Metascore
74

Generally favorable reviews - based on 43 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 37 out of 43
  2. Negative: 0 out of 43
  1. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Nov 26, 2013
    100
    Wonderfully enchanting wintry fare.
  2. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Nov 26, 2013
    100
    The studio made a great film.
  3. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Nov 21, 2013
    100
    Frozen is fabulous.
  4. Reviewed by: Drew Taylor
    Nov 6, 2013
    100
    As far as animated movies go, it doesn't get that much better than Frozen. It's a new Disney classic.
  5. Reviewed by: Stephen Holden
    Nov 26, 2013
    90
    Frozen, for all its innovations, is not fundamentally revolutionary. Its animated characters are the same familiar, blank-faced, big-eyed storybook figures. But they are a little more psychologically complex than their Disney forerunners.
  6. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Nov 26, 2013
    90
    Frozen is a delightful animated musical, a return to form for Disney animation with an intriguing story and terrific songs.
  7. Reviewed by: Richard Roeper
    Nov 26, 2013
    88
    Disney’s Frozen works beautifully as a timeless fairy tale with a modern twist.
  8. Reviewed by: Rene Rodriguez
    Nov 26, 2013
    88
    Has the ring of classic Disney seamlessly combined with a modern-day sensibility.
  9. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Nov 21, 2013
    88
    A great big snowy pleasure with an emotionally gripping core, brilliant Broadway-style songs and a crafty plot.
  10. Reviewed by: Lawrence Toppman
    Nov 27, 2013
    83
    This may be yet another variation on the usual coming-of-age/sisterhood themes so familiar in Disney movies, but who does those better?
  11. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Nov 27, 2013
    83
    Frozen impresses by conveying coldness in all its frostbitten beauty, from northern lights and blizzards, to ice magnifying, refracting and reflecting light. The movie is a lovely example for animation enthusiasts to study.
  12. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Nov 26, 2013
    83
    Frozen is a squarely enchanting fairy tale that shows you how the definition of what's fresh in animation can shift.
  13. Reviewed by: Marc Mohan
    Nov 25, 2013
    83
    Engaging characters, an unforced pro-girl agenda and amusing songs make this at least the equal to last year’s “Brave.”
  14. Reviewed by: Robbie Collin
    Dec 5, 2013
    80
    Just squeezably lovely.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Shone
    Nov 29, 2013
    80
    Frozen hews to real, recognisable plumb-lines and casts a lingering spell.
  16. Reviewed by: Bilge Ebiri
    Nov 27, 2013
    80
    Frozen is one of the few recent films to capture that classic Disney spirit.
  17. Reviewed by: Laremy Legel
    Nov 26, 2013
    80
    The animation is beautiful, the music is catchy and the lyrics are clever.
  18. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Nov 25, 2013
    80
    The impact of this sisterhood fable on viewers should be as warm and rapturous as Olaf the snowman’s dream of summer. Child, teen or septuagenarian, you’ll warm to Frozen.
  19. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    The animation is pretty, the songs are tuneful, and Josh Gad gets big laughs as Olaf, a snowman with a sun fetish. It's the holidays, people, work with it.
  20. Reviewed by: Tom Russo
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    Frozen could also leave its mark as the next step in the Disney Princess feminist revisionism championed by last year’s “Brave.” Where that film staunchly pushed a men-don’t-define-me theme throughout, here it’s the requisite fairy tale ending that gets tweaked.
  21. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    Not great Disney but good enough to engage viewers young and old.
  22. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    Frozen establishes a strong, confident tone: Cool mythology, rich, vivid animation, and 3-D effects that are actually worth seeing, not just migraine-inducing distractions.
  23. Reviewed by: Kevin McFarland
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    In its simple pleasures, it’s every bit as enjoyable as "Winnie The Pooh," with a strong and valuable moral undercurrent to boot.
  24. Reviewed by: Bob Mondello
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    With most of its voices hailing from Broadway, it's a good bet the composers have one eye fixed on a future stage incarnation; makes sense, then, that there'd be references to a couple of Disney's Broadway hits. The opening number sounds a lot like "The Lion King"; then there's a "Beauty and the Beast"-style tour of the town.
  25. Reviewed by: Stephanie Merry
    Nov 27, 2013
    75
    The animated comedy-adventure has a sweet and very modern message, plus strong characters. More important, the movie blends the music-minded mentality of yore with the more recent ambition (thank you, Pixar) of truly appealing to all ages.
  26. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Nov 26, 2013
    75
    It's entertaining, and following an old Disney tradition Frozen works some old-school magic in its nonhuman characters.
  27. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Dec 13, 2013
    70
    The film transcends its various borrowings and occasional stumblings with a modern, exuberant spirit that draws heat from Broadway-style musical numbers and, before and after everything else, from marvelous 3-D animation
