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  • Summary: Set in the magnificent city of Rio de Janeiro and the lush rainforest of Brazil, the comedy-adventure centers on Blu, a rare macaw who thinks he is the last of his kind. When Blu discovers there's another — and that she's a she — he leaves the comforts of his cage in small town Minnesota and heads to Rio. But it's far from love at first sight between the domesticated and flight-challenged Blu and the fiercely independent, high-flying female, Jewel. Unexpectedly thrown together, they embark on an adventure of a lifetime, where they learn about friendship, love, courage, and being open to life's many wonders. "Rio" brings together a menagerie of vivid characters, a heart-warming story, colorful backdrops, energizing Latin and contemporary music, and family-friendly song and dance. (20th Century Fox)
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
  1. Reviewed by: Steve Persall
    Apr 13, 2011
    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: Andy Webster
    Apr 14, 2011
    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.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    Apr 14, 2011
    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.
  4. Reviewed by: Stephanie Zacharek
    Apr 14, 2011
    If nothing else, Rio is unabashedly jubilant.
  5. Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Apr 15, 2011
    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.
  6. Reviewed by: Joe Neumaier
    Apr 15, 2011
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Ben Kenigsberg
    Apr 12, 2011
    Compared to Pixar's "Up," a much more organic and heartfelt story about making friends in far-flung places, Rio simply feels rote.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 75 out of 85
  2. Negative: 8 out of 85
  1. Apr 23, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand 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 Expand
  2. Jun 9, 2014
    The best movie ever..lovely story and creativity and absolutely entertaining with all the music and a wonderful direction to make it a huge success :)
  3. Apr 17, 2011
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. colorful and entertaining throughout the entire movie. some great names like Jesse eisenberg, Anne Hathaway,, Jamie Foxx, and George lopez are fun to follow the story line with. the ending was expected, happy, blah blah, but the middle, and how it happens is the best part. the amazing colors are a great sight on the Movie. some songs, of course (theres, and Jamie foxx! who didnt expect a song or two??) were fun to listen too. although i have to take a point for humor, (Eh...) it was a great movie overall Expand
  4. May 16, 2013
    This is a rare movie. A sony animated movie with heart. I remember that I did not expect much, but I was pleasantly surprised. The story is kind of generic, but it is a very good movie that I would even buy on blu-ray. Expand
  5. Jun 11, 2011
    A decent cartoon in itself, but make no mistake, it's no Finding Nemo or Lion King. Another reviewer had it exactly on the spot-- the characters had no soul. I'm not talking just about the predictable plot, the lack of background/development of any character other than Blu; my major beef with the movie was that every bird seemed the same. They come in different colors, but fly, dance, speak, and behave the same. Had the producers done more research or cared enough, they could have fit fun facts of these species better into their roles and plot. Kids came away from Nemo being fascinated by diverse deep sea wildlife; on the other hand, replace the birds with cats in Rio and we still have the same movie. Expand
  6. Dec 22, 2011
    A good movie rental for the the family, I say rental because I don't really see a reason to buy it, don't get me wrong it's a good movie that's very funny, but I honestly don't plan on watching it again anytime soon, but it's still a good movie that you wont mind watching with your kids on a family movie night. Expand
  7. Apr 20, 2011
    this movie is much like inception, in my view, it had good qualitys that were just let down by underdevelopment and lack of any real story, the introduction of samba was one of these qualities it could have been taken so much further when reall it was just tacked on like the story which is my biggest gripe, with no real plot, and yes i may be getting to old for this, the story is predictable and annoying turning this movie more into a 'cringe-fest ' rather than, letting you enjoy the music and colourful animation Expand

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