The story manages to be sentimental without being especially moving.
Vincent Canby - New York Times
It looks good, moves well, and delights our eyes.
Roger Ebert - Chicago Sun-Times
Not enthralling, but worth seeing for anyone interested in the mechanics of this arcane art.
Dave Kehr - Chicago Reader
Every character moves fluidly and imaginatively against an extravaganza of detailed background and dazzling effects, all emboldened by fascinating colored textures.
Variety Staff - Variety
It is something gorgeous to look at.
Richard Corliss - TIME Magazine
Fascinating. But sensitive animal-lovers beware.
Michael Scheinfeld - Common Sense Media
The award-winning book had a pretty crackerjack story to begin with, but in some respects, I think Bluth and his co-writers have bettered it.
Tim Brayton - Antagony & Ecstasy
A return to the lush, finely detailed animation seen in the best Disney features.
Dean Essner - TV Guide's Movie Guide
The animation was, as Bluth and company had promised, a spectacular return to old-school craftsmanship.
Tasha Robinson - AV Club
It's a spectacular return to the shimmering, mesmerising deep-focus animation associated with Disney's classic period...
Derek Adams - Time Out
Never mind the G rating, this is scary stuff which sent my little one fleeing to another room inside of 10 minutes.
Christopher Null - Filmcritic.com
Emanuel Levy - EmanuelLevy.Com
It's no secret -- this is one mighty mouse movie!
Staci Layne Wilson - StaciWilson.com
Ryan Cracknell - Movie Views
Lovers of animation shouldn't have too much trouble getting the kids to take them along.
Dean Essner - Film4
Too leaden for kids, too slight for grownups.
James Rocchi - Netflix
Rob Vaux - Flipside Movie Emporium
Scott Weinberg - eFilmCritic.com
It took years before Disney would match the quality of this first film from expatriate Don Bluth.
Jeffrey Westhoff - Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
It remains the best entry in Bluth's hugely inconsistent filmography.
Andy Klein - New Times