Frozen is an enchanting film that will surely lift spirits for the holiday season.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Its gleaming dream world of snow and ice is one of the most visually captivating environments to be found in a Disney animated film.
Stephen Holden - New York Times
Despite the frosty title, it's a warm-hearted, rousing and stunning animated saga ideally poised for the holiday season.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
"Frozen" may be a nod to the pleasures of vintage Disney and old fairy tales, but there's nothing outdated about it.
Stephanie Merry - Washington Post
You'll be ... blissfully entertained ...
Tom Russo - Boston Globe
It's no secret that Disney princess films are formulaic, and the fact that Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's Frozen is entertaining without being groundbreaking just confirms that the formula works.
Sherilyn Connelly - Village Voice
It's a lovely story and mostly well-told.
Elizabeth Weitzman - New York Daily News
If you thought there was only so much to be done with ice and snow as visual fields, think again along the lines of prismatic crystals, epic storms and fantastical structures built on water's gift for freezing itself into see-through art.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
Extravagant care is taken with minutiae, and the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, whistle through the first twenty minutes of the plot with a controlled giddiness that would leave many live-action adventures staggering in their tracks.
Anthony Lane - New Yorker
The film basically works. It's entertaining, and following an old Disney tradition "Frozen" works some old-school magic in its nonhuman characters.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Disney claims this feature-length animation is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, but it feels more like a Hollywood romcom.
Ben Sachs - Chicago Reader
Frozen establishes a strong, confident tone: Cool mythology, rich, vivid animation, and 3-D effects that are actually worth seeing, not just migraine-inducing distractions.
David Hiltbrand - Philadelphia Inquirer
Compelling interpretations of classic stories is what built Disney's brand. It's good to see that they're still on the job.
Colin Covert - Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Frozen" is a winter wonder of a family film, the sort of movie you hope for during the holiday season. Well, it's here, go see it.
Tom Long - Detroit News
What's especially encouraging about it is how directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee take a classic tale - Anderson's "The Snow Queen" - and update it, without beating us over the head with references that draw attention to the modernization.
Bill Goodykoontz - Arizona Republic
This always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters.
Scott Foundas - Variety
"Frozen" is a great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.
Kyle Smith - New York Post
Make way for a new kind of fairy tale. These Frozen princesses are the kind we can definitely warm to.
Linda Barnard - Toronto Star
The animation is beautiful, the music is catchy and the lyrics are clever.
Laremy Legel - Film.com
It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian.
Adam Nayman - Globe and Mail
The movie is like an ice cube that's started melting from the inside: sharp and bracing around the edges, but hollow at the center.
Dan Kois - Slate
It's almost impossible not to like the film if you grew up consuming Disney animation.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
This smartly dressed package injects a traditional fairy tale, Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, with enough contemporary attitudes and female empowerment touches to please both little girls and their moms.
Todd McCarthy - Hollywood Reporter
The animation in ''Frozen'' is premium and the 3-D earmark adds to the pearly appeal of the ice and snow, but we are lacking in the sweeping romance we've grown accustomed to in a Disney princess movie.
- Associated Press
It's great to see Disney returning to its roots and blooming anew: creating superior musical entertainment that draws on the Walt tradition of animation splendor and the verve of Broadway present.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
In a year of weak animated features, Frozen - loosely based on "The Snow Queen" - takes the lead by default.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
'Frozen' is filled with so many memorable characters and so many show-stopping musical numbers
Richard Roeper - Richard Roeper.com
With a cool, contemporary spin on a fairy-tale classic, a dramatic Nordic landscape animated in splendid storybook style and Broadway vets belting out power ballads, Frozen is an icy blast of fun from the very first flake.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
...generally as entertaining and engrossing as one might've anticipated.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
A beautifully crafted fable.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Top to bottom, Frozen is a delight. The writing is witty, the voicing is excellent, the story is nuanced and the songs are some of the best since Beauty and the Beast.
Chris Carle - IGN Movies
Frozen's narrative logic could be tighter. Some of its dialogue and lyrical content is out of step with some of the film's mature direction. But none of this is enough to cancel out what's rewarding about the story.
- Christianity Today
[Olaf] one of the most charming and hilarious Disney characters in quite some time.
