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. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Reviewed by: C.W. Nevius
    The Disney cartoon roots are in there somewhere, but this is an oil painting come to life.
  13. This concoction, so bizarre to the adult mind, is actually a charming triumph where its intended under-12 audience is concerned.
  14. 75
    As family films go, this one offers an engaging and exciting 90 minutes.
  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. Combining cutting-edge computer animation with traditional two-dimensional characters, Treasure Planet pops off the screen, reviving Stevenson's adventure with surprising accuracy.
  18. 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.
  19. Reviewed by: Claudia Puig
    An innovative -- if only moderately entertaining -- spin on Robert Louis Stevenson's classic Treasure Island.
  20. 63
    The animation is also a hybrid: almost quaint-looking, traditionally animated characters plopped into elaborate, sometimes quite stunning computer-animated backgrounds.
  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 84 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 2 out of 22
  1. Oct 5, 2011
    Ehhh...Kinda out of the point, but still "Treasure Planet" is a well made decent animation you'll survive.
  2. Oct 23, 2010
    Treasure Island in space? very amusing for a clever movie.
  3. May 25, 2014
    I know Treasure Planet just isn't the animated movie Disney had hoped for, but still the film flopped at the box office and it really hurts.I know Treasure Planet just isn't the animated movie Disney had hoped for, but still the film flopped at the box office and it really hurts. But I haven't seen the movie yet, I've heard it's a good Disney movie and it may not be the best Disney movie just yet, but the animators just did a fantastic job on how the film just took exactly 10 years before the film's release in 2002 and the story looks a little familiar, but the acting is great, the CGI elements are incredible and even though it's still a cult following as of today, I think I might give it a go and buy it on Blu-Ray. Treasure Planet is a must-see. Maybe one of the most underrated movies in Disney history. Full Review »