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The Rescuers Reviews

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing
September 13, 2012
The songs aren't up to par, Madame Medusa comes off as a cut-rate Cruella De Vil (no surprise, since the 101 Dalmatians villainess was at one point discussed for this picture), and Newhart's Bernard ranks as one of Disney's dullest toon protagonists.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Peter Canavese
Groucho Reviews
August 24, 2012
The characters stick in the mind, and the classic Disney animation style works wonders with the likes of Orville and the gators. [Blu-ray]
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
August 18, 2012
It's still a film that has its charms, along with one of the more peculiarly conceived Disney villains.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Ellen MacKay
Common Sense Media
January 1, 2011
Great adventure, but too dark for preschoolers.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy
November 20, 2009
The one completely successful Disney feature produced between 1967 and the beginning of the company's renaissance in 1989.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Angie Errigo
Empire Magazine
September 3, 2008
A solid, child-friendly work which will keep little ones content, if not mesmerised.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5

TV Guide
September 3, 2008
A beautifully animated film that showed Disney still knew a lot about making quality children's fare even as their track record was weakening.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Variety Staff
September 3, 2008
Four years of work were invested on this $7.5 million production and the expense, care, and expertise shows.
Carol Cling
Las Vegas Review-Journal
March 17, 2006
An old-fashioned Disney delight/
| Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic

Time Out
February 9, 2006
The people who really need rescuing are the Disney animators and storymen, who seem uncertain whether to keep up the old studio traditions of cute characters and plush settings, or to branch out into contemporary urban satire.
Top Critic
Vincent Canby
New York Times
May 9, 2005
Efficiently short, charming, mildly scary in unimportant ways, and occasionally very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Staci Layne Wilson
January 4, 2005
The mice that soared.
Rob Thomas
Capital Times (Madison, WI)
January 6, 2004
One of the bright spots in a dim period for Disney animated films.
| Original Score: 3/5
James O'Ehley
Movie Gurus
September 24, 2003
Buy it for the little 'uns, but don't necessarily watch it with them.

May 24, 2003
A more than tolerable effort.
Christopher Null
May 11, 2003
I guess, in the vein of all Disney classics, it says that the little guy can triumph over the big ones -- in this case, a floppy-boobed, badly drawn, crazy woman who rides a jet engine through the bayou.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Rob Vaux
Flipside Movie Emporium
July 26, 2002
A minor but enjoyable entry from Disney's fallow period. Great voice work from Bob Newhart and Eva Gabor.
| Original Score: 3/5
Top Critic
Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader
January 1, 2000
The Walt Disney animators returned to top form with this beautifully crafted and wonderfully expressive cartoon feature, the first major work to come out of the Disney studios in a decade.
Chris Hicks
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
January 1, 2000
Let it be said up front that a lesser Disney effort is certainly miles above most animated films.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Neil Cohen
Echo Magazine
July 29, 2007
| Original Score: 3/5
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