Metascore
73

Generally favorable reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 29
  2. Negative: 0 out of 29
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  1. What matters is that Tiana triumphs as both a girl and a frog, that dreams are fulfilled, wrongs are righted, love prevails, and music unites not only a princess and a frog but also kids and grown-ups.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    100
    In an amazing year for animation, The Princess and the Frog is up at the top. Go on, give it a big kiss.
  3. Reviewed by: Amy Biancolli
    100
    The animation, sparkling and graceful, also ranks as the studio's best traditional work in ages.
  4. 100
    The Princess and the Frog invite viewers to see the world as a lively, mixed-up, even confounding place, to recognize essential parts of ourselves in what we see, and to say: This is what we look like.
  5. Two things keep the film off Disney's top shelf. First, Naveen is a dull hero; his good-natured vanity isn't engaging until late in the story. Second, Newman's songs are less bland than usual but no more memorable.
  6. The film billed as the first Disney animation to boast an African American "princess" is really about a resourceful bootstrapper in New Orleans, a young woman allergic to the fairy-tale pap spoon-fed to young girls.
  7. 88
    Randy Newman's songs are catchy and are effective within the movie's context, but I can't see any of them having "legs" beyond the screen the way tunes from the earlier animated musicals did.
  8. Local viewers will be tickled by the wealth of New Orleans details in the production. One of the best just might be in the film's music.
  9. 83
    Disney’s triumphant return to hand-drawn 2-D animation still holds an awful lot of familiar, comfort-food charm.
  10. 83
    It's no "Fantasia" or "Sleeping Beauty," but it's no "The Rescuers Down Under," either.
  11. Marks Disney's rediscovery of a strong narrative loaded with vibrant characters and mind-bending, hilarious situations.
  12. The dialogue is fresh-prince clever, the themes are ageless, the rhythms are riotous and the return to a primal animation style is beautifully executed.
  13. The sweetest, most sincere romantic comedy to come along in ages, and a luminous love letter to a great American city.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Kois
    80
    Represents a course-correction for Disney's multibillion-dollar princess franchise: It attempts to celebrate the virtues of hard work and pluck, even if the movie itself can feel at times like a lesson rather than an enchantment.
  15. Reviewed by: Helen O'Hara
    80
    Exactly as good as Musker and Clements’ earlier efforts, so a return to the form of Disney’s early 1990s classics. The animation is gorgeous, the heroine feisty and the animals amusing -- but this may be too scary for the very small.
  16. 78
    It's Disney's best traditionally animated outing in ages.
  17. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    75
    Emphasizes backing up wishes with hard work. That proviso is a thoughtful message for young moviegoers.
  18. 75
    Overall, the film is not quite up to "Aladdin" and "The Little Mermaid" from the same directing team of Ron Clements and John Musker, not to mention the recent string of masterpieces from Pixar.
  19. 75
    The Princess and the Frog inspires memories of Disney's Golden Age it doesn't quite live up to, as I've said, but it's spritely and high-spirited, and will allow kids to enjoy it without visually assaulting them.
  20. A welcome return to the Disney tradition of 2-D animation, this lively musical spices up Hans Christian Andersen's "The Frog Prince" by transplanting it to New Orleans in the early 20th century.
  21. 63
    This is minor Disney at best, forgettable at worst.
  22. The movie slam-jams its overpacked story in a frenetic, needlessly complicated manner. It lacks for nothing in setting and atmosphere but comes up short where it counts: the characters.
  23. 63
    The voice actors are also excellent, especially Michael-Leon Wooley as a bouncy trumpet-playing alligator and Jim Cummings as a lovelorn Cajun firefly.
  24. Part of the problem with "P&F" is that Tiana and Naveen's connection feels superficial.
  25. 60
    Eye-candy–wise, the film plants a big wet smooch; everything else about this happily-ever-after tale, however, feels like a mere air-kiss.
  26. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    This cheeky update of a classic fairy tale boasts almost as many talking points as merchandising opportunities.
  27. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    50
    The Princess and the Frog is pleasantly, if unmemorably, drawn. But the movie as a whole never approaches the wit, cleverness, and storytelling brio of the studio's early-1990s animation renaissance (Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King) or pretty much anything by Pixar.
  28. It’s not easy being green. But to judge from how this hand-drawn movie addresses, or rather strenuously avoids, race, it is a lot more difficult to be black.
  29. It's a worthy cause and an honorable film, the first full-length Disney cartoon with an African-American heroine. But without a strong story, it's a case of one step forward and two steps back.
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 150 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 42 out of 52
  2. Negative: 2 out of 52
  1. Oct 5, 2011
    7
    "The Princess and the Frog" differs from all that royal (white) princesses and stuff. The tone's very jazzy and light-hearted, which might get"The Princess and the Frog" differs from all that royal (white) princesses and stuff. The tone's very jazzy and light-hearted, which might get quite cheesy or over exaggerated at times, but is very amusing to watch such movie with love and friendship, the major components the Disney princess classics fail to pertain. Full Review »
  2. Dec 4, 2010
    10
    Excellent movie that really had a lot of 90s animation nostalgia. I was really glad Disney decided to go back and try 2d animation after aExcellent movie that really had a lot of 90s animation nostalgia. I was really glad Disney decided to go back and try 2d animation after a long absence, and I do hope the upcoming Winnie the Pooh movie won't be the last Disney 2d movie. Full Review »
  3. IsaacS
    Mar 20, 2010
    8
    A good comeback for Disney, but it doesn't top any other Disney Classic, but it has the potential to become one.