Mixed or average reviews - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 18
  2. Negative: 2 out of 18
  1. A gorgeous piece of work. It pulls every heartstring a good romance should, yet bursts with G-rated fun, wonderfully human characters and several solid and hummable songs.
  2. 88
    Picks and chooses cleverly, skipping blithely past the entire Russian Revolution but lingering on mad monks, green goblins, storms at sea, train wrecks and youthful romance.
  3. 88
    Easily the best non-Disney animated movie in recent memory, and it is good enough to rival such titles as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”
  4. Reviewed by: Chris Gore
    With A+ voice talent provided by Meg Ryan (Anastasia) and John Cusack (Dimitri), Fox has a winner on its hands.
  5. Lavishly produced animation makes imaginative use of familiar formulas, filling the screen with handsome images accompanied by sprightly songs and lively voice-performances.
  6. 75
    Flawed but not fatally, this ambitious epic's strength lies not just with its haunting melodies, pretty pictures, star voices and kid-friendly sidekicks - the usual shtick that makes Disney tick. [14 Nov 1997, p.D6]
  7. Impressive, big-scale scenes, such as a train derailment from a snow-covered bridge. And the vocal performances of Ryan and Cusack give us a real sense of romance.
  8. This sumptuous-looking film clearly spared no expense in its visual rendering; its optical flourishes and attention to detail aim for the Disney gold standard and, for the most part, come pretty darn close.
  9. Anastasia has the Disney house style down cold, yet the magic is missing. Perhaps that's because the story's somber emotional hook--Anastasia's thwarted desire for home--is asserted rather than dramatized.
  10. Lacks the spark of the best recent Disney spectaculars, like "Beauty and the Beast."
  11. Reviewed by: Philip Thomas
    Manages to be a charming little movie, nothing to write home about but a perfectly acceptable way to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon with the child, or children, in your life.
  12. Though originality is not one of its accomplishments, Anastasia is generally pleasant, serviceable and eager to please.
  13. A deeply silly movie, but it is sumptuous to look at, and it never stands still. Its creators, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, have given the story a lilting rhythm and glittering surface of the most extravagant jewel-encrusted fairy tale.
  14. Reviewed by: Yahlin Chang
    Meg Ryan lends her trademark feistiness to Anastasia, and John Cusack makes Dimitri eminently likable.
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Fox
    Decent songs, an amusing script and some surprisingly imaginative animation.
  16. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Lacks the special creative spark needed to lift it to an uncommon imaginative level.
  17. Reviewed by: Maria Schneider
    You can set your watch to the musical cues, and the songs themselves are forgettable at best, insipid at worst.
  18. 30
    A story that holds little suspense; we know exactly how happily this animated musical will end--and the wait isn't very diverting.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 57 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. Feb 8, 2012
    Marvelous! Easily the movie! I am from Russia and I know a lot abour Anasrasia.... May be it si not true , but I think It is the greatest animation movie has ever been ! Full Review »
  2. Jun 29, 2011
    It looks like a Disney knockoff, but not very similiar to Disney. It has great animation, solid voice acting, and very catchy songs. Don Bluth did a very good job at making this non-disney masterpiece. Full Review »
  3. Aug 10, 2014
    "Anastasia" is commendable for a solid plot, great voice acting and an evocative orchestral score, but is somewhat pale compared to some exceptional pictures of its time, such as the equally dark "The Hunchback of Notre Dame". Note that the the title character of the film is fictional and the film does not attempt a historical approach to the real Anastasia's story. An deserving achievement opposite the Disney giant, though. Full Review »