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7.4

Generally favorable reviews- based on 153 Ratings

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  1. Sep 25, 2011
    9
    A dog & cat animation movie that has the power equal to "Toy Story" and "WALL-E". Certainly one of Disney motion picture's greatest achievement they made without the help of Pixar. Bravo!!!
  2. Dec 30, 2011
    7
    Bolt has used a storyline that has been used countless times which is a huge critical factor. Critics favor originality but sadly this isn't, but thanks to its touching moments, fantastic animation and great voice performances it is good enough for me. I give this movie 71%.
  3. 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
  4. Jun 19, 2011
    9
    Bolt is a well made animated film, which was unfortunately destined to play behind the hype of Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda. It's funny for all, with a fat hamster named Rhino who is obsessed with Bolt stealing the show alongside 3 sets of three pigeons who appear throughout the show. Some of the story is very predictable, particularly the relationship between Bolt and Mittens, but it's stillBolt is a well made animated film, which was unfortunately destined to play behind the hype of Wall-E and Kung Fu Panda. It's funny for all, with a fat hamster named Rhino who is obsessed with Bolt stealing the show alongside 3 sets of three pigeons who appear throughout the show. Some of the story is very predictable, particularly the relationship between Bolt and Mittens, but it's still very enjoyable and funny. Expand
  5. Jan 9, 2012
    7
    While it's not perfect by any means, Bolt is the film that shows Disney finally returning to form after nearly a decade of sub-par films. The easiest way to look at Bolt is like an animated version of The Truman Show that becomes a road movie about halfway through. It works as a film on both accounts, having some clever things to say about network television and providing you with someWhile it's not perfect by any means, Bolt is the film that shows Disney finally returning to form after nearly a decade of sub-par films. The easiest way to look at Bolt is like an animated version of The Truman Show that becomes a road movie about halfway through. It works as a film on both accounts, having some clever things to say about network television and providing you with some nice juicy morals, and giving you some pretty animated scenery to oggle at on the way. The voice cast are all good - playing the title role,Travolta gives his best performance since The Thin Red Line, and Susie Essman's streetwise feline mittens and especially Mark Walton's psychotic hamster super-fan Rhino are constantly entertaining. It's also a stroke of genius casting Miley Cyrus as child star and Bolt's owner Penny. The animation is stunning across the board, but what particularly impresses is that the animators have struck the perfect balance between realistically recreating animal movement and mannerisms, and anthropomorphising the characters for empathy purposes. Bolt is a perfectly enjoyable, often clever and funny animation that only just lacks the creativity, universal appeal and heart of Pixar's best efforts. Pixar, for now at least, still holds the torch of exceptional animation high, but Disney is closing in fast - thank goodness, it's been a while. Expand
  6. Jun 12, 2011
    7
    This is a well done kids movie. John Travolta is very well cast as Bolt the wonder dog. Complete with a hilarious hamster named rhino this movie is very entertaining. The only week points are in the beginning Bolt is shipped in a box from LA to New York with no real issues. Who would have thought you could mail a dog in a box of packing peanuts. The other problem is Miley Cyrus. She isThis is a well done kids movie. John Travolta is very well cast as Bolt the wonder dog. Complete with a hilarious hamster named rhino this movie is very entertaining. The only week points are in the beginning Bolt is shipped in a box from LA to New York with no real issues. Who would have thought you could mail a dog in a box of packing peanuts. The other problem is Miley Cyrus. She is very poorly cast in the part of Penny, Bolt's owner. Her voice does not match the age of the character and she is not a very good voice actress. Outside of these two issues the movie is absolutely great with a good story and good execution. A great movie for adults and kids. Expand
  7. Jan 20, 2012
    4
    Bolt has some great moments and characters but its so incredibly uneven. The premise is something only Disney can get away with and to an extent they don't. The story follows Bolt, a dog who works on a television show with his owner and thinks he has superpowers because the producers maintain the illusion. When he is accidentally shipped to New York, he has to find his way home as he dealsBolt has some great moments and characters but its so incredibly uneven. The premise is something only Disney can get away with and to an extent they don't. The story follows Bolt, a dog who works on a television show with his owner and thinks he has superpowers because the producers maintain the illusion. When he is accidentally shipped to New York, he has to find his way home as he deals with the fact his powers are gone. It's a stupid premise and it never really works. It has some cute moments and the character of Rhino is a great one but it never gets off the ground thanks to the premise. When Bolt reaches New York the film treads water for 20 minutes and it becomes a poor version of Homeward Bound for the latter. John Travolta has fun as Bolt but Miley Cyrus is irritating as Bolt's owner Penny. The ending is the best part of the film but it still seems incredibly forced and insincere. It's just a film that suffers from a poor premise and never really recovers. Expand
  8. Sep 25, 2011
    5
    The animation is great, the characters are cute, but the story is predictable. While some people think it rips-off Toy Story, Bolt reminds me more of Homeward Bound than anything else - another "Doggy Come Home" story. The movie does have its strong points, though. As I said, the animation is awesome (it is Disney, after all). Rhino and Mittens were the most interesting characters in myThe animation is great, the characters are cute, but the story is predictable. While some people think it rips-off Toy Story, Bolt reminds me more of Homeward Bound than anything else - another "Doggy Come Home" story. The movie does have its strong points, though. As I said, the animation is awesome (it is Disney, after all). Rhino and Mittens were the most interesting characters in my opinion, but Bolt was pretty charming himself. Bolt had some emotional moments too, particularly near the end of the film. But even with the movie's strengths, I didn't think it was very memorable. It wasn't a steaming pile of crap like The Wild, but it was just okay.
    On a lighter note, if you have kids, I'm sure they'll love it. But if you're a teenager or adult who's not into that Miley Cyrus/Disney Channel junk, don't waste your time with Bolt, watch WALL-E instead.
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  9. May 3, 2012
    6
    I really would have liked it more if Bolt really had the powers, but it has quite a bit of heart and the characters are great. You know what really made this funny? Rhino the hampster!
  10. Jan 13, 2014
    7
    My kids liked this movie in almost every way. The interaction of characters and the good/bad change of roles. Clearly the hamster becomes all the kids favorites, as it was mine. But personally, this was predictable and graphically not the best-but believable. The happy ending is obvious but nice for the kids to see.
  11. Sep 30, 2013
    8
    At first, the film seems to take on the undeniably cliché aspect of a super being that rescues a damsel in distress, however, it was a relief to see it develop away from that overused plot and add its own spice, albeit some common spice.

