Ferdinand Reviews

December 15, 2017
With a lovely voice performance from Cena, the spirit of Ferdinand does shine through. But the rest of the story filler is mostly forgettable.
December 15, 2017
Ferdinand is not going to be the next Frozen or Lion King or even the fourth or fifth Ice Age movie, but there's a reason the story is still being told some 81 years after it was first published.
December 14, 2017
... a movie of both substance and silliness. Olés all round.
Top Critic
December 14, 2017
The lurching rhythms of Ferdinand make a clean story feel ungainly and episodic ...
December 14, 2017
A mostly pleasant surprise in a year that has produced a lack of stellar animated outings.
December 14, 2017
The movie is bright and peppy enough to hold young viewers' attention, though a faithful 1938 Walt Disney short showed more inventiveness in eight minutes.
December 14, 2017
In the title role, wrestler-turned-actor John Cena gives Ferdinand just the right balance of sweetness and strength. He becomes the wholly convincing center of the parable.
December 14, 2017
Nothing mould-breaking, but unassumingly enjoyable.
December 13, 2017
Ferdinand buries the original story's message under frenetic action scenes and grating sidekicks, turning a classic tale into just another flat animated comedy.
December 13, 2017
The good news is that while the movie is susceptible to some pandering, it also takes the story's charming core elements and gives them a contemporary luster.
December 13, 2017
The quality isn't up to Pixar standards, but Ferdinand does hit the sweet spot as far as its target audience is concerned. You know: for kids.
December 13, 2017
Faced with familiar story tropes and lowest-common-denominator bids for attention, anyone over the target demographic might ask themselves a multitude of questions as the mind inevitably wanders.
December 13, 2017
But what really stands out are the themes of friendship, problem solving and learning to be true to yourself. Ferdinand does not back down to his bullies and stands firm in his beliefs.
December 13, 2017
The ages and sizes of the animals are calculated to appeal across the demographic spectrum, from the smallest child to just before they become tragically hip, and too grown-up for kids' stuff.
December 13, 2017
Still, for all its problems, this is a film with world-class animation, revealing everything from astonishingly rich crowd scenes to rusty details on an old pail.
December 13, 2017
Most important, "Ferdinand's" anti-bullying message is an important lesson kids of all ages need to see - again, and again.
December 8, 2017
If you can get through the excess of characters, and the requisite butt jokes, car chase and tween pop songs, the film does keep both the physical and the verbal comedy coming at a steady pace.
December 7, 2017
In what's been an underwhelming year for big-studio animation, it's the best of the bunch: sincere, likable, surprisingly funny, and overall true to its source material.
December 7, 2017
It's no Coco, but Ferdinand... manages to squeak by with enough charming set-pieces and amusing sight gags to compensate for a stalling storyline.