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The Tale of Despereaux Reviews

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Nell Minow
Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
February 18, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
August 16, 2011
Certainly bears a superficial resemblance to Ratatouille, but it's a better film in several ways.
Dave White
Movies.com
April 4, 2011
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 73/100
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+
David Cornelius
eFilmCritic.com
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.
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
TheMovieReport.com
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
Jeanne Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 22, 2008
A beautifully animated film with a gorgeous soundtrack.
Full Review
David Kaplan
Kaplan vs. Kaplan
December 22, 2008
Better than this year's critical darling 'Wall-E'.
Full Review
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.
| Original Score: 4/5
Linda Cook
Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
December 20, 2008
This creature is stirring. And yes, he's a mouse.
Full Review| Original Score: 3/4
Sean P. Means
Salt Lake Tribune
December 19, 2008
What wins us over is Despereaux himself, whose courage and heart are as big as his ears.
| Original Score: 3/4
Gary Wolcott
Tri-City Herald
December 19, 2008
These days, unique characters with multi-dimensional personalities and the most complex movie relationships are found in animated features.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Daniel M. Kimmel
Worcester Telegram & Gazette
December 19, 2008
The animation is striking precisely because it doesn't look like a cartoon... It's a fairy tale world that seems to sprawl beyond the edges of the screen.
| Original Score: 3/4

Digital Spy
July 14, 2011
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