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  • Summary: From St. Petersburg, Russia to Paris, France, join Anya on an epic journey of breathtaking animated action and intrigue. (20th Century Fox)
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  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
    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.”
  3. Lavishly produced animation makes imaginative use of familiar formulas, filling the screen with handsome images accompanied by sprightly songs and lively voice-performances.
  4. Lacks the spark of the best recent Disney spectaculars, like "Beauty and the Beast."
  5. Though originality is not one of its accomplishments, Anastasia is generally pleasant, serviceable and eager to please.
  6. Reviewed by: Yahlin Chang
    Meg Ryan lends her trademark feistiness to Anastasia, and John Cusack makes Dimitri eminently likable.
  7. 30
    A story that holds little suspense; we know exactly how happily this animated musical will end--and the wait isn't very diverting.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 21
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 21
  3. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. ChristinaH.
    May 27, 2007
    This has to be the best Disney movie I've seen, with a good plot, great characters, and catchy songs, who can't love it?
  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. Collapse
  3. 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 ! Expand
  4. Mar 27, 2013
    One of my favorite non-Disney/Pixar animated movies. Superb animation. Great voice acting. Catchy and memorable music. While it does take some HUGE liberties with history, it is just a story after all. What really got my attention was that this was really the first GOOD non-Disney movie of its time. This level of production for hand drawn animation was almost unheard of and really shook the chains of quality superiority that Disney once held. Overall: A charming and fun animated movie that won't be for everyone, but it has a place in my heart. Expand
  5. Apr 19, 2013
    Films inspired off of factual history are always difficult to produce but this here is a perfect example. Steady story, catchy tunes, good subtle morals, and with no interaction with Disney animation studios. It is a shame this did not get as much recognition as it deserves. Expand
  6. 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. Expand

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