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Valiant Reviews

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August 29, 2005
Where are the real fairy tales -- the ones without the relentless number of jokes aimed at grown-ups?
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James Berardinelli
ReelViews
August 21, 2005
Arguably the blandest of the burgeoning crop of big budget digitally animated films, Valiant aims to prove that the death of traditional animation has simply pushed lackluster screenplays into the digital realm.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
August 19, 2005
Even though its historical references and battle scenes may fly over their heads like so many homing pigeons, kids will enjoy Valiant, too, if only for its nonstop action and lively visual design.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
August 19, 2005
Despite a handful of good aerial 'birdfight' sequences, 'Valiant' fails to get off the ground due to a by-numbers script and dodo-ugly character design that add up to less than one would expect from 'Shrek' producer John H. WilliamsJohn H. William.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
August 19, 2005
Not only is the pacing less hyper, the humour less pop-cult savvy and the story almost creakily old-fashioned [than a Pixar production], it even looks like it was made in a cloudier climate: the dominant colours are muted blues and greys.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
August 19, 2005
Though it's made with wit, style and sweetness, it may be a tricky match for American audiences.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 19, 2005
A passable animated feature that will entertain small children, but feels as if it was thrown together quickly.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 19, 2005
It's watchable. But try explaining all of this not-particularly funny adult history, humor and clutter to a child.
| Original Score: 3/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 19, 2005
Apart from the puns and regurgitation jokes, the story of a group of carrier pigeons on a death-defying mission in 1944 Europe will fly over the heads of actual youngsters.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Jami Bernard
New York Daily News
August 19, 2005
Stick to the genuinely delightful Chicken Run -- this one's for the birds.
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Peter Debruge
Miami Herald
August 19, 2005
It's no Shrek, but what Valiant lacks in looks, it makes up for with its perky winged heroes and high-flying concept.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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John Monaghan
Detroit Free Press
August 19, 2005
Even young viewers will recognize Valiant as second-tier Disney.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Lisa Kennedy
Denver Post
August 19, 2005
It's tempting then to call this U.S.-British-produced endeavor an odd duck. Except that Valiant uses nearly every pun in the book.
| Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
August 19, 2005
The thought of this motley crew in the recording studio, laying down vocal tracks and cracking each other up, is far more entertaining than anything in the film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Scott Von Doviak
Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
August 19, 2005
Harmless but generally uninspired.
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Mike Clark
USA Today
August 18, 2005
Too inoffensive to engender the hostility once reserved for Howard the Duck.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Carina Chocano
Los Angeles Times
August 18, 2005
An unconscionably dreary and amateurish-looking thing, and the rote plot and annoyingly predictable script -- a compendium of bird puns, mostly -- don't work nearly hard enough to make up for the hammy awfulness of the images.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post
August 18, 2005
Too dependent on a knowledge of RAF-inspired cinematic derring-do like '633 Squadron' (or at least Hogan's Heroes) for the average tyke, yet too tepid for their taller counterparts, Valiant is ultimately one strange bird.
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 18, 2005
Poorly plotted, suspense-free film.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Jeff Strickler
Minneapolis Star Tribune
August 18, 2005
The animated feature Valiant, a story about the carrier pigeons that ferried messages from France to England during World War II, takes wing but never quite manages to soar.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Nancy Churnin
Dallas Morning News
August 18, 2005
Valiant may not fly in the stratosphere of Pixar or the best of DreamWorks, but giving these plucky birds their due is not a bad way to wind up the summer.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Robert K. Elder
Chicago Tribune
August 18, 2005
A mix of top-notch voice talents, standard computer animation and several missed story opportunities.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Kathy Cano Murillo
Arizona Republic
August 18, 2005
What Valiant does most is give pigeons a break from the nasty 'flying rat' reputation. Aside from that, it's doesn't ruffle any feathers.
| Original Score: 2/5
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Gene Seymour
Newsday
August 18, 2005
Valiant seems built merely to distract and divert for a brisk hour-and-small-change.
| Original Score: 2/4
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Eleanor Ringel Gillespie
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
August 18, 2005
[The vocal talents] and some meticulous period details make up for the film's unsurprising plot and occasional tepid stretches.
| Original Score: C+
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Ella Taylor
L.A. Weekly
August 18, 2005
It's not at all clear which audience director Gary Chapman has his eye on.
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Scott Brown
Entertainment Weekly
August 17, 2005
This movie's aesthetics seem governed by its bottom line: The CG is on the rubbery side, and the backdrops are jarringly 2-D. But Valiant isn't so hard to look at -- it's hard to listen to.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Akiva Gottlieb
Village Voice
August 16, 2005
As education by anthropomorphism goes, Maus this ain't.
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Ray Bennett
Hollywood Reporter
April 5, 2005
A plucky little bird that just won't fly.