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Onward (2020)



Critic Consensus: It may suffer in comparison to Pixar's classics, but Onward makes effective use of the studio's formula -- and stands on its own merits as a funny, heartwarming, dazzlingly animated adventure.

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In "Onward," teenage elf brothers Ian and Barley Lightfoot (voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt) get an unexpected opportunity to spend one more day with their late dad, embarking on an extraordinary quest aboard Barley's epic van Guinevere. Like any good quest, their journey is filled with magic spells, cryptic maps, impossible obstacles and unimaginable discoveries. But when the boys' fearless mom Laurel (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) realizes her sons are missing, she teams up with a part-lion, part-bat, part-scorpion, former warrior -- aka The Manticore (voice of Octavia Spencer) -- and heads off to find them. Perilous curses aside, this one magical day could mean more than any of them ever dreamed.

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Tom Holland (II)
as Ian Lightfoot
Chris Pratt
as Barley Lightfoot
Octavia Spencer
as Manticore
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
as Laurel Lightfoot
John Ratzenberger
as Construction Worker Fenwick
Mel Rodriguez
as Colt Bronco
Lena Waithe
as Officer Spector
Ali Wong
as Officer Gore
Grey Griffin
as Dewdrop
Tracey Ullman
as Grecklin (Pawn Shop Owner)
George Psarras
as Officer Avel
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All Critics (337) | Top Critics (62)

There's a lot to like in Onward, the least of which is its bright, appealing animation, character design and world building, but you wouldn't expect anything less from an outfit as accomplished as Pixar.

April 5, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A very sweet story, good but not great...kids will love it.

April 3, 2020 | Full Review…

The second half pulled it together. By the end of it, I was like, "well done."

March 30, 2020 | Full Review…

Onward feels a bit more subdued than a typical Pixar affair, and while the movie wears its heart on its sleeve, it might not be quite as engaging for younger viewers.

March 25, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Do families need fathers? Scanlon delivers a love song to atypical clans, which couldn't end on a sweeter, or clearer, note.

March 9, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The fractious bond between the brothers and their aching anger at the loss of a parent are evoked with exquisite sorrow and clarity.

March 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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