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The Tale of Despereaux

HD   G Closed Captioning

Sam Fell & Rob Stevenhagen

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About the Movie

Once upon a the far away kingdom of Dor...lived a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on an amazing adventure with his good-hearted rat friend Roscuro, who leads him, at long last, on a very noble quest to rescue an endangered princess and save an entire kingdom from darkness. Based on the heartwarming children's bestselling book and featuring the voice talents of an all-star cast, The Tale of Despereaux is a magical, modern fairytale that's destined to win the hearts of young and old alike.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 109
  • Fresh: 61
  • Rotten: 48
  • Average Rating: 5.7/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: Despereaux is a pleasantly immersive, beautifully animated, occasionally sleepy tale. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Jun 24, 2010

Fresh: Despereaux is a rare creature, not only for the handmade look and subtlety of its computer-generated imagery but also for its irony-free embrace of once-upon-a-time storytelling. – Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: The imagery is colorful and artfully rendered, but the filmmakers, favoring technological wizardry over story, have beefed up the narrative with teeming rodent civilizations, a seafaring sequence, and gladiatorial action pieces. – Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader, Jun 24, 2010

Rotten: Despereaux is a little too desperate to be loved. – Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer, Jun 24, 2010

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Customer Reviews


I love Despereaux! It is one of my favorite movies ever and I recomend it to everyone of all ages. He is the cutest mouse ever and a very brave knight. Anyone who watches it will instantly fall in love with it


The Tale of Despereaux is my favorite movis,book,pet in the whole world! I loved it SO SO SO SO SO much.... I even got a pet mouse named Despereaux! by the way everyone.... the MOVIIE is coming out April 7,2009!! I am the BIGGEST Despereaux fan! NO DOUBT ABOUT IT!!

great family film

this is a great movie for all ages i loved it so much it was a really great movie!!!!!!

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