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The Emperor's New Groove Reviews

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James Plath
Family Home Theater
March 30, 2016
The Emperor's New Groove is a little sassier, a little hipper, and maybe just a little crazier-as if the cartoon cast drank some of the old Warner Bros. Kool-Aid.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
August 3, 2010
More fun, goofy cartoon antics than Disney polish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
December 6, 2009
[The] lightest and wackiest of all Disney features.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
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Lisa Alspector
Chicago Reader
November 16, 2009
Ingenious action sequences driven by surprisingly little plot lead to a climax full of the transmogrification animation was invented for.
Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed
April 29, 2009
A lot of fluff that never amounts to a good film.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
September 8, 2008
Emperor doesn't aim too high or strain too hard; it is at ease inhabiting its pretty, miniature realm.
September 8, 2008
Groove boasts some innovative tricks and sharp performances. Oh, and not too many songs. Phew.
Bob Grimm
Sacramento News & Review
August 7, 2008
The arc of the story may be predictable, but it's balanced out by some marvelously unpredictable flashes of visual comedy, all very much in the style of Chuck Jones in his prime.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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David Ansen
Newsweek
March 31, 2008
The unfussy, tossed-off quality actually helps give this original story zippy irreverence some of Disney's plusher cartoons lack.
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Wally Hammond
Time Out
June 24, 2006
This Disney comedy makes a self-conscious and largely successful attempt to modernise the studio's format with a jive-ass sensibility.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
December 18, 2005
...a surprisingly entertaining and awfully funny piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Chris Gore
Film Threat
December 6, 2005
At its heart, this is a buddy comedy that works on all levels.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Christopher Smith
Bangor Daily News (Maine)
November 4, 2005
The film ranks among the studio's fresher undertakings.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 6, 2004
Lickety-split banter between brilliantly conceived characters, chase scenes that leave you breathless with laughter and surprise ... this is a whole new ballgame for Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
June 5, 2003
It looks like director Mark Dindal has been watching a lot of Chuck Jones lately.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
May 30, 2003
The Emperor’s New Groove is really about another new groove — Disney animation's… Not a success at the box office, it deserves to be a family hit on VHS and DVD.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
A forgettable movie as flat as its cartoon-like characters.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
John R. McEwen
Film Quips Online
February 8, 2003
For some reason, this film feels rushed through, like the conventional animation pictures are becoming a kind of filler between the computer-animated Pixar releases.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
October 30, 2002
A treat for kids and adults alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
October 21, 2002
It may not be Dickens, but it's vintage Disney.
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