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Frozen Reviews

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Maricar Estrella
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
December 8, 2014
Disney has another hit in its repertoire with this heartfelt story of sisterly love and one of the few films released in 3-D this year that splendidly incorporates the technology into the plot line.
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Scott Marks
San Diego Reader
December 8, 2014
Frozen is a glacially stiff, perpetually unamusing animated musical with a talk-singing score that will leave one pining for the lifeless soundtrack to The Princess and the Frog.
Full Review | Original Score: 0/5
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Wesley Morris
Grantland
January 17, 2014
Frozen reminds you how many animated films rely more on inside jokes. It's modern without being hip, earnest with being sappy.
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
December 5, 2013
Extravagant care is taken with minutiae, and the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, whistle through the first twenty minutes of the plot with a controlled giddiness that would leave many live-action adventures staggering in their tracks.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
December 2, 2013
If you thought there was only so much to be done with ice and snow as visual fields, think again along the lines of prismatic crystals, epic storms and fantastical structures built on water's gift for freezing itself into see-through art.
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Catherine Bray
Time Out
December 2, 2013
Frozen' has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
November 27, 2013
In a year of weak animated features, Frozen - loosely based on "The Snow Queen" - takes the lead by default.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Adam Nayman
Globe and Mail
November 27, 2013
It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
November 27, 2013
Frozen is one of the few recent films to capture that classic Disney spirit.
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Christy Lemire
RogerEbert.com
November 27, 2013
While the journey may seem overly familiar, the destination has some surprises in store.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Linda Barnard
Toronto Star
November 27, 2013
Make way for a new kind of fairy tale. These Frozen princesses are the kind we can definitely warm to.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
November 27, 2013
"Frozen" is a winter wonder of a family film, the sort of movie you hope for during the holiday season. Well, it's here, go see it.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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David Hiltbrand
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 27, 2013
Frozen establishes a strong, confident tone: Cool mythology, rich, vivid animation, and 3-D effects that are actually worth seeing, not just migraine-inducing distractions.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
November 27, 2013
For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
November 27, 2013
Disney claims this feature-length animation is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, but it feels more like a Hollywood romcom.
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Kevin McFarland
AV Club
November 27, 2013
Most importantly, this is a long-needed step in the right direction to a more varied depiction of female characters in Disney's canon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
November 26, 2013
The splashy humor and dazzling set pieces of this erratic animated mélange compensate for putting a pallid female Mr. Freeze at the center of a paean to sisterly love.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
November 26, 2013
The story-aside from a climax that plays like a too-knowing rebuke to Disney formula-goes tediously through the motions.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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November 26, 2013
Unlike in many animated movies, the borrowings aren't so much in-jokey as structural. Homages, of a sort, and fun to spot.
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
November 26, 2013
Disney gets nearly everything right in this animated charmer: wit, warmth, a lovely voice cast and a real message of girl power.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Sherilyn Connelly
Village Voice
November 26, 2013
It's no secret that Disney princess films are formulaic, and the fact that Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's Frozen is entertaining without being groundbreaking just confirms that the formula works.
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Tom Russo
Boston Globe
November 26, 2013
You'll be ... blissfully entertained ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 26, 2013
Despite the frosty title, it's a warm-hearted, rousing and stunning animated saga ideally poised for the holiday season.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
November 26, 2013
Its gleaming dream world of snow and ice is one of the most visually captivating environments to be found in a Disney animated film.
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 26, 2013
It's almost impossible not to like the film if you grew up consuming Disney animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Richard Roeper.com
November 26, 2013
'Frozen' is filled with so many memorable characters and so many show-stopping musical numbers
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Stephanie Merry
Washington Post
November 26, 2013
"Frozen" may be a nod to the pleasures of vintage Disney and old fairy tales, but there's nothing outdated about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
November 26, 2013
The music consistently entertains. The writing in particular is smart, with nuanced characters and a premium on clever wordplay over cheap laughs and deprecating humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
November 26, 2013
Compelling interpretations of classic stories is what built Disney's brand. It's good to see that they're still on the job.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tony Hicks
San Jose Mercury News
November 26, 2013
It's just dazzling fun that shows that Disney can still deliver.
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 26, 2013
Has the ring of classic Disney seamlessly combined with a modern-day sensibility.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 26, 2013
Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
November 26, 2013
It doesn't deliver the real goods, eschewing a deepening, psychologically penetrating narrative for a "Frozen"-like, shapeless succession of eye-popping set pieces and impressive effects.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Dan Kois
Slate
November 26, 2013
The movie is like an ice cube that's started melting from the inside: sharp and bracing around the edges, but hollow at the center.
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
November 26, 2013
The film basically works. It's entertaining, and following an old Disney tradition "Frozen" works some old-school magic in its nonhuman characters.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
November 26, 2013
What's especially encouraging about it is how directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee take a classic tale - Anderson's "The Snow Queen" - and update it, without beating us over the head with references that draw attention to the modernization.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
November 26, 2013
The animation is beautiful, the music is catchy and the lyrics are clever.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.0/10
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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
November 26, 2013
It's a lovely story and mostly well-told.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Stephen Whitty
Newark Star-Ledger
November 26, 2013
Although, yes, it's yet another princess fable - gotta keep that Disney franchise growing - it mostly about real-life sisterhood.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jessica Herndon
Associated Press
November 25, 2013
The animation in ''Frozen'' is premium and the 3-D earmark adds to the pearly appeal of the ice and snow, but we are lacking in the sweeping romance we've grown accustomed to in a Disney princess movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
November 25, 2013
With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, Frozen is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
November 25, 2013
It's great to see Disney returning to its roots and blooming anew: creating superior musical entertainment that draws on the Walt tradition of animation splendor and the verve of Broadway present.
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
November 20, 2013
"Frozen" is a great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Todd McCarthy
Hollywood Reporter
November 5, 2013
This smartly dressed package injects a traditional fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, with enough contemporary attitudes and female empowerment touches to please both little girls and their moms.
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Scott Foundas
Variety
November 4, 2013
This always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters.
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
November 3, 2013
Given that it's a Disney cartoon, you probably already know how it ends, but what's interesting about Frozen is that you may not predict how they're going to get there. And for children's animation, that's a wilder ride than we usually get.