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Even though its historical references and battle scenes may fly over their heads like so many homing pigeons, kids will enjoy Valiant, too, if only for its nonstop action and lively visual design.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
An unconscionably dreary and amateurish-looking thing, and the rote plot and annoyingly predictable script -- a compendium of bird puns, mostly -- don't work nearly hard enough to make up for the hammy awfulness of the images.
Carina Chocano - Los Angeles Times
This animated WWII story may not engage all kids.
Common Sense Media Editors - Common Sense Media
Felix Vasquez Jr. - Cinema Crazed
You're are much better off renting "Chicken Run" for an evening of entertainment with your progeny.
Cole Smithey - ColeSmithey.com
Dean Essner - Deseret News, Salt Lake City
A valiant effort.
Harry Haun - Film Journal International
For parents who are tired of the hip, stupid bombast of films like Shark Tale, it'll do.
Peter T. Chattaway - Christianity Today
Chelsea Bain - Boston Herald
Dean Essner - Time Out
Jim Lane - Sacramento News & Review
It's a tale with plenty of spirit and a good heart, and yet, this story doesn't so much soar across the screen as it does waddle.
Winda Benedetti - Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Dean Essner - Empire Magazine
Will probably keep youngsters entertained for its short 76 minutes running time.
James O'Ehley - SA Movie & DVD Magazine
I think history will remember it as the usher to the mid-list CGI feature.
Kevin Carr - 7M Pictures
Dean Essner - Sydney Morning Herald
Pode nao ser uma obra-prima (nao e mesmo), mas e suficientemente bem realizado para merecer uma conferida enquanto o novo projeto da Pixar nao chega aos cinemas.
Pablo Villaca - Cinema em Cena
It's a happy and welcome debut, showing not only a genuine sense of humour and technical brilliance, but a clever ability to combine serious themes with family entertainment.
Urban Cinefile Critics - Urban Cinefile
A mildly engaging but thoroughly forgettable piece of work.
David Nusair - Reel Film Reviews
Vanguard Animation anda volando bajo.
Luis Martinez - Cinenganos
...this spunky little film doesn't let the minor matter of a bland central character and a lackluster script get it down.
John J. Puccio - DVDTown.com
John J. Puccio - Movie Metropolis
An OK kids' movie with a decent story
Lori Hoffman - Atlantic City Weekly
Dean Essner - AV Club
The film soon proves to be not only unfunny, but something worse: boring.
Eric Goldman - IGN Movies
A computer-animated movie from Disney about the contributions of carrier pigeons in World War II. Good topic, fair animation, but the story quacks like a duck.
Christopher Smith - Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Not the finest hour-and-a-half of British animation.
Thomas Delapa - Boulder Weekly
Unoriginal, boring, and not all that cute.
Audrey Rock-Richardson - Tooele Transcript-Bulletin (Utah)
Unfortunately, the dazzling colors and inspired vocal performances aren't enough to make the whole thing soar like an eagle.
Larry Ratliff - San Antonio Express-News
Dean Essner - Bullz-Eye.com
This is not a top grade animated effort, but it is a sweet, enjoyable one.
David Cornelius - eFilmCritic.com
It feels obligatory, like the boss barged in and said, 'I want a movie about pigeons who help the British war effort on my desk by Monday!,' and so everyone had to do it.
Eric D. Snider - EricDSnider.com
Here's a not-so-valiant attempt to recreate the charm of "Shrek."
Linda Cook - KWQC-TV (Iowa)
A film with a story that little kids will find to be too obscure and older viewers will find too juvenile and which is told with a visual style that viewers all ages will find drab and uninteresting.
Peter Sobczynski - eFilmCritic.com
So mediocre it can't even be called a valiant effort
Jackie K. Cooper - jackiekcooper.com
Tedious and unfunny computer-animated film.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat - Spirituality and Practice
Disney sticks to that formula of goofy nonchalance - this time without music
Pete Croatto - Filmcritic.com
The movie's takeoffs on old war-movie and RAF-flyboy cliches will certainly not connect with the knowledge base of America's current youngsters, which will only cause Valiant to seem that much more foreign.
