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The Trumpet of the Swan Reviews

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media
December 29, 2010
A good family movie; much to enjoy and talk about.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Brian Webster
Apollo Guide
July 30, 2001
This is one worth missing in the hopes that some day, someone will do it a whole lot better.
Read More | Original Score: 61/100
Christopher Null
June 27, 2001
A rushed direct-to-video kiddie flick.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
May 23, 2001
"Trumpet of the Swan" features flat background art, some poor sound syncing and insipid, sugary songs.
Full Review | Original Score: C-
Jeff Vice
Deseret News, Salt Lake City
May 18, 2001
One of the weakest kids' films in recent memory.
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Ty Burr
Entertainment Weekly
May 17, 2001
Features charmless songs, junky animation, hambone voice talent.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jay Carr
Boston Globe
May 14, 2001
Too bad the director didn't set his mind to making a film parents could enjoy, too.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
Luisa F. Ribeiro
Boxoffice Magazine
May 14, 2001
Shallowness of characterization and unmemorable songs.
Frank Lovece
TV Guide
May 11, 2001
This adaptation of E.B. White's classic novel doesn't even live up to the Hanna-Barbera Charlotte's Web, let alone 1999's Stuart Little.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
Sherri Winston
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
May 11, 2001
While the message of the story sings loud and clear, the drama plays out at a whisper.
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Pam Sitt
Seattle Times
May 11, 2001
Wait for this one to come out on video.
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
May 11, 2001
May hold the attention of the very young, but despite marginal attempts at Disney-style cleverness, the simplistic writing, flat animation and sloppy direction will leave adults bored.
Full Review | Original Score: D
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Jan Stuart
May 11, 2001
Passable animation for the younger members of the family, but the movie never finds its own voice.
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
May 11, 2001
One ugly duckling of a cartoon.
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 11, 2001
There isn't much for children to see at the movies that doesn't fall into the usual dog-droppings-and-pratfall stuff of films like See Spot Run.
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Susan Stark
Detroit News
May 11, 2001
A shallow, tacky, finally soupy revision of a wry, noticing, resonant, elegant, deeply romantic story.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail
May 11, 2001
The movie leeches from the book most of what makes the story wonderful: The sly humour and the occasional dark edge that keeps the inherent sweetness on the safe side of sentimentality.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
May 11, 2001
An innocuous family feature that's too little/too late in the fast-moving world of feature animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
May 11, 2001
A bland, well-meaning mishmash that never coheres into a dramatic whole.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
May 10, 2001
Trumpet of the Swan is not just lackluster. It's also lackbeauty, lackhumor and lackquality.
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