Metascore
51

Mixed or average reviews - based on 29 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 29
  2. Negative: 2 out of 29
  1. It has a jokey irreverence that keeps it from teetering over the edge to absurdity.
  2. 75
    Ends up taking enough detours to keep DreamWorks' latest animated epic from striking cinematic gold.
  3. The DreamWorks team continues to give Disney a run for their money.
  4. 63
    Proves there are some things cartoons can't do better than live action after all.
  5. Pretty much a road to nowhere.
  6. 63
    This is one Road whose gold apparently got paved over.
  7. Reviewed by: Jay Carr
    63
    Less than memorable.
  8. The one thing most sorely missing is movie magic.
  9. 60
    A snappy, delightfully balanced bit of historic whimsy.
  10. Reviewed by: Cody Clark
    59
    Feels like it was pulled out of the freezer and hastily microwaved about 10 minutes before you arrived at the theater.
  11. Its animation is simply glorious, but its story and characters are trite.
  12. Reviewed by: Morgan Fouch
    55
    Has neither the charm, plot nor visual splendor of its predecessors.
  13. The package would be more enticing if it didn't fall so squarely into overused Hollywood formulas.
  14. Glitters, but it's not pure gold.
  15. A lazy, torpid piece of animated tourism.
  16. A loosely woven crazy quilt of other, better movies.
  17. Reasonably diverting, but don't count on it lingering in your memory.
  18. Little more than a sanitized blend of nonsense and adventure and just a teeny bit of romance, interspersed with the occasional pop song.
  19. This trip down The Road to El Dorado proceeds under the speed limit all the way.
  20. Reviewed by: Steve Simels
    40
    An often spectacular but ultimately rather tedious musical/adventure/comedy.
  21. Reviewed by: John Hartl
    40
    Cobbled together from so many sources that it never develops a narrative drive of its own.
  22. Reviewed by: Sean Means
    40
    A too-familiar road.
  23. Reviewed by: Andrea C. Basora
    40
    May only be remembered for featuring the first homoerotic nude bathing scene in children's animated movie history.
  24. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    40
    A strained and pallid concoction that won't fire the collective imaginations of modern children.
  25. The movie itself may be a species of Montezuma's revenge.
User Score
8.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 46 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Oct 5, 2011
    7
    "The Road to El Dorado" is like watching a animated Indiana Jones (2 of them) flying around and arousing traps and entertainment to the audience. The movie may move quite linear, but in the end its zesty and thrilling. Full Review »
  2. Oct 23, 2010
    10
    an excellent cartoon movie for kids
  3. Jun 21, 2013
    10
    Simply put, an underrated animated classic. Good humor for both adults and children, great action, awsome animation and even some social commentary regarding religion. This is a must see movie. Full Review »