Bolt (2008)



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

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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.
PG (for some mild action and peril)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Comedy
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Malcolm McDowell
as Dr. Calico
Mark Walton
as Rhino
Miley Cyrus
as Penny
Susie Essman
as Mittens
James Lipton
as The Director
Sean Donnellan
as Penny's TV Dad
Greg Germann
as The Agent
Diedrich Bader
as Veteran Cat
Ronn Moss
as Dr. Forrester
Sean Donnellan
as Penny's TV Dad
Lino Disalvo
as Vinnie
Tim Mertens
as Bobby
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Critic Reviews for Bolt

All Critics (177) | Top Critics (38)

Disney's first 3D animation, made under new head John Lasseter, is a likeable, dynamic and seductively characterised family entertainment.

Full Review… | February 5, 2009
Time Out
Top Critic

That it falls short of Pixar's lofty heights doesn't mean the attempt isn't worthwhile; indeed, Bolt is the most entertaining and well-crafted Disney Animation movie in years.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Washington Post
Top Critic

The 3-D process is an enhancement, even though it's used with little verve or ingenuity. But the movie's terms are severely limited too.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

Belief may be in question for much of the movie -- only for the perturbed pooch -- but fortunately, enjoyment is never a problem.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
Toronto Star
Top Critic

In the pre-Thanksgiving lull, parents can take their young'uns to Bolt, drop their 10-to-14-year-olds off at Twilight, and the whole family will have survived the weekend.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Although it doesn't reach the heights of Finding Nemo or The Incredibles, it's a masterpiece compared with Disney's 2002 Treasure Island.

Full Review… | November 21, 2008
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Bolt


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
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


It's pleasant enough to entertain kids but that is after all why the film was made.

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