Rio is a leap forward in quality and the finest work from Fox Animation.
Julian Roman - MovieWeb
Rio is less a Pixar-level pleasure than a busy, frantic, and overstuffed dessert of a movie. There's scarcely a moment that isn't straining to entertain you.
Owen Gleiberman - Entertainment Weekly
As kids' movies go, "Rio" brings a lot to the party.
Andy Webster - New York Times
For its stunning iridescent look and infectious music, Rio is a refreshing adventure worth taking.
Claudia Puig - USA Today
This is a movie that takes even the hoariest quest-peril-life lesson tropes of family animated films and imbues them with new life and rhythm.
Ann Hornaday - Washington Post
Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
Nick Schager - Village Voice
Eisenberg's tremulous, earnest delivery matches Blu's big worrywart eyes perfectly, and he and Hathaway, to their credit, give it their all.
Joe Neumaier - New York Daily News
There are worse things than a movie that can't stop moving.
Joe Morgenstern - Wall Street Journal
The humor's a little strange, and the action's a little frenetic, but all of it whooshes past in a swirl of tropical color and pseudo-South American bonhomie.
Amy Biancolli - Houston Chronicle
It's an intermittently charming... tale with some (and I do mean some) engaging voice work and many nifty if not staggeringly ingenious bits of action business.
Glenn Kenny - MSN Movies
Buoyed by local color - literally, with a vibrantly sun-drenched palette, a sensationally festive Carnival parade, and a slinky samba-licious soundtrack
Nell Minow - Chicago Sun-Times
The director, Carlos Saldanha, collaborated on the "Ice Age" trilogy. What he has developed here has tons of atmosphere and, less helpfully, tons of over-plotted chaos disguised as a story.
Michael Phillips - Chicago Tribune
Storks samba! Toucans tumba! Parrots party in kaleidoscopic formations to the music of Sergio Mendes!
Carrie Rickey - Philadelphia Inquirer
Rio will not set your heart afire, although its low-level consciousness raising about illegally smuggled animals is nice. Mostly, it's brightly colored fluff, but then, it's supposed to be.
Tom Long - Detroit News
Some live-action films set in exotic locales can be so atmospheric and picturesque that viewers walk away feeling as if they've taken a short vacation. "Rio" accomplishes this feat, which must be a minor miracle for an animated movie.
Randy Cordova - Arizona Republic
Like its flight-challenged parrot protagonist, Rio takes a while to get off the ground but manages to soar by the end.
Leslie Felperin - Variety
I have a feeling that older audience members will, like me, be getting restless during this celebrity-voice-driven, generically plotted variation on "Madagascar."
Lou Lumenick - New York Post
A fairly typical children's movie, but at least it moves along with purpose!
Laremy Legel - Film.com
The generic story elements can't spoil the real achievement of Rio, which is a series of vividly choreographed set-pieces.
Liam Lacey - Globe and Mail
The only thing surprising about this lackluster animated production is that it attracted an A-list voice cast. But that's how things are today when even mediocre animation can be a big draw.
James Berardinelli - ReelViews
A tropical-colored wingding that will have kids and their chaperones shaking a tail feather to its pulsating Latin beats.
Megan Lehmann - Hollywood Reporter
Nothing deep or heavy here -- just a good time and a pleasurable escape.
Christy Lemire - Associated Press
Here is a splashy display of the innocent, artful exuberance that, these days, the directors of live-action films have left to the guys with pixels.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Rio is a brightly-colored, dizzying pinwheel of 3D animation in which nothing much happens. Sounds like summer is here early.
Peter Travers - Rolling Stone
More things work than not in this sweetened sweet bird of youth. Maybe the G is for good fun or great music or a gentle good time.
Betsy Sharkey - Los Angeles Times
This isn't revolutionary animation, but it's warm, sincere and huge-hearted. I was dazzled by all the colors; your kids are gonna go nuts for them.
Will Leitch - Deadspin
While it may entertain the kiddies for a while, for the older folks out there (and that means anyone 10+), Rio is just another animated yawner.
Matt Joseph - We Got This Covered
Comical, colorful, wonderfully cast and beautifully animated, "Rio" is the first Blue Sky movie that could be compared to the best of Pixar.
