Moana (2016)

Three thousand years ago, the greatest sailors in the world voyaged across the vast Pacific, discovering the many islands of Oceania. But then, for a millennium, their voyages stopped - and no one knows exactly why. From Walt Disney… More

Rated: PG
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Release Date: November 23, 2016
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: With a title character as three-dimensional as its lush animation and a story that adds fresh depth to Disney's time-tested formula, Moana is truly a family-friendly adventure for the ages.

Matthew Lickona
San Diego Reader

This is Disney's way of having its formulaic cake and eating it, too: "We know what we're doing here, and we know that you know it, too. So please stop fretting and enjoy while the pieces fall into place."

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

Story of Pacific Islander girl on a quest benefits from Dwayne Johnson's comic timing and a Lin-Manuel Miranda soundtrack

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Stephen Romei
The Australian

I have a soft spot for the gigantic, arrogant, avaricious crab named Tamatoa.

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Leah Pickett
Chicago Reader

The narrative is a fairly predictable hero's journey -- Maui even calls her "The Chosen One" -- but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course.

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Andrew Lapin

The film achieves what the best Disney animated features do: a sense of place that is refined and specific.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

The Disney princesses are always a curious reflection of the changes on social paradigms. [Full review in Portuguese.]

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Christopher Orr
The Atlantic

An absolute delight, a lush, exuberant quest fable full of big musical numbers and featuring perhaps the most stunning visuals of any Disney film to date.

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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal

[Moana] is beautiful in more ways than I can tell, thanks to the brilliance of more animators than I could count.

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Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

It's strangely addictive.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
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A plethora of directors bring the coconuts to life in Moana. Sailing across the ocean at 100 minutes, Moana delivers a predictable, yet heartfelt family story.… More
KJ Proulx
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Nate Zoebl
The Polynesian-based animated musical Moana is a throwback to the Disney formula of the 1990s that became so familiar and entrenched. The time away has made it… More
Joshua Sheetz
Moana has got to be one of the best Disney animated movies that I will probably remember nothing about a year after seeing it. Now that is a brutal backhanded… More
Eugene Bernabe
Disney's Moana is a tranquil envisioning of adventure, humor and whole-hearted family-fun. The film's rhythmic tunes and dynamics in visuals and… More
Paul Fuchs
Why is the standard Disney Animation formula still used in movies? That's simple: it works amazingly every time. Moana is the latest example of that… More