The Tale of Despereaux - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tale of Despereaux Reviews

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Certainly bears a superficial resemblance to Ratatouille, but it's a better film in several ways.
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
April 8, 2009
It amounts to less than the sum of its artfully conceived parts but remains a nice and visually interesting film.
Full Review | Original Score: 73/100
Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses
March 22, 2009
To gegonos oti sto eikosalepto mporei na se riksei se bathy ypno, mporei na einai kai to kalytero kamoyflarisma aytoy toy anapanteha anepeisodiakoy ki anyperblita baretoy kinoymenoy ap' ta shediastika grafeia tis Universal Animation, poy den ehei kan to t
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
February 11, 2009
The film looks great and the story is interesting enough for adults. It may be a little too complex and intense for young children.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
January 31, 2009
Bland, over-stuffed, chaotic and ultimately underwhelming for both kids and adults.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/10
David Cornelius
January 29, 2009
The cinematic equivalent of a cozy bedtime story, warmly told with loving care.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Jason Di Rosso
MovieTime, ABC Radio National
January 9, 2009
Ego, fear and loathing will come between friends and drive family members apart in a surprisingly sophisticated journey for a kiddie flick.
Jake Wilson
The Age (Australia)
January 9, 2009
Scratch a CGI fairytale and you'll find an allegory about class, particularly if rodents are involved.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/5
Annette Basile
FILMINK (Australia)
January 8, 2009
If you're an animation fan, don't wait for the DVD - The Tale Of Despereaux deserves to be seen on the big screen.
Leigh Paatsch
Daily Telegraph (Australia)
January 8, 2009
There are no cheesy pop-culture gags or similarly wacky wisecracks; the emphasis is purely on action and adventure, and it pays off wonderfully by the end.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
January 1, 2009
A thoroughly engaging, slightly offbeat adventure with solid themes running through it
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Michael Dequina
January 1, 2009
For animation fans looking for a little more class and a lot less of the commonplace crass, this makes for a decent timepass.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jeffrey Overstreet
Looking Closer
December 23, 2008
We may now never see the movie that captures the delicate grace of DiCamillo's story. ... [But it] is still a delightful, entertaining time at the movies.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
December 23, 2008
There's nothing actually wrong with Despereaux, but there's nothing all that right with it either.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 22, 2008
A beautifully animated film with a gorgeous soundtrack.
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David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 22, 2008
Better than this year's critical darling 'Wall-E'.
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Ben Lyons
At the Movies
December 22, 2008
It just tries to take a little bit from some of the things we've seen over the past few years that have worked to make this work and it's just desperate and it doesn't work.
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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies
December 22, 2008
It's like Ratatouille meets Upstairs Downstairs to go sort of cross-generational but it didn't work really on any level.
Gary Brown
Houston Community Newspapers
December 22, 2008
The animation quality is first rate.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jim Lane
Sacramento News & Review
December 21, 2008
The story has a kind of primal, childlike sweetness, even as it grows unexpectedly complicated.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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