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Bolt (2008)



Critic Consensus: Bolt is a pleasant animated comedy that overcomes the story's familiarity with strong visuals and likable characters.

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For super-dog "Bolt", every day is filled with adventure, danger and intrigue - at least until the cameras stop rolling. When the star of a hit TV show is accidentally shipped from his Hollywood soundstage to New York City, he begins his biggest adventure yet - a cross-country journey through the real world to get back to his owner and co-star, Penny. Armed only with the delusions that all his amazing feats and powers are real, and the help of two unlikely traveling companions -- a jaded, abandoned housecat named Mittens and a TV-obsessed hamster named Rhino -- Bolt discovers he doesn't need superpowers to be a hero.

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Malcolm McDowell
as Dr. Calico
Susie Essman
as Mittens
James Lipton
as The Director
Sean Donnellan
as Penny's TV Dad
Greg Germann
as The Agent
Diedrich Bader
as Veteran Cat
Ronn Moss
as Dr. Forrester
Grey DeLisle
as Penny's Mom
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Critic Reviews for Bolt

All Critics (189) | Top Critics (58)

The jokes aren't a match for Pixar's best, and there's too much sentimentality (as if Lasseter were determined to keep Disney's cartoons just that little bit less cool than Pixar's), but this is still an above-average children's film.

February 12, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

The plot is sentimental fluff. But this has energy and invention enough to keep Lasseter top of the heap.

February 10, 2009 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Tremendously lovable and funny stuff.

February 6, 2009 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Wittier by the reel, Bolt is can't-miss family entertainment, and a glad relief from the solemnities of award season.

February 6, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Bolt is a damn enjoyable and undeniably funny film.

February 6, 2009 | Rating: 3/5

It's a big surprise to find that The House Of Mouse's first 3D cartoon is such a sophisticated jobbie.

February 6, 2009 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for Bolt


Well I'm still yet to see an animated film that can topple the mighty 'Toy Story', 'TS' still sits on its throne with the number one spot. But Bolt is a nice film, very sweet, very nice, a touch of emotion and you have a good solid performance. The story is as usual pretty unoriginal but it still works well, it has a touch of 'Lassie' in there and 'Homeward Bound' with the cross country trek to find the owner but this does give it a soft touch that can pull at the heart strings in places. It starts off kinda weak, your not too such what the films tag is or where the plot is going but it soon starts to pick up when Bolt reaches NY. It looks great with some very detailed fur action going on and brilliant movement copying with other animals such as the pigeons. The funniest parts tend to be with the funniest character...that being 'Rhino the hamster', an almost Jack Black type rodent haha not an overdose of humour in the film but most comes from Rhino. Solid film for all but still cant compete with the mighty 'Toy Story' trilogy.

Phil Hubbs
Phil Hubbs

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A fun and cute movie. Although this movie follows a very familiar formula, it's a lot of fun and feels fresh because of the quirky and live characters. The animation is great. An awesome movie for the kids but can keep the adults entertained as well.

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It's pleasant enough to entertain kids but that is after all why the film was made.

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