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Anastasia Reviews

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June 14, 2001
[They] think all the world wants is an inane plot to justify the drawing of it,and that's enough. Kids have never been that stupid & they will never be.
Full Review| Original Score: 3
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
February 14, 2001
Any film that echoes the landscape of Doctor Zhivago is hard to dislike for too long.
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
January 1, 2001
While the movie is visually stunning, the characterizations and music are a bit weak.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
January 1, 2000
Judging from their voices, about as close to Europe as most of these characters have ever gotten is probably Fresno.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
January 1, 2000
The whole process of watching Anastasia is a thoroughly enjoyable one, and it proves that any studio willing to put forth the time, money, and effort can match Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
A promising launch for Fox's new animation studio, which has declared war on Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
January 1, 2000
It's an enjoyable 90 minutes, but it never approaches the so-beautiful-you-have-to-cry sequences that have become Disney's trademark...
Elspeth Haughton
Apollo Guide
January 1, 2000
A sensational firecracker, enjoyable for both children and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 87/100
Philip Thomas
Empire Magazine
January 1, 2000
A charming little movie, nothing to write home about but a perfectly acceptable way to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon with the child, or children, in your life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jack Garner
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle
January 1, 2000
The Mouse still rules the world of animation. But if he looks over his shoulder, he'll see a Fox gaining on him.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
January 1, 2000
Dazzles with an engaging tale succinctly scripted which incorporates song as part of the narrative.
Marjorie Baumgarten
Austin Chronicle
January 1, 2000
Its optical flourishes and attention to detail aim for the Disney gold standard and, for the most part, come pretty darn close.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Rhodes
Internet Reviews
January 1, 2000
This film is so beautiful that, if the sound system were to go out, you would have absolutely no reason to demand your money back.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Sanford
rec.arts.movies.reviews
January 1, 2000
Unfortunately, in the company of such cinematic royalty as "The Little Mermaid," "Pocahontas" and "The Lion King," "Anastasia," like the real-life woman who inspired it, seems like a pretender rather than a contender.
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
It wouldn't work without the fabulous cast. Ryan brings a fieriness to her role that we haven't seen (well, heard) from her in awhile, and Cusack is an able foil.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
January 1, 2000
Flawed but not fatally, this ambitious epic's strength lies not just with its haunting melodies, pretty pictures, star voices and kid-friendly sidekicks -- the usual shtick that makes Disney tick.
| Original Score: 3/4
Christopher Null
Filmcritic.com
January 1, 2000
I'm not sure there was this much singing in Mother Russia, but the film isn't overly wretched.
| Original Score: 3/5
Wendy Weinstein
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
A rousing, romantic adventure film.
Noel Murray
Nashville Scene
January 1, 2000
Frankly, even with the extra money, Bluth's team doesn't have the pizzazz of Disney.
Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Anastasia is a mixed bag, but viewers ought to hope it succeeds: Disney could use the competition.
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