Rio Reviews

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August 30, 2018
I've never heard an adult say, "I must go see that film. It has Jesse Eisenberg's voice in it." They could have spent the money on something else, like a better story.
April 21, 2013
While it may entertain the kiddies for a while, for the older folks out there (and that means anyone 10+), Rio is just another animated yawner.
December 13, 2011
There is nothing wrong with this film - the voice cast are all good, the animation is colorful and the script peppered with one-liners. But it all seems so formulaic.
May 27, 2011
The posters say From the creators of Ice Age, so don't say you haven't been warned.
May 1, 2011
If the birds aren't precisely "of a feather," as they suggest, they are bright and loud and alike enough to establish that this Rio is not real in any way.
April 21, 2011
Rio is a brightly-colored, dizzying pinwheel of 3D animation in which nothing much happens. Sounds like summer is here early.
April 20, 2011
The platonic ideal of a children's movie that is completely devoid of either merit or flaw, existing solely that it might exist.
April 17, 2011
Carlos Saldanha's sincere but uninspired romp into the glossy postcard atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro is one long courtship that ultimately falls flat.
April 16, 2011
I had my taste thoroughly offended by what Rio considered acceptable musical numbers - the same auto-tuned monstrosities that are currently clogging up the Top 40 airwaves.
April 15, 2011
Rango was crafty enough to extend an olive branch to adult viewers. Rio is strictly for the kids, and anyone expecting this Brazilian-set film to contain any references to City of God (or, heck, even The Boys from Brazil) will be sorely disappointed.
April 15, 2011
The plotting here is of the set-up-the-pins-and-knock-them-down variety, so you'll pretty much predict every grinding of the script's gears.
Top Critic
April 15, 2011
Expect the expected.
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.
April 15, 2011
The characters, the jokes, and even the striking visuals - they all dissipate from the memory like a piece of candy that seems tasty in the moment but ultimately isn't very filling.
April 15, 2011
Despite its exotic setting, the personal connection of Rio-bred director Carlos Saldanha, the odd eye-popping sequence, and a lot of literal color, the new CGI-animated Rio turns out to be figuratively colorless.
April 15, 2011
Like its main character, Rio just doesn't fly.
April 15, 2011
It hits all the familiar marks that children require and it won't annoy parents. Wait, sorry, I take that back. It will annoy parents who hate the Black Eyed Peas.
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."
April 15, 2011
Although the road to "Rio" was paved with good intentions, this 'toon never truly takes flight.
April 14, 2011
After a certain point, we begin to realize that Don Rhymer's screenplay ... doesn't have the courage to do much more than try to breeze by on its charm.
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