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Rio Reviews

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone
April 21, 2011
Rio is a brightly-colored, dizzying pinwheel of 3D animation in which nothing much happens. Sounds like summer is here early.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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April 15, 2011
Expect the expected.
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 15, 2011
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.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Laremy Legel
Film.com
April 15, 2011
A fairly typical children's movie, but at least it moves along with purpose!
Full Review | Original Score: C+
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
April 15, 2011
The generic story elements can't spoil the real achievement of Rio, which is a series of vividly choreographed set-pieces.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
April 15, 2011
Eisenberg's tremulous, earnest delivery matches Blu's big worrywart eyes perfectly, and he and Hathaway, to their credit, give it their all.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
April 15, 2011
Buoyed by local color - literally, with a vibrantly sun-drenched palette, a sensationally festive Carnival parade, and a slinky samba-licious soundtrack
| Original Score: 3/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 15, 2011
This is a movie that takes even the hoariest quest-peril-life lesson tropes of family animated films and imbues them with new life and rhythm.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
April 15, 2011
I have a feeling that older audience members will, like me, be getting restless during this celebrity-voice-driven, generically plotted variation on "Madagascar."
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 15, 2011
Although the road to "Rio" was paved with good intentions, this 'toon never truly takes flight.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 14, 2011
There are worse things than a movie that can't stop moving.
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Andy Webster
New York Times
April 14, 2011
As kids' movies go, "Rio" brings a lot to the party.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
April 14, 2011
More things work than not in this sweetened sweet bird of youth. Maybe the G is for good fun or great music or a gentle good time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 14, 2011
For its stunning iridescent look and infectious music, Rio is a refreshing adventure worth taking.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 14, 2011
The humor's a little strange, and the action's a little frenetic, but all of it whooshes past in a swirl of tropical color and pseudo-South American bonhomie.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Tasha Robinson
AV Club
April 14, 2011
In an era where Pixar is constantly trying to better itself and other CGI studios are working to not merely imitate it, but to surpass it, it's vaguely grating to sit through another formulaic, paint-by-numbers effort from Fox Animation.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
April 14, 2011
"Rio" is strong on relationships, visually novel, full of fresh ideas and featuring a few vocal actors you might not have expected to be part of the fun.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Corliss
TIME Magazine
April 14, 2011
Here is a splashy display of the innocent, artful exuberance that, these days, the directors of live-action films have left to the guys with pixels.
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
April 14, 2011
Storks samba! Toucans tumba! Parrots party in kaleidoscopic formations to the music of Sergio Mendes!
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune
April 14, 2011
The director, Carlos Saldanha, collaborated on the "Ice Age" trilogy. What he has developed here has tons of atmosphere and, less helpfully, tons of over-plotted chaos disguised as a story.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Randy Cordova
Arizona Republic
April 14, 2011
Some live-action films set in exotic locales can be so atmospheric and picturesque that viewers walk away feeling as if they've taken a short vacation. "Rio" accomplishes this feat, which must be a minor miracle for an animated movie.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Glenn Kenny
MSN Movies
April 14, 2011
It's an intermittently charming... tale with some (and I do mean some) engaging voice work and many nifty if not staggeringly ingenious bits of action business.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
April 13, 2011
Rio is less a Pixar-level pleasure than a busy, frantic, and overstuffed dessert of a movie. There's scarcely a moment that isn't straining to entertain you.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
April 13, 2011
Nothing deep or heavy here -- just a good time and a pleasurable escape.
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Ben Kenigsberg
Time Out
April 13, 2011
Compared to Pixar's Up, a much more organic and heartfelt story about making friends in far-flung places, Rio simply feels rote.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
April 12, 2011
The only thing surprising about this lackluster animated production is that it attracted an A-list voice cast. But that's how things are today when even mediocre animation can be a big draw.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nick Schager
Village Voice
April 12, 2011
Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
April 8, 2011
Like its flight-challenged parrot protagonist, Rio takes a while to get off the ground but manages to soar by the end.
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Megan Lehmann
Hollywood Reporter
April 7, 2011
A tropical-colored wingding that will have kids and their chaperones shaking a tail feather to its pulsating Latin beats.
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Derek Adams
Time Out
April 6, 2011
'Rio' isn't totally devoid of merit - it could just do with a lot more zip and zing in its tail feathers.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5