Anastasia (1997)

The first feature from the 20th Century-Fox animation unit in Phoenix, Arizona, this is the ninth film produced and directed by the Don Bluth/Gary Goldman duo (An American Tail) and the first animated feature to be made in CinemaScope since… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 14, 1997
DVD Release Date: November 16, 1999
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Critic Score: 86% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Beautiful animation, an affable take on Russian history, and strong voice performances make Anastasia a winning first film from Fox animation studios.

Todd McCarthy

An ambitious, serious but not particularly stimulating musical feature that unconvincingly attempts to graft warm and cuddly family-film motifs onto turbulent aspects of modern history and mythology.

Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times

Any film that echoes the landscape of Doctor Zhivago is hard to dislike for too long.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

It's Bluth and company's skill as artists, as well as some of the better celebrity voice casting in an animated movie of the 1990s, that give Anastasia its merit.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Bluth has rediscovered the ingredients of quality mainstream animation...

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

Judging from their voices, about as close to Europe as most of these characters have ever gotten is probably Fresno.

Nell Minow
Common Sense Media

Beautiful, not factual depiction of missing Russian duchess.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

A gorgeous piece of work.

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Susan Wloszczyna
USA Today

Flawed but not fatally, this ambitious epic's strength lies not just with its haunting melodies, pretty pictures, star voices and kid-friendly sidekicks -- the usual shtick that makes Disney tick.

Lisa Osborne
Boxoffice Magazine

This enchanting fairy-tale, the first release from Fox Animation Studios, is pure family entertainment.

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Flixster Audience Score: 77% Flixster User Reviews
John Manard
Not Disney but Don Bluth puts together a nice fresh movie with a solid voice cast!
Jennifer Xu
I was embarrassed to admit that I found Dimitri hot (as a 20-year-old, mind you!), but then I realized that he was voiced by John Cusack. This somehow made it… More
Matthew Samuel Mirliani
Though the pacing may be off at times--and some moments may feel like Disney-rip-offs--Anastasia is a very well-done animated film, and may arguably be the most… More
Drake Tsui
Easily beats any "Disney Princess Classic" for me. Anastasia often commands more sophistication on many levels: story, characters, themes, animation,… More
Aj V
Disney adapts yet another old story, this time from Russia. Like all of these movies, they're not entirely accurate, but still they're fun and well… More
Michael Edwards
its kind of annoying, but it is all made up with Rasputin played by Christopher Lloyd. All the songs are annoying, the animation is okay, and the acting is to,… More