An American Tail
An American Tail (1986)

An American Tail is a beautifully rendered animated flim that tells an overly familiar story in terms children can easily understand. Fievel Mousekewitz and his family of Russian-Jewish mice escape from their homeland in the late 1800s,… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 21, 1986
DVD Release Date: January 20, 2004
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Critic Score: 69% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

Cartoons with ambitions even this noble are as rare as Steven Spielberg films that lose money, but every character and every situation presented herein have been seen a thousand times before.

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Vincent Canby
New York Times

Witless if well-meaning.

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Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

An intimate and entertaining animated epic...

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Pat Graham
Chicago Reader

The overall quality of the animation -- baroquely executed if rather conventionally conceived -- makes it worth a look

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Paul Attanasio
Washington Post

It may be that the truly American tale here is the spectacle of an artist squandering his awesome gifts on the way to becoming a Hollywood institution.

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Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Adorable, heartwarming tale of immigrant mouse.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

For all its state-of-the-art animation techniques, Spielberg's production remains resolutely conservative: visually it's virtually indistinguishable from Walt at his wimpiest.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

he movie has such vague ethnic grounds, however, that only a few children will understand or care that the Mousekewitzes are Jewish. And few of those are likely to be entertained by such a tragic, gloomy story.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

Its sappiness is unmissably sincere, and such aching, embarrassing sincerity is never an evil thing in a movie.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Don Bluths An American Tail has its haters and lovers. A quirky movie with some memorable songs.
Michael Edwards
good songs, but its just so dang depressing
Lady D'arbanville
A tale of immigration told through a cartoon world. This plays on a few Classic tales and re-watching the film at the age I am now you can really pick up on… More
Aj V
I saw this movie when I was a kid, I remember it being a fun cartoon adventure, but I hardly remember it now. Maybe I'll see it again some day.
Jennifer Xu
I think I missed out on the appeal of this film because I never saw it when I was younger. I could never get over the Russian accents.
Chris Weber
I remember I saw this once, like a million years ago. I remember basically nothing about it, but it was probably good. Perhaps I need to rewatch it?