This is simply a film that both kids and parents can enjoy together, which, according to the consensuses for other recent kids' films, hasn't happened for awhile, so my advice would be to take advantage of it
Jeff Beck - Examiner.com
Basic, good-natured cinematic charm isn't something that should be easily dismissed.
Michael Dequina - TheMovieReport.com
Leonard Maltin - ReelzChannel.com
Bright and chippy as a roomful of parrots, and the best thing Saldanha has done since the first Ice Age.
James Plath - Movie Metropolis
You'd be the world's biggest grinch not to get a kick out of this feather fest.
Ed Gibbs - The Sun Herald
There is nothing wrong with this film - the voice cast are all good, the animation is colorful and the script peppered with one-liners. But it all seems so formulaic.
Laurence Boyce - The Baltic Times
Rio combines excellent visuals and a witty, modern script that will appeal to audience members both young and old.
James Luxford - The National
There's lots of color, some gorgeous animation, a running beat of lively (if not always memorable) music and the energy of lovely tropical birds in flight. The rest is formula...
Sean Axmaker - MSN.com
- National Post
This might be the first family film in which sex... serves as the narrative lynchpin.
Rob Humanick - Projection Booth
Even if the story lacks the depth or originality of some of the recent crop of superlative animated films, 'Rio' has an innocent charm to it -- and an explosion of color.
Bruce Bennett - Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
The posters say From the creators of Ice Age, so don't say you haven't been warned.
Grae Drake - Movies.com
Since the little ones will be amused, the high-flying Rio won't ruffle any feathers.
Roger Tennis - Cinemaclips.com
If the birds aren't precisely "of a feather," as they suggest, they are bright and loud and alike enough to establish that this Rio is not real in any way.
Cynthia Fuchs - PopMatters
With bold, tropical colors, salsa sounds, and refreshing voiceovers from Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway, and more, Rio is pure, light hearted fun.
Mark Sells - Film Threat
Swaggering and splashy, even though its predictably stereotypical banality prevents it from ever achieving full flight.
Susan Granger - SSG Syndicate
The urban/tropical landscapes and Carnival backdrop add vibrancy to a smart romance-adventure that borrows from classic Bob Hope suspense-comedies and even Hitchcock's 'The 39 Steps'...
John Beifuss - Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Rio features great vocal work from Jesse Eisenberg, Anne Hathaway and Tracy Morgan and a tired plot that needs the eye-popping animation to keep it flying high.
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
The platonic ideal of a children's movie that is completely devoid of either merit or flaw, existing solely that it might exist.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
Exuberant and full of life, music and colour as the city for which it's named, Rio's combination of a fun script, excellent soundtrack and stunning visuals will delight the entire family.
Diva Velez - TheDivaReview.com
Fun for the kids and the adults - and you just have to love Tracy Morgan's Luiz
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
"Rio" is bright and bouncy and abetted by some strong vocal talent -- most notably, Jesse Eisenberg as Blu and Anne Hathaway as Jewel.
Bob Bloom - Journal and Courier (Lafayette, IN)
Carlos Saldanha's sincere but uninspired romp into the glossy postcard atmosphere of Rio de Janeiro is one long courtship that ultimately falls flat.
Glenn Heath Jr. - Slant Magazine
You may forget about it by the time you hit the parking lot, but at least you won't be muttering curses at the Hollywood oligarchs under your breath.
Rob Vaux - Mania.com
The ending is never really in doubt, but how Rio gets there makes the most of its giddy sort of mayhem.
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
The screenwriters have come up with a wonderful story filled with humor and romance. Youngsters will be captivated by the colorful characters, the toe-tapping musical numbers and the breathtaking aerial backdrops.
Keith Cohen - Entertainment Spectrum
I had my taste thoroughly offended by what Rio considered acceptable musical numbers - the same auto-tuned monstrosities that are currently clogging up the Top 40 airwaves.
Eugene Novikov - Film Blather
Using all the vibrant colors and lively music of Brazil, Rio dances its way toward becoming Blue Sky's best effort to date. It may be but a kids' movie, but it's a fun ride.
Neil Miller - Film School Rejects
Hathaway is pretty cool giving Jewel lots of spirit, and takes the time to put in an effort to add something to the vocal performance. She's not just reading her lines.
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
Even though it's just a cartoon, "Rio" captures Brazil vibrantly, not just in the vividly colored jungle and the carnival parades but also in the rhythmic music, which was supervised by samba maestro Sergio Mendes.
