Dumbo

critic Reviews

, 46% Rotten Tomatometer Score
  • Dumbo is held partly aloft by Tim Burton's visual flair, but a crowded canvas and overstretched story leave this live-action remake more workmanlike than wondrous.
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    Wenlei MaNews.com.au
    This Dumbo is certainly a visual spectacle, and it could've gone awry if not for the one key thing required to make this movie work: Dumbo is really, really cute.
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    Sara Michelle FettersMovieFreak.com
    I believed an elephant could fly, this Disney remake a beguiling fantasy that does its animated predecessor proud.
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    Udita JhunjhunwalaLivemint
    Expect to be impressed by the cinematography (Ben Davis), costumes (Colleen Atwood), production design (Rick Heinrichs), music (Danny Elfman) and the animation that created the adorable Dumbo with those large watery eyes that sparkle in the wild.
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    Kevin MaherTimes (UK)
    That this same blockbuster should turn out to be utterly soulless and the cinematic equivalent of a tacky Vandevere production is a gorgeously satisfying irony, and certainly the most interesting element of an otherwise vapid, uninspired remake.
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    Alex Dudok de WitSight & Sound
    While Dumbo has the premise of a Burton movie - an outsider cast adrift in a carnivalesque world - it hardly feels like one, with the director's signature visual style subsumed into a world of sunset hues and glassy CG veneers.
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    Charlotte O'SullivanLondon Evening Standard
    The animation of old feels so much more real than the live-action remake.
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    Richard CrouseRichard Crouse
    Sometimes more is less. The heart of the story is found in Dumbo's character not the layers of CGI action that surround him.
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    Alex BentleyCultureMap
    The new Dumbo is not blatantly bad; rather, it's a mostly bland affair that doesn't justify the effort it took to remake the film. The story moves away from being solely Dumbo's journey, and the emotions that removes can't be replaced.
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    Candice McMillanSeattle Refined
    It sputters through its first act, jolts us through its last and, worst of all, reveals Dumbo's special ability too early, leaving little to the imagination and no reprieve from the nagging horrors of reality.
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    Mike MassieGone With The Twins
    Without Timothy Q. Mouse as a Jiminy Cricket-like mentor, and without Dumbo as the emotional core, audiences are left with formulaic human protagonists and human villains.
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