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The Tale of Despereaux Reviews

The Tale of Despereaux

Overview


Genre :

Animation, Adventure

Release Date :

December 19, 2008

MPAA Rating :

G

Director :

Sam Fell, Rob Stevenhagen

Starring :

Matthew Broderick, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Tracey Ullman, Kevin Kline, William H. Macy, Stanley Tucci, Ciaran Hinds, Robbie Coltrane, Tony Hale, Frances Conroy, Frank Langella, Richard Jenkins, Christopher Lloyd, Sigourney Weaver

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Nothing's perfect, but it's worth seeing.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

2.5 of 4

“..sweetly inspiring..”
by Claudia Puig [USA Today]
3 of 4

“..somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling..”
by Kyle Smith [New York Post]
“..pleasantly immersive, beautifully animated, occasionally sleepy..”
by Manohla Dargis [NY Times]
3 of 5

“..heartwarming..”
by [Empire Magazine]
3 of 4

“..completely enjoyable..”
by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
2 of 5

“..a pleasant-looking animation without much of a clue about how to make itself captivating or compelling..”
by David Mercier [FilmJudge]
Review rate : C+
Reviewed by Adam Markovitz [Entertainment Weekly]
Review rate : C
Reviewed by Paula Nechak [Seattle Post Intelligencer]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by Steven Rea [Philadelphia Inquirer]
2.5 of 4
Reviewed by James Berardinelli [Reelviews]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Jesse Hassenger [Filmcritic.com]

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