- Dark Horizons
An enjoyable fairy tale romp with some clever plot twists thrown in and positive messages for young girls that subvert those usually provided by traditional Disney princesses.
As tuneful as it is charming, Frozen is the best Disney animated creation since the studio was reborn via the musical vibes of The Little Mermaid.
There is a richness and a subtle sadness to the core relationship between Anna and Elsa.
Widescreen 3-D visuals sculpt an endlessly inventive setting of ice palaces and snowcapped peaks, the original songs... soar and tickle as needed, and snowman sidekick Olaf giddily beats back the encroaching melodrama.
- Willamette Week
Disney does two things pretty well: princesses and musicals. Frozen has both of these traits in force.
Frozen is a glacially stiff, perpetually unamusing animated musical with a talk-singing score that will leave one pining for the lifeless soundtrack to The Princess and the Frog.
Frozen combines cute characters, soaring songs and clever comedy to create a Disney animated winner that tries too hard on some accounts, but that won't stop it from charming audiences.
Michael Smith - Tulsa World
Disney's latest animated tale, "Frozen," ironically enough, is likely to give viewers of all ages a warm feeling inside.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
The limber visuals and appealing heroines can't hide the smear of on-the-fly rewrites, as the film frequently loses track of its own moving pieces.
- Sacramento News & Review
While it doesn't reach the heights of a Lion King or Beauty And The Beast, it's entertaining enough, despite a lopsided narrative and the lack of a compelling villain.
- NOW Toronto
Not only does the movie look great with its scenes of glistening, freezing majesty, but it also sounds absolutely terrific.
Corey Hall - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
The computer animation of the characters is expressive and detailed (we even notice the freckles on the shoulder of the heroine) while the film-makers work wonders with glacial landscapes in a land of "eternal winter."
Geoffrey Macnab - Independent
Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee's extremely loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen strives to put a post-feminist spin on an archetypal Disney princess fantasy, with mixed success.
Jake Wilson - Sydney Morning Herald
Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen is the loose inspiration for Frozen, a celebration of family and the bond of sisterhood set against a beguiling snowbound backdrop. And like Tangled before it, Frozen has all the hallmarks of an instant classic.
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
Anyone with an appreciation for old-school musical numbers will find something pleasantly familiar and cozy about Frozen.
Perry Seibert - TV Guide's Movie Guide
Frozen, the new animated film by Disney earns its charms the honest way: with smart writing and heartfelt performances.
It's a movie about fear and grief and the power of familial, sibling love to sort it all out. Weirdly, in movies that are almost always aimed at children, that's a love that rarely gets equal screen time in a romance-obsessed world.
Dave White - Movies.com
The animation is simply superb. Ice has never looked so good, except as the real thing. Technical precision and innovation is expected nowadays in computer animation but Frozen combines that with a gorgeously rich design.
Paul Byrnes - Sydney Morning Herald
[Proves] that, when done well, there is still a place for big song-driven animation films in an age of quip-filled, pop-culture-referencing buddy movies.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Disney has another hit in its repertoire with this heartfelt story of sisterly love and one of the few films released in 3-D this year that splendidly incorporates the technology into the plot line.
- Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
As gorgeous-looking and highly amusing as the film is, it's the songs that deliver much of the emotional weight.
Rob Hunter - Film School Rejects
Amid exciting moments and gorgeous landscapes, Frozen is, at times, an uncertain whole. But hey, did you see that ice?
- Philadelphia Weekly
Had the icy transformations, the shadows, the devilment and the edge-of-seat action all been sustained for longer at the expense of the odd spoonful of sugar it would have been untouchable in the modern era.
Graham Young - Birmingham Mail
Funny, whimsical and delightful to a fault, it is one of those movies that engages minds of all ages.
David Keyes - Cinemaphile.org
The fairy-tale ending promises not only marriage but adds the didactic twist that 'the only fixer-upper' true love is not restricted to coming exclusively from a lover.
Donald J. Levit - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
loses points for being a not-very-good musical
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
With a billion dollars in the bank, two Oscars on the shelf, and the ire of ridiculous, right-wing pundits who think it's turning the children of the world gay, Frozen has pretty much pulled off the trifecta of cinematic accomplishments.
