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This straightforward movie reaches great heights thanks to its colorful visual palette, catchy music, and funny vocal performances.



Total Count: 148


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From the makers of the hit Ice Age series comes Rio, a comedy adventure about taking a walk on the wild side. Blu is a domesticated Macaw who never learned to fly, living a comfortable life with his owner and best friend Linda in the small town of Moose Lake, Minnesota. Blu and Linda think he's the last of his kind, but when they learn about another Macaw who lives in Rio de Janeiro, they head to the faraway and exotic land to find Jewel, Blu's female counterpart. Not long after they arrive, Blu and Jewel are kidnapped by a group of bungling animal smugglers. With the help of street smart Jewel, and a group of wise-cracking and smooth-talking city birds, Blu escapes. Now, with his new friends by his side, Blu will have to find the courage to learn to fly, thwart the kidnappers who are hot on their trail, and return to Linda, the best friend a bird ever had. -- (C) Fox

as Pedro
Rodrigo Santoro
as Tulio/Soccer Announcer
Davi Vieira
as Armando
Jeff Garcia
as Tipa/Bat
Karen Disher
as Mother Bird
Jason Fricchione
as Truck Driver
Kelly Keaton
as Bookstore Customer/Lady Tourist
Gracinha Leporace
as Dr. Barbosa
Phil Miler
as Aviary Intern/Waiter
Bernardo De Paula
as Sylvio/Kipo
Carlos Saldanha
as Second Waiter
Renato D'Angelo
as Police Officer
Thomas F. Wilson
as Trapped Bird/Screaming Hang Glider
Cindy Slattery
as Neurotic Bird
Justine Warwick
as Scaredy Bird
Francisco Ramos
as Lead Marmoset
Tim Nordquist
as Other Hang Glider
Miriam Wallen
as Green Bird
Sergio Mendes
as Sama School Director
Michael Dean Ester
as Boy in Gondola
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Critic Reviews for Rio

All Critics (148) | Top Critics (35) | Fresh (106) | Rotten (42)

  • Rio is a brightly-colored, dizzying pinwheel of 3D animation in which nothing much happens. Sounds like summer is here early.

    Apr 21, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • Expect the expected.

    Apr 15, 2011 | Full Review…

    Scott Tobias

    Top Critic
  • Rio will not set your heart afire, although its low-level consciousness raising about illegally smuggled animals is nice. Mostly, it's brightly colored fluff, but then, it's supposed to be.

    Apr 15, 2011 | Rating: C | Full Review…

    Tom Long

    Detroit News
    Top Critic
  • A fairly typical children's movie, but at least it moves along with purpose!

    Apr 15, 2011 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

    Laremy Legel
    Top Critic
  • The generic story elements can't spoil the real achievement of Rio, which is a series of vividly choreographed set-pieces.

    Apr 15, 2011 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Eisenberg's tremulous, earnest delivery matches Blu's big worrywart eyes perfectly, and he and Hathaway, to their credit, give it their all.

    Apr 15, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rio

  • Mar 09, 2016
    Rio is fun, visually nice and pretty entertaining. It definitely doesn't rank as one of the best animated films but is still a fun time for the family!
    Mr N Super Reviewer
  • Dec 07, 2014
    My 9yo and I both liked this. "Mum, they're not singing in English." "That's because in Brazil people speak Portuguese." "Mum, this movie is not very realistic." "Most movies aren't realistic." "Mum, this movie is really kind of weird." "Is it better than Horton Hears a Who?" "YES!"
    Juli R Super Reviewer
  • Aug 21, 2014
    High flying fun, Rio is a charming animated film. The story follows a blue macaw named Blu who is taken to Rio de Janeiro to mate with another macaw, but along the way he's abducted by poachers hoping to sell him on the black market. Featuring Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, Leslie Mann, and Jamie Foxx, the cast is quite impressive. And the animation is especially good, particularly the birds; which are remarkably detailed. Also, the comedy is lighthearted and kind of clever, but the Carnival jokes do get a little out of hand. Sure to deliver plenty of laughs, Rio is an entertaining family comedy.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 15, 2014
    A very entertaining and inventive offering from Fox Animation that is so colorfully and vibrantly drawn it is a pleasure to watch. Good plot, great music and Good vocal work. Enjoyable! 07-14-2014
    Christopher O Super Reviewer

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