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Treasure Planet Reviews

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Bill Stamets
Chicago Reader
September 9, 2008
It's laced with literate humor, and the directors cite N.C. Wyeth's illustrations for the 1911 Scribner's edition of Treasure Island as the inspiration for their marvelously detailed fantasy world.
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
While Pixar can do no wrong with its cutting edge CGI originals, Disney is falling back on old formulas
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Newsday
May 28, 2003
| Original Score: 3/4
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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
December 2, 2002
I think kids will find it really entertaining, and parents will find it amusing enough.
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Daphne Gordon
Toronto Star
November 29, 2002
There's enough meaty plot and character left beneath the fancy effects to make watching the film a satisfying experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
November 29, 2002
It just may inspire a few younger moviegoers to read Stevenson's book, which is a treasure in and of itself.
| Original Score: B+
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Bill Muller
Arizona Republic
November 28, 2002
One of the most gorgeous Disney films ever.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
Enjoy the spectacle.
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Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
November 27, 2002
It's all quite vividly imagined, down to the tiniest details.
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Laura Sinagra
Village Voice
November 27, 2002
Despite more betrayal and loyalty than a Chris Carabba box set, there's no real good or evil here.
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Andy Klein
Variety
November 27, 2002
'Treasure Plane' starts with the clever idea of transforming the story into an old-fashioned space opera, and the animated visuals are handily up to the studio's best. Yet the film's total appeal may be undercut by a script that rarely feels inspired.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
November 27, 2002
Treasure Planet doesn't have the charm of Disney's last homegrown release, Lilo & Stitch, or the dazzling artistry of Spirited Away. But it's a capable and diverting holiday season adventure for a family audience.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
November 27, 2002
Don't look for gravity-bound logic here. This is cartoon fantasy, not a literal translation, although in its way it stays pretty close to Stevenson's characters and storyline.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Glenn Lovell
San Jose Mercury News
November 27, 2002
It's a pleasant enough way to mark time, which is exactly what the rest of the Disney crew is doing -- until inspiration, like a beam from the far end of the galaxy, strikes again.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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C.W. Nevius
San Francisco Chronicle
November 27, 2002
When the Disney people go after your holiday dollar, they don't leave anything in the paint box.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
November 27, 2002
Sci-fi meets sea-faring fantasy, and the mix isn't half bad.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel
November 27, 2002
Has its moments, but it's pretty far from a treasure.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
November 27, 2002
Better than OK, but no Spirited Away.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
November 27, 2002
If Treasure Planet falls short of Lion King's classic status, it still proves there is plenty of room in animation for movies that aren't geared exclusively to 8-year-olds.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Jon Strickland
L.A. Weekly
November 27, 2002
It's doubtful the 'tweens' they're aiming at here still embrace Disney, and little kids don't care about back story.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
November 27, 2002
Moody, involving and endlessly inventive, Treasure Planet lacks only the element of delight, of joyfulness that marks the very best animation has to offer.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Steven Rosen
Denver Post
November 27, 2002
One wants good storytelling from animated films, and Treasure Planet is working with a good one. But, like pirates hoarding gold, it gets greedy trying to wow us with too much.
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November 27, 2002
A truly wonderful tale combined with stunning animation.
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 27, 2002
For anyone who grew up on Disney's 1950 Treasure Island, or remembers the 1934 Victor Fleming classic, this one feels like an impostor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 27, 2002
As literary desecrations go, this makes for perfectly acceptable, occasionally very enjoyable children's entertainment. You'll forget about it by Monday, though, and if they're old enough to have developed some taste, so will your kids.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Robert Denerstein
Denver Rocky Mountain News
November 27, 2002
We're not talking a Disney treasure here, but if Treasure Planet falls short of gem status, it should provide youngsters with a reasonable amount of diversion.
| Original Score: B-
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
November 27, 2002
The adventures that youngsters act out on the french fry-littered seats of the family minivan will surely be more exciting, and more imaginative, than the film itself.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
November 27, 2002
The genre's recent past has set the bar quite high, and Treasure Planet doesn't quite make it over.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Terry Lawson
Detroit Free Press
November 27, 2002
Retaining the swashbuckling spirit of Stevenson's novel but adding megabytes of computer-age cool, Treasure Planet is the one holiday thrill ride the whole family can enjoy.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bruce Westbrook
Houston Chronicle
November 27, 2002
Treasure Planet is the rousing action-adventure Disney tried and failed to produce in last year's Atlantis: Legend of the Lost Empire.
| Original Score: A+
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
November 27, 2002
This is an enjoyable though forgettable film, brightly animated but allowing itself to descend into slapstick, fart jokes and flippant humor.
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Ray Conlogue
Globe and Mail
November 27, 2002
This concoction, so bizarre to the adult mind, is actually a charming triumph where its intended under-12 audience is concerned.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
November 27, 2002
You could nap for an hour and not miss a thing.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
November 26, 2002
Directors John Musker and Ron Clements, the team behind The Little Mermaid, have produced sparkling retina candy, but they aren't able to muster a lot of emotional resonance in the cold vacuum of space.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
November 26, 2002
[There's] quite a bit of heart, as you would expect from the directors of The Little Mermaid and Aladdin.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
November 26, 2002
As family films go, this one offers an engaging and exciting 90 minutes.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4