Simon Miraudo - Quickflix
Born out of warring needs to both play things safe and be truly bold, so it while it's never outright bland, it lacks staying power.
Frozen is really about all of us learning that we can share our unique qualities with the world, as long as we also develop the maturity and responsibility to understand how our powers work and when it's the right time and place.
Fred Topel - CraveOnline
Josh Gad's winningly goofy talking snowman... is too dim to realise that longing for the arrival of summer is not particularly wise for one of his kind.
Jason Best - Movie Talk
With its wonderful songs, spectacular animation, and heartwarming story, 'Frozen' ranks right up there with 'Beauty and the Beast and 'The Little Mermaid' in the Disney pantheon.
Betty Jo Tucker - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
Frozen represent the middle of the animation bell curve. It's a far cry from the insufferable pop-culture spewing, catchphrase-ridden films churned out during at the beginning every holiday period, but nor does it hit the heights of Disney's best output.
- Concrete Playground
The expected Disney components are on display, from gleaming imagery to catchy songs to engaging humour, but this classically told fairytale revels in its moving modernity, crafting a strong ode to empowerment.
Sarah Ward - FILMINK (Australia)
The action is set in a chilling landscape but Frozen warms the heart.
It's not the best of the modern Disney set, but it's a sweet, charming, musically diverse film that makes you feel bad for not liking it as much as it wants you to.
Wesley Lovell - Cinema Sight
A touching tale of sisterhood with a priceless message about blood being thicker than an ill-advised crush.
Kam Williams - Baret News
Frozen reminds you how many animated films rely more on inside jokes. It's modern without being hip, earnest with being sappy.
A deeply conservative Disney animated film that left me unmoved.
Uma obra emocionante, divertida e que comprova que as animacoes com o selo Disney continuam tao inventivas e envolventes quanto na epoca em que o velho Walt comandava o estudio.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
The story is well paced, characters beautifully created and voiced, and the animation is breathtaking, with the sight of a snow covered world (Disney style) a thing of pure driven beauty.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Disney's animation renaissance continues apace.
Martin Roberts - Fan The Fire
This is definitely one for the whole family to chill out with on a hot Aussie summer's day.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Frozen is a soaring musical that does everything you love about classic Disney while giving their portrayal of princesses a necessary twenty first century upgrade.
Blake Howard - 2UE That Movie Show
Spectacular production and vibrant voices make this a classic piece of Disney eye and ear candy.
Frozen succeeds because of its great story and its catchy musical numbers.
Matthew Toomey - ABC Radio Brisbane
You can't go wrong with Disney's absolutely winning animated musical princess fantasy...Already a major box office hit, Frozen is bound to join the Disney pantheon of neo-classics and offers near-perfect holiday entertainment for kids.
Jim Schembri - 3AW
A very traditional Disney animated feature filled with rather old-fashioned songs.
David Stratton - The Australian
It's rather classic Disney. I think it's perfect for young kids in a lot of ways, except that it's rather dark.
Margaret Pomeranz - At the Movies (Australia)
Moms who don't want their daughters piningly opining that "Someday My Prince Will Come" may be pleased with Disney's twist on the notion that true love conquers all.
Margot Harrison - Seven Days
The clever show tunes and Holiday on Ice visuals border on kitsch, but the fraught relationship of the sisters rings true.
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
When Frozen presents its ideals of 'true love', it becomes a work that holds significantly more value to growing girls than the Walt Disney classics of yore.
Liam Maguren - Flicks.co.nz
As alter egos go, you couldn't have two more opposite types than the adorable Sven and the relentlessly fierce ice monster. But they serve similar purposes for the two individuals Anna comes to embrace, to protect, and to celebrate.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
an immensely enjoyable, surprisingly invigorating marriage of the old and the new
James Kendrick - Q Network Film Desk
A modern twist on a classic Disney formula with lashings of dry wit and old-school romance.
Ed Gibbs - The Sunday Age
Destined to be the family hit of the Christmas season, Frozen has all the elements to make it an outright winner
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
Disney's return to animation greatness, plus that Idina Menzel can really sing.