    There is an abundance of classic family humour, perfectly suiting to this family film, and it draws close attention to the migration from childhood to
    At first, the film seems to take on the undeniably cliché aspect of a super being that rescues a damsel in distress, however, it was a relief to see it develop away from that overused plot and add its own spice, albeit some common spice.

    There is an abundance of classic family humour, perfectly suiting to this family film, and it draws close attention to the migration from childhood to adulthood; a period which all of us have gone/will go through. Not only that, but the subtle adage of ‘you can’t hold onto things forever’ adds a nice touch of emotion to the plot, although a small touch.

    I felt the film dealt strongly with relationships; how characters develop between one another as they take that migration, and while a substantial amount of films will have a disagreement between two of these characters, Bolt was no exception this being the only point I felt was lacking: the disagreement that appeared within the film was too basic, and my personal score would have risen a few more points if they had taken that disagreement outside of the box.

    But overall, Disney still does not disappoint in delivering a warm family film which is very reinvigorating to watch every once in a while.
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  12. Sep 2, 2012
    10
    No doubt,this is a great animated movie for all ages,they are all so great,good lessons are there too.And they sound really great though.BTW I love it
  13. Jan 5, 2014
    7
    Bolt não chega a ser o melhor filme da Disney porém tem carisma de sobra pra ser divertido para toda as idades.
  14. Dec 14, 2012
    8
    While it isn't as good as most Pixar movies, it isn't bad either. I found the story great, the characters charming, visuals where sometimes a bit over the top but still good, voice acting also pretty decent . What I love is that this movie is basically a lost dog trying to get home story. The bond between Bolt and Penny is really strong and delivered by some powerful performances byWhile it isn't as good as most Pixar movies, it isn't bad either. I found the story great, the characters charming, visuals where sometimes a bit over the top but still good, voice acting also pretty decent . What I love is that this movie is basically a lost dog trying to get home story. The bond between Bolt and Penny is really strong and delivered by some powerful performances by Travolta & Miley (yeah, I know, who knew?!) I have to say this is the first cartoon that has made me cry since I was a kid. If you've seen the movie, then I'm sure you know which scene I'm talking about. Overall: A really fun, emotional kids movie that isn't the best one out there, but it does a pretty decent job trying. Expand
  15. 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 above that age will hate it!
  16. 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 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.
  17. Jul 6, 2014
    5
    I can sit through this movie with a limited amount of disturbances, but overall, it's complete with a sugary family tenderness that becomes repetitive like the movement of the earth. By the end, it's as interesting as looking outside of a car on a highway to downtown (which I've seen thousands among thousands of times).
  18. May 18, 2014
    6
    Oh, the days when Miley Cyrus had yet to twerk on Robin Thicke. Remember those days? Well, they produced this movie, Bolt, which isn't half bad. It's not the most original movie, and Miley is annoying in her character, but it's good for the kids.
  19. Nov 13, 2013
    6
    Bolt is a fun animated treat.
    Unexpectedly, Bolt is more than just a plain kids movie. The script is far above par and the message is incredible for Disney standards. A dog and cat film that will raise your spirits.
Metascore
67

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 1 out of 29
  1. 78
    This is a Disney film, so there's never any real question regarding Bolt and his friends' ultimate success or failure, but the writing team of Dan Fogelman (Cars) and co-director Williams (Mulan) have concocted one of the most witty and often hilarious Disney outings in years.
  2. 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.
  3. While this charmer about a canine James Bond does not pack the emotional punch of "WALL-E," it's frisky fun to see the white shepherd get a new leash on life.