Considering the army of craftsmen who work on a Disney cartoon film, it is hard to give individual credits, for the memorable qualities.
Bosley Crowther - New York Times
When those little mice bust a gut trying to drag that key up hundreds of stairs in order to free Cinderella, I don't care how many Kubrick pictures you've seen, it's still exciting.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
This 1950 effort shows Disney at the tail end of his best period, when his backgrounds were still luminous with depth and detail and his incidental characters still had range and bite.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
The musical numbers woven into the fantasy are generally solid, with at least two or three likely hit tunes standing out in the half-dozen songs.
Variety Staff - Variety
Cinderella is beguiling proof that Walt Disney still knows his way around fairyland.
Dean Essner - TIME Magazine
One of the best animated features in the Disney stable, this was also the box office smash that saved Walt's studio during the precarious post-war period.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
It's not all action, and while there's plenty to keep the kids entertained, there are also nice poetic touches of animated artistry that will appeal more to adults.
Amber Wilkinson - Eye for Film
Sweet fairy tale classic for little princesses.
Nell Minow - Common Sense Media
Great animation, but not quite as great as the pre-war standard; deeply problematic gender issues in a reed-thin story; some brilliant characters, a lot of fairly dull ones.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Yes, it's beautiful, and yes, it's classic. But it's also got rather a bland pair of lead characters. That said, it's still enjoyable family entertainment, and shall remain forever so.
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Excellent animation, marvelous color, and lovely music make Cinderella a delight all the way around.
Michael Scheinfeld - TV Guide's Movie Guide
As usual, everything is slightly glossy, soppy and hearty, yet not a string is left untwanged.
Dean Essner - Time Out
...there's no denying the overall effectiveness of this familiar tale.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Of all the Cinderella stories on film, this one has the most villainous stepmother (voiced by Eleanor Audley) and the most charming mice.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Disney films have lasted for years by those good-natured moments and the superlative animation...
Rory L. Aronsky - Film Threat
Represents, alas, the early stages of Disney-itis… follows the fairy-tale template [but] doesn't do much to elevate the material the way [Disney's] earlier features did.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
The 1950 classic arrives on DVD for the first time with its charm enhanced and plenty of extras to delight fans of the fairytale.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's Lynchian--Bunuelian, too.
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
A trim hour and change worth of Gerber life lessons.
Eric Henderson - Slant Magazine
the mice are the reason to see this movie
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
a true cinematic fairytale
Norm Schrager - Filmcritic.com
The story has great charm, wit, humor, and zip, everything to entertain kids and adults alike.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
While it has its charms, I never considered Disney's 1950 take on the fairy tale to be worthy of the 'masterpiece' label the studio slaps on all of its animated features.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Far from the peaks of Pinocchio or Sleeping Beauty, but still a solidly enjoyable Disney venture.
Nick Davis - Nick's Flick Picks
Carol Cling - Las Vegas Review-Journal
Disney, while sticking to the particulars of the most famous rags-to-riches story of them all, also introduced a host of delightful new characters.
Dean Essner - Film4
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
One of the greatest of the Great Old Disney Classics.
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com