Valiant Reviews

  • This movie's aesthetics seem governed by its bottom line: The CG is on the rubbery side, and the backdrops are jarringly 2-D. But Valiant isn't so hard to look at -- it's hard to listen to.

    Scott Brown — Entertainment Weekly

  • Poorly plotted, suspense-free film.

    Stephen Holden — New York Times

  • Too inoffensive to engender the hostility once reserved for Howard the Duck.

    Mike Clark — USA Today

  • Even though its historical references and battle scenes may fly over their heads like so many homing pigeons, kids will enjoy Valiant, too, if only for its nonstop action and lively visual design.

    Ann Hornaday — Washington Post

  • Too dependent on a knowledge of RAF-inspired cinematic derring-do like '633 Squadron' (or at least Hogan's Heroes) for the average tyke, yet too tepid for their taller counterparts, Valiant is ultimately one strange bird.

    Michael O'Sullivan — Washington Post

  • The thought of this motley crew in the recording studio, laying down vocal tracks and cracking each other up, is far more entertaining than anything in the film.

    Ty Burr — Boston Globe

  • As education by anthropomorphism goes, Maus this ain't.

    Akiva Gottlieb — Village Voice

  • Stick to the genuinely delightful Chicken Run -- this one's for the birds.

    Jami Bernard — New York Daily News

  • Valiant may not fly in the stratosphere of Pixar or the best of DreamWorks, but giving these plucky birds their due is not a bad way to wind up the summer.

    Nancy Churnin — Dallas Morning News

  • It's tempting then to call this U.S.-British-produced endeavor an odd duck. Except that Valiant uses nearly every pun in the book.

    Lisa Kennedy — Denver Post

  • A mix of top-notch voice talents, standard computer animation and several missed story opportunities.

    Robert K. Elder — Chicago Tribune

  • The animated feature Valiant, a story about the carrier pigeons that ferried messages from France to England during World War II, takes wing but never quite manages to soar.

    Jeff Strickler — Minneapolis Star Tribune

  • What Valiant does most is give pigeons a break from the nasty 'flying rat' reputation. Aside from that, it's doesn't ruffle any feathers.

    Kathy Cano Murillo — Arizona Republic

  • Despite a handful of good aerial 'birdfight' sequences, 'Valiant' fails to get off the ground due to a by-numbers script and dodo-ugly character design that add up to less than one would expect from 'Shrek' producer John H. WilliamsJohn H. William.

    Leslie Felperin — Variety

  • Apart from the puns and regurgitation jokes, the story of a group of carrier pigeons on a death-defying mission in 1944 Europe will fly over the heads of actual youngsters.

    Kyle Smith — New York Post

  • It's watchable. But try explaining all of this not-particularly funny adult history, humor and clutter to a child.

    Roger Moore — Orlando Sentinel

  • Not only is the pacing less hyper, the humour less pop-cult savvy and the story almost creakily old-fashioned [than a Pixar production], it even looks like it was made in a cloudier climate: the dominant colours are muted blues and greys.

    Geoff Pevere — Toronto Star

  • Where are the real fairy tales -- the ones without the relentless number of jokes aimed at grown-ups?

    David Edelstein — Slate

  • Arguably the blandest of the burgeoning crop of big budget digitally animated films, Valiant aims to prove that the death of traditional animation has simply pushed lackluster screenplays into the digital realm.

    James Berardinelli — ReelViews

  • A plucky little bird that just won't fly.

    Ray Bennett — Hollywood Reporter

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