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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: 5.6/10

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

Cute as a movie, not great for fans.

When I saw movie in theaters last December, I was expecting a movie that was true to the book--and was greatly disapointed. By itself, the movie is charming, the casting is very good and the stories are entwined into one beautifully. But if compared to the book, it is very disappointing. Both should be regarded as seperate and enjoyed seperately.

This is a MOVIE???!!!

I can't believe anyone would call this a movie. It's nothing like the book. Compared with the book, this is like a documentary. I'd rather watch Barney.


Didn't read the book, so I can't make any comments on faithfulness. However, this is one dull film with a very tired moral. Also, what a waste of money for a cast we don't even see. Seriously, this film was so empty in story, it had to compensate by fitting every A-List actor it could onto the billing. Yes, this film is harmless. But the animation is a mix between realistic and cartoonish, which makes the film even more tiresome, as there's no real visual flare. All in all, just skip this. Rent one of Disney's earlier classics, or something from PIXAR.

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