Why make a Disney cartoon and take all the fun out of it?
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
Any damage such revisionist history may impose on young minds is offset by the honestly inspiring thoughts Pocahontas offers.
Janet Maslin - New York Times
Imagine a cult Disney cartoon, for this may be it.
Mike Clark - USA Today
All Disney has really done in its disappointing 33rd animated feature is revive the stereotype of the Noble Savage.
Rita Kempley - Washington Post
As for the songs, they're guaranteed to keep your shoes glued to the floor
Desson Thomson - Washington Post
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.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Overall this seems like a reasonable stab at an impossible agenda.
Jonathan Rosenbaum - Chicago Reader
The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture.
Jeremy Gerard - Variety
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.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
[A] handsome, deeply felt, even more deeply reverent animated musical.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
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.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
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.
Kenneth Turan - Los Angeles Times
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]
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
"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.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
Fine for kids; just don't expect a history lesson.
Scott G. Mignola - Common Sense Media
The film of the Disney Renaissance likeliest to elicit a shudder of dismay from all but the most maniacal Disney buffs.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Overall, Pocahontas is a triumph as a visual experience (though the music is unusually bland), but a disappointment as a film.
- TV Guide's Movie Guide
Just about everything in this lavish, animated feature is for the pigtail set.
Laura Shapiro - Newsweek
Not only historically dubious, but the dullest Disney animation for years.
David Hepworth - Empire Magazine
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.
- Time Out
One of the most scattered of the studio's famed animated features.
Jeffrey M. Anderson - Combustible Celluloid
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Randy Shulman - Metro Weekly (Washington, DC)
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.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
A good one to explain tolerance and diversity to the young ones in your family.
Michael Szymanski - Wordmag.com
...being away from its high-powered predecessors, it has marched on well on its own.
Rory L. Aronsky - Film Threat
Pocahontas is a touching tribute to the power of loyalty, courage, cooperation, and, more than anything else, sympathetic understanding.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
True to the film's idealized spirit, directors Mike Gabriel and Eric Goldberg similarly fend off history.
Ed Gonzalez - Slant Magazine
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
Bill Chambers - Film Freak Central
A surprisingly understated and mature romantic drama that just happens to be animated.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Though released during the Disney slump that came post-Lion King, Pocahontas was the last truly quality Disney animated film until Tarzan came along a few years later. It doesn't touch the aforementioned Lion, but a worthy part of your collection.
Shawn Bowers - Kansas City Star
Horrible. Racist. An affront.
John Esther - Pasadena Weekly
Rob Blackwelder - SPLICEDWire
This is one of Disney's best.
Robert Roten - Laramie Movie Scope
A refreshing combination of old-fashioned animation and contemporary technology, Pocahontas is less about story and more about the artistic possibilities of color, detail and striking reality.
Jeanne Aufmuth - Palo Alto Weekly
Another Disney feature destined for the classic status
Clint Morris - Moviehole
Karina Montgomery - Cinerina
...Belittles the true historical figure of Pocohantas by reducing her to the status of sexy Native American Barbie.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Centers upon a heroine whose soul and spirit are worth emulating.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
Disney's 33rd animated feature, and its first with characters based on real people, is a stunning movie with clever twists, vivid characterizations, insightful songs and a surprising harvest of revisionist history.
Peter Stack - San Francisco Chronicle
Disney's 33rd animated feature is so good that it deserves to follow in the beautiful footsteps of Beauty and the Beast and earn an Oscar nomination for Best Picture.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Film Scouts
With Pocahontas, the artists at Disney once again prove that when it comes to animation, no can hold a candle to them.
Chris Hicks - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
With an original score by Alan Menken and Gilbert and Sullivan-ish songs by Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, the movie is the cartoon equivalent of a full-scale, high-quality Broadway musical.
Barbara Shulgasser - San Francisco Examiner
Both resplendent and restrained.
Hollis Chacona - Austin Chronicle
Disney's well-meaning solemnity seeps over the characters like spilled ink.
Rob Gonsalves - eFilmCritic.com
Enjoyable, but doesn't measure up to Disney's recent standards.
Madeleine Williams - Cinematter
One of the worst animated films in Disney history, you'll get more genuine history out of a pop-up book
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
An animated movie of incredible beauty.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews