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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Reviews

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Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly
September 7, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jonathan Foreman
New York Post
July 8, 2003
Bland music, marquee-friendly casting and crassly contemporary dialogue give this film the mechanical feel of a marketing exercise, not a movie.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
July 8, 2003
Ray Harryhausen's original stop-motion Sinbad classics are a hard act to follow, but Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore's update, couched in a gorgeous palette of indigo and dark rose, is a big, beautiful thrill all its own.
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
July 8, 2003
Business-as-usual movie that isn't trying to make anything more than a medium-size splash.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 3, 2003
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
July 3, 2003
It's less the story of Sinbad than a compilation of greatest hits from Mythland.
| Original Score: C+
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
July 2, 2003
A movie carefully engineered for an audience of exactly nobody.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
July 2, 2003
The effects are competent, the action has exciting moments and the story is interesting enough, but the parts don't add up to a compelling sum.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
July 2, 2003
An efficiently amusing and unsurprisingly polished blend of traditional hand-drawn and computer-generated animation techniques.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
July 2, 2003
A perfectly serviceable, if not especially inspired rendition of the oft-told Sinbad tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
July 2, 2003
This isn't Sin-bad. It is just Sin- mediocre.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer
July 2, 2003
From the cheerfully anachronistic dialogue by Gladiator scribe John Logan to the spirited voice work by Michelle Pfeiffer, Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta-Jones, the non-visual elements of the film are great, swashbuckling fun.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
July 2, 2003
You could take all the fun bits from Treasure Planet and Sinbad, put them in the same movie, and you still wouldn't have anything worth loading up the minivan for.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
July 2, 2003
The old Sinbad movies gave that sailor the narrative respect he deserved. This version is formulaic and crass, hardly the stuff of grand adventure.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Christine Dolen
Miami Herald
July 2, 2003
Fantastic images aside, Sinbad isn't much more than the tale of a 'bad' guy getting in touch with his good side, as well as a love story that makes monster-loving little boys go 'yuck!' And that's what's too bad about Sinbad.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
July 2, 2003
[Lacks] the sparkle and inventiveness of the stories that inspired it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
July 2, 2003
Lacking in wit, originality and spectacle, it is passable at best.
| Original Score: C-
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
July 2, 2003
Sinbad is both square and as flat as Sinbad and his sailors imagine the Earth to be.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
July 2, 2003
Sinbad is rich with ideas and images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
July 2, 2003
It only takes one big miscalculation to sink a movie. Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas has two.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
July 2, 2003
Enough sleek cartooning and swashbuckling action to satisfy young and old audiences alike.
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Entertainment Weekly
July 2, 2003
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Ed Park
Village Voice
July 1, 2003
The film is adept and generally enjoyable.
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Todd McCarthy
Variety
July 1, 2003
A passably entertaining animated entry from DreamWorks that's closer to The Road to El Dorado than to Shrek.
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Bruce Newman
San Jose Mercury News
July 1, 2003
There's almost nothing in it that couldn't have been done -- in less time, for about the same money and probably better -- as a live-action picture.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
July 1, 2003
Clever banter and eye-popping set pieces raise it above most other DreamWorks' non-Shrek fare. Still, it's pretty standard-issue.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
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Elvis Mitchell
New York Times
July 1, 2003
What's bad? Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
July 1, 2003
This animated adventure pops off the screen, flaunting state-of -the-art technology. But the story is straight out of the 1940s B-movie library.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
July 1, 2003
There's little here that isn't overly familiar and formulaic, nothing that's even in the same arena with the eye candy of those vivid adventures.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
July 1, 2003
For decades swashbucklers have buckled under at the box office, and Sinbad lacks the magic to reverse their fortune.
| Original Score: C-
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Philip Wuntch
Dallas Morning News
July 1, 2003
Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas lacks symmetry. But never is it remotely ho-hum.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Mark Caro
Chicago Tribune
July 1, 2003
Neither sinful nor particularly bad, the movie nonetheless diverts us when it should transport us.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Scott Craven
Arizona Republic
July 1, 2003
Its not that the film was particularly Sinbad, but it could have been much Sin-better.
| Original Score: 3/5
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
July 1, 2003
There's plenty of action -- so much so, in fact, that I often felt like I was watching a video game without the interactive qualities that make such a diversion enjoyable and addictive.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
July 1, 2003
Acartoon that does what matinee moviemakers of old never had the resources to do: allow their imagination to run amok in an ancient world that never existed -- but should have.
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
July 1, 2003
The voice talent here is so good that you can't help but long for a new live-action take on this jaunty and crafty hero.
| Original Score: B+
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
June 30, 2003
[A] sharp and thrilling adventure combining 21st century animation technology with a refreshingly retro story of heroes and villains, and giant creatures that haunt the skies and seas.