Marjorie Baumgarten - Austin Chronicle
Brian Marder - Hollywood.com
Dean Essner - Baltimore Sun
There are far more aspects of the film that may leave younger viewers confused and may not even be fun after lengthy parental explanations.
Dan Fienberg - Zap2it.com
Despite its formulaic trappings, 'Valiant' proves that great heartfelt storytelling will almost always win out over big budget brawn.
Frank Wilkins - ReelTalk Movie Reviews
It has enough laughs and close calls to keep the target audience entertained for an hour or so.
Eric Lurio - Greenwich Village Gazette
Dean Essner - St. Louis Post-Dispatch
Even young viewers will recognize Valiant as second-tier Disney.
John Monaghan - Detroit Free Press
Valiant never takes flight. This Disney animated war film is dull and ugly.
Angela Baldassarre - Sympatico.ca
This cleverly told animated World War II adventure aims high and scores a pretty lofty goal.
Angel Cohn - TV Guide's Movie Guide
An animated war epic - it doesn't sound like it would fly but it does.
Cherryl Dawson and Leigh Ann Palone - TheMovieChicks.com
Valiant is a movie that is trying to be an homage but winds up a pale imitation.
Mary-Liz Shaw - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Harmless but generally uninspired.
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram
It's no Shrek, but what Valiant lacks in looks, it makes up for with its perky winged heroes and high-flying concept.
Peter Debruge - Miami Herald
Well-intentioned but woefully bland and forgettable, this oddball concoction might appeal to pre-teen military buffs, if there are any out there.
Todd Jorgenson - Denton Record Chronicle (TX)
Scott Von Doviak - Fort Worth Star-Telegram/DFW.com
A passable animated feature that will entertain small children, but feels as if it was thrown together quickly.
Peter Hartlaub - San Francisco Chronicle
Ever noticed how many pigeons look like John Cleese? Me neither.
Sarah Chauncey - Reel.com
Take all the movie money you've just saved and buy the kiddies a good book.
Liz Braun - Jam! Movies
The picture often lacks the essential wackiness needed to please young audiences.
Carla Meyer - Sacramento Bee
Animated pigeons? British wartime humor? Disney? The mixture is ripe for something amiable, if unremarkable. Sadly, the production forgot the amiable part.
Brian Orndorf - FilmJerk.com
'Fall in, featherbrains!' It's a funny, high-flying, family-friendly flick.
Susan Granger - Modamag.com
These pigeons don't fly.
John Wirt - Advocate (Baton Rouge, LA)
The depth of vocal talent squandered in 'Valiant' is staggering.
Dan Lybarger - eFilmCritic.com
Valiant does the job of providing some suitable entertainment for youngsters but not much more.
Daniel M. Kimmel - Worcester Telegram & Gazette
Though it's made with wit, style and sweetness, it may be a tricky match for American audiences.
Moira MacDonald - Seattle Times
Valiant is amiable enough, but there's little in the humor or story that could be considered fresh.
Glenn Whipp - Los Angeles Daily News
Aside from some fun voice casting..., the movie is a stodgy and slow affair.
Sean Means - Salt Lake Tribune
Dean Essner - Boston Phoenix
Strictly for the birds.
Dean Essner - E! Online
One complaint I have with Valiant is the lack of humor - there is some but not enough for a kids' animation
Robin Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Very short and very slight, Valiant still carries a dainty, retro charm amid heavy technology. A fine effort with a sweet message kids will be happy to hear only once.
Nick Rogers - State Journal-Register (Springfield, IL)
It's a movie that will be good enough, but not memorable or worth seeing again (like a date with me).
Willie Waffle - WaffleMovies.com
[The vocal talents] and some meticulous period details make up for the film's unsurprising plot and occasional tepid stretches.
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie - Atlanta Journal-Constitution
the animated tale of misfit recruits accomplishing a heroic mission lacks an integral component - humor.
