Bolt (2008) - Rotten Tomatoes

Bolt (2008)



Critic Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.

Movie Info

For super-dog "Bolt", every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue - at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet - a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions -- a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino -- Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.more
Rating: PG (for some mild action and peril)
Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Comedy
Directed By: ,
Written By: Chris Williams, Dan Fogelman
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 24, 2009
Box Office: $114.1M
Walt Disney Pictures - Official Site


Malcolm McDowell
as Dr. Calico
Susie Essman
as Mittens
James Lipton
as The Director
Greg Germann
as The Agent
Sean Donnellan
as Penny's TV Dad
Diedrich Bader
as Veteran Cat
Ronn Moss
as Dr. Forrester
Sean Donnellan
as Penny's TV Dad
Grey DeLisle
as Penny's Mom
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News & Interviews for Bolt

Critic Reviews for Bolt

All Critics (178) | Top Critics (38)

Restores some faith that there are some creative minds left in animated films that Pixar hasn't added to its talent pool.

Full Review… | October 22, 2012
Lyles' Movie Files

It's sophisticated look is rich with details that are easy to take for granted, but which add immeasurably to the texture and dimension of the scenes.

Full Review… | September 28, 2011
American Profile

The latest generation of animated flicks is a sort of latter-day vaudeville revue. Kiddies who take Bolt to heart may conclude not only that dogs really do have superpowers, but also that everybody's in showbiz.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010

Wait... an all-star voice cast for a computer-animated story we've never heard of before, and it's watchable, too?

Full Review… | April 8, 2010

A touch slight by Disney standards, but even if it's not high art, it's still warm-and-fuzzy fun.

Full Review… | August 14, 2009

Bolt marks Disney's long awaited re-emergence as a top-dog in the world of animation.

Full Review… | August 1, 2009

Audience Reviews for Bolt


My daughter loved this movie. it was cute and fun. We had a blast cuddled up on the couch laughing and enjoying this one.

John Manard

Super Reviewer


Well I'm still yet to see an animated film that can topple the mighty 'Toy Story', 'TS' still sits on its throne with the number one spot. But Bolt is a nice film, very sweet, very nice, a touch of emotion and you have a good solid performance.

The story is as usual pretty unoriginal but it still works well, it has a touch of 'Lassie' in there and 'Homeward Bound' with the cross country trek to find the owner but this does give it a soft touch that can pull at the heart strings in places.
It starts off kinda weak, your not too such what the films tag is or where the plot is going but it soon starts to pick up when Bolt reaches NY.
It looks great with some very detailed fur action going on and brilliant movement copying with other animals such as the pigeons. The funniest parts tend to be with the funniest character...that being 'Rhino the hamster', an almost Jack Black type rodent haha not an overdose of humour in the film but most comes from Rhino.

Solid film for all but still cant compete with the mighty 'Toy Story' trilogy.

Phil Hubbs

Super Reviewer


A fun and cute movie. Although this movie follows a very familiar formula, it's a lot of fun and feels fresh because of the quirky and live characters. The animation is great. An awesome movie for the kids but can keep the adults entertained as well.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

Bolt Quotes

Rhino: They need a hero to tell them that sometimes the impossible can become possible.
– Submitted by Nusfish K (4 years ago)
Mittens: Get lost.
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Blake: We know just the cat.
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)
Mindy: Mindy Parker. From the Network.
– Submitted by Anthony A (4 years ago)

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