91

Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
Bolt breaks no great new stylistic ground -- and yet it's a sturdy beaut.
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88

Charlotte Observer

By Lawrence Toppman
Bolt has the magical quality of great animation, the ability to touch us without the hint of preachiness or manipulation.
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88

Baltimore Sun

By Chris Kaltenbach
Bolt proves a refreshing throwback to the animated classics of yore.
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75

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
While this charmer about a canine James Bond does not pack the emotional punch of "WALL-E," it's frisky fun to see the white shepherd get a new leash on life.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Ruthe Stein
It's doubtful that audiences go to animated features to hear movie stars talk. They go because a film sounds like fun and something their kids and maybe they themselves might enjoy. Bolt is all that and more.
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
This stuff is clever, in the reflexively satirical, self-aware way that many animated films are. It's not until the dog is accidentally shipped off to New York City that the movie lets you in on an altogether more interesting idea: It doesn't want to be that cool.
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70

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
There's a terrific tenderness in Travolta's performance, while Cyrus and company are similarly effective.
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Bolt borrows amiably from a host of sources, including "The Incredible Journey," "Lilo and Stitch" and "Toy Story 2."
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Though every frame is great to look at, Bolt's script - by the co-writers of "Mulan" and "Cars" - lacks the wit of its closest Pixar relative, "The Incredibles." Rhino and some goofy pigeons provide the few laughs once the tale goes cross-country.
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60

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
Taken on its own terms, Bolt the movie certainly makes the cut.
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67 out of 100
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