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Although the road to "Rio" was paved with good intentions, this 'toon never truly takes flight.
Joe Williams - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
The film has been made with such sunny enthusiasm that it's easy to disregard its over-familiar story and just enjoy the samba.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Rango was crafty enough to extend an olive branch to adult viewers. Rio is strictly for the kids, and anyone expecting this Brazilian-set film to contain any references to City of God (or, heck, even The Boys from Brazil) will be sorely disappointed.
Matt Brunson - Creative Loafing
The plotting here is of the set-up-the-pins-and-knock-them-down variety, so you'll pretty much predict every grinding of the script's gears.
Alonso Duralde - Movies.com
continually seesaws from gorgeous animated brilliance to tired and cliche jokes
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
...predictable and weightless fluff, a kiddie flick that's instantly forgettable but far from regrettable.
Jeff Meyers - Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
A pleasant enough way to pass time with the kids but, in the end, it's further evidence that Blue Sky makes animation you go to see only when there's nothing better available.
Daniel M. Kimmel - New England Movies Weekly
Expect the expected.
Scott Tobias - NPR
Brazilian-born director Carlos Saldanha's palette is so over-the-top, they should be handing out sunglasses at the door instead of 3D ones.
Jim Slotek - Jam! Movies
When Blue Sky Studio unveiled its debut feature-film, Ice Age, a decade ago, it became clear that Pixar didn't have a monopoly on clever storytelling or computer imagery. Now...
Leonard Maltin - Leonard Maltin's Picks
The characters, the jokes, and even the striking visuals - they all dissipate from the memory like a piece of candy that seems tasty in the moment but ultimately isn't very filling.
Brian Tallerico - HollywoodChicago.com
Vibrant bird tale is part adventure, part love story.
Sandie Angulo Chen - Common Sense Media
Deserves a chance from fans of animal epics...
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
Despite its exotic setting, the personal connection of Rio-bred director Carlos Saldanha, the odd eye-popping sequence, and a lot of literal color, the new CGI-animated Rio turns out to be figuratively colorless.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
Like its main character, Rio just doesn't fly.
Gary Wolcott - Tri-City Herald
From the arches of the Carioca Aqueduct to Sugarloaf Mountain … Rio is as colorful a look at a faraway world as kids are likely to get without reading subtitles.
Steven D. Greydanus - Decent Films Guide
Keeps to a minimal plan of villains and personal triumph, summoning a charming, booty-shaking carnival ambiance where a bunch of crazy birds (as opposed to the angry kind) participate in some 3D-inflated slapstick.
Brian Orndorf - BrianOrndorf.com
Rio is an extravagant family film with likable characters, a phenomenal visual aspect and a charming story.
JimmyO - JoBlo's Movie Emporium
It hits all the familiar marks that children require and it won't annoy parents. Wait, sorry, I take that back. It will annoy parents who hate the Black Eyed Peas.
Dave White - Movies.com
After a certain point, we begin to realize that Don Rhymer's screenplay ... doesn't have the courage to do much more than try to breeze by on its charm.
Mark Dujsik - Mark Reviews Movies
Freed from the shackles of the overpriced, unnecessary 3D, it should really impress when it hits high-definition Blu-Ray. Too bad the rest of the film doesn't match the visuals.
Rio distinguishes itself more as a gorgeous travelogue for Rio de Janiero than anything else.
Jim Vejvoda - IGN Movies
Another middle-grade piece of computer animation from Blue Sky...neither great nor terrible--just mediocre.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Despite its copycat nature, it has its own irresistibly joyful energy.
Loey Lockerby - Kansas City Star
An all-star cast that includes Jamie Foxx, George Lopez, and will.i.am keeps this colorful adventure moving -- but the jokes and set pieces never really soar.
Peter Paras - E! Online
Blue Sky Animation has taken a page from Dreamworks' Madagascar franchise and upped the ante. This a fish-out-of-water travelogue tale is charming, colorful and perfectly voice cast.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
In an era where Pixar is constantly trying to better itself and other CGI studios are working to not merely imitate it, but to surpass it, it's vaguely grating to sit through another formulaic, paint-by-numbers effort from Fox Animation.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
"Rio" is strong on relationships, visually novel, full of fresh ideas and featuring a few vocal actors you might not have expected to be part of the fun.
