Bolt Reviews

  • It's a great day in America when the complicated looks so easy, and when we expect smart storytelling as a rule, not the exception.

    Lisa Schwarzbaum — Entertainment Weekly

  • If Bolt does not quite rise to the level of bona fide Pixar masterpieces like Wall-E, Finding Nemo and Ratatouille, it does manage to be frisky, funny and inventive enough to engage the attention of grown-ups as well as children.

    A.O. Scott — New York Times

  • Tremendously lovable and funny stuff.

    Peter Bradshaw — Guardian [UK]

  • Funny and heartwarming, if not entirely original, Bolt is bound to charm audiences of all ages.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • That it falls short of Pixar's lofty heights doesn't mean the attempt isn't worthwhile; indeed, Bolt is the most entertaining and well-crafted Disney Animation movie in years.

    Dan Kois — Washington Post

  • The format brilliantly brings an audience that much closer to a handful of increasingly lonely, yet contagiously enthusiastic, animals.

    Wesley Morris — Boston Globe

  • Disney surely sees that inside the kinetic movement of Pixar films is a lot of restraint. Bolt is super-fast, yet not as super-sincere as it would like to believe.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • The 3-D process is an enhancement, even though it's used with little verve or ingenuity. But the movie's terms are severely limited too.

    Joe Morgenstern — Wall Street Journal

  • This computer-animated (but non-Pixar) adventure flick doesn't do much of anything innovative, but it sports a disarming furball of a lead and enough jaunty comic turns to carry the day.

    Amy Biancolli — Houston Chronicle

  • The directors and screenwriters hit all their marks and push all the right buttons, but the story never really takes off, and the characters never really spark to life.

    Tom Maurstad — Dallas Morning News

  • The Disney animated blockbuster-to-be Bolt is a delightful family movie, and if I'd seen it as a kid I would have been deeply traumatized.

    David Edelstein — New York Magazine

  • It's not a 'gourmet' banquet on the order of Ratatouille or the first Shrek, but this peppy picture is certainly more than a cinematic 'snack,' and for its 96-minute running time will not bore kids, the parents or other adults joining them.

    Bill Zwecker — Chicago Sun-Times

  • It's a seriously withholding action comedy, stingy on the wit, charm, jokes, narrative satisfactions and animals with personalities sharp enough for the big screen.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Adults won't find much to enjoy here, though the dog's high-octane action series serves as a perverse parody of Jerry Bruckheimer-style summer blockbusters.

    J. R. Jones — Chicago Reader

  • While this charmer about a canine James Bond does not pack the emotional punch of WALL-E, it's frisky fun to see the white shepherd get a new leash on life.

    Carrie Rickey — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • Bolt is a jolt of joy, a computer-animated delight that is delirious with laughs.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • Witty, sweet and -- in 3D -- often visually dazzling, Bolt is an unexpected pleasure, a showbiz, sci-fi spin on a classic Disney tale that's sure to please small kids and parents alike.

    Tom Long — Detroit News

  • The story is somewhat predictable, but it's sweet and happy and the animation is first-rate.

    Bill Goodykoontz — Arizona Republic

  • An OK Disney animated entry enhanced by nifty 3-D projection.

    Todd McCarthy — Variety

  • Overall it's basically a crass marketing concept closer to Beverly Hills Chihuahua than a fully conceived work of art like Wall-E.

    Lou Lumenick — New York Post

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