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  • Summary: More than just man’s best friend, Bolt is a modern day action hero. Raised on the set of a hit television show, Bolt believes he has amazing powers – like a devastating Superbark! But when he’s accidentally shipped to New York City, Bolt’s daredevil stunts no longer go according to plan. AsMore than just man’s best friend, Bolt is a modern day action hero. Raised on the set of a hit television show, Bolt believes he has amazing powers – like a devastating Superbark! But when he’s accidentally shipped to New York City, Bolt’s daredevil stunts no longer go according to plan. As reality begins to challenge his delusions, Bolt learns his whole life has been a lie. Or has it? Amidst the adversity and hard-knocks, Bolt will discover that a dog’s true superpower lies in his loyalty to the owner he loves. (Walt Disney Pictures) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    100
    There's something both simple and sweet about Bolt, yet epic, that's entirely surprising.
  2. Bolt proves a refreshing throwback to the animated classics of yore.
  3. As Bolt, John Travolta is inspired: His voice still cracks like an adolescent’s, and he has the perfect dopey innocence.
  4. There's a terrific tenderness in Travolta's performance, while Cyrus and company are similarly effective.
  5. Travolta does a nice job, but Bolt is of course the most boring, blandly cute character in the movie.
  6. Though every frame is great to look at, Bolt's script - by the co-writers of "Mulan" and "Cars" - lacks the wit of its closest Pixar relative, "The Incredibles." Rhino and some goofy pigeons provide the few laughs once the tale goes cross-country.
  7. It's a seriously withholding action comedy, stingy on the wit, charm, jokes, narrative satisfactions and animals with personalities sharp enough for the big screen, either in 2-D or 3-D.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 40 out of 47
  2. Negative: 3 out of 47
  1. Jun 2, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Though sadly overshadowed by the overrated dynamic duo of Wall-e and Kung Fu Panda, this warm, familiar animated movie with stunning visuals and beautiful, hand-painted backgrounds doesn't only mark a successful return for Disney on the animated area, but manages to introduce characters and themes that are in many ways more deep and complex than that of the widely glorified Pixar flicks. Take Bolt for example, the loveable and stunningly adorable main character who, in less than 90 minutes, shows a wide spectrum of emotions and behavior, ranging from self-realization, denial and identity crisis. Aside from this amazing character development, he also embodies the loyal and trusting nature of a dog. The only problem with this movie is that this main character, with a story with so much potential for depth, was pushed to the background to make room for the annoying comic relief hamster and the funny-talking pigeons, making a movie that could have been absolutely splendid merely a great one. Still though, the scenes in which the furry main character, Bolt himself, is allowed to shine are the by far most touching. Particularly the puppy scene in the beginning and his unselfish bravery in the end, thus making this movie a most see for any self-acclaimed dog lover and anyone who wants to see a good animated film. And the way this character shows a contrast by his aggressive, delusional super-hero persona, and his sweet-natured, natural and loveable doggy-side, which is mostly seen when he is together with his owner Penny - the little girl to whom he directs all his considerable love and devotion - should make him an inspiring figure for children and adults alike. Expand
  2. ThomasM.
    Dec 22, 2008
    10
    Going into this movie I felt that it may be just another attempt to try and claim some of the reknown that is pixar films. There have been Going into this movie I felt that it may be just another attempt to try and claim some of the reknown that is pixar films. There have been many talking animal movies over the past couple of years and only a slight few have been worth seeing. Bolt totally blew me away by how well done it was, how entertaining and actually quite comical. I have now seen this movie twice and recommend it to any and everyone. Expand
  3. Greg
    Jun 10, 2009
    9
    Such a good heart in this movie.
  4. TitaniumDragon
    Nov 29, 2008
    8
    I'm 23 years old, but I suppose I expect a lot from Disney. But I should be able to; I think the real test of a Disney movie is not I'm 23 years old, but I suppose I expect a lot from Disney. But I should be able to; I think the real test of a Disney movie is not whether it can entertain children but whether it can entertain the whole family. If I feel stupid while watching a Disney movie, that move fails as a Disney movie, as while directed at children, they're supposed to be family films. This move succeeds. Its very well done, and Bolt and Mittens (John Travolta and some actress?) do a great job, as does the actress who voice acts the girl, Penny. Rhino the Hampster was not the best cast member; I suppose they needed comedic relief, but he was fairly extraneous to the plot beyond letting Mittens understand what was going on and why Bolt was acting so crazy. Overall, the movie was quite enjoyable, and is the best Disney film since Mulan. While not of their early 90s level, its still quite a solid movie, and I shall get it on DVD as I enjoyed watching it. Some scenes of it even made me feel sad, which means the folks at Disney did their job well. If you're going to the theatres this winter, this is a much better choice than movies like Quantum of Solace or Twilight. Expand
  5. Jul 4, 2013
    7
    "Bolt" can feel warm and funny at the same time, but can it really to anything truly special well, not really. The film thrives on the"Bolt" can feel warm and funny at the same time, but can it really to anything truly special well, not really. The film thrives on the relationship with a human and a dog for the first part, and then they go on a huge adventure across the U.S.A.. While the film is sadly, conventional, the quirky fun of its characters make this film alright. Expand
  6. TonyB.
    Nov 30, 2008
    7
    What a nice movie this is. All those involved in planning and making it do themselves proud. It's funny, sad, clever, and surprisingly What a nice movie this is. All those involved in planning and making it do themselves proud. It's funny, sad, clever, and surprisingly moving. I liked it as much as "The Truman Show." Expand
  7. Apr 14, 2013
    0
    Piece of crap movie! This was terrible hated characters, story, action animation everything! If you have a 2 year old maybe, but anyone abovePiece of crap movie! This was terrible hated characters, story, action animation everything! If you have a 2 year old maybe, but anyone above that age will hate it! Expand

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