Walt & El Grupo - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Walt & El Grupo Reviews

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Robert W. Butler
Kansas City Star
January 15, 2010
Above all else the film is a treasure trove of fantastic archival material, much of it never before shown.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
October 22, 2009
At a time when Hollywood doesn't remember last year, is obsessed with the bottom line and is run by men who often have no sense of history, Walt & El Grupo evokes a better time.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
October 21, 2009
While skimming over the troubled waters of impending war and ongoing labor unrest, it's both a vicarious vacation and a crash course in animation.
| Original Score: 3/4
Chris Foran
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
October 1, 2009
You get a taste of what the Disney group went through and saw, and you see how that work translated into rough sketches and designs.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
September 24, 2009
[Thomas] may need more distance from the subject -- Walt & El Grupo could shed about 20 minutes -- but there's no questioning his sincerity or his instinct for revealing anecdotes.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Anthony Lane
New Yorker
September 21, 2009
This may be the first documentary that contains not a single American, living or dead, who is anything but merry of disposition. That cheer carries over to the on-the-spot gusto of el grupo's sketchbooks -- a more accurate tribute than the final cartoons.
Avi Offer
NYC Movie Guru
September 13, 2009
A lively, well-edited documentary brimming with insight, warmth and humor while captivating audiences both young and old.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
Cathleen Roundtree
Boxoffice Magazine
September 11, 2009
Provides a framing device for the Disney creative process as well as the issue of the place of art in geo-politics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
September 10, 2009
While Walt & El Grupo could use trimming, it also is visually stunning.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Noel Murray
AV Club
September 10, 2009
Hardcore Disney fans will appreciate how serious-minded and intimate this movie is, but for others, Walt & El Grupo might feel like an expensive vacation slide show, assembled by strangers.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
September 10, 2009
Walt & El Grupo is the best kind of labor of love. A documentary made with affection and intelligence...
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Edward Douglas
September 8, 2009
This historical film has to be seen for the glorious way it takes you back through time, making you feel as if you are part of Disney's entourage.
Full Review | Original Score: 9.5/10
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Ernest Hardy
Village Voice
September 8, 2009
Walt is both humorous and moderately revealing about the backstage machinations of the Disney machine.
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
September 29, 2011
...a niche effort that has little to offer all but the most ardent of animation junkies.
Full Review | Original Score: .5/4
Ryan Cracknell
Movie Views
December 11, 2010
An intimate, albeit uneventful, story filled with flashy graphics but not a lot of substance.
Sean Axmaker
December 3, 2010
... less probing documentary than colorful press release for the paternal Disney...
James Plath
Movie Metropolis
November 29, 2010
This is the 'untold story.' And apparently there's not much more to tell.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
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Mick LaSalle
San Francisco Chronicle
October 30, 2009
The production values are first rate. But you will wait in vain to hear a good reason for this movie's existence.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
Frank Swietek
One Guy's Opinion
October 18, 2009
A bland tourist souvenir, the equivalent of an authorized biography rather than an independent one.
Full Review | Original Score: C
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Jeannette Catsoulis
New York Times
September 11, 2009
A relentlessly upbeat vanity project destined for the Disney family archive.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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