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The Emperor's New Groove Reviews

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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.
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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.
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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.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 5, 2002
Will the kids buy it? You bet they will.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
February 7, 2001
| Original Score: C+
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
December 15, 2000
Funky, funny and free of ersatz Broadway cheese.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
December 15, 2000
An audience dominated by young children was disconcertingly quiet during a preview screening.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
December 15, 2000
I admit I feel a little guilty to be praising a production whose aims are so thoroughly modest, but I laughed all the way through this movie.
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
December 15, 2000
The best Warner Bros. cartoon ever created by the Walt Disney Studios.
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Houston Chronicle
December 15, 2000
Neither the best nor the most endearing of Disney, but it's a sassy amusement. And nicely short.
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
December 15, 2000
The first Disney animated movie since The Little Mermaid that amounts to nothing more than a throwaway.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
December 15, 2000
Feels like some lame, focus-grouped attempt by a bunch of people who have grown hopelessly middle-aged to make themselves hip with the kids.
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Desmond Ryan
Philadelphia Inquirer
December 15, 2000
The animation and conception of the film seldom approach the exalted and imaginative level of Disney's better efforts in the genre.
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
December 15, 2000
With made-up myths and willful anachronisms, New Groove finds that crucial balance of kid appeal and wry references aimed at adults.
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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle
December 15, 2000
May be one of the brightest, funniest pieces of entertainment of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Paul Tatara
CNN.com
December 15, 2000
A silly little movie that's smarter than most of the self-important features that came out this year.
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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today
December 15, 2000
Who knew Disney could shake its Groove thing this well?
| Original Score: 3/4
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Loren King
Boston Globe
December 15, 2000
A near-perfect mix of fresh characters, well-cast voices, superb visuals, and a fast-paced, fantasy-adventure plot.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
December 15, 2000
Often feels long, like a half-hour cartoon stretched to feature length.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
December 15, 2000
A zany tonic, more upbeat and funnier than the lugubrious Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kevin Thomas
Los Angeles Times
December 15, 2000
A delightful, effervescent morality tale for children conveyed with such wit and sophistication that adults are likely to be enchanted as well.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
December 15, 2000
Adults will appreciate the colorful embroidery, including an always welcome Riverdance send-up and an Eartha Kitt parody delivered by the feline Kitt herself.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
December 14, 2000
A timely reminder that animated films don't have to be grandiose visual circuses with full Broadway scores to entertain.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
December 14, 2000
Spade and Warburton might not have made The Emperor's New Groove one of the mouse factory's all-time greatest, but they've certainly made it one of the funniest.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Cody Clark
Mr. Showbiz
December 14, 2000
The humor will appeal equally to the Mouseketeer generation, the Disney's Blast crowd, and everyone in between.
| Original Score: 91/100
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
December 14, 2000
An amusing but predictable knock-off of themes that have been done much better.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
December 14, 2000
Obviously a movie without new ideas, born out of a certain desperation.
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Henry Cabot Beck
Film.com
December 14, 2000
The jokes fly by so fast that while the adult audiences are busy laughing at the many obscure asides and movie references, the kids will be in the front of the coaster with their arms above their heads.
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Steve Murray
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
December 14, 2000
Often feels less like a Disney product than a loving salute to the snappy Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1940s, mixed with the off-the-cuff satire of Aladdin and Hercules.
| Original Score: B
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
December 12, 2000
Rollicking entertainment with several really good laughs for youngsters and a jokey hipness that should amuse adults.
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Robert Koehler
Variety
December 11, 2000
Bears outs the wisdom of the shift from the original, serious conception to this comedic one.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 11, 2000
Armed with what is arguably the most clever animated script in a long time, the movie makes its point through wit and gently barbed dialogue.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4