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The Prince of Egypt Reviews

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Garth Franklin
Dark Horizons
April 2, 2005
It could've worked with well-thought out characters, but limps along with the mostly flat and unmemorable ones that populate the picture.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Gonsalves
September 22, 2007
Hyperactive and visually busy without being much fun.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rob Blackwelder
January 1, 2000
Who'd have ever thought Biblical plagues and pestilence could be summed up in a four-minute musical montage?
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
August 21, 2002
A disappointing and uninspiring animated feature.
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
January 1, 2000
Rather than Jerry Falwell, I'd have had the production vetted by Carl Reiner and Mel Brooks.
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
January 1, 2000
The film lacks creative exuberance, any side pockets of joy.
Shawn Levy
January 1, 2000
Following blindly in the tradition of Disney's animated films of the last decade, The Prince of Egypt is, for no good reason, rendered as a musical.
Susan Tavernetti
Palo Alto Weekly
May 20, 2003
Except for the rousing opening scenes, children may find the film too slow and humorless for cartoon fare. Most adults would prefer a more sophisticated exploration of spiritual themes.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
Widgett Walls
January 1, 2000
The story is big and broad enough as it is, it doesn't need add-ons. It's almost like they set out to out-Disney Disney.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Charles Taylor
January 1, 2000
The Prince of Egypt is middlebrow kitsch, but kitsch straining for respectability and therefore without the energy that can make kitsch entertaining.
Maria Garcia
Film Journal International
January 1, 2000
Leaves you feeling like you've witnessed something that misses the mark.
Juan M. Mendez
San Francisco Examiner
January 1, 2000
Tedious, self-important and at times exhausting!
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
January 1, 2000
The drawn and computer-animated imagery is top notch and seamlessly integrated, but the central characters' tawny complexions and the often chiaroscuro lighting sometimes obscure all but the whites of their eyes and their pearl-perfect teeth.
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
January 1, 2000
I wish DreamWorks had been more truly daring instead of merely competitive and worked a little longer at evolving a drawing style that departed more radically from the Disney house style than this film does.
Steven Boone
January 1, 2000
The story has been so abbreviated and riddled with songs that there's no sense of climax.
Lawrence Toppman
Charlotte Observer
January 1, 2000
Turns out to be another handsome, formulaic changing of the palace guard.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
July 12, 2002
Takes itself too seriously.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
December 18, 1998
There's a nagging disharmony between the grandeur of the tale and the lazily anachronistic dialogue, which spoon-feeds the audience.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
January 1, 2000
If de Mille had seen this film, he would have gone back to the drawing board!
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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James Berardinelli
January 1, 2000
This movie is worth a trip to the local multiplex by viewers of all ages, races, and religious persuasions.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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