Balto (1995) - Rotten Tomatoes


Balto (1995)



Critic Consensus: Balto is a well-meaning adventure with spirited animation, but mushy sentimentality and bland characterization keeps it at paw's length from more sophisticated family fare.

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Nome is an island: Based-on-true-story about the sled dog who led a famed mission of mercy for Alaskan children in 1925. Enough animated schmaltz to melt the polar cap.

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Lola Bates-Campbell
as Granddaughter
Phil Collins
as Muk and Luk
Miriam Margolyes
as Grandma Rosy
Danny Mann
as Kaltag
William Roberts
as Rosy's Father
Garrick Hagon
as Telegraph Operator
Bill Bailey
as Butcher
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Critic Reviews for Balto

All Critics (24) | Top Critics (14)

With no cheesy songs to slow proceedings down and some barnstorming chase sequences, this is enchanting, highly enjoyable and impressively crafted (not least for its adventurous "camera work") and would have made a pretty fair live action film.

June 30, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Brave dog saves kids in adequate fact-based film.

September 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The goose and bears, in particular, don't add much to the proceedings, while Balto himself proves rather blandly heroic.

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The makers of this half-hearted animated feature let the story ramble on with a minimum of second-hand plotting and characterisation.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Avoiding the mythological grandiosity and freneticism that afflict so many animated features these days, "Balto" makes modesty a virtue.

May 20, 2003 | Full Review…

Even as voiced by Bacon, Balto doesn't have the sort of charisma to get kids to truly root for him.

August 15, 2002 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Balto

Balto is a hugely under rated animated film. It was released at the same time as Toy Story and therefore overshadowed. But I preffered this film, I enjoyed it because it was funny and Bob Hoskins shows real enthusiasm to his character of the goose who is Balto's sidekick. Balto is one of the greatest hero's of an animated film and whilst watching you'll care about what he does next. I know you see a lot of animated films with the central character as an outcast but I will say Balto is the best of them all.

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Yet another kids movie about a dog who's an outcast and ends up saving the day. It's not bad, but it's not great either.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

A fantastic and very underrated animated film from the 90s with great voice acting, great animation, and some great drama.

Michael Edwards
Michael Edwards

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