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
The animation is crisply detailed, the voice work is solid, and the handful of musical numbers are memorably evocative of some of the fine work that Disney has done in that regard in the past.
Todd Jorgenson - Cinemalogue.com
Making even better use of 3-D - earning the "plus" in this B+ review - is a short masterpiece preceding Frozen, an ingenious Mickey Mouse cartoon titled Get a Horse.... It's the only thing your ticket's buying that'll be revered 20 years from now.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
"Frozen" is stunning. From the beautiful snowflakes, to the ice castle everything in this film was exquisite.
Jolene Mendez - Entertainment Spectrum
Not exactly a new royal standard for Disney females, but these two princesses do pack a two-fisted punch about the power of love and waiting for the right person who's 'worth melting for.'
Neil Pond - American Profile
FROZEN is just about as intelligent as Disney musicals get.
Mark R. Leeper - Mark Leeper's Reviews
Has everything you want for Christmas: belting songs, soaring hearts, snappy jokes and an inspirational reworking of the traditional happy ending.
Mark Kermode - Observer [UK]
A charming effort that successfully combines gorgeous modern animation with the retro feel of a Disney classic.
Jeffrey Lyles - Lyles' Movie Files
A dazzling fairy-tale adventure that evokes the studio's early 1990s refreshment of its animated output through an injection of Broadway talent.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
The glitz will satisfy militantly feminine sprogs, but is completely at odds with Elsa's gutsy character and Frozen's pioneering message.
Charlotte O'Sullivan - This is London
A Christmas Disney animation with a cheeky wit, this musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen is thoroughly enjoyable.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
It's the year's best animation.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Disney learns a lesson from Pixar's Brave, giving these orphaned princesses some feisty purpose that doesn't depend on a man.
Rich Cline - Contactmusic.com
A fabulously festive, funny and enjoyable return to form that Walt would surely have adored.
Graham Young - Birmingham Post
Simply put, Frozen is an adorable film with brilliant animation and plenty of old-school Disney charm.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
This loose adaptation of The Snow Queen is the best film from Walt Disney Animation in close to a generation.
Donald Clarke - Irish Times
Disney's boldest cartoon in ages, it pulls the Disney princess into the 21st century.
Andrew Osmond - SFX Magazine
Old fashioned it may be, but it's Disney's best films in years.
Andy Lea - Daily Star
Cool 3-D animated tale of magic that features the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel.
Dennis Schwartz - Ozus' World Movie Reviews
It feels mostly like a good version of something we've all seen before, rather than anything new or groundbreaking.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
'Frozen' is one of the most solid family films of 2013. And here it is, just in time for the holiday season - perfect timing on Disney's part.
Linda Cook - Quad City Times (Davenport, IA)
Glorious family entertainment.
It is jolly, spectacular and sumptuously 3D'd. At times it is actually funny.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
A hugely enjoyable Disney comedy/musical with strong characters, superb voice performances, terrific songs and a witty, intelligent script that sneaks in a tiny subversive edge.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A very decent seasonal Disney feature which amply refreshes a haggard old template.
David Jenkins - Little White Lies
Disney are riding a new, confident wave at the moment, and Frozen is a new height.
John Nugent - Sky Movies
Quietly revolutionary, or boldly feminist, or just a well-told story being true to itself?
Robbie Collin - Daily Telegraph
With the consistent success of many Disney princess films lately, it's almost as if they found a way to rejuvenate the sub-genre and are embarking on another golden age of animated features.
- What Culture
It turns out this film is more like the Disney classics, like "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" or "Tangled." It has memorable characters and a strong musical score with several good songs.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
This turns into a squabble that climaxes with Elsa going all Carrie-at-the-prom and freezing the kingdom, before storming off to sing a power ballad.
Ken Hanke - Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
These are the first princesses who actually seem born to rule: doing real, important things rather than fulfilling the tweener fantasies about gowns and balls and boys and stuff.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
Crystal-clear 3D animation tells a tale of two sisters, gratifyingly with Prince Charming a mere optional add-on.
Anton Bitel - Film4
It may be old-fashioned, but it's also as close to an instant classic as family films get.
