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  • Summary: Pocahontas tells the story of a free-spirited girl who wonders what adventures await "Just Around The Riverbend." Pocahontas relies on the guidance of her loving and wise Grandmother Willow when English settlers arrive on the shores of their village. Her chance meeting with the courageous Captain John Smith leads to a beautiful friendship that bridges the gap between two cultures, and changes history. (Disney) Expand
  • Director: Eric Goldberg
  • Genre(s): Drama, History, Romance, Animation, Family, Musical
  • Rating: G
  • Runtime: 81 min
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 23
  2. Negative: 3 out of 23
  1. Disney's 33rd animated feature, and its first with characters based on real people, is a stunning movie with clever twists, vivid characterizations, insightful songs and a surprising harvest of revisionist history that manages to ring smartly as pure entertainment.
  2. Reviewed by: Jeremy Gerard
    The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture.
  3. Gloriously colorful, cleverly conceived and set in motion with the usual Disney vigor, Pocahontas is one more landmark feat of animation.
  4. Contradictions confound certain aspects of this project--such as the language spoken by Pocahontas (which, in the Hollywood tradition, oscillates between tribal talk and the unaccented chatter of a contemporary Valley girl)--but overall this seems like a reasonable stab at an impossible agenda.
  5. Reviewed by: Matt Zoller Seitz
    Pocahontas is a fascinating departure from the studio's formula--a delicate work of art that casts a very fragile spell.
  6. 50
    Disney deserves praise for raising the ante on its ambitions in animation. Next time, though, a little less civics lesson and a little more heart.
  7. The scenario (written by Carl Binder, Susannah Grant and Philip Lazebnik) is disappointingly wan and obsequious.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 14
  2. Negative: 1 out of 14
  1. ImadQ
    Aug 6, 2009
    I have to contradict with all the reviewers who gave it a low score. Reviews should be based on what the film "is" rather than what it "should have" been. The fact of the matter is, it is a departure for Disney from the traditional animated movies they've done in the early 90's, and is targeted more towards an adult audience. Its a serious movie, about romance, and actual historical events. See it as one, and you'll see that its no less a masterpiece than Disney's previous offerings; The story is touching, the art/animation is outstanding, the characters are 'alive' (forever remembered) .. and do I have to say anything about its music? 2 Oscars weren't presented for no reason. Its truly a gem, and is worth a place in your all-time Disney's 'favorites' collection. Expand
  2. Nov 23, 2011
    Seriously? Critics hate this? I was a kid when I first watched this and even to this day I still find it good. The entire film was interesting and well worth watching. Expand
  3. ShaunH.
    Mar 19, 2006
    Wow. This movie is spectacular. The animation is just simply beautiful; the use of color is extraordinary. I have to comment on the amazing score and music- which won two Oscars. Expand
  4. Jul 5, 2013
    While "Disney's Pocahontas" once again uses Disney's musical formula, it does succeed on its breathtaking animation, songs, and music, but it lacks the clever storytelling that its predecessors did. With some of its plots are bland and could have been worked on, its sheer joy of beauty and love holds the film together. Expand
  5. Jul 29, 2014
    One of the few Disney animation films that go on to express concern at issues of humanity and society. Racism and fear of difference find their way into the film's weak love story, and some strong points on ecology, human perception of nature and industrialism are also clearly made. "Pocahontas" is a tale about how man is supposed to live in its environment, natural or human. As a Disney picture, it features a beautiful orchestral score and songs with some powerful lyrics ("Colors of the wind"). A captivating but underrated achievement. Expand
  6. Mar 9, 2014
    A very inspiring and dramatic movie, Pocahontas is great dark entertainment. The film is prolific in family friendly storytelling, yet manages to be mature at the same time. Expand
  7. Mar 29, 2014
    Pocahontas does not feel like a Disney movie. The animation is some of the worst I've seen in a Disney movie and the story is bland and follows very stupid source material and themes that I can't stand. The message was also not very good, it felt cliche and unoriginal. The only thing I liked about this film was probably the music. I am pretty baffled that this film was considered "Disney's Main Project" at the time while The Lion King was considered like a "B project" or a "side project" that was just not as important. I would probably not recommend watching this film. Expand

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