Metascore
52

Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 30
  2. Negative: 4 out of 30
  1. Reviewed by: Stephan Lee
    May 23, 2013
    83
    Epic isn't quite destined for the “Again, again!” re-watchability of some of the Pixar classics, but for a satisfying explosion of color on a lazy summer day, it does the trick.
  2. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    May 23, 2013
    75
    In the roll call of visually distinctive ’toons, Epic looms large.
  3. Reviewed by: Zachary Wigon
    May 24, 2013
    70
    Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale. Yet in a post-Up era where animated films can pulse with profound truths, the question remains: Is mere entertainment enough?
  4. 70
    While it might not amount to epic animated filmmaking in terms of scope and invention, Epic, a 3D, CG adventure-fantasy from Blue Sky Studios, nevertheless makes for pleasantly engaging viewing.
  5. Reviewed by: Louis Black
    May 23, 2013
    67
    Great voice work, stunning visuals, and a witty, full script make this entertaining for all ages.
  6. Reviewed by: Michael O'Sullivan
    May 23, 2013
    63
    Enormously visually appealing, even if the story itself is almost unrecognizably bloated.
  7. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    May 23, 2013
    63
    The film's clever use of emerald-colored hummingbirds as transportation is a highlight.
  8. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    May 23, 2013
    63
    While never losing its visual dazzle-factor, Epic keeps returning to overly familiar themes and characters.
  9. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    May 23, 2013
    63
    Epic isn’t epic, but it isn’t half bad, either. It’s just that as high as the bar has been raised on this sort of animation, this is more evidence that a strong story is worth more than any next generation software.
  10. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    May 22, 2013
    63
    And that's the thing with Epic: It's something close to an animated masterpiece, provided it's watched on mute.
  11. Reviewed by: Jenny McCartney
    May 27, 2013
    60
    The diminution works its appeal once again in Epic – the latest film from the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio" – which is just as well, because the rest of the narrative follows a rather predictable route.
  12. Reviewed by: Steve Rose
    May 27, 2013
    60
    What stands out is the animation. The microcosmic woodland world is luminous and detailed, and there's a nice disconnect of scale whereby humans appear as lumbering, slow-motion giants.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    May 24, 2013
    60
    Although Epic isn't quite an animated masterpiece -- or as enchanting as the vastly underrated "Guardians" -- it's still a fun, sweet-hearted kid-pleaser that boasts some downright lovely animation.
  14. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    May 23, 2013
    60
    The film looks terrific, with a fantastical forest coming to 3-D life. Swooping birds, flying arrows and more make good use of the technology. But the best films use technology as a storytelling device, not as a substitute for story itself.
  15. Reviewed by: Andrew Barker
    May 22, 2013
    60
    A reasonably entertaining, adeptly crafted kidpic whose biggest crime is its near pathological reliance on overfamiliar tropes and trappings.
  16. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    May 21, 2013
    60
    By no means an epic fail, but lacking the spry wit of more adult-friendly animations, this is big on action and small on originality. Gorgeous visuals aside, Epic is resolutely kiddie fare.
  17. Reviewed by: Anna Smith
    May 20, 2013
    60
    While it’s not a crossover classic, this has enough wit and charm to entertain both big and little people.
  18. Reviewed by: Peter Rainer
    May 24, 2013
    58
    Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator’s trap of making the “human” characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Jun 6, 2013
    50
    The ratio of humor and action and parent-child bonding is so formulaic, and the character design and molded-figurine-like animation so typical of the genre in the age of Pixar (and Pixar imitators), that Epic evaporates from the mind within minutes of leaving the theater.
  20. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    May 27, 2013
    50
    Generic and forgettable.
  21. Reviewed by: Dave McGinn
    May 23, 2013
    50
    There’s a worrisome failure of imagination at work in the title of this movie. It’s actually hard to imagine a more generic title. But at least it’s succinct. It rolls off the tongue much better than Movie That Feels Not So Much Inspired As Engineered According to Conventional Animated Kids’ Genre Requirements.
  22. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    May 23, 2013
    50
    When the movie should touch the heart, it just misses. When moments should produce gales of laughter, it struggles for a smile. When panic and fear should set the heart racing, it doesn't.
  23. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    May 23, 2013
    50
    As beautiful as it is, Epic is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.
  24. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    May 23, 2013
    50
    Well-polished and well-intentioned, this human-among-the-fairies adventure is filled with plenty of rousing action for short attention spans. But the beautiful visuals are paired with a mediocre script. The pacing is off and scenes become repetitive. While Epic has broad appeal, it's hard to imagine this will be anyone's favorite movie in 5 or 10 or 20 years.
  25. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    May 23, 2013
    50
    The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?
  26. Reviewed by:  Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
    May 22, 2013
    50
    Epic is heavy on celebrity voices and light on imagination.
  27. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    May 23, 2013
    38
    I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.
  28. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    May 27, 2013
    30
    Naming aside, Epic could have been good, except that it wasn’t, it was stone cold terrible, something even a six-year-old might scoff at. I know, I’m just as sad as you are about the whole thing.
  29. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    May 27, 2013
    30
    For all its attempts at wonder and spectacle and play, Epic is mostly a slog.
  30. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    May 23, 2013
    20
    Even young would-be botanists will find this charmless animated adventure as exciting as watching grass grow.
User Score
6.5

Generally favorable reviews- based on 130 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 47
  2. Negative: 4 out of 47
  1. Jun 4, 2013
    4
    "Epic dares to be original, unique and well creative, but its not. It offers very little to most adults while only "truly" entertaining the children. Its Blue Sky animations worst movie to date and on the low end of the animation spectrum, I expected more" C Full Review »
  2. May 30, 2013
    5
    It's just was not that good a movie overall. I felt that the movie's plot was not that good; no shocking twists or turns. Just a predictable flow of events. I heard that the CGI was going to be awesome, but I just did not get blown away. and it barely made up for the bad script. I still don't get the name of the movie. I don't see the theme being reflected in the movie itself. Or maybe what the producers meant was that the movie was going to be epic. If it was, then it didn't show. Full Review »
  3. May 27, 2013
    5
    This is basically the "Brave" of 2013. Thinly plotted, cramped with too many characters, and ends all too quickly. The plot is also very predictable. There are better animated films you could watch, but this is alright entertainment. Full Review »