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Bolt Reviews

February 5, 2009
Disney's first 3D animation, made under new head John Lasseter, is a likeable, dynamic and seductively characterised family entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2008
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.
November 21, 2008
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.
November 21, 2008
Belief may be in question for much of the movie -- only for the perturbed pooch -- but fortunately, enjoyment is never a problem.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
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.
November 21, 2008
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 | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
Bolt, with its numerous winks and nudges, reminds us how attuned we are to the falseness of pop culture, which isn't the same thing as connecting us with its truths.
November 21, 2008
Disney animation takes a tentative step out of the shadows of Pixar with Bolt, a winning 3D-animated action-comedy that marries the best Disney traditions with Pixar polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
November 21, 2008
Overall it's basically a crass marketing concept closer to Beverly Hills Chihuahua than a fully conceived work of art like Wall-E.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
November 21, 2008
Disney surely sees that inside the kinetic movement of Pixar films is a lot of restraint. Bolt is super-fast, yet not as super-sincere as it would like to believe.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2008
Wall-E, it's not, but its target kiddie audience will have no problem whatsoever adopting Bolt.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 21, 2008
At the end of the day, Bolt is a sweet Disney family film, but Lasseter's oversight has made it smarter than it otherwise would have been.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 21, 2008
Bolt isn't a dazzler, but it's entertainment with heart.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
November 21, 2008
This computer-animated (but non-Pixar) adventure flick doesn't do much of anything innovative, but it sports a disarming furball of a lead and enough jaunty comic turns to carry the day.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
Witty, sweet and -- in 3D -- often visually dazzling, Bolt is an unexpected pleasure, a showbiz, sci-fi spin on a classic Disney tale that's sure to please small kids and parents alike.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 21, 2008
The directors and screenwriters hit all their marks and push all the right buttons, but the story never really takes off, and the characters never really spark to life.
Full Review | Original Score: B
November 21, 2008
It's not a 'gourmet' banquet on the order of Ratatouille or the first Shrek, but this peppy picture is certainly more than a cinematic 'snack,' and for its 96-minute running time will not bore kids, the parents or other adults joining them.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
Adults won't find much to enjoy here, though the dog's high-octane action series serves as a perverse parody of Jerry Bruckheimer-style summer blockbusters.
November 21, 2008
The format brilliantly brings an audience that much closer to a handful of increasingly lonely, yet contagiously enthusiastic, animals.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
A holiday standout.
Read More | Original Score: 3/4
November 21, 2008
If Bolt does not quite rise to the level of bona fide Pixar masterpieces like Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, it does manage to be frisky, funny and inventive enough to engage the attention of grown-ups as well as children.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
November 21, 2008
To paraphrase a line often misattributed to Samuel Johnson, this Disney-aspires-to-Pixar combination is both original and good; the problem is the original parts aren't good and the good parts aren't original.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
November 20, 2008
Bolt is a jolt of joy, a computer-animated delight that is delirious with laughs.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2008
Funny and heartwarming, if not entirely original, Bolt is bound to charm audiences of all ages.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
November 20, 2008
While this charmer about a canine James Bond does not pack the emotional punch of WALL-E, it's frisky fun to see the white shepherd get a new leash on life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2008
For the first time in years, it feels like Disney has done its namesake proud.
Read More | Original Score: B+
November 20, 2008
It's a seriously withholding action comedy, stingy on the wit, charm, jokes, narrative satisfactions and animals with personalities sharp enough for the big screen.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
November 20, 2008
Familiar territory, but the Disney team still knows how to bring a story to life.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
November 20, 2008
Smart, sharp, original and very funny, Bolt could be the model for a certain kind of midrange, nonevent (i.e., not WALL E) animated family film that would be more welcome right now than such bizarre junk as the recent Fly Me to the Moon.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/4
November 20, 2008
The story is somewhat predictable, but it's sweet and happy and the animation is first-rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 20, 2008
There's something touching about the yearning for ordinary life and decency that, to judge by its ubiquity in films for the nominally innocent, plagues those who live and work in the realms of the unreal.
November 19, 2008
It's a great day in America when the complicated looks so easy, and when we expect smart storytelling as a rule, not the exception.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
November 18, 2008
Bolt certainly moves along at a lively clip that will satisfy both kids and adults, but the script (from Williams and Dan Fogelman) is a little too Hollywood-insider.
November 17, 2008
It's got a great ensemble cast. It's not the most original idea but still effective nonetheless.
November 17, 2008
The film is funny -- with a sophistication that might actually appeal more to adults. But there's still plenty for the kids to enjoy.
November 17, 2008
The Disney animated blockbuster-to-be Bolt is a delightful family movie, and if I'd seen it as a kid I would have been deeply traumatized.
November 14, 2008
Although it will never be mistaken for Pixar pedigree, this genial production is a notable step up for Walt Disney Animation Studios.
November 14, 2008
An OK Disney animated entry enhanced by nifty 3-D projection.