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History gets the Disney kiddie treatment and a politically correct interpretation in the studio's 33rd feature-length animated movie, the first to be based on actual events and people. Pocahontas (Irene Bedard) is the daughter of Algonquin chief Powhatan (Russell Means), who promises her in marriage to Kocoum, a brave whom she doesn't love. Pocahontas would rather be paddling in her canoe or wandering in the forest, communing with nature and her animal pals, Meeko, a raccoon, and the hummingbird Flit. When European settlers arrive, she becomes enamored of handsome John Smith (Mel… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Just about everything in this lavish, animated feature is for the pigtail set."
‑ Laura Shapiro, Newsweek
"All Disney has really done in its disappointing 33rd animated feature is revive the stereotype of the Noble Savage."
‑ Rita Kempley, Washington Post
"It's hard to excuse the reconception of the eleven or twelve-year-old Pocahontas...as a statuesque supermodel, especially as kids don't need their stories to be hung on romance to deem them, err, shapely. [Blu-ray]"
‑ Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews
"The film of the Disney Renaissance likeliest to elicit a shudder of dismay from all but the most maniacal Disney buffs."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Overall, Pocahontas is a triumph as a visual experience (though the music is unusually bland), but a disappointment as a film."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"[A] handsome, deeply felt, even more deeply reverent animated musical."
‑ Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine
"The Disney artists have created a vivid palette for the picture."
‑ Jeremy Gerard, Variety
""Pocahontas" isn't an A-movie in the Disney catalog, but it's a solid second-tier film that, despite its romanticizing of the "noble savage," nonetheless features themes that are wholesome and consistent with Disney's messaging."
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
‑ , Film4
"One of the most scattered of the studio's famed animated features."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Overall this seems like a reasonable stab at an impossible agenda."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Why make a Disney cartoon and take all the fun out of it?"
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Fine for kids; just don't expect a history lesson."
‑ Scott G. Mignola, Common Sense Media
"Not only historically dubious, but the dullest Disney animation for years."
‑ David Hepworth, Empire Magazine
"As long as Republicans are in power, the line "You think the only people who are people are the people who look and think like you" will remain relevant."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
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