Moana Reviews

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December 4, 2016
In the next election, can I just vote Disney?
December 2, 2016
In Disney's latest refreshing take on the princess genre, Moana is a feisty, sea-voyaging chieftain's daughter without any pink satin in sight.
December 1, 2016
An amiable new animated musical that speaks to the tween-princess-sleepover demographic while tapping into Polynesian myths and making a modest, decently intentioned gesture at diversity.
December 1, 2016
This is Disney's way of having its formulaic cake and eating it, too: "We know what we're doing here, and we know that you know it, too. So please stop fretting and enjoy while the pieces fall into place."
December 1, 2016
The narrative is a fairly predictable hero's journey -- Maui even calls her "The Chosen One" -- but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course.
November 29, 2016
An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date.
November 29, 2016
Amazing adventure, colour explosions and catchy songs. This is amazing.
November 25, 2016
Story of Pacific Islander girl on a quest benefits from Dwayne Johnson's comic timing and a Lin-Manuel Miranda soundtrack
Top Critic
November 23, 2016
The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific.
November 23, 2016
[Moana] is beautiful in more ways than I can tell, thanks to the brilliance of more animators than I could count.
November 23, 2016
Moana is a movie of natural delights.
November 23, 2016
There's not a prince or potential husband in sight; Moana's future is entirely defined by her leadership and ability to fend off the mansplaining know-it-all Maui. As messages go, we'll take it.
November 23, 2016
[Moana] has supercharged wit, eye-popping visuals featuring azure seas and glowing coral, spirited voice work from Auli'i Cravalho as Moana and Dwayne Johnson.
November 23, 2016
Say aloha to "Moana."
November 23, 2016
A progressive and rousing tale that becomes the crown jewel of the latest renaissance from the company.
November 23, 2016
If movies are meant to be a getaway, "Moana" is like a vacation.
November 22, 2016
While Moana's story is rooted in the past, she's a modern heroine, a smart, resourceful leader who learns to find her own way.
November 22, 2016
"Moana" is a welcome step forward in its message and its look, and for young women characters in this type of film. It's a way without many satisfying twists and turns, but forward nevertheless.
November 22, 2016
Paying respect and homage to the Polynesian culture and its ancient mythology, the Walt Disney animation Moana is as culturally rich as it is entertaining.
November 22, 2016
Moana is solid "retro Disney" - a new film that embraces older ideas, themes, and narrative approaches.
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