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Bilal: A New Breed of Hero Reviews

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May 9, 2019
No surprises that intrigue or draw the audience in. The outdated visuals, despite having a unique and consistent art style, take you out of the story.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
August 14, 2018
Its computer-generated look is more what you'd expect from a Saturday morning show and not a wide-release film.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 12, 2018
While "Bilal" is a noble effort, and quite involving if you sit back and drink in the visuals, there's a good story here that should have been told better.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2018
Stirring, mythic hero's journey with rare Islamic hero and great voice cast. Too violent for little kiddies. But fine for older ones.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 2, 2018
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is a lush, impressive animated film, from an unlikely corner of the world, about a story not likely known to most Western audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 2, 2018
Bilal achieves a vibrantly noble tone even when it stumbles plot-wise.
February 2, 2018
Overall, the message is an inspiring one, of racial and class equality, spiritual freedom, and discovering the power that lies within.
February 2, 2018
For all of the impressive animation renderings of environmental backgrounds, structures, clothing and such, the characters don't appear real. (Full Content Review for Parents - Violence, etc. - also Available)
February 2, 2018
We don't get many animated adventures with Islamic heroes and historical Arabian settings, and while it may be too intense for younger kids, the film merits note for bringing these elements to Western family audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
February 2, 2018
Powerful but violent story of slave's battle for freedom.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
February 2, 2018
The crisply detailed animation is colorful and vibrant. However, the screenplay suffers from awkward dialogue, predictable narrative twists and anachronisms, and earnest platitudes.
February 2, 2018
Bilal: A New Breed of Hero is the rare animated film that is rated PG-13, but its messages about equality and oppression are timely and will spark conversations.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5
February 2, 2018
The intentions are honorable, for sure, but the execution is awkward, not just visually but tonally.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
February 2, 2018
Just who is "Bilal" for?
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 1, 2018
Whatever Bilal lacks in technical and narrative polish, it more than makes up for with artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 1, 2018
Despite some flaws, this is an engaging film with an uplifting and encouraging message.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 1, 2018
The action scenes are intense and well-staged, but the non-action scenes are ponderous and static.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 1, 2018
[The film] piles on the emotional distress relentlessly. Sensitive, impressionable children should, in equal parts, be bored by the slack pacing, sense the tendentious spiritual teachings, and leave the theater disturbed by all the violence.
February 1, 2018
...a homogenized message about false gods, freedom and equality in a story that plays like 'Spartacus' without its gladiatorial arena.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
February 1, 2018
Where Bilal exceeds in animation and direction, it lacks in entertaining, cohesive story, possibly owing to either the directors' desire to remain accurate to Muslim texts or the huge span of time they are trying to cover in a single movie.
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