Laura Clifford - Reeling Reviews
Lightweight and easily forgotten about once it's over. While it last, though, it is congenial and pleasingly innocuous.
Dustin Putman - DustinPutman.com
So $40M will buy you a film good enough for cable...well, that's depressing.
John Venable - Supercala.com
Like its title character, this little animated film has heart and charm. What it will have trouble finding is an audience to appreciate it.
Nell Minow - Movie Mom at Yahoo! Movies
The presence of A-list British vocal talent... work wonders to make the film seem better than it really is.
Wade Major - Boxoffice Magazine
Valiant is sadly boring, and while its rote mechanics may function nominally on children, it's going to be a long 76 minutes for the adults.
Peter Canavese - Groucho Reviews
A nice half hour documentary on the Discovery Channel would have sufficed quite nicely and been much more entertaining.
Rebecca Murray - About.com
The slapdash construction and narrative inconsistencies, however, aren't nearly as damaging to this aerial adventure as the general mediocrity of its animation.
Nick Schager - Slant Magazine
Unlike the terrific claymation film Chicken Run (2000), here the jokes largely lay eggs.
Marshall Heyman - Christian Science Monitor
[E]xactly as cozily silly and as charmingly touching as you'd expect from a nation that gives medals of valor to birds.
MaryAnn Johanson - Flick Filosopher
The script is typical family-flick underachievement, with feeble puns and other stabs at birdie personification.
Steve Schneider - Orlando Weekly
It's not at all clear which audience director Gary Chapman has his eye on.
Ella Taylor - L.A. Weekly
Adults will be bored and irritated by this thin film.
Devin Faraci - CHUD
Valiant isn't up to the computer-animation standards of Pixar (Finding Nemo) or even Dreamworks (Madagascar).
Chris Hewitt (St. Paul) - St. Paul Pioneer Press
Valiant seems built merely to distract and divert for a brisk hour-and-small-change.
Gene Seymour - Newsday
The movie dashes through its obstacle course plot run with all the refinement of a straight-to-video Rescuers Down Under spin-off.
Brent Simon - Now Playing Magazine
A lame-duck movie about pigeons.
Josh Larsen - Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
No matter how hard the CGI animators try, the idea of Ricky Gervais as a bird is not as funny as the idea of Ricky Gervais as a human being.
Richard Horgan - FilmStew.com
People who liked the Shrek flicks may actually try to prove their sophistication amongst themselves by rejecting this pale imitation of an embarrassing cultural artifact.
Walter Chaw - Film Freak Central
A cornucopia of British character actors enliven this flashback to the war movies of yesteryear.
Scott Nash - Three Movie Buffs
modern kids won't get any of the World War II references, and to be honest, the rest of the adventure is mediocre at best.
Sean McBride - Sean the Movie Guy
Doomed by its script to a sort of tedious mediocrity, this pigeon's as dead as a dodo.
Frank Swietek - One Guy's Opinion
Will engage your little ones minimally while in the theaters but will leave them without any desire to get the DVD later in order to see it again.
Steve Rhodes - Internet Reviews
...Serves its purpose as end-of-the-summer entertainment for the young ones...it will likely be viewed once and forgotten in favor of other films with better repeat value.
Bill Clark - FromTheBalcony
not a laugh riot, but it is an amusing and sweet diversion with a dash of dry wit and the courage of its convictions
Andrea Chase - Killer Movie Reviews
Of all the animals to be immortalised by cartoons, there are few less fluffy and endearing than the pigeon.
Paul Arendt - BBC
Valiant is the plucky little outsider with a lot of heart
Wendy Ide - Times [UK]
The soundtrack is good too - it only has a few songs but it uses them in interesting ways and also features the sight of an all-pigeon Mis-teeq performing Shoo-Shoo Baby at the end.
Matthew Turner - ViewLondon
A disarmingly enjoyable movie with a lively cast of characters and an action-packed plot based (very roughly!) on real-life events
Rich Cline - Shadows on the Wall