Metascore
45

Mixed or average reviews - based on 27 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 27
  2. Negative: 3 out of 27
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  1. 80
    A smart, marvelously drawn account of the bravery of homing pigeons during World War II.
  2. 75
    Valiant enlists a squad of loveable birdbrains to turn the classic fighter-pilot formula into an upbeat adventure film loaded with laughs.
  3. Reviewed by: Angel Cohn
    70
    While the target audience won't be as familiar with the voice of Gervais as with, say, Eddie Murphy, they'll no doubt love his dirty bird humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Winda Benedetti
    67
    It's a tale with plenty of spirit and a good heart, and yet, this story doesn't so much soar across the screen as it does waddle.
  5. It's perhaps the first animated kids' film that can claim to be "based on a true story."
  6. Reviewed by: Ryan Devlin
    63
    Adults expecting a little bit more, "Chicken Run," this ain't.
  7. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    63
    The best sequence comes when the gang meet a saucy French lady mouse who works for the Resistance and at moments of high drama sings "Je Ne Regrette Rien" ("Ah!" your children will say. "At last, an Edith Piaf joke!")
  8. Competently done and harmless enough to entertain the tots. It's just that the movie's kind of . . . sparse.
  9. 50
    The main problem with this Disney release--which also wastes the voices of Ricky Gervais and Jim Broadbent--is its refusal to recognize the war as anything but an excuse for tomfoolery.
  10. The CG is on the rubbery side, and the backdrops are jarringly 2-D. But Valiant isn't so hard to look at -- it's hard to listen to.
  11. A mite too hard to follow for most of the kiddie crowd who'll want to see it.
  12. The violence is minimal, and the humor is inoffensive enough for tots, but everything is damned soft--from the fuzzy backgrounds to the enemy's diluted Germanness.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Clark
    50
    Valiant is voiced by Robots' Ewan McGregor, an actor apparently no longer in a "Trainspotting" mood.
  14. The visuals might be undistinguished, but the voices are excellent.
  15. Despite a decent cast of mostly British voice actors and better-than-average computer animation, the movie seems rushed at 76 minutes and is only marginally funny.
  16. Reviewed by: Jason Anderson
    50
    Valiant is weak tea next to the best of Pixar and DreamWorks.
  17. 50
    It's not as clever as it thinks it is, not as funny or exciting as it should be, and not as engaging as it needs to be to prevent kids from losing interest and parents from falling asleep.
  18. The voice acting is adequate, but it fails to convey the diversity or personality of "Chicken Run" or "Shrek."
  19. Reviewed by: David Edelstein
    50
    Given all its World War II references and parodies, the best audience for Valiant would be addled, octogenarian ex-RAF pilots in the old folks' home.
  20. A plucky little bird that just won't fly.
  21. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    40
    Fails to get off the ground due to a by-numbers script and dodo-ugly character design.
  22. 40
    It was made fast and cheap, which shows in every none-too-slick frame.
  23. 40
    Unless your child has a close working knowledge of the role of homing pigeons in World War II British espionage, he or she is likely to be bamboozled for the duration.
  24. Valiant is in dire need of some "Shrek"-ian sass, not to mention a drop or two of genuine emotion.
  25. Reviewed by: Ty Burr
    38
    The top-secret message this pigeon is carrying reads ''Wait for the DVD."
  26. An unconscionably dreary and amateurish-looking thing, and the rote plot and annoyingly predictable script -- a compendium of bird puns, mostly -- don't work nearly hard enough to make up for the hammy awfulness of the images.
  27. The movie makes use of every avian pun possible, a pattern that becomes quickly monotonous and predictable, if not contagious.
User Score
5.3

Mixed or average reviews- based on 22 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 6
  2. Negative: 2 out of 6
  1. Jan 6, 2014
    3
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  2. May 18, 2013
    4
    Not the best movie you would see. First 20 minutes were out of date and not so exciting. Tons of wrong suff. And yet its still good to watch,Not the best movie you would see. First 20 minutes were out of date and not so exciting. Tons of wrong suff. And yet its still good to watch, animation buffs should still watch Full Review »
  3. Nov 6, 2010
    5
    the animation was cheap, but the acting wasn't bad