Mixed or average reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 33
  2. Negative: 3 out of 33
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  1. The hundreds of animation artists on this three-year project made enormous contributions to the final film. There is not an off-kilter moment nor awkward effect in the entire movie.
  2. 88
    That it works is because of the high-energy animation, some genuinely beautiful visual concepts and a story that's a little more sensuous than we expect in animation.
  3. 80
    Ray Harryhausen's original stop-motion Sinbad classics are a hard act to follow, but Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore's update, couched in a gorgeous palette of indigo and dark rose, is a big, beautiful thrill all its own.
  4. 63
    The voices were chosen more for their big name appeal than for their ability to bring life to the drawings. The storyline is flat, linear, and shallow.
  5. 63
    Neither sinful nor particularly bad, the movie nonetheless diverts us when it should transport us. Its heroes' hearts may lie out at sea, but its soul never leaves dry land.
  6. An uneasy mix of hand-painted characters and digitally rendered photorealistic backgrounds, the film never fully reconciles its two-dimensional and three-dimensional worlds.
  7. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    Brad Pitt and Michelle Pfeiffer? Great to look at. Astonishingly dull to listen to.
  8. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    Good but not legendary.
  9. Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    Isn't much more than the tale of a ''bad'' guy getting in touch with his good side, as well as a love story that makes monster-loving little boys go ''yuck!'' And that's what's too bad about Sinbad.
  10. 60
    The heaving computer-generated sea swells doesn't match the conventionally animated characters. The action scenes are too antic, but directors Tim Johnson and Patrick Gilmore serve up a sweet romantic subplot.
  11. 60
    Given the talent on display in Sinbad, and the winning brio it dredges out of questionable material, it's easy to wonder what Dreamworks' animation department could accomplish if it stopped following Disney's lead and started forging new paths of its own.
  12. Reviewed by: Ed Park
    Adept and generally enjoyable.
  13. It makes not just the "Thief of Baghdad" and the junky Ray Harryhausen movies of the '60s and '70s but even Disney's recent "Aladdin" seem positively multicultural by comparison.
  14. A movie carefully engineered for an audience of exactly nobody.
  15. A pleasure to look at. It's filled with fine, imaginative moves and an overarching sense of visual freedom, a feeling of play that entices us into enjoyment. But, when it comes to dialogue and story, this Sinbad apparently used up all its initiative changing its hero's ethnicity to generic Greco-Roman.
  16. This voyage is strictly one for the disposable present, however quaintly old-fashioned the hand-drawn work that the animators have blended with 3D effects. (Tots will twitch during the grown-up relationship parts, and teens will groan at the kiddie sops.)
  17. Logan's so carried away by computerized magic that he forgets to make sense.
  18. Reviewed by: David Ansen
    Comes off as surprisingly unmagical, with characters you only half care about.
  19. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    In its animated work, DreamWorks has repeatedly flip-flopped between the hip and the square. This time out, it's as if the company tried to apply a hip approach to a square subject, with unresolved results.
  20. Sinbad lacks, alas, the sparkle and inventiveness of the stories that inspired it.
  21. The story may be too slow and complicated for the youngest moviegoers.
  22. All Sinbad has going for it is Pfeiffer's Eris.
  23. 50
    To invoke the name of another underwhelming new film, Sinbad is legally bland.
  24. 50
    As two-dimensional animation, Sinbad is passably attractive, reaching a visual height when it arrives in the surreal, shifting Tartarus.
  25. The ploddingly literal screenplay by John Logan doesn't help matters.
  26. A respectable effort that doesn't care to do more than course smoothly and effortlessly through familiar waters.
  27. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    The characters are mostly flat and unoriginal -- - but Pfeiffer delivers a wonderfully villainous voice performance.
  28. 40
    Feels like the little animated adventure nobody loved.
  29. People who see Sinbad for its star power--a big selling point in the movie’s marketing campaign--are being oversold.
  30. All the magic at the disposal of today's filmmakers cannot bring to life this unappealing animated children's movie.
  31. What's missing is an emotional center. This Sinbad, with its flying ship and becalmed script, seems destined to be DreamWorks's version of Disney's "Treasure Planet."
  32. A misfire in almost every direction.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 23 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Jun 8, 2013
    Sinbad is a perfect of example of why you should not always listen to the critics. Is this a great film by any means? No. While it may not beSinbad is a perfect of example of why you should not always listen to the critics. Is this a great film by any means? No. While it may not be what the critics wanted, Sinbad is a fun little adventure film. It has likeable characters, cool monster encounter, and some fun action. I really mean that I am not nostalgic for this film because I only saw it once I am speaking sincerely. While it is a shame that this film does not have any more sequels may it is a good thing because we can remember Sinbad for how fun it was unlike Pirates, which had a good film or two but overstayed its welcome with convoluted story lines, lengthy films, and a bunch other stuff no cares about. While I am sad that Dreamworks no longer does hand drawn animated films they left behind some entertaining films to watch and Sinbad is one of them. While it may not be as enjoyable as Curse of the Black Pearl it is still a lot of fun and definitely worth a watch. Sinbad is a fun adventure film and a good way to end the 2-D era of Dreamworks’ career. Full Review »
  2. Feb 12, 2013
    I thought this was a fun movie and I enjoyed it allot. Great animation, however the CG does feel a little out of place at times, butI thought this was a fun movie and I enjoyed it allot. Great animation, however the CG does feel a little out of place at times, but considering when it was made it is forgivable. Voice acting is pretty good, Pitt and Jones have some great chemistry and really bring their characters to life. Eris is utterly breathtaking. Her animation is just amazing. Overall a really fantastic film, that is not on par with the original fable, but I don't think it was meant to be. As a standalone modern animated full length feature it is very good and allot of fun. Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2010
    without the plot and script, this movie would've been suffered. its not my favorite movie, but its good.