Epic Reviews

  • The story lacks the specialness of a Pixar movie - it retreads the same eco-battle archetypes as FernGully and Avatar - but it's a perfectly appealing explosion of color for a lazy summer day.

    Stephan Lee — Entertainment Weekly

  • As beautiful as it is, "Epic" is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Epic's visuals are enthralling enough for little and big folks to offset a predictable, albeit sweet, story.

    Claudia Puig — USA Today

  • It may not be epic, but it's eye-popping entertainment.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • [It] is certainly very pretty to look at, and has a general agreeability about it. But the movie would need to engage us far more powerfully for that hyperbolic title to fit.

    Tom Russo — Boston Globe

  • With its array of goofy sidekicks (Aziz Ansari as a slug almost runs away with the whole picture) and carefully crafted relationships, Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale.

    Zachary Wigon — Village Voice

  • Even young would-be botanists will find this charmless animated adventure as exciting as watching grass grow.

    Joe Neumaier — New York Daily News

  • A 3D eco-fantasy whose mantra-like insistence that we're all connected by nature is one of the main things that underscores the abject insincerity of the sentiment as the movie articulates it, "Epic" is very nearly epic in its stifling mediocrity.

    Glenn Kenny — MSN Movies

  • It's difficult to keep its story and characters, or even its visual design, in your mind's eye, in part because the five credited screenwriters overload the narrative with incident and threatening complication.

    Michael Phillips — Chicago Tribune

  • Generic entertainment with a brave heroine, cutesy-poo supporting characters, parental figures who are either absent or absent-minded, etcetera, etcetera.

    Steven Rea — Philadelphia Inquirer

  • "Epic" may be the thinking family's best Saturday matinee of the summer. And the date movie of the season.

    Colin Covert — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • If this is all familiar territory even to film-literate young children, it's nonetheless executed with professionalism and a few dashes of panache.

    Andrew Barker — Variety

  • I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • Children may enjoy it, but even they will be able to see all the boxes it systematically ticks.

    Dave McGinn — Globe and Mail

  • Although the basic story is too juvenile and simplistic to entertain anyone with an age in the double-digit range, the themes and underlying ideas are too complicated to capture the attention of someone younger.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • With its secret, magical worlds and legions of evil-battling leafy warriors, there's plenty here to engage young audiences of both genders.

    Michael Rechtshaffen — Hollywood Reporter

  • The emotional connection that should have the crowd cheering wildly for the heroes and booing the villains never clicks in.

    Betsy Sharkey — Los Angeles Times

  • At least the movie practices the green environmental message that it preaches: The entire screenplay is recycled.

    Sean Burns — Metro

  • It is a testament to how spoiled we have become by mainstream animated features that a film as visually arresting as Epic would be considered run-of-the-mill.

    Scott Mendelson

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