Watership Down Reviews

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September 4, 2008
A rare movie that keeps kids on the edge of their chairs without inducing in their parents an overwhelming desire to escape theirs for a smoke in the lobby.
September 3, 2008
A brief spark of imagination survives in a prologue sequence, designed by the great John Hubley before he was fired from the film. The rest is blandness.
January 26, 2006
The 'camera' takes a conventionally objective viewpoint, perpetually rolling over rolling countryside, which effectively robs the plot of all its terror and tension.
February 21, 2019
I love the book and I think... that this is a worthy adaptation.
September 28, 2015
The movie is the antithesis of the modern standard, plodding and patient, unbothered by flashy bright images or relentless comical interludes.
March 27, 2015
Although this is an animated film featuring cute rabbits as the main characters, this is far from a children's movie, and considering the violence and horror to be found in this film, it is rather surprising that the MPAA passed it with a PG rating.
March 19, 2015
Martin Rosen's eloquent, wondrous Watership Down offers a deceivingly simple yet powerful view of a war-ridden rabbit society, and Criterion adorns the film with a top-shelf A/V transfer and fascinating extras.
March 5, 2015
The film's careful balance of humanizing the rabbits while also recognizing the realities of their inherent nature (which is more territorial and combative than cute and cuddly) gives its conflict a particularly sharp edge
March 4, 2015
The animation style veers between poetic and prosaic.
February 26, 2015
A rather faithful adaptation of [Richard] Adams' book, as well as a milestone work of independent animation.
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