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.

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Critic Reviews for Lilo & Stitch

All Critics (146) | Top Critics (35)

Smart, poignant, and utterly beguiling.

Nov 16, 2009 | Full Review…

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.

Sep 2, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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Disney's most winning animated couple since Bambi and Thumper.

Dec 2, 2002 | Full Review…

Cheerful but below-par.

Nov 19, 2002 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

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.

Aug 9, 2002 | Rating: B

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

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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

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Gave my nephews the choice of a 5 Disney cartoons they hadn't seen and they choice this, which worked out great for me. I love "Lilo and Stitch". Stitch is the funniest and more refreshing Disney character in years(well outside of the Pixar movies). The movie follows Stitch who is an alien who was created for the simple reason to destroy and kill everything. He lands on Earth and is mistaken to be a dog, and adopted by two sisters. Aliens then begin to hunt Stitch, while he forms a bond with his new family. Stitch is hilarious and has some great little one lines("cute and cuddly!" When the movie focuses on the sisters, it's very heartwarming, but you miss Stitch. The action is great, and the music is perfect! Elvis songs still kick butt. I remember seeing this at the Paris theater when it came out and I just laughed and laughed. Still laughing, and it's great seeing my nephews getting as much joy out of it as I did. If you or your kid haven't seen this, then you need to go get a copy, because ya'll are missing out!

Everett Johnson
Everett Johnson

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