Tom Keogh - Seattle Times
A boring animated feature about birds, smugglers, and an unlikely couple.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
It's a little disconcerting at first when Blu opens his mouth to speak and Mark Zuckerberg's voice comes out.
Stephanie Zacharek - Movieline
Even with the 3-D effects and rap music, "Rio" has a retro feel, thanks to its bright, colorful characters and brave heroine.
Sue Pierman - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Budding romance between rare blue macaws is threatened by smugglers in a lively, colorful 3D cartoon from the Ice Age animators.
Daniel Eagan - Film Journal International
"Rio's" insistent tempo and zesty 3-D color starts to feel like cover for a routine story and mostly forgettable characters.
Gary Thompson - Philadelphia Daily News
in the ever flat-lining world of 3D CG cartooning, it's the same old bird spit.
Bill Gibron - Filmcritic.com
Vibrant and as zippy as a kindergartner on a sugar rush, this 3-D animated flick will certainly please kids, even if adults may find it a little snoozy.
Thelma Adams - Us Weekly
Bursting with color and rippling with samba rhythms, Rio makes you wonder why animated films haven't spent more time in Brazil. The place is tailor-made for a 'toon, with rainforest birds and Carnival revelers alike in gloriously surreal plumage.
Steve Persall - Tampa Bay Times
A pathetically total misfire ...
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
Rio gives its young audience members what they'll "like," not what they deserve.
Josh Larsen - LarsenOnFilm
Calling Rio creatively bankrupt is a massive understatement.
Matt Pais - RedEye
A fish-out-of-water animated comedy about birds. As those things go, it's cute and entertaining - but not in an aggressive or annoying way.
Marshall Fine - Hollywood & Fine
A competently-made animated film crafted specifically for the toddler set, who may enjoy the bright colors and boingy action. Older kids and parents will find themselves, if not quite bored, then only modestly engaged.
Christopher Lloyd - Sarasota Herald-Tribune
This rom-com for kids is spiced nicely by some great musical numbers and a snappy buffing up of the standard "be yourself" theme that now seems mandatory in any kids animated film.
Jim Schembri - The Age (Australia)
Love drives this animated 3D flight of fancy from Carlos Saldanha, director of the Ice Age series and a native of the title city.
Tom Meek - Boston Phoenix
Compared to Pixar's Up, a much more organic and heartfelt story about making friends in far-flung places, Rio simply feels rote.
Ben Kenigsberg - Time Out
full review at Movies for the Masses
Joseph Proimakis - Movies for the Masses
Rio: A Vibrant Cultural Celebration.
Charles Koplinski - Illinois Times
[VIDEO] Carlos Saldanha's spunky animated kid's movie pulls off a neat trick of including Rio de Janeiro's cultural touchstones as part of its fish-out-of-water-coming-of-age story.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Another winner from Blue Sky Studios, creators of the Ice Age series, Rio is the biggest and brightest animated triumph since Toy Story 3.
Pete Hammond - Boxoffice Magazine
With Rio, it feels like this filmmaker (who was born in Rio himself) has made something with that extra added bit of personal passion, and maybe that's why I found it to be one of the most enjoyable things the studio has made.
Drew McWeeny - HitFix
Rio's chief problem is that it's a victim of its own generic success.
Alistair Harkness - Scotsman
Children should enjoy it.
Reflete a visao de um cineasta que, nascido no Rio, agora o enxerga de longe com uma visao nostalgica e saudosista enquanto se deixa influenciar pela interpretacao exotica do olhar estrangeiro que agora ocupa.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
Eye-catching visuals and a bland storyline virtually cancel each other out in new animated adventure Rio.
Leigh Paatsch - Herald Sun (Australia)
Provides enough excitement and unabashed joy that allows its brisk 90 minutes to drift on by in a haze of neon-coloured feathers and catchy tunes.
Glenn Dunks - Trespass
Rio's easily enjoyable, for all ages.
David Sexton - This is London
[S]o tediously familiar that I could barely remember most of it after I left the cinema...
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
Bright, breezy, entertaining and essentially forgettable, Rio is pretty much everything you would hope for in a children's film, no more, no less.
