Generally favorable reviews - based on 23 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
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  1. 80
    Amusing, beautifully drawn one-hour film.
  2. Reviewed by: Monica Eng
    The film is more than a lesson about overcoming bigotry and ignorance. It's also just a beautifully animated romp through the world of Pooh as created by A.A. Milne.
  3. The gentle story, told via old-fashioned "flat" animation, is perfect for the very youngest viewers.
  4. This nifty little addition to the Winnie the Pooh franchise boasts some nice touches.
  5. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    A charmingly sweet experience.
  6. 75
    A fine afternoon at the megaplex. And it will make a welcome addition your home library when it's released on video.
  7. This latest adventure proves to be a suitably sweet addition to Pooh's cinematic canon.
  8. It's a charming-looking, tenderly told story about friendship and diversity.
  9. 70
    Features some charming songs by Carly Simon and is warmly animated so as to evoke nostalgia in parents.
  10. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    There's something refreshing about a traditional animated movie that tells an old-fashioned story without attempting to win over adults with double entendres or pop-culture references.
  11. 70
    Director Frank Nissen strikes a nice balance between slapstick and sentiment, and I'll admit to getting a bit choked up at the appropriate moments.
  12. A perfectly marvelous matinee option for young children.
  13. Reviewed by: Billy Heller
    This Disney film is all pretty simple, with messages about bigotry and ignorance, friendship and growing up. But at least they don't hit you over the head with them.
  14. Delivered without irony or subtext but lots of gentle humour, a kind of family fare that is rare on the big screen these days.
  15. Sticking closely to formula, Disney delivers a sweet script and charming storybook backgrounds, with serviceable, if sappy, songs from Carly Simon.
  16. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    It's the perfect "smackeral" of adventure for youngsters craving Pooh Bear and his pals.
  17. 60
    It's as notable for what it isn't as for what it is, but in a field full of loud, obnoxious fare, its easygoing affability qualifies as a welcome change of pace.
  18. Pooh's Heffalump Movie is a harmless little ''ex-po-tition'' (to use a Pooh-ism). Still, making this your kids' first Pooh experience would be like weaning them on New Coke.
  19. Reviewed by: Joe Leydon
    So insubstantial that it practically evaporates on screen, Pooh's Heffalump Movie likely will play best with toddlers and pre-schoolers easily amused by bright colors, merry songs and lovable, huggable toon animals.
  20. Still, it's hard not to long for the Pooh stories of old, those endearingly anarchic little tales that captured the wonder of a child's world without ever once condescending to it.
  21. Reviewed by: Peter Hartlaub
    Will have anyone over the age of eight squirming in their seats.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Nov 22, 2011
    Every Pooh movie is just the same thing; the same morale is thrown in, but always with different characters. I'm startin to get boring here....
  2. Jun 4, 2012
    Pooh has proved itself to be as dependable as Pixar. I've never been disappointed thus far with a Winnie the Pooh film, and they've allPooh has proved itself to be as dependable as Pixar. I've never been disappointed thus far with a Winnie the Pooh film, and they've all provided strong, whimsical, and entertaining adventures. And then came Pooh's Heffalump Movie. Pooh's Heffalump Movie stars Roo, who decides to hunt and capture a heffalump that's on the loose. Roo does find and capture the heffalump (named Lumpy), but it's not as scary as Pooh and friends think, and Roo becomes fast friends with the creature. Pooh's Heffalump Movie has unfortunately decided to pander more to younger kids this time around. Most of the gags will only appeal to toddlers, and the whimsy that has surrounded previous Pooh films is almost completely gone. Pooh and the gang is back, more or less as you remember them, though with a few exceptions. Owl is completely omitted, and while we see Christopher Robin briefly in the credits, we never hear him speak. I was originally skeptical about the newest addition to the cast, the heffalump named Lumpy. But I didn't mind him. I don't think he brings anything new to the cast, and I'm certainly not sad that he hasn't returned to most of the future outings, but he wasn't annoying (mostly), and he was a little cute. There are a couple songs, which are dull and instantly forgettable. In addition, there are occasionally songs playing in the background, which didn't hurt the film at all, but it did little to improve it. There's not much to say about the score; it's mostly mediocre. The animation is certainly a cut above that of Pooh's Grand Adventure, but there's nothing jaw-dropping to see. I scarcely remember laughing at all during the movie. I'm sure this is superb for younger children, but I was usually bored. If you have kids, they'll probably love this. But if you came expecting the heart, fun, and whimsy of previous Pooh films, you'll be sorely disappointed as I was. Full Review »
  3. Jan 2, 2012
    Funny, charming, and heartwarming. Pooh's Heffalump Movie is short and sweet and lovely. I give this nice and very lovely film a good 70%. IFunny, charming, and heartwarming. Pooh's Heffalump Movie is short and sweet and lovely. I give this nice and very lovely film a good 70%. I recommend this film to all. Full Review »