Pete's Dragon
Pete's Dragon (1977)

Based on a story by Hollywood old-timers Seton I. Miller and S. S. Field, Pete's Dragon divides its time between its flesh-and-blood characters and an animated green dragon. Pete (Sean Marshall), a lonely orphan boy in… More

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Rated: G
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Release Date: November 3, 1977
DVD Release Date: January 16, 2001
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61%

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Critic Score: 50% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Boring and slow, this is a lesser Disney work, though the animation isn't without its charms.

Variety Staff
Variety

An enchanting and humane fable.

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Christopher Campbell
Film School Rejects

Unique and badly directed.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

The animation is much the best part of Pete's Dragon, a film not surfeited with great & timeless elements.

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Time Out

The dragon itself grunts, grins and goofs around, but isn't half as appealing as its creators obviously hoped. More character and better animation would have helped.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

Saddled with an absurdly overlong running time (128 minutes!) and a raft of forgettable songs...

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Phil Hall
EDGE Boston

A horrid assault on the senses.

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Janet Maslin
New York Times

You don't often see children's musicals as ambitious as this one any more.

Sarah Wenk
Common Sense Media

Offbeat live-action/animation mix with lots of drinking.

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Ian Nathan
Empire Magazine

Another not very charming but harmless fusion of animation and good old real-life.

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More reviews for Pete's Dragon

Flixster Audience Score: 61% Flixster User Reviews
KJ Proulx
Sure, the definition of a dated film ranges from comical, over-the-top, to just downright silly, but 1977s Pete's Dragon is on a completely different level… More
Conner Rainwater
I will never fully understand what disney was thinking when they decided to make a live action movie with an animated dragon. If only all homeless slave… More
Matheus Carvalho
As a Disney animation enthusiast, not having seen this live-action/animation mix until now was my biggest sin (this and actually having seen a few of their… More
Jason Owens
"Pete's Dragon" is one of the most underrated Disney movies ever made. It's one of the few Disney movies that I haven't ever heard a… More
Dean McKenna
Good heartwarming musical adventure filled with thrilling plot twists, this film is a wonderful blend of live-action and Disney animation. This is a sort of a… More
James Alvarez
I hated this when I was a kid and I hate it even more now.