The Emperor's New Groove


Generally favorable reviews - based on 28 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 28
  2. Negative: 0 out of 28

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Critic Reviews

  1. Portland Oregonian
    Reviewed by: Shawn Levy
    A spry and appealing film that throws off comic sparks with aplomb.
  2. Mr. Showbiz
    Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    This joyous romp is no mere new groove, it's a live wire -- 110 volts of pure holiday cheer.
  3. Spade and Warburton might not have made The Emperor's New Groove one of the mouse factory's all-time greatest, but they've certainly made it one of the funniest.
  4. A delightful, effervescent morality tale for children conveyed with such wit and sophistication that adults are likely to be enchanted as well.
  5. 90
    A hip, hilarious new animated feature.
  6. Miami Herald
    Reviewed by: Christine Dolen
    Thanks to myriad animators, the characters cavort, laugh and struggle against stunning backdrops, from lush jungles to cascading waterfalls. Groovy? Absolutely.
  7. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Loren King
    A lively, invigorating comedy: a near-perfect mix of fresh characters, well-cast voices, superb visuals, and a fast-paced, fantasy-adventure plot.
  8. Hip, funny, mostly nonmusical, decidedly non- epic family picture.
  9. Newsweek
    Reviewed by: David Ansen
    This is a fleet, funny family entertainment that should tickle parents as well as tykes.
  10. 80
    The design of the film is wonderful, the animation everything one comes to expect from a Disney picture, and the jokes fly by so fast.
  11. Most of it--ranges from very funny to hilarious.
  12. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    Light, taut and compact, the zippy adventure is sometimes much too hip for the room.
  13. 75
    When the Looney Tunes trademark came on the screen at the kiddie matinee of long ago, the kiddies would cheer in unison because they knew they were going to have unmitigated fun. The Emperor's New Groove evokes the same kind of spirit.
  14. Why is The Emperor's New Groove Disney's funniest animated movie in years? Because it's the least like a Disney animated movie.
  15. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Nobody does this stuff better than Disney, and there's plenty here to like.
  16. 75
    The goofiest, giddiest and, yes, grooviest animated trip since Aladdin unbottled its genie.
  17. This oddball comedy may be one of the brightest, funniest pieces of entertainment of the season.
  18. 70
    Exciting, clever sequences driven by surprisingly little plot and culminating in a climax full of the transmogrification animation was invented for.
  19. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Doesn't aim too high or strain too hard; it is at ease inhabiting its pretty, miniature realm.
  20. Exhibits a cheeky effervescence and spunk.
  21. New York Post
    Reviewed by: Lou Lumenick
    Refreshingly flirts with a very un-Disney political incorrectness.
  22. Philadelphia Inquirer
    Reviewed by: Desmond Ryan
    Picks up speed as it goes along and the finale is frenzied and, well, cartoonish.
  23. TNT RoughCut
    Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    Pretty hysterical.
  24. Freewheeling and mindless.
  25. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Michael Wilmington
    A bright and zippy, but alarmingly over-campy and lighter-than-fluff cartoon feature.
  26. 40
    Plotwise, the movie's groove is more like a well-worn rut. Visually, too, the movie looks half-recycled.
  27. 40
    Suffers from a persistent case of narrative backsliding that only serves to make older members of the audience long for the days of the dwarves, beauties, and poisoned apples of Disney-yore, and younger ones squirm in their seats.
User Score

Universal acclaim- based on 163 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. Oct 5, 2011
    "The Emperor's New Groove" is a bright, cheerful movie that will excite the audience, old and young alike, with its undeniable thrills and adventures.
  2. Feb 18, 2012
    I loved this movie when I was a kid. Well, I still loving it, the jokes are fantastic, the plot is very good too, and I loved every characterI loved this movie when I was a kid. Well, I still loving it, the jokes are fantastic, the plot is very good too, and I loved every character in this movie. Full Review »
  3. Nov 4, 2010
    not my favorite, but Patrick Warburton really cracked me up!