The Tale of Despereaux
The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

"The Tale of Despereaux" tells the story of several unlikely heroes: Despereaux, a brave mouse banished to the dungeon for speaking with a human; Roscuro, a good-hearted rat who loves light and soup, but is exiled to darkness;… More

Rated: G
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Release Date: December 19, 2008
DVD Release Date: April 7, 2009
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Critic Score: 56% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Despite its striking visuals, The Tale of Despereaux as a story feels familiar and unimaginative.

Ben Lyons
At the Movies

It just tries to take a little bit from some of the things we've seen over the past few years that have worked to make this work and it's just desperate and it doesn't work.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

[The directors] can't quite locate a core of buoyant energy in the film as a whole.

Kelly Vance
East Bay Express

Certainly bears a superficial resemblance to Ratatouille, but it's a better film in several ways.

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Ben Mankiewicz
At the Movies

It's like Ratatouille meets Upstairs Downstairs to go sort of cross-generational but it didn't work really on any level.

Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle

The Tale of Despereaux may not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.

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Brian Webster
Apollo Guide

It amounts to less than the sum of its artfully conceived parts but remains a nice and visually interesting film.

Linda Barnard
Toronto Star

. The plot is too convoluted and there are too many characters to keep track of.

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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

Despereaux is a little too desperate to be loved.

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Joseph Proimakis
Movies for the Masses

To gegonos oti sto eikosalepto mporei na se riksei se bathy ypno, mporei na einai kai to kalytero kamoyflarisma aytoy toy anapanteha anepeisodiakoy ki anyperblita baretoy kinoymenoy ap' ta shediastika grafeia tis Universal Animation, poy den ehei kan to t

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Flixster Audience Score: 44% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Careter
Good animation, but a boring and unintellegent story. Really not very good, a better tale for a straight to DVD movie.
Richard C
the book was excellent. it was really sad and depressing and great. the movie was crap. its not anything like the book. everything that was great about the book… More
Bentley Lyles
Oh my goodness gracious! They ruined such an amazing story with this movie. I love the book, "The Tale of Desperaux". It was exciting, funny, fresh,… More
Jason Spencer
This flick was boring most of the time and scattered the rest. None of the characters were developed beyond the surface level except for the rat who started… More
Michael Edwards
Though i havent read the book and i still care not to, i have to say the movie was pretty good
James Alvarez
Nothing special but still enjoyable while on a 8 hour plane ride.