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Delgo Review Critics


Dave White Profile

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0

    out of 100

    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly

    Too grim for kids and too dumb for grown-ups.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Los Angeles Times

    It says plenty about how torpid the storytelling in Delgo is that the end credits are probably the best thing in the film.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    Village Voice

    You'll just wonder why this isn't a video game you can actually play.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    The story is tedious, noisy and banal. It is also rather dark and convoluted for children, though it does have the familiar bombast of a video game.

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  • 40

    out of 100

    The New York Times Jeannette Catsoulis

    Too leaden for adults and too baffling for kids.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 8+

Shoddily animated adventure is too violent for young kids.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this adventure features some mature themes, including war, political corruption, armed occupation, race relations, and genocide -- not exactly what you expect from an animated fantasy film. While the language is mostly insults, and the sexuality is limited to flirting and one innocent kiss, the violence is rather prominent and frequent. The entire plot revolves around getting two races to declare war on each other, and some scenes portray atrocities that one army committed against innocent civilians. The protagonist creatures may be winged, but this is no fairy tale.

  • Families can talk about whether animated violence is more or less upsetting than real-life violence. Why?
  • Is this movie more violent than most animated films?
  • What is the impact of seeing violent behavior in the media?
  • Families can also discuss the movie's social and political themes.
  • Whatcan we learn about the way the Nohrin and Lockni interacted? What aresome ways they discriminated against each other? Kids: Could youunderstand what was going on, or was the story too complicated?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The two groups of creatures can't seem to get along and frequently make "racist" remarks about each other. A character is so blinded by power and ambition that she's willing to sacrifice her family to rule, and characters are easily corrupted. But there are two strong young characters who fall in love despite coming from different backgrounds.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: A few characters are killed -- one is poisoned, one is stabbed, others are slain off-screen -- but there's no blood. Brawls break out between the Lockni and the Nohrin that eventually escalate to war on two separate occasions. Sedessa leads a slaughter of the Lockni people. Characters are threatened, imprisoned, and kidnapped.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: A couple shares one kiss; another couple flirts and hugs.

  • language false1

    Language: Mostly disparaging remarks about the other race of creatures -- like "savages," "stupid," "inferior," "silly," "ignorant," etc.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue