Epic Reviews

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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
May 27, 2013
For all its attempts at wonder and spectacle and play, Epic is mostly a slog.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
May 27, 2013
Although the basic story is too juvenile and simplistic to entertain anyone with an age in the double-digit range, the themes and underlying ideas are too complicated to capture the attention of someone younger.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
May 24, 2013
Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator's trap of making the "human" characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Zachary Wigon
Village Voice
May 24, 2013
With its array of goofy sidekicks (Aziz Ansari as a slug almost runs away with the whole picture) and carefully crafted relationships, Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale.
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
May 24, 2013
A 3D eco-fantasy whose mantra-like insistence that we're all connected by nature is one of the main things that underscores the abject insincerity of the sentiment as the movie articulates it, "Epic" is very nearly epic in its stifling mediocrity.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
May 24, 2013
Anyone over the age of 7 or so - not to mention their accompanying adults - isn't going to find too much here to truly engage them, let alone linger past the final fade out.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Dave McGinn
Globe and Mail
May 24, 2013
Children may enjoy it, but even they will be able to see all the boxes it systematically ticks.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
May 24, 2013
It may not be epic, but it's eye-popping entertainment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
May 24, 2013
[It] is certainly very pretty to look at, and has a general agreeability about it. But the movie would need to engage us far more powerfully for that hyperbolic title to fit.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
May 24, 2013
Generic entertainment with a brave heroine, cutesy-poo supporting characters, parental figures who are either absent or absent-minded, etcetera, etcetera.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
May 24, 2013
The emotional connection that should have the crowd cheering wildly for the heroes and booing the villains never clicks in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 23, 2013
As beautiful as it is, "Epic" is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
May 23, 2013
Epic's visuals are enthralling enough for little and big folks to offset a predictable, albeit sweet, story.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
May 23, 2013
"Epic" may be the thinking family's best Saturday matinee of the summer. And the date movie of the season.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
May 23, 2013
Epic? More like meh.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
May 23, 2013
Even young would-be botanists will find this charmless animated adventure as exciting as watching grass grow.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 23, 2013
In the roll call of visually distinctive 'toons, "Epic" looms large.
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Sam Adams
Time Out
May 23, 2013
So generic it might as well come in a black-and-white box: Animated Adventure TBD.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
May 23, 2013
With its secret, magical worlds and legions of evil-battling leafy warriors, there's plenty here to engage young audiences of both genders.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
May 23, 2013
I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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May 23, 2013
Epic is heavy on celebrity voices and light on imagination.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
May 23, 2013
It's difficult to keep its story and characters, or even its visual design, in your mind's eye, in part because the five credited screenwriters overload the narrative with incident and threatening complication.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
May 23, 2013
The story's simple enough to appeal to young kids (the 8-year-old with me pronounced the movie "awesome"), but adults will enjoy the beautiful animation, whether 3D or 2D.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
May 22, 2013
When the filmmakers take little detours from the reluctant-warrior-accepts-his/her-destiny plot, it brings some desperately needed livening up to what otherwise feels like a crushingly by-the-numbers kid saga.
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Stephan Lee
Entertainment Weekly
May 22, 2013
The story lacks the specialness of a Pixar movie - it retreads the same eco-battle archetypes as FernGully and Avatar - but it's a perfectly appealing explosion of color for a lazy summer day.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Andrew Barker
Variety
May 22, 2013
If this is all familiar territory even to film-literate young children, it's nonetheless executed with professionalism and a few dashes of panache.