The Tale of Despereaux - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Tale of Despereaux Reviews

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Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
December 19, 2008
There's precious little space in Despereaux's tale for heroism (save for the third act) and humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
JimmyO
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
December 19, 2008
...this jumbled display of rats and mice and a princess is much too dark and frustratingly uneven that very few will find joy in this story of a mouse, a rat and a servant girl.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/10
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
December 17, 2008
The Tale of Despereaux looks like it was made about 10 years ago and, at a time when even mediocre animated films can generally boast a stunning look, this movie's uninspired animation is a source of disappointment.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
December 18, 2008
Clumsily wedged in like a TV commercial between deafening stunts, the emotional storytelling sinks without a trace.
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
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
December 19, 2008
In her book, DiCamillo gracefully weaves together several plot strands, something the movie -- with less time and, I suspect, less storytelling ingenuity -- can't do.
| Original Score: 2/4
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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.
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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.
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
December 15, 2008
In a post-Ratatouille world, an animated film about rodents and fine cuisine is the exact opposite of original.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Eric D. Snider
EricDSnider.com
December 18, 2008
It takes a long time to find its way; even once it's on track, it has a hard time juggling the shifting story lines and characters.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Louise Keller
Urban Cinefile
December 19, 2008
Humour, fantasy and drama swirl together, but the blending is far from seamless,"
Andrew L. Urban
Urban Cinefile
December 19, 2008
Laboured and disjointed, the film has none of the charm of a Ratatouille or a Shrek, but seems derivative of them.
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Anna King
Time Out
December 17, 2008
It's hard to care what happens to Princess Pea when she's just a whiny British toff, waiting for a prince with a phallic-looking noggin to save her.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6
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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
December 18, 2008
The Tale of Despereaux looks like an illuminated manuscript brought to life. Too bad the story's such a mess.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
BrianOrndorf.com
December 18, 2008
It's frustrating to watch Tale flounder as much as it does, but when the filmmakers don't seem particularly comfortable with the source material, it doesn't invite the viewer inside to experience any potential magic.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Christy Lemire
Associated Press
December 18, 2008
Whereas the gorgeous, sophisticated Ratatouille was both a crowd-pleaser and a critical favorite, duly winning the Academy Award for best animated feature, Despereaux feels obvious, preachy and heavy-handed.
Chris Kaltenbach
Baltimore Sun
December 19, 2008
A film that seems less interested in telling a story than in moralizing to its young audience about the value of individuality, the danger of prejudging someone, the folly of jumping to conclusions, the joys of altruism, the sorrows of pettiness.
| Original Score: 1/4
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
Brian Tallerico
Movie Retriever
December 19, 2008
The Tale of Despereaux only saves itself from being one of the worst films of the year by being one of the most instantly forgettable.
Anthony Quinn
Independent (UK)
December 19, 2008
A long story, and one more likely to work its charm on kids than on their parents.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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