Mixed or average reviews - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 30
  2. Negative: 3 out of 30
  1. Disney's updated, animated version respects its source material while aiming at kids who grew up with extreme sports and edgy music.
  2. Reviewed by: Richard Corliss
    Take a while to get their vehicle to sail and soar. But when it does, this Planet is a treasure.
  3. Surrender and enjoy the spectacle.
  4. Boasts the purest of Disney raptures: It unites the generations, rather than driving them apart.
  5. Reviewed by: Bill Stamets
    Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island becomes a rousing SF adventure in this animated Disney feature.
  6. 78
    The overall tone of this rocket-paced updating is exhilaratingly giddy, making it by far Disney’s best animated film since "Mulan."
  7. 75
    If Treasure Planet falls short of "Lion King's" classic status, it still proves there is plenty of room in animation for movies that aren't geared exclusively to 8-year-olds.
  8. After a moment's adjustment, it works amazingly well, because the emotions that drive teenagers like Jim to seek their places in the firmament transcend eras, fashion, even animation styles.
  9. With its polished mix of traditional and computer-generated cartooning, Treasure Planet doesn't exude the same suspense as the Disney original. You could say it's lighter on its feet -- but then there's less gravity in outer space, anyway.
  10. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    The Disney cartoon roots are in there somewhere, but this is an oil painting come to life.
  11. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    As literary desecrations go, this makes for perfectly acceptable, occasionally very enjoyable children's entertainment. You'll forget about it by Monday, though, and if they're old enough to have developed some taste, so will your kids.
  12. 75
    As family films go, this one offers an engaging and exciting 90 minutes.
  13. This concoction, so bizarre to the adult mind, is actually a charming triumph where its intended under-12 audience is concerned.
  14. 75
    The Disney cartoon feature Treasure Planet is shot through with ingenuity. It outlandishly, cleverly moves Robert Louis Stevenson's seminal swashbuckler Treasure Island to outer space. The movie's affection for its source may be enough to get youngsters to crack open the original.
  15. Co-directors and writers John Musker and Ron Clements doll it up so marvelously you're sucked into the screen and forced to confront the fact that at their best, these filmmakers can make the two-dimensional astonishingly warm and full-bodied.
  16. There's no mistaking the fact that this hybrid misses the impact of the Disney classic, and even that of the excellent 1934 MGM version. Both of these films are surprisingly hard-edged and every bit as thrilling -- and scary -- as Stevenson's 1883 novel.
  17. 63
    Has zest and humor and some lovable supporting characters, but do we really need this zapped-up version of the Robert Louis Stevenson classic? Eighteenth century galleons and pirate ships go sailing through the stars, and it somehow just doesn't look right.
  18. Combining cutting-edge computer animation with traditional two-dimensional characters, Treasure Planet pops off the screen, reviving Stevenson's adventure with surprising accuracy.
  19. 63
    The animation is also a hybrid: almost quaint-looking, traditionally animated characters plopped into elaborate, sometimes quite stunning computer-animated backgrounds.
  20. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    An innovative -- if only moderately entertaining -- spin on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island.
  21. 60
    With much more success than last summer's formula-bound "Atlantis," Treasure Planet finds the common ground between classic Disney animation and newfangled action-adventure films.
  22. Reviewed by: Andy Klein
    The film's total appeal may be undercut by a script that rarely feels inspired.
  23. 58
    A handsome picture, with lots of nifty borrowings from the "Star Wars" galaxy, but it's never particularly compelling as a story or as a vehicle for emotions, and when it's over you have a feeling of still waiting for it to get started.
  24. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    The oddest thing about this movie isn't that the familiar characters have been transformed into aliens, or that dogs and cats possess human traits: It's the odd sight of futuristic fantasy in 18th-century dress.
  25. Reviewed by: Jon Strickland
    Give writer-director team John Musker and Ron Clements (The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Hercules) credit for trying to update the formula and grow with the kids weaned on their earlier hits, though it's doubtful the "tweens" they’re aiming at here still embrace Disney, and little kids don't care about back story.
  26. Quite honestly, you could nap for an hour and not miss a thing, but when the crew finally makes it to the glowing piles of booty at Treasure Planet's core, the film unleashes some pleasing visual fireworks. That's where it should have started, not ended.
  27. The genre's recent past has set the bar quite high, and Treasure Planet doesn't quite make it over.
  28. Comes briefly to life, after many longeurs -- many large longeurs in IMAX -- with the discombobulated entrance of B.E.N., a dysfunctional, hyperverbal robot voiced by Martin Short.
  29. Reviewed by: Laura Sinagra
    Despite more betrayal and loyalty than a Chris Carabba box set, there's no real good or evil here.
  30. The delicate magic of, for instance, Hayao Miyazaki's "Spirited Away," which Disney released earlier this fall, is absent from this brainless, mechanical picture.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 64 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 2 out of 19
  1. Oct 5, 2011
    Ehhh...Kinda out of the point, but still "Treasure Planet" is a well made decent animation you'll survive.
  2. Mar 15, 2011
    Instead of opting for a movie called "Treasure Island," Disney made the ridiculous mistake of making this pile of gimmicky garbage called "Treasure Planet." Personally, I blame this movie for destroying 2-d animated movies in the early 2000s, and I was really disappointed by Ron Clements and John Musker here, considering they've created the masterpieces "Aladdin" and "The Little Mermaid." Thankfully, they and Disney were able to redeem themselves by creating "The Princess and the Frog." Full Review »
  3. Oct 23, 2010
    Treasure Island in space? very amusing for a clever movie.