Eddie Harrison - The List
It won't get any bonus points for breaking new ground, but it does for being very entertaining.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
A touching and entertaining fantasy adventure about love, and how it can be both enriching and dangerous.
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Following closely in the footsteps of 2010's Tangled,...Frozen hits many of the same beats, and finds some of the same freshness in a complicated family dynamic.
Tasha Robinson - The Dissolve
Not quite up there with Tangled, but a solid addition to the canon. Catchy tunes will have you humming, but the hunt for the next The Little Mermaid continues...
Josh Winning - Total Film
Frozen' has both showtunes and darkness, but most satisfying is a formula-defying finale that successfully subverts the fairytale status quo.
Catherine Bray - Time Out
The plot's all over the place, but there are a lot of laughs and some strong action beats along the way.
Helen OHara - Empire Magazine
A princess movie that doesn't feel like a princess movie--even though there are two of them in it, as well as a handsome prince. It feels more like an adventure, and a fun one at that.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
A return to form for Disney.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
This Disney delight dares to crinkle the studio's patented formula a tad by presenting audiences with not one but two female leads.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The best animated film of 2013. It's got a timeless magic that may well help it evolve into a classic.
Mike McGranaghan - Aisle Seat
Great in 3D and gratefully, the 3D isn't distracting. This is an animated feature to thaw the hardest heart.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
[Its] humming industry and multi-pixelated craft come lit by a spark of something close to genuine enchantment.
...feels like you're either watching the first draft of a classic Disney animated musical or the 347th one.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
I'm afraid a lot of people are going to be distracted by how pretty "Frozen" is and ignore its significant flaws.
Pete Vonder Haar - Houston Press
The biggest assets to any classic Disney musical are the songs, and the tunes in "Frozen" just happen to be the weakest link, making this attempt to return to the glory days of "The Little Mermaid" and "Aladdin," an arduous, frigid journey.
Justin Craig - FoxNews.com
What's great about 'Frozen' is how these sisters are able to save themselves and while Snow White couldn't find her way out of a dimly lit room, Anna and Elsa are able to learn and grow and find love and happiness on their own terms.
Mathew DeKinder - Suburban Journals of St. Louis
Disney's brand is showing...
Witney Seibold - CraveOnline
A canned 'feisty-pants' Disney product and 'Wicked' knockoff from start to finish. The short, however, is brilliant.
James Verniere - Boston Herald
It's got that special magic that's been missing from the last several Pixar releases.
Stephen Silver - EntertainmentTell
A spirited romp through a traditional Disney princess narrative that ultimately tweaks the formula in ways that make it exciting and new.
Ethan Alter - Television Without Pity
Fulfills every requirement of the Disney princess movie in spectacular fashion.
Josh Bell - Las Vegas Weekly
"Frozen" is far and away the best animated movie of 2013. It's not even close.
Look beyond all the staple elements of Disney animations and you'll see two strong, complicated female characters. Those seem hard to come by even in live-action films.
John Serba - MLive.com
Frozen is one of the few recent films to capture that classic Disney spirit.
Full of clever songs, genuine laughs and thrills, plenty of heart and just a touch of romance, [Frozen] definitely holds its own with the likes of The Little Mermaid and Beauty and the Beast.
Cathy Jakicic - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
While the journey may seem overly familiar, the destination has some surprises in store.
Christy Lemire - RogerEbert.com
This may be yet another variation on the usual coming-of-age/sisterhood themes so familiar in Disney movies, but who does those better?
Lawrence Toppman - Charlotte Observer
Gone are many of the story's complexities and its spiritual overtones, replaced by an odd mix of drama, music and comedy designed to entertain the kids and distract the adults from the mediocrity.
Cameron Meier - Orlando Weekly
For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
A wonderful family film that offers up some of Disney's best musical moments in years.
John Hanlon - John Hanlon Reviews
Most importantly, this is a long-needed step in the right direction to a more varied depiction of female characters in Disney's canon.
- AV Club
All of this is good, but it's the performances by Menzel and Bell that make the movie work so well.
Rick Bentley - Fresno Bee
You have been misled! Frozen is one of the most magical movies of the year.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
...this may be the best animated offering out of Hollywood this year.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Frozen is a fine addition to Disney's animated pantheon, offering a witty and heartfelt princess fairly tale with creative musical elements and visual panache.
