The Tale of Despereaux Synopsis
An outcast mouse (Matthew Broderick) must rescue a kidnapped princess.
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TV Guide

A perfect fairytale, adhering to The Princess Bride's standards of fighting, fencing, torture, and true love, without the ham-fisted moral...
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75

Boston Globe

By Wesley Morris
A skillfully managed fairy tale about a mouse, a rat, and fairy tales in general.
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75

New York Post

By Kyle Smith
More like Disney's "Sleeping Beauty," somber, slow and elegant instead of frantic and dazzling.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Peter Hartlaub
May not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.
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75

Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
It is a joy to look at frame by frame, and it would be worth getting the Blu-ray to do that. I am not quite so thrilled by the story, which...
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63

Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
The tiny, intrepid rodent is so cute it's impossible not to ooh and aww, just looking at him. Which is a good thing, because you'll need...
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63

USA Today

By Claudia Puig
While the story does not quite come to magical life, the themes of courage, hope and decency are sweetly inspiring.
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60

The Hollywood Reporter

By Michael Rechtshaffen
The flatly generic results certainly appear at odds with the picture's stirring visual style, which pays homage to the great Flemish...
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58

Entertainment Weekly

Too bad the story's such a mess.
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50

NPR

By Bob Mondello
A little slow for the very youngest kids -- though the messages it imparts are certainly ones you'll want them to hear.
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WONDERFUL TAIL!!! (UM - TALE) GRADE: Solid B-plus

By MOVIES REVIEWER
I just attended this EXCELLENT 100-minute movie from Universal . It is based on the 2003 children's novel by Kate DiCamillo - voiced by a stable of top Hollywood/British actors and actresses....

The Tale of Despereaux

By conradwsba1
This movie was okay. Good at some parts. I would recomend this movie....

“THE TALE OF DESPEREAUX” -- A Mouse shows the Power of No-Cower =

By jimchudnow
This is the animated story of an unusual little mouse with super big ears named Despereaux (voiced by MATTHEW BRODERICK). The other mice see him as somewhat odd because, rather than “cower” about...

Great messege along with cuteness

By WCinLV
In a world where children are learning to be followers, this has a great message of how to be yourself and follow your heart. I had a good time watching this movie and that is what I go to the movies...

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By SWIMMINGROX
Everyone should either read the book or see the movie The Tale of Desperaux. It is awesome! don`t believe anyone who says its bad because they are prbably lieing go out and see it in theaters...

i was surprized!

By GreenShorts
my family and i went and saw this movie for my little brother and i was shocked on how good it was, the plot was like any kids movie, the voices went well with the animations, great visuals, this a...

Saw it at a sneak

By ckdckd
VIOLENT!!!!!! SLOW!!!!!! DID I SAY SLOW!!!!!!...

Uhhhhhhh..........okay???

By TwilightLover4Ever
I never really was crazy about the book. I watched the trailer for the movie and didn't see any "magic" happening. I guess it could be a good movie but, I personally don't like either book or movie....

A must see!

By mdelacruz
Although the movie was very different from the book, I thoroughly enjoyed it. My kids (9 and 7) were a little creeped out by RatWorld and thought some of the score was kind of scary, though. Viewing...

Cute

By angie78090
I thought the movie was very delightful and so did my kids with the exception of my 3 year old who didn't seem that interested. It didn't follow the book as closely but that was OK....

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says OK for kids 6+ Touching, beautiful tale is an excellent family film.
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