Rio Reviews

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April 14, 2011
Freed from the shackles of the overpriced, unnecessary 3D, it should really impress when it hits high-definition Blu-Ray. Too bad the rest of the film doesn't match the visuals.
April 14, 2011
Another middle-grade piece of computer animation from Blue Sky...neither great nor terrible--just mediocre.
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.
April 14, 2011
A boring animated feature about birds, smugglers, and an unlikely couple.
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.
April 14, 2011
in the ever flat-lining world of 3D CG cartooning, it's the same old bird spit.
April 14, 2011
A pathetically total misfire ...
April 14, 2011
Rio gives its young audience members what they'll "like," not what they deserve.
April 14, 2011
Calling Rio creatively bankrupt is a massive understatement.
April 13, 2011
A competently-made animated film crafted specifically for the toddler set, who may enjoy the bright colors and boingy action. Older kids and parents will find themselves, if not quite bored, then only modestly engaged.
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.
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.
April 13, 2011
full review at Movies for the Masses
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.
April 12, 2011
Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
April 10, 2011
Rio's chief problem is that it's a victim of its own generic success.
April 8, 2011
Eye-catching visuals and a bland storyline virtually cancel each other out in new animated adventure Rio.
April 8, 2011
[S]o tediously familiar that I could barely remember most of it after I left the cinema...
April 7, 2011
The best and, unfortunately, most obvious simile to describe this film is to liken it to a parrot - it's pretty to look at it, but when it talks it doesn't say very much.
April 7, 2011
Rio is difficult to watch without imagining it was a light bulb idea bandied around the office of the Rio de Janeiro Tourist Board...
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