Sandy Schaefer - ScreenRant
It has a beautiful, spunky princess and some very nice, catchy musical numbers.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Frozen can count in its favor visual grandeur, two energetic young women as co-leads, and a couple of plot twists that place the film a cut above your average princess fare.
Kimberley Jones - Austin Chronicle
Following Disney animation tradition, the sparkling "Frozen" features a pair of princesses and dozens of charming non-human characters.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
It quickly puts every other animated film from this year to shame. And unlike all those pretenders to the throne, 'Frozen' is a comedy that is actually funny, as well as endearing.
Al Alexander - The Patriot Ledger
A 3D animated princess tale saluting sisterly love and female empowerment.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
The story-aside from a climax that plays like a too-knowing rebuke to Disney formula-goes tediously through the motions.
Keith Uhlich - Time Out
Unlike in many animated movies, the borrowings aren't so much in-jokey as structural. Homages, of a sort, and fun to spot.
Bob Mondello - NPR
Disney gets nearly everything right in this animated charmer: wit, warmth, a lovely voice cast and a real message of girl power.
Rafer Guzman - Newsday
a new benchmark, a film that fans will find themselves revisiting over and over again
Bill Gibron - Film Racket
It is encouraging to see Disney crafting women who are focused on something other than the affections of a boy.
David Medsker - Bullz-Eye.com
The voice work is uniformly excellent. Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel are great as Anna and Elsa, and Jonathan Groff is charming as, surprise -- not a prince, but a mountain man.
Dale Roe - Austin American-Statesman
This isn't a simplistic portrait of light and dark, good and evil, but a story imbued with the complications of real life. You don't expect that out of a Disney fantasy.
Robert Levin - amNewYork
Frozen is the best animated film of the year, a wonderful celebration of music and story....It is a work to be embraced without cynicism, one that can simply be taken on its own merits as a charming, funny, musical experience.
The filmmakers have a blast skewering all things Nordic and its Broadway musical format works well, but step away and think about the film's big obstacle and there's a glaring problem here...
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
The music consistently entertains. The writing in particular is smart, with nuanced characters and a premium on clever wordplay over cheap laughs and deprecating humor.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
It's just dazzling fun that shows that Disney can still deliver.
Tony Hicks - San Jose Mercury News
Has the ring of classic Disney seamlessly combined with a modern-day sensibility.
Rene Rodriguez - Miami Herald
It doesn't deliver the real goods, eschewing a deepening, psychologically penetrating narrative for a "Frozen"-like, shapeless succession of eye-popping set pieces and impressive effects.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
"Frozen" has all the allure of a snow globe. It whips up a grand, wintry beauty, but it does little else. And there are dozens of other Disney globes just like it.
Jon Niccum - Kansas City Star
This is a grandly entertaining film, full of vigor and wonder.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
With great voice work, fantastic music, and a script that feels like its themes emerge naturally from its story and characters instead just being forced upon them, Frozen is Disney's best animated feature since The Lion King.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Gad gives an inventive supporting performance that instantly takes its place with the greatest in animated movies.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Just buy the album.
Matt Pais - RedEye
May be the most tragic fairy tale in the Disney canon, which is saying something.
Steven D. Greydanus
Despicable Me 2 will likely go down as the year's highest-grossing animated film, but Frozen is the most complete we've seen so far in 2013.
Mike Scott - Times-Picayune
Among Disney's recent non-Pixar animated efforts, it falls between 'Tangled' and 'Wreck-It Ralph' on the one hand and 'Planes' on the other...middle-grade at best.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Although, yes, it's yet another princess fable - gotta keep that Disney franchise growing - it mostly about real-life sisterhood.
Stephen Whitty - Newark Star-Ledger
Frozen may not rank as a great Walt Disney animated classic, but it still packs breathtaking scenes, welcome moments of visual and verbal hilarity, plus the most endearing cinematic tribute to sisterhood since A League of Their Own.
It has its charms, but the thin story and forgettable tunes mean this isn't one of Disney's best
Disney's annual holiday release has the hallmarks of Beauty and the Beast and other 1990s-era studio classics, from the regal animation and inspired characters to the soaring musical numbers and heartfelt message.
