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The Tale of Despereaux

G In Theaters 12/19/2008 , 100min.
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Critic score based on 12 reviews

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April 15, 2011
Ok, so it wasn't ratatouille, but it was an ejoyable film. I liked it. I never read the book, and only watched it because of Emma Watson voicing the princess, but I found myself liking it a lot. Personally, I think the reviews are a little unfair about this movie (I mean, it's not an Oscar-contending movie, it's just a cartoon), but whatever.
August 06, 2009
What a great movie! I went to see this on a "free movie" morning at the Regal Cinema, and I thought it was great! It was first class all of the way, and what a great story!
March 14, 2009
I thought it was a stupid short movie. The book is always better. And this movie was terrible!
January 03, 2009
I am tired of all the subliminal messages I am finding in kids movies, the middle easterners playing the bad rats, saying Soup Day is more important than Christmas, what is going on around here?!?! How come they didn't say Soup Day is more important than Hannukah or Kwanza? The editing was bad. The only thing holding this movie is imagary, nice graphics etc. Sigourney Weaver's voice was
January 02, 2009
I didn't really see that many adult themes or undercurrents, but the movie overall wasn't that good. The illustrations were amazing but the plot and sideplots were convuluted. The BIGGEST issue we had was that one of the previews was too scarey for my 5 year old who has had trouble going to sleep since. The preview was for a nightmare before christmas-type movie. Certainly wasn't appropriate

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Adam Markovitz
Entertainment Weekly
Too bad the story's such a mess. Full Review
Claudia Puig
USA Today
While the story does not quite come to magical life, the themes of courage, hope and decency are sweetly inspiring. Full Review
James Berardinelli
While the voice acting is fine and the story is nicely paced, the visuals are disappointing. Full Review
John Anderson
Washington Post
As usual with these animated epics, much depends on the vocal performances, and it's a mixed bag. Full Review
Justin Chang
This graphically well-rendered kidpic is less crass and mouthy than many recent feature-length toons, but also more sluggish and ungainly as it tries to approximate DiCamillo's singularly delicate tone. Full Review

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