Lilo & Stitch (2002)



Critic Consensus: Edgier than traditional Disney fare, Lilo and Stitch explores issues of family while providing a fun and charming story.

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A Hawaiian girl adopts an unusual pet who is actually a notorious extra-terrestrial fugitive from the law.
PG (for mild sci-fi action)
Action & Adventure , Animation , Comedy
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Critic Reviews for Lilo & Stitch

All Critics (145) | Top Critics (34)

Smart, poignant, and utterly beguiling.

Full Review… | November 16, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

It's a bright, engaging bauble with half a dozen Elvis Presley songs for Mom and Dad, and just enough sass -- Stitch sticks his tongue into his nose and eats his snot -- to keep the tweeners giggling.

Full Review… | September 2, 2008
TIME Magazine
Top Critic

Regrettably, towards the end the film veers off into a mess of weird aliens and Cartoon Network silliness.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Disney's most winning animated couple since Bambi and Thumper.

Full Review… | December 2, 2002
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

An entertaining and (three cheers) modest bauble that eschews most of the blockbuster trappings that have been strangling animated features in the past few years.

August 9, 2002
Denver Rocky Mountain News
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A refreshingly low-tech cartoon.

August 1, 2002
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/
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Audience Reviews for Lilo & Stitch

A riveting Disney original that's both sentimental and slightly grittier than others before it. Lilo & Stitch provides charm, laughter and a unbreakable bond that's a joy for the entire family. 4/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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This film has everything you could ever want out of a Disney film. With heart, a great story, and very memorable characters "Lilo and Stitch" is one of the better Disney films of this decade. Coming from another planet, Stitch must adapt to this new world that we know as Earth, and a little girl named Lilo is the one that must take care of him. Causing trouble 24/7 and getting on everyone's nerves, Stitch is becoming more of a nuisance than a welcomed family member. When the people from his planet come after him, all hell breaks loose on their island and Stitch must save the day and prove his worth. Filled with incredible lessons, "Lilo and Stitch" is not only a great kids film, but a great film all around.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

Without a doubt, Lilo & Stitch is the best animated film Disney has produced in over a decade--the only film by Disney made after 1999 that can hold a flame to any of the studio's previous releases. It is a consistent, beautifully drawn, and occasionally moving animated feature that holds the distinction as the most adult film in the entire Disney animated canon. It deals with mature, real-life issues, while also incorporating science-fiction fun. It delights, charms, and thrills, and, though not yet a classic, will be even more appreciated in years to come. What really makes the film a triumph is its originality--the unique mix of Elvis, space creatures, and Hawaii. You wouldn't think all these elements work together, but they work brilliantly.

Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Matthew Samuel Mirliani

Super Reviewer

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