Kirk Baird - Toledo Blade
The splashy humor and dazzling set pieces of this erratic animated melange compensate for putting a pallid female Mr. Freeze at the center of a paean to sisterly love.
Michael Sragow - Orange County Register
This isn't one of those animated movies with a lot of current cultural references, and even its wisecracking sidekick is sweet rather than rude. Frozen isn't a classic, but in its way, it's cool.
Jay Stone - Canada.com
Disney has taken its share of flak over the years for its old-fashioned, anti-feminist portrayals of princesses, but Frozen helps right that score.
Chris Knight - National Post
Filled with award-worthy songs, terrific visuals, fun characters and a good mix of drama, comedy, thematic elements and some moments of suspense and action, the pic should appeal to nearly everyone. (Full Content Review for Parents also available)
Jim Judy - Screen It!
There's undeniable charm to be found in the movie, which features wonderful singing, dazzling animation, and some cheeky Nordic humor, helping to enliven what's often a disappointingly routine picture.
Brian Orndorf - Blu-ray.com
"Frozen" is lighthearted and funny when it wants to be, but its dramatic core is where it gets its strength and durability.
This animated adaptation of "The Snow Queen" has a familiar setup, but a skillful and modern execution.
Marc Mohan - Oregonian
This is an extravagant yet profound story for the entire family.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
Disney has reclaimed its animation crown with this fast-paced comedic adventure, ready to warm even the coldest of hearts.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
Not quite the return to form that the studio may have hoped for, the movie's grand scale and full-fledged musical score will still insure its long commercial afterlife.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
It's never very funny, nor is the music particularly memorable. Two big strikes right there.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
There's never a dull moment in "Frozen," which throws in a fearsome snow monster, a life-and-death race to rescue one of its principals, and unexpected character twists..
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
If there's something wrong with a grown man confessing his adoration for Frozen, then I don't want to be right.
Matt Donato - We Got This Covered
Frozen feels a little like a Las Vegas tribute show: it hits all the recognizable beats without quite capturing the soul of what it's paying tribute to.
- Paste Magazine
Frozen is a magnificent film, a gorgeously animated, well-told and beautifully evocative adaptation of Anderson's tale - but the only fairy tale ending that comes out of it is how well all of its unconventional parts come together.
Todd Gilchrist - Comic Book Resources
This is simply charming cinema, and to counteract the film's title somewhat, it sure does leave you feeling rather warm.
Stefan Pape - HeyUGuys
'Frozen' is a case of strong creative alchemy, where everything works together just right, in ways they probably couldn't have imagined.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Walt Disney Animation is back from the dead.
Kirk Honeycutt - honeycuttshollywood.com
This is rigorous Disney hit-making at its finest, but with enough charm to get away with it.
Katey Rich - CinemaBlend.com
It straddles the classic and the current in a way that will delight Disney geeks of all stripes, and its wonderfully girl-powered story melted the heart of even a Disney cynic like me.
The showstopping central musical number is a glorious anthem to female power and ability... and so, in fact, is the whole wonderful movie. Disney is finally getting it.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Anna needs a boyfriend like a reindeer needs a bicycle, and while that isn't to say she isn't tickled by the attention, 'Frozen' passes any number of "is this a good role model for girls?" tests in my book.
Jordan Hoffman - ScreenCrush
Disney Animation's best feature since The Lion King.
William Bibbiani - CraveOnline
The film's empowering themes of feminine strengths and bonds eventually flourish in novel fashion.
R. Kurt Osenlund - Slant Magazine
Looks terrific and has plenty of relatively innocent fun and adventure ...
Mark Adams - Screen International
Frozen feels like classic Disney animation. If someone had announced Frozen as the studio's follow-up to Beauty & the Beast, no one would blink. It's that good.
Drew Taylor - The Playlist
Frozen is an exhilarating, joyous, human story that's as frequently laugh-out-loud funny as it is startling and daring and poignant.
Emma Dibdin - Digital Spy
Given that it's a Disney cartoon, you probably already know how it ends, but what's interesting about Frozen is that you may not predict how they're going to get there. And for children's animation, that's a wilder ride than we usually get.