The Tale of Despereaux
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A diminutive mouse strives to make a mammoth change in his troubled kingdom in this adaptation of author Kate DiCamillo's Newbery Medal-winning children's book. A long time ago, in the distant kingdom of Dor, a horrible accident broke the heart of the king, left a beautiful princess crestfallen, and filled the townspeople with despair. As the sun disappeared from the sky and the flowers were drained of color, the laughter slowly ceased in this once-magical land. It was into this darkened world that a tiny mouse named Despereaux Tilling was born, and while this virtuous little rodent… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 56%

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"It just tries to take a little bit from some of the things we've seen over the past few years that have worked to make this work and it's just desperate and it doesn't work."
‑ Ben Lyons, At the Movies
"[The directors] can't quite locate a core of buoyant energy in the film as a whole."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"Certainly bears a superficial resemblance to Ratatouille, but it's a better film in several ways."
‑ Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
"The film looks great and the story is interesting enough for adults. It may be a little too complex and intense for young children."
‑ Robert Roten, Laramie Movie Scope
"Ego, fear and loathing will come between friends and drive family members apart in a surprisingly sophisticated journey for a kiddie flick."
‑ Jason Di Rosso, MovieTime, ABC Radio National
"It's like Ratatouille meets Upstairs Downstairs to go sort of cross-generational but it didn't work really on any level."
‑ Ben Mankiewicz, At the Movies
"The Tale of Despereaux may not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class."
‑ Peter Hartlaub, San Francisco Chronicle
"It amounts to less than the sum of its artfully conceived parts but remains a nice and visually interesting film."
‑ Brian Webster, Apollo Guide
"Bland, over-stuffed, chaotic and ultimately underwhelming for both kids and adults."
‑ Avi Offer, NYC Movie Guru
"Scratch a CGI fairytale and you'll find an allegory about class, particularly if rodents are involved."
‑ Jake Wilson, The Age (Australia)
". The plot is too convoluted and there are too many characters to keep track of."
‑ Linda Barnard, Toronto Star
"Despereaux is a little too desperate to be loved."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"To gegonos oti sto eikosalepto mporei na se riksei se bathy ypno, mporei na einai kai to kalytero kamoyflarisma aytoy toy anapanteha anepeisodiakoy ki anyperblita baretoy kinoymenoy ap' ta shediastika grafeia tis Universal Animation, poy den ehei kan to t"
‑ Joseph Proimakis, Movies for the Masses
"The cinematic equivalent of a cozy bedtime story, warmly told with loving care."
‑ David Cornelius,
"If you're an animation fan, don't wait for the DVD - The Tale Of Despereaux deserves to be seen on the big screen."
‑ Annette Basile, FILMINK (Australia)
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