Metascore
63

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 13, 2011
    100
    Bursting with color and rippling with samba rhythms, Rio makes you wonder why animated films haven't spent more time in Brazil.
  2. Reviewed by: Pete Hammond
    Apr 11, 2011
    90
    Rio is the biggest and brightest animated triumph since "Toy Story 3."
  3. Reviewed by: Roger Moore
    Apr 13, 2011
    88
    Comical, colorful, wonderfully cast and beautifully animated.
  4. Reviewed by: Andy Webster
    Apr 14, 2011
    80
    This animated feature effort is a significant step forward from the studio's "Ice Age" films, in the richness of its cast, the exuberance of its music and the vibrance of its palette.
  5. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Apr 14, 2011
    80
    If you don't go in panting for a Pixar-level masterpiece, you should have a blast at this cartoon carnaval.
  6. Reviewed by: Randy Cordova
    Apr 14, 2011
    80
    A sequence set during Carnival is equally engaging, with giant floats and throngs of people watching the parade. Several scenes are shown from the birds' points of view, which make for a dizzying, dazzling experience.
  7. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    The humor's a little strange, and the action's a little frenetic, but all of it whooshes past in a swirl of tropical color and pseudo-South American bonhomie. Gorgeous scenery meets oddball characters and mild ethnic stereotyping.
  8. Reviewed by: Ann Hornaday
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    This is a movie that imbues even the hoariest quest-peril-life lesson tropes of family animated films and imbues them with new life and rhythm.
  9. Reviewed by: Wesley Morris
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    Makes the surprising and seemingly inarguable assertion that, if we're not all Brazilian, then, at the very least, Brazil is a state of mind.
  10. Reviewed by: Carrie Rickey
    Apr 14, 2011
    75
    Give Saldanha's film an A-plus for visuals and a B-minus for story.
  11. Reviewed by: Joe Morgenstern
    Apr 14, 2011
    70
    The production eventually succumbs to motion overload-so many characters darting off in so many directions that the ending turns unfocused, even flat. But watching them go by is great fun, and there are worse things than a movie that can't stop moving.
  12. Reviewed by: Betsy Sharkey
    Apr 14, 2011
    70
    What we have here is truly a rare bird, and I'm not talking about the world's last two blue macaws...No, the nearly extinct species of which I speak is the G-rated family movie - nice for a change to sit through a film with literally no cringe or fear factor.
  13. Reviewed by: Megan Lehmann
    Apr 10, 2011
    70
    Voice work across the board is top-notch, with the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am and Jamie Foxx adding sass to their smooth-talking bird buddies, and comic George Lopez solid as a party-loving toucan named Rafael.
  14. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    Apr 10, 2011
    70
    Like its flight-challenged parrot protagonist, Rio takes a while to get off the ground but manages to soar by the end.
  15. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 14, 2011
    65
    If nothing else, Rio is unabashedly jubilant.
  16. Reviewed by: Peter Travers
    Apr 21, 2011
    63
    A brightly-colored, dizzying pinwheel of 3D animation in which nothing much happens. Sounds like summer is here early.
  17. Reviewed by: Joe Williams
    Apr 15, 2011
    63
    Notwithstanding some allusions to "Lady and the Tramp," the characters and their comic high jinks are nothing special, but the the getaway gives us spectacular 3-D images of the city.
  18. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 15, 2011
    63
    The only character who makes much of an impression is a crazed, cannibalistic cockatoo voiced by Jemaine Clement ("Flight of the Conchords"), who gets the best of the handful of musical numbers.
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Apr 14, 2011
    63
    For its stunning iridescent look and infectious music, Rio is a refreshing adventure worth taking.
  20. Reviewed by: James Berardinelli
    Apr 12, 2011
    63
    The only thing surprising about this lackluster animated production is that it attracted an A-list voice cast.
  21. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 15, 2011
    60
    The main reason this gorgeous-looking, sweet-hearted but so-so movie remains grounded is a herky-jerky, cobbled-together story that squawks when it should sing.
  22. Reviewed by: Olly Richards
    Apr 4, 2011
    60
    Okay, so it's not exactly a groundbreaking advance from the team behind "Ice Age," but with its kaleidoscope of colour and heaps of humour, you'll be charmed.
  23. Reviewed by: Scott Tobias
    Apr 15, 2011
    55
    Name the first things that come to anyone's mind about Rio de Janeiro - samba, soccer, sunbathing, Carnival - and those are the building blocks of this movie. Expect the expected.
  24. Reviewed by: Tasha Robinson
    Apr 14, 2011
    50
    Rio could use fresher ingredients and more spice.
  25. Reviewed by: Michael Phillips
    Apr 14, 2011
    50
    The movie isn't dull, exactly; the problem lies in the other, antsy direction.
  26. Reviewed by: Owen Gleiberman
    Apr 13, 2011
    50
    The soundtrack, overseen by Sergio Mendes, has a few lively bossa nova moments, but not nearly enough.
  27. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Apr 12, 2011
    50
    Too timid to be either inspired or outrageously inept, Rio is merely a bird of a familiar feather.
  28. Reviewed by: Marc Savlov
    Apr 21, 2011
    40
    So does Rio measure up to the insanely great standard set by Pixar? Visually, yes.
  29. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Apr 12, 2011
    40
    Compared to Pixar's "Up," a much more organic and heartfelt story about making friends in far-flung places, Rio simply feels rote.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 245 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 85
  2. Negative: 8 out of 85
  1. Apr 23, 2011
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Rio is a charming and fun romp through a samba themed movie. This setting allows for great color usage by the animators and this makes for a very vibrant and "warm," if you will, movie going experience. The movie also had it's funny moments and I couldn't help but love the characters. Go ahead and check it out. 2 Full Review »
  2. Apr 15, 2011
    10
    Entertaining movie that kids will enjoy. Parents will find a lot of fun in this movie, as well. One of the best animated films since How toEntertaining movie that kids will enjoy. Parents will find a lot of fun in this movie, as well. One of the best animated films since How to train your Dragon. This movie brings about 1 hour 30 minutes of non-stop fun and entertainment that is bound to keep you glued to your seat. Full Review »
  3. May 3, 2011
    9
    I think that Rio was one of the best movies of the spring. Really, you HAVE TO take your kids to see this movie. The animation and theI think that Rio was one of the best movies of the spring. Really, you HAVE TO take your kids to see this movie. The animation and the pictures of Brazil were amazing! But, the story was a little predictable, however. Full Review »