• Released
  • November 21, 2008
  • PG , 1 hr 43 min
  • Animated
  • 10,905 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: A television superhero dog discovers he doesn’t need his make-believe powers.

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Critic Ratings

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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Bolt goes zoom, zoom

By legofan148
Good movie and good title. But, American Dog would have been a better movie title....

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Rated PG | For some mild action and peril
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 5+ Super-dog adventure is fun, age-appropriate for kids.
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