Ferdinand (2017)

FERDINAND tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. After being mistaken for a dangerous beast, he is captured and torn from his home. Determined to return to his family, he rallies a misfit team on the ultimate adventure. Set in… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: December 15, 2017
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ferdinand's colorful update on a classic tale doesn't go anywhere unexpected, but its timeless themes -- and John Cena's engaging voice work in the title role -- make for family-friendly fun.

Katie Walsh
Tribune News Service

With a lovely voice performance from Cena, the spirit of Ferdinand does shine through. But the rest of the story filler is mostly forgettable.

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Susan Wloszczyna

A mostly pleasant surprise in a year that has produced a lack of stellar animated outings.

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David 'Mad Dog' Bradley
Adelaide Review

This is still going to have a hard time charming most silly season crowds because, again, it's all about the whole barbaric business of bullfighting - no matter how you try and sugarcoat it.

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Fraser Abe
Globe and Mail

Ferdinand is not going to be the next Frozen or Lion King or even the fourth or fifth Ice Age movie, but there's a reason the story is still being told some 81 years after it was first published.

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Ben Kenigsberg
New York Times

The movie is bright and peppy enough to hold young viewers' attention, though a faithful 1938 Walt Disney short showed more inventiveness in eight minutes.

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Alex Lines
Film Inquiry

With the wealth of globalised entertainment available at all times now, Ferdinand simply does not have any distinctive qualities or the idiosyncratic depth to warrant an immediate watch.

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Scott Tobias

The lurching rhythms of Ferdinand make a clean story feel ungainly and episodic ...

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Jane Horwitz
Washington Post

In the title role, wrestler-turned-actor John Cena gives Ferdinand just the right balance of sweetness and strength. He becomes the wholly convincing center of the parable.

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John Urbancich
Your Movies (cleveland.com)

Cena does an OK job in relating the warmth of the titled beast, which would rather smell flowers than pick suicidal fights with matadors (an occupation that gets some deserved comeuppance here).

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