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Atlantis - The Lost Empire Reviews

January 25, 2011
Visually imaginative and even persuasively spiritual, this animated adventure has some unusually complex villains and heroes, and some of the plot and dialogue transcends what's typical in movies intended for a broad or youthful audience.
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.
August 16, 2007
It's probably the most grown-up animated feature Disney has produced, and with its attuned vocal performances, elegant design and pulse-quickening finale, it sets a standard of sustained craftsmanship most live-action film-makers must envy.
June 21, 2001
Atlantis is good, and kids will love it, but it doesn't achieve greatness.
June 15, 2001
A new-fashioned but old-fangled hash.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
June 15, 2001
The characters and story are mere narrative lubricant to get us from one digitally goosed sensory assault to the next.
June 15, 2001
A movie that isn't really exciting, has characters who aren't very captivating and misses a lot of its jokes.
June 15, 2001
Just beneath the surface, Atlantis brims with adult possibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
June 15, 2001
Certainly, the eye is busy throughout this movie. Verbally, however, it's an often-daunting affair.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
June 15, 2001
A film without an artistic vision to match its commercial one.
June 15, 2001
The movie loses sight of those old nuisances, character and story, behind a chain of spectacles.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 15, 2001
It should have been more daring, and gone for the grandeur and even poetic dimension its subject invites.
June 15, 2001
It's like "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" set free by animation to look the way it dreamed of looking.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
June 14, 2001
For the most part, the movie's a bland disappointment, on many levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
June 14, 2001
It's so adult that it's massively boring.
June 14, 2001
Its visuals are executed skillfully, it takes time to develop characters, and its voice cast has personality. But in today's context of broadened animation appeals, Atlantis seems as stale as uncirculated submarine air.
June 14, 2001
A fine Disney adventure about the legendary lost land.
June 14, 2001
A crackling good adventure, a visually sumptuous effort.
June 14, 2001
Lacks the confidence and assurance that have been the hallmark of the spectacular successes of the Disney animation renaissance in the last decade.
June 14, 2001
They left behind some crucial elements on their way -- like character, drama and heart.
June 14, 2001
Has the distinct feel of too many galley cooks.
June 14, 2001
An ambitious and fun throwback to those kid-oriented adventures of the 1950s and '60s.
June 14, 2001
Mostly a well-told, vividly imagined movie that doesn't pretend to be more than it is and doesn't lean on pop-culture references to win over its viewers.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
June 14, 2001
This is Disney on automatic.
Read More | Original Score: D+
June 14, 2001
Makes for jolly, fast-paced entertainment in the tradition of Jules Verne and Indiana Jones.
June 12, 2001
CinemaScope and a broad syllabus can't convert this imperishable metaphor into acceptable matinee fodder.
June 8, 2001
Awash with stereotypes, and I don't think it matters much whether they're benevolent or not.
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.'
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 7, 2001
A monumental treat.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2001
It has a sense of wonder.
June 7, 2001
Flaws the film certainly has, but with a pace this frantic there's hardly any leisure to dwell on exactly what they are.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
June 7, 2001
Sadly misplaces its own heart.
June 6, 2001
The essence of craft without dream.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
May 21, 2001
Offers 90 minutes of solid entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4