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Atlantis - The Lost Empire Reviews

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Donald Munro
Fresno Bee
June 15, 2001
It's closer in kinship to a Saturday morning cartoon than its vibrant, animated-classic Disney ancestors.
Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
October 26, 2001
| Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Todd McCarthy
August 7, 2008
This blandly conceived and executed attempt at a juve-style Indiana Jones with Jules Verne trappings recycles familiar adventure and cartoon devices with minimal wit and flair.
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 7, 2009
It is difficult to say whether its greatest failure is in its story, its characters, or its animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/10
Bob Bloom
January 1, 2000
This is one effort that lacks that fabled Disney magical touch.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
September 12, 2007
When compared to Disney's best animated films, "Atlantis: The Lost Empire" doesn't compare.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Erik Childress
June 13, 2001
As a film that promises to deliver adventure and thrills, Atlantis becomes a bigger disappointment with each passing scene.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
June 14, 2001
Disney has cooked itself up a gosh-darned adventure epic. The problem is that its production committee has whittled and pared away the story to a mere 88 minutes, sweeping away the detail that gives an epic its heft.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
June 15, 2001
A rehash fantasy adventure story that only inexperienced moviegoers like children could find even remotely fresh.
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 27, 2002
Perhaps with another 20 minutes of footage the story and characters could have been fleshed out with some depth, meaning, originality and, most importantly, grit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
John J. Puccio
Movie Metropolis
February 5, 2002
In spite of our modern electronic wizardry and our technological advancements in animation, movies still need a good story to tell; otherwise, it's all just flashing lights.
| Original Score: 5/10
Top Critic
Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
June 7, 2001
Sadly misplaces its own heart.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
June 8, 2001
It's so oppressively tedious at times that you almost wish the cast would break into a chorus of 'Under the Sea.'
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Top Critic
John Anderson
June 8, 2001
Awash with stereotypes, and I don't think it matters much whether they're benevolent or not.
Top Critic
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
June 14, 2001
This is Disney on automatic.
| Original Score: D+
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
June 14, 2001
Has the distinct feel of too many galley cooks.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
June 14, 2001
For the most part, the movie's a bland disappointment, on many levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
June 15, 2001
The characters and story are mere narrative lubricant to get us from one digitally goosed sensory assault to the next.
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
... breathtaking animation in service of a story that doesn't hold enough water to drown a rat much less a civilization.
Full Review | Original Score: C
James O'Ehley
Sci-Fi Movie Page
March 14, 2002
Unfortunately, Atlantis squanders a lot of its potential by getting bogged down by some muddled plot points and some serious plot holes.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4

Irish Times
October 26, 2001
October 12, 2002
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