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  • Summary: Once upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, raucous laughter aplenty and gallons of mouth-watering soup. But a terrible accident left the king broken-hearted, the princess filled with longing and the townsfolk despondent. All hope was lost in a land whereOnce upon a time, in the faraway kingdom of Dor, there was magic in the air, raucous laughter aplenty and gallons of mouth-watering soup. But a terrible accident left the king broken-hearted, the princess filled with longing and the townsfolk despondent. All hope was lost in a land where sunlight disappeared and the world became dreary gray. Until Despereaux Tilling was born... (Universal) Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. Reviewed by: Tracie Cooper
    88
    A perfect fairytale, adhering to The Princess Bride's standards of fighting, fencing, torture, and true love, without the ham-fisted moral element of so many of its fairy-tale predecessors.
  2. May not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.
  3. A pleasantly immersive, beautifully animated, occasionally sleepy tale.
  4. The flatly generic results certainly appear at odds with the picture's stirring visual style, which pays homage to the great Flemish artists.
  5. Reviewed by: Justin Chang
    50
    This graphically well-rendered kidpic is less crass and mouthy than many recent feature-length toons, but also more sluggish and ungainly as it tries to approximate DiCamillo's singularly delicate tone.
  6. Many of the charms of Kate DiCamillo's best-selling children's book are lost in this British animation by Dreamworks alumni Sam Fell (Flushed Away) and Rob Stevenhagen.
  7. Kids will get antsy, wondering why their favorite characters disappear for long stretches of the film, while adults will wonder just when this scattershot approach to storytelling will congeal into something resembling coherence.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 12 out of 22
  2. Negative: 7 out of 22
  1. ChadO
    Dec 31, 2008
    9
    Very good movie.
  2. ParentofThree
    Mar 15, 2009
    9
    I must have missed something. My wife and I took our 3 kids to this movie (7, 5 and 3) and we ALL loved it! It is multi-layered, requires I must have missed something. My wife and I took our 3 kids to this movie (7, 5 and 3) and we ALL loved it! It is multi-layered, requires some thought and attention and is a very enjoyable movie! A few scary parts? Yes, but my kids got passed that quickly. They enjoyed the dreamy sequences of the story, the drama and, especially, the chivalry of Despereaux. A real treat! Expand
  3. AdamB
    Apr 17, 2009
    9
    Great Movie! So cute. Great Music. Very original.
  4. JeffW.
    Dec 29, 2008
    6
    Overall, this was a good movie for kids under the age of 8. The film could have been about 20 minutes shorter and had a bit less violence for Overall, this was a good movie for kids under the age of 8. The film could have been about 20 minutes shorter and had a bit less violence for a G rated movie, but everyone under 8 enjoyed it. Expand
  5. Mar 24, 2015
    4
    This movie is not the greatest. It's actually slightly worse than Ratatouille. The storyline was okay. The voice acting was fine. TheThis movie is not the greatest. It's actually slightly worse than Ratatouille. The storyline was okay. The voice acting was fine. The animation sucked. Tales of Despereux was not funny at all but if you have no sense of humor, then watch it. If you do like me, avoid it. Watch Harry Potter instead. Expand
  6. Apr 4, 2012
    3
    This film was a mess. The plot was like three very crappy early-morning children's TV shows stripped of all personality and quirk and rolledThis film was a mess. The plot was like three very crappy early-morning children's TV shows stripped of all personality and quirk and rolled into an hour and a half of extremely dull, artsy-fartsy, fragmented storylines. They obviously pushed the 'morbid' theme as far as they could while still advertising as G-rated.
    I thought the voice acting was pretty bad despite all the big names that worked on this movie. Every time Sigourney Weaver jumped in to preach at us through the narration, I couldn't help groaning a little ... it was that bad.
    I haven't read the book, but I have a feeling that most of the parts I really loathed were invented for the film.
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  7. DaliS.
    Dec 28, 2008
    0
    i don't usually bother rating movies online but this atrocious mess prompted me to try and save someone from making the same mistake i i don't usually bother rating movies online but this atrocious mess prompted me to try and save someone from making the same mistake i did. do not go see this movie. there are no redeeming factors to be considered here, this is an utter stinker, not for kids not for adults. peeeeyouuuuuuu. Expand

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