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Bambi Reviews

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
July 3, 2013
Feels so much more like an animation experiment than it does a movie.
Josh Larsen
November 11, 2011
It's not just Bambi's mother - I'll pause while you wipe that tear - but the film's revelation that idylls don't really exist.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
R. L. Shaffer
March 23, 2011
The story, while classic in nature, is a bit thin, but Bambi is a breathtaking, jaw-dropping showcase of the ingenuity and genius of Disney animators.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
March 17, 2011
Arguably Disney's greatest masterpiece, this sophisticated animation is one that continues to delight audiences of all ages
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
March 8, 2011
It would be easy to be cynical about Bambi, the Walt Disney-produced film that launched a thousand anthropomorphic animal movies. But its pre-ironic simplicity has, in many ways, only improved with age. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Brian Orndorf
March 7, 2011
Even Daryl Hall would have to admit this is one of the finest animated features committed to film, produced and packaged during Walt Disney's ballsiest years of control.
Full Review | Original Score: A
James Kendrick
Q Network Film Desk
March 3, 2011
the animated film as pastoral poem, as beautiful a depiction of the natural world as one could imagine
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
February 26, 2011
Animation that couldn't seem more real, even if it were made today with motion-capture dots plastered all over a baby deer.
Full Review | Original Score: 9/10
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 2, 2009
Vies only with Pinocchio as the most technically accomplished work of animation to come from the studio's Golden Age... the last gasp of a maturity and gravity that would immediately disappear from Disney's features.
Full Review | Original Score: 10/10
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
October 29, 2008
One of the most timeless and universal coming-of-age films ever, Bambi ranks with the very greatest of Disney's classic masterpieces.
Full Review | Original Score: A+
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader
September 3, 2008
This animated feature based on Felix Salten's book about the coming of age of a fawn and his various forest friends (including the beloved Thumper) does convey some of the primal emotional power of Disney's features during this period.
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TIME Magazine
September 2, 2008
For the first time, Disney has done his backgrounds in oils instead of watercolors. The result is striking.
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Variety Staff
September 2, 2008
The glow and texture of the Disney brush reach new heights, especially in the treatment of a summer thunderstorm and a raging snowstorm.

September 2, 2008
A beautifully realised milestone in children's animation that balances outright sentiment with gentle wit, and negotiates its darker moments with skill.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Film Threat
August 9, 2007
Still a fantastic fable with some excellent animation and a great story
| Original Score: 3/5
Emanuel Levy
March 30, 2007
In 1942, the emotional scene in which Bambi's mother is killed by hunters was controversial: Some critics charged that it traumatized young children while defenders claimed that it was honest, realistic, and less graphic than its depiction in the book.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Thomas Delapa
Boulder Weekly
April 6, 2006
Walt himself would have been proud of the two-disc special edition, which restores the Disney classic back to its original museum-quality luster ... maybe the only missing extra in this treasure is Bambi Meets Godzilla.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Time Out
January 26, 2006
From Disney's richest period, interleaving splendid animation with vulgar Americana.
Steve Crum
June 8, 2005
Fawn-dly revered Disney classic.
Read More | Original Score: 5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
May 12, 2005
Among the best Disney animated features
| Original Score: 5/5
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