Catherine Bray - Film4
A few lively song-and-dance numbers plus the voice talents of Jamie Foxx and will.i.am earn an extra star.
David Edwards - Daily Mirror [UK]
With its sizzling, sunny premise, catchy beats, wild adventure and endearing cast, Rio is Easter's winning combination.
Lisa Giles-Keddie - Real.com
There are the usual life lessons to be learned, but under Saldanha's light touch they seamlessly blend with the airborne action and riotous musical interludes.
Alan Jones - Radio Times
The best and, unfortunately, most obvious simile to describe this film is to liken it to a parrot - it's pretty to look at it, but when it talks it doesn't say very much.
Matt Neal - The Standard
Altogether a superb addition to the ever-growing list of excellent 3D animation.
Alex Zane - Sun Online
Rio is a joyful celebration of the great city and the glorious plumage of parrots. It is also the most enjoyable animated film since Toy Story 3D.
Christopher Tookey - Daily Mail [UK]
The setting constantly diverts, supplying some terrific sights and sounds (there are some rousing, samba-inspired dance numbers) and it's made with considerable affection, zest and good humour.
Henry Fitzherbert - Daily Express
Carlos Saldhana has here created a sweet-natured animation.
The film is frisky and genial, with great Looney Tunes-style sight gags amid the mayhem...
Tim Robey - Daily Telegraph
A bright flight of fancy that makes an hour and a half fly by.
Neil Smith - Total Film
Rio is difficult to watch without imagining it was a light bulb idea bandied around the office of the Rio de Janeiro Tourist Board...
Shaun Munro - What Culture
[A] fun but not fantastic feathered tale.
Roz Laws - Birmingham Post
The colours are gorgeous, the voice actors perky.
Nigel Andrews - Financial Times
Lively, enjoyable and frequently funny adventure that soars thanks to a witty script, delightful animation, a couple of great songs and the inspired casting of Jesse Eisenberg and Flight of the Conchords' Jemaine Clement.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
Bird-brained animated comedy that won't fly.
Don Groves - sbs.com.au
This is a lovely entry from the Ice Age team, filled with great characters, including Nigel, the evil Cockatoo, voiced by Jemaine Clement.
David Stratton - At the Movies (Australia)
It's a cheerfully wild ride although a little more creativeness could have gone into the character of Blu. As Eisenberg reads him, nerdy is just another word for feather-brained.
Sandra Hall - Sydney Morning Herald
'Rio' isn't totally devoid of merit - it could just do with a lot more zip and zing in its tail feathers.
Derek Adams - Time Out
Rio is a lively and engaging film set in a beautifully-rendered landscape - it's well worth shelling out extra for those pesky 3D glasses!
Simon Reynolds - Digital Spy
Guided by the native wit and instinct of Brazilian director Saldanha, the (3D) action soars between the rooftops and party-crowded streets to the surrounding cliffs and jungles with barely any drop in tempo.
Elliott Noble - Sky Movies
Just like its blue feathered protagonist, Rio has the look yet doesn't soar to the heights needed to make this animated adventure / musical hybrid work.
Matthew Pejkovic - Matt's Movie Reviews
Saldanha has proven himself with the Ice Age trio of films, and the animal characterisations here are just as strong. Rio is also visually superior. Full of colour, life and humour, it's a story about freedom and love -- and it soars.
Annette Basile - FILMINK (Australia)
It's not hugely complicated, but the approach is fresh enough to keep us on our toes
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall
Okay, so it's not exactly a groundbreaking advance from the team behind Ice Age, but with its kaleidoscope of colour and heaps of humour, you'll be charmed.
Olly Richards - Empire Magazine
A straight ahead family film ... with a clear desire to please - especially 8 -12 year olds. It may outstay its welcome for their parents, though
Andrew L. Urban - Urban Cinefile
With its contagious Latin rhythms and explosions of colour, this happy, squawking 3D adventure set on a striking backdrop of Rio de Janeiro is great family fare.
Louise Keller - Urban Cinefile
95-odd minutes of full-blown, big-screen bliss.
Robbie Collin - News of the World
Fast-paced, breathtaking to look at and certainly amusing.
Anton Bitel - Eye for Film
Much like the titular Brazilian city, Rio is a festive film, heavily favouring frivolity over anything more deep and meaningful.
Anders Wotzke - Moviedex