'Pocahontas' Critic Reviews

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Rotten Tomatoes:   53 reviews
  • Owen Gleiberman Entertainment Weekly (Top Critic)
    42
    Why make a Disney cartoon and take all the fun out of it?
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Janet Maslin New York Times (Top Critic)
    70
    Any damage such revisionist history may impose on young minds is offset by the honestly inspiring thoughts Pocahontas offers.
    Full Review » 12 years ago
  • Mike Clark USA Today (Top Critic)
    75
    Imagine a cult Disney cartoon, for this may be it.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Rita Kempley Washington Post (Top Critic)
    All Disney has really done in its disappointing 33rd animated feature is revive the stereotype of the Noble Savage.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Desson Thomson Washington Post (Top Critic)
    As for the songs, they're guaranteed to keep your shoes glued to the floor
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Roger Ebert Chicago Sun-Times (Top Critic)
    75
    Pocahontas is the best-looking of the modern Disney animated features, and one of the more thoughtful: It is about real issues, even if it treats them with naive idealism.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum Chicago Reader (Top Critic)
    Overall this seems like a reasonable stab at an impossible agenda.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Jeremy Gerard Variety (Top Critic)
    The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • James Berardinelli ReelViews (Top Critic)
    88
    Taking advantage of the studio's breathtakingly intricate animation, directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg have breathed vitality into this, the fifth 'new wave' Disney animated picture.
    Full Review » 15 years ago
  • Richard Corliss TIME Magazine (Top Critic)
    [A] handsome, deeply felt, even more deeply reverent animated musical.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Peter Travers Rolling Stone (Top Critic)
    Disney deserves praise for raising the ante on its ambitions in animation. Next time, though, a little less civics lesson and a little more heart.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Kenneth Turan Los Angeles Times (Top Critic)
    50
    Adult viewers, spoiled by what has come before, may feel that this film, which relates the legendary romance between a chief's daughter and English adventurer John Smith in the New World, is more by-the-numbers than inspired.
    Full Review » 14 years ago
  • Peter Canavese Groucho Reviews
    63
    It's hard to excuse the reconception of the eleven or twelve-year-old Pocahontas...as a statuesque supermodel, especially as kids don't need their stories to be hung on romance to deem them, err, shapely. [Blu-ray]
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • James Plath Movie Metropolis
    70
    "Pocahontas" isn't an A-movie in the Disney catalog, but it's a solid second-tier film that, despite its romanticizing of the "noble savage," nonetheless features themes that are wholesome and consistent with Disney's messaging.
    Full Review » 2 years ago
  • Scott G. Mignola Common Sense Media
    60
    Fine for kids; just don't expect a history lesson.
    Full Review » 4 years ago
  • Tim Brayton Antagony & Ecstasy
    50
    The film of the Disney Renaissance likeliest to elicit a shudder of dismay from all but the most maniacal Disney buffs.
    Full Review » 5 years ago
  • Film4
    Forgettable.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • TV Guide's Movie Guide
    75
    Overall, Pocahontas is a triumph as a visual experience (though the music is unusually bland), but a disappointment as a film.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Laura Shapiro Newsweek
    Just about everything in this lavish, animated feature is for the pigtail set.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • David Hepworth Empire Magazine
    60
    Not only historically dubious, but the dullest Disney animation for years.
    Full Review » 6 years ago
  • Time Out
    Pocahontas can't get stirred dramatically for political correctness, the finale will please nobody, and the songs are duff. That said, there are enough incidental felicities to pass the time pleasantly.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid
    One of the most scattered of the studio's famed animated features.
    Full Review » 8 years ago
  • Thomas Delapa Boulder Weekly
    40
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Randy Shulman Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
    40
    Full Review » 9 years ago
  • Matt Brunson Creative Loafing
    88
    As long as Republicans are in power, the line "You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you" will remain relevant.
    Full Review » 9 years ago
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