The Road to El Dorado
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Dreamworks SKG's second feature-length animated film blends comedy and drama in an unusual historical adventure. Two genial swindlers working as stable hands stow away with Cortez, the legendary Spanish conquistador, as he searches for El Dorado, the lost City of Gold. Luck smiles on the two con men, and they happen to find a settlement in Mexico that they believe is El Dorado; however, while the two exotic strangers are at first embraced by the Mayan people, they've also arrived just in time to be offered up as the next human sacrifice. The Road to El Dorado was directed by Don Paul,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 48%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Engaging children's entertainment."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"[Kline's and Branagh's] shared timing is so good it whets the appetite for further adventures."
‑ Robert Horton,
"Outstanding family movie mixes comedy, action, romance."
‑ Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
"I expected to have a lot more fun...than I did, which is a shame. I think it's going to fall quickly by the wayside."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"Immerses the viewer with vivid color and awe-inspiring artwork from the first frame."
‑ John R. McEwen, Film Quips Online
"The animation is uninspiring and brings nothing new to the table of animation magic."
‑ Paul Clinton (,
"It's not cute enough for kids, not clever enough for adults. It's gorgeous but curiously dull."
‑ Steve Murray, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"It's a shame that a film with such talent and imagery behind it ended up being ultimately a waste of time..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"The less you know about history, the better your chances of enjoying this movie . . ."
‑ James O'Ehley, Movie Gurus
"The filmmakers want an epic feel to the film, but they provide neither context nor dimension to the people of El Dorado themselves."
‑ Ron Wells, Film Threat
"Bright and zesty."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"This trip down The Road to El Dorado proceeds under the speed limit all the way."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Suffers from demographic schizophrenia."
‑ Mark Halverson, Sacramento News & Review
"El Dorado is not striking or groundbreaking, but it's accomplished enough."
‑ Jeanne Aufmuth, Palo Alto Weekly
"As good as most recent post-Katzenberg Disney films, and certainly -- with its stylised characterisation and bursts of witty dialogue -- a great deal better than the Mouse's turgid mega-budget epic Dinosaur."
‑ Leslie Felperin, Sight and Sound
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