Reviews

Feb 18, 2012
Jan 9, 2009
Scratch a CGI fairytale and you'll find an allegory about class, particularly if rodents are involved.
Dec 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.
Dec 22, 2008
It's like Ratatouille meets Upstairs Downstairs to go sort of cross-generational but it didn't work really on any level.
Dec 21, 2008
While the film's heart is certainly in the right place, and while certain moments exude honest warmth and refreshingly direct truth, on the whole there is nothing about this computer animated epic that remotely sets it apart from the crowd.
Dec 19, 2008
. The plot is too convoluted and there are too many characters to keep track of.
Dec 19, 2008
[The directors] can't quite locate a core of buoyant energy in the film as a whole.
Dec 19, 2008
The Tale of Despereaux may not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.
Dec 19, 2008
Despereaux is a little too desperate to be loved.
Dec 19, 2008
There's precious little space in Despereaux's tale for heroism (save for the third act) and humor.
Dec 19, 2008
[The directors] give their film a stately pace that's a pleasant break from the usual sugared-up kids' mayhem.
Dec 19, 2008
Their gentle care and attention help fill out this sweet tale. So, too, do the background artists who have created wonderfully intricate universes for the different rodents to inhabit.
Dec 19, 2008
Somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling. It works like a beloved fairy tale.
Dec 19, 2008
Despereaux is a rare creature, not only for the handmade look and subtlety of its computer-generated imagery but also for its irony-free embrace of once-upon-a-time storytelling.
Dec 19, 2008
Like the old adage about too many cooks, The Tale of Despereaux is full of ideas, but the combination is more perturbing than satisfying.
Dec 19, 2008
The film dispenses entirely with the bathroom humor that has become a standard element in so much kids entertainment.
Dec 19, 2008
The imagery is colorful and artfully rendered, but the filmmakers, favoring technological wizardry over story, have beefed up the narrative with teeming rodent civilizations, a seafaring sequence, and gladiatorial action pieces.
Dec 19, 2008
Despereaux is a pleasantly immersive, beautifully animated, occasionally sleepy tale.
Dec 19, 2008
A skillfully managed fairy tale about a mouse, a rat, and fairy tales in general.
Dec 19, 2008
I admired the craft more than I loved the results. But The Tales of Despereaux is still better-than-average animation.