stiers
as Governor Ratcliffe/Wiggins
Russell Means
as Powhatan
Linda Hunt
as Grandmother Willow
John Kassir
as Meeko
Danny Mann
as Percy
Judy Kuhn
as Pocahontas (Singing)
Judy Kuhn
as Pocahontas (Singing)
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Critic Reviews for Pocahontas

All Critics (52) | Top Critics (15)

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Entertainment Weekly
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Just about everything in this lavish, animated feature is for the pigtail set.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Newsweek
Top Critic

[A] handsome, deeply felt, even more deeply reverent animated musical.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Overall this seems like a reasonable stab at an impossible agenda.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

All Disney has really done in its disappointing 33rd animated feature is revive the stereotype of the Noble Savage.

September 2, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture.

Full Review… | May 25, 2008
Variety
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Audience Reviews for Pocahontas

½

I do not share the negative criticism that this well-intentioned (yet naive) animation is racist and offensive to American Indians, and it is actually a lot more serious in theme and mood than the average Disney film, with also gorgeous visuals and a beautiful Oscar-winning song.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

For the past two years, I've had a hankering to rewatch "Pocahontas" to see if my childhood love for it still stands, and despite its glaring historical inaccuracies with Pocahontas's and John Smith's love plot, boy does it truly hold up in terms of animation, score, and message. People are all praising millennial Disney princesses for not wanting to get married (Merida, Elsa, Anna), but they forget that 90s Disney heroines could be strong while still having love interests too. Mulan didn't want to get married at first; after fighting and winning the war, she sensibly invites Shang over for dinner. Pocahontas didn't want to get married at first; she falls in love with a perceived enemy but ultimately chooses to stay with her tribe. The bold hues and watercolor effects are still captivating; "Just Around the River Bend" and "Colors of the Wind" are still sweeping and mature orchestral masterpieces; and the themes of interpersonal peace, ecological sustainability, and cultural understanding are still relevant and moving. So freakin' good!

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

One of the most powerful films in the Disney collection, Pocahontas suffers from a weak villain and some throw-away characters, but features raw emotions and tension, a haunting, beautiful score, and some of the best songs ever written for film.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

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