  28. Reviewed by: Anthony Lane
    Dec 2, 2013
    70
    Extravagant care is taken with minutiae, and the directors, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, whistle through the first twenty minutes of the plot with a controlled giddiness that would leave many live-action adventures staggering in their tracks. Yet what a curious plot it is.
  29. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Nov 27, 2013
    70
    At its best, though, it breaks a little more new ground for Disney, escaping the yet-another-princess mode and finding new kinds of family dynamics to explore, and new ways to step outside its long-established boundaries.
  30. Reviewed by: Sherilyn Connelly
    Nov 26, 2013
    70
    Frozen is a fun ride with some catchy tunes.
  31. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Nov 6, 2013
    70
    Energetic, humorous and not too cloying, as well as the first Hollywood film in many years to warn of global cooling rather than warming, this tuneful toon upgrades what has been a lackluster year for big studio animated fare.
  32. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Nov 6, 2013
    70
    This always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters.
  33. Reviewed by: Adam Nayman
    Nov 27, 2013
    63
    It's hard to generate a sense of warmth when the plot points all feel so coldly calculated, and it doesn't help that the musical numbers are so pedestrian.
  34. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Nov 27, 2013
    63
    For all its professionalism, I found it as cold as the ice rink at Rockefeller Center.
  35. Reviewed by: Christy Lemire
    Nov 27, 2013
    63
    Little girls will absolutely love it, though. That much is undeniable.
  36. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Nov 26, 2013
    63
    There’s wit and whimsy in this 53rd Disney cartoon, a distant cousin of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairytale, “The Snow Queen.”
  37. Reviewed by: R. Kurt Osenlund
    Nov 13, 2013
    63
    The film's empowering themes of feminine strengths and bonds eventually flourish in novel fashion.
  38. Reviewed by: Josh Winning
    Dec 9, 2013
    60
    Not quite up there with "Tangled," but a solid addition to the canon. Catchy tunes will have you humming, but the hunt for the next "The Little Mermaid" continues...
  39. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    Dec 2, 2013
    60
    The plot’s all over the place, but there are a lot of laughs and some strong action beats along the way.
  40. Reviewed by: Elizabeth Weitzman
    Nov 26, 2013
    60
    What’s crucially missing, however, is a hissable villain. Nor are there any memorable tunes, which is too bad given that Broadway star Menzel is playing Elsa.
  41. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Nov 26, 2013
    60
    The real highlight, though, is the music by Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
  42. Reviewed by: Kimberley Jones
    Nov 27, 2013
    50
    Frozen can count in its favor visual grandeur, two energetic young women as co-leads, and a couple of plot twists that place the film a cut above your average princess fare.
  43. Reviewed by: Keith Uhlich
    Nov 26, 2013
    40
    The story — aside from a climax that plays like a too-knowing rebuke to Disney formula — goes tediously through the motions. It isn’t only Papa Walt’s head that’s been put on ice.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 746 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 212
  1. Nov 27, 2013
    10
    While we all love Disney and the happiness it brings to everyone, sometimes it over-shows ideals to young girls that might not come true in reality. "Frozen" addresses the meaning of love right from the start, with an adult Anna, who being separated from reality for her entire life has no idea what love truly means. .As an avid Disney fan, and as someone with two sisters, this is a movie that people of all ages will love to see. Full Review »
  2. Dec 23, 2013
    0
    Having loved Tangled, and seeing all those glowing reviews for Frozen I fully expected to enjoy this one, but alas I was severely let down by it.

    I have two major problems with Frozen: the story and the characters. Simply put, they're mediocre.

    Where Tangled had a very funny and well developed heroin, Frozen tries to juggle two heroins and fails miserably at it. None of them end up being developed at all, they come across as very generic and forgettable, which is not what you would want in a movie centered on characters. Same thing with the supporting characters, all very bland and generic except for Olaf, he's hilarious.

    Next the story, it's an absolute mess. In the first 20 mins, we experience three major dramatic moments and a 15 year time jump. Only to then have the rest of the movie with NOTHING going on until the last 20 mins. There's also zero world building, we see nothing of the world or the people inhabiting it, whereas in Tangled we did get to travel across the world and go on an exciting adventure with our characters. Here we see a castle and a mountain, and that's it. The themes of the story are also muddled and don't come through at all like in Brave for example.

    In the end Frozen felt rushed, unfocused and boring. A major step backward for Disney.
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  3. Nov 27, 2013
    10
    Frozen is fantastic. Flawless animation and terrific songs combine to make it the best Disney movie in a decade, as well as one of the funniest. This is one I will watch over and over. Full Review »