The Great Mouse Detective Reviews

November 12, 2019
The Great Mouse Detective is Disney's definitive revitalization starting point. While incomplete, it was this vision that would make them viable again.
November 12, 2019
Older kids may be less enthused by this mousy story, though parents, particularly Basil Rathbone fans, will marvel at the accuracy with which this sophisticated homage hits Holmes.
November 12, 2019
While it is clearly not the most ambitious or flamboyant, it is an engaging 72 minutes worth of fun for kids and easy to take for their chauffeurs.
November 12, 2019
"The Great Mouse Detective" reflects the energy and enthusiasm of a talented group of young artists stretching their wings for the first time.
November 12, 2019
The genuinely witty and endearing disney animation that everyone forgets.
February 15, 2019
Of all of [Disney's] properties this would be one that I would say do a sequel.
December 31, 2010
Clever Sherlock Holmes tribute mixes wit, peril.
November 23, 2009
If the film fails to click on all the emotional levels that Disney might have wanted, at least it's a brightly-paced bit of comedy and fun.
November 16, 2009
This is high-quality animation. The engaging characters play out the action against elegantly designed backgrounds.
March 22, 2008
Pedestrian Disney cartoon w/nice Vincent Price voice-over.
Top Critic
February 9, 2006
As usual with film noir, however, it is the villain who steals the heart and one is rooting for in the breathtaking showdown high up in the cogs and ratchets of Big Ben.
July 11, 2005
An amiable little trifle that entertains during its scant running time.
June 10, 2005
Not classic, but the start of something good.
January 1, 2005
The game is a-paw!
August 30, 2004
Small children may be afraid of some of the bad characters -- the Disney Studio's gift for creating really nasty bad guys means that they are scary -- but they will love the cute, brave mice and cheer their triumphs. Adults will enjoy the wit and style.
June 8, 2003
The next best Holmes to Jeremy Brett.
August 15, 2002
...intended mainly for kids, most audiences, young and old, will get a kick out of it. ...the film is entertaining in its own low-key manner.
July 25, 2002
Certainly not up to snuff with the old-time Disney classics, but quite entertaining all the same.
January 1, 2000
What's fun is the carefree way the animators swing through their story, using the freedom of the cartoon form to blend 19th century realism with images that seem borrowed from more recent special-effects pictures