Reviews

Aug 18, 2021
It's a deeply moving and beautiful film that celebrates it's main character, her culture and her self-empowerment... but she could have been a lot more meaningful and authentic if she reflected and honored a specific Pacific Island culture.
Nov 20, 2017
One of the Mouse House's most sumptuous looking films from an animation standpoint.
Jan 6, 2017
I have a soft spot for the gigantic, arrogant, avaricious crab named Tamatoa.
Dec 30, 2016
Who knew the Rock could belt out giddy showstoppers like an old Broadway ham?
Dec 22, 2016
Perhaps the most encouraging part of Moana's feminism is its subtlety. It presents female agency as nothing out of the ordinary - it doesn't comment on it, there is no patriarchy she's fighting back against and there's no love story.
Dec 4, 2016
In the next election, can I just vote Disney?
Dec 4, 2016
Directors Ron Clements and John Musker here segue seamlessly into their first CG feature, embracing the malleable magic of digital animation while retaining the clear lines that underpinned their previous work.
Dec 3, 2016
It's a treat, for family audiences and musical theater geeks alike.
Dec 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.
Dec 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.
Dec 1, 2016
Moana lacks the zest we associate with Disney's greatest creations.
Dec 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."
Dec 1, 2016
No matter who wrote the songs, there was always going to be a line about listening to your 'inner voice' - it's pretty much Disney company policy.
Dec 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.
Dec 1, 2016
There could be umpteen charges of kitsch, political incorrectness and mongrelised cultural history. Yet this South Seas hurricane of a film blows us away, scattering our faculties and effects and substituting its own.
Nov 30, 2016
What impresses most here is the way the filmmakers combine the traditional Disney elements -- the sentimentality, the slapstick and the iridescent animation -- with a storyline rooted in South Sea island myth and culture.
Nov 30, 2016
Even if it isn't exactly unique, that doesn't make the movie any less rapturously entertaining
Nov 29, 2016
Moana functions as well as it does because the story team ultimately focused on finding everything about Disney stories that worked in 2016, and improving everything that didn't.
Nov 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.
Nov 29, 2016
Amazing adventure, colour explosions and catchy songs. This is amazing.