Swiss Family Robinson
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None of the many cinemadaptations of Johan Wyss' The Swiss Family Robinson are as relentlessly enjoyable as this 1960 Disney feature. The film wastes no time getting down to business, with the shipwreck of the Robinson family occurring as the credits flash across the screen. Fashioning a raft, the family heads to a lush tropical island. While the mother (Dorothy McGuire) isn't too happy about being a castaway, the father (John Mills) and the sons (James MacArthur, Tommy Kirk, Kevin Corcoran) are thrilled at the prospect of carving out a new life for themselves. In short order, the… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

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"The Swiss Family Robinson, like most of Walt Disney's screen versions of the children's classics, is good Disney and bad culture."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Mild peril, dated animation in tale of island survival."
‑ Brian Costello, Common Sense Media
"It's no Pirates Of The Caribbean but the spirit of adventure, and Disney's high production values, means that there's still some fun to be had watching this wholesome family adapt to island life."
‑ Alistair Harkness, Film4
"Classic family adventure with pirates and animals on an exotic island. What's not to love?"
‑ James Plath, Movie Metropolis
"With mom's parasols and dad's water wheel inventions, this family looks like the original inhabitants of Gilligan's Island. Of course, this is not meant to be a comedy..."
‑ Christopher Null,
"It's hard to imagine how the picture could be better as a rousing, humorous and gentle-hearted tale of family love amid primitive isolation and dangers."
‑ Howard Thompson, New York Times
"Good intro for kids reluctant to watch old movies."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
"Chock-full of exotic locations and animals, desert-island DIY ingenuity, and high-spirited excitement, with a poignant subplot involving the rivalry of the two elder sons."
‑ Steven D. Greydanus, Decent Films Guide
"unrealistic disney fun"
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"It has atmosphere, wild animals, pirates, and most of all, an awe-inspiring sense of wonderment about creativity in general and about inventions in particular. Director Ken Annakin fashions an imaginative and special movie."
‑ Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews
"...a crudely calibrated series of 'thrills,' each timed for maximum sustained interest."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"There's something for everybody in this Disney's live action adventure made for the entire family, which may explain why it was the most commercially popular film of 1960."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The escapist atmosphere is still difficult to resist."
‑ Douglas Pratt, DVDLaser
"Should be called Swiss Army Robinson."
‑ Dan Fazio, Citysearch
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