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Frozen Review

Movies.com Critics

4.5

Dave White Profile

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Other Critics provided by Metacritic.com

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

  • 4.0
    74

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    Generally favorable reviews
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  • 100

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    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Wonderfully enchanting wintry fare.

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  • 100

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    Los Angeles Times Betsy Sharkey

    Frozen is fabulous.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Variety Scott Foundas

    This always enjoyable tale of mysterious magic, imperiled princesses and square-jawed men of action proves longer on striking visuals than on truly engaging or memorable characters.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The film transcends its various borrowings and occasional stumblings with a modern, exuberant spirit that draws heat from Broadway-style musical numbers and, before and after everything else, from marvelous 3-D animation

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    Energetic, humorous and not too cloying, as well as the first Hollywood film in many years to warn of global cooling rather than warming, this tuneful toon upgrades what has been a lackluster year for big studio animated fare.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    It's entertaining, and following an old Disney tradition Frozen works some old-school magic in its nonhuman characters.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Time Richard Corliss

    The impact of this sisterhood fable on viewers should be as warm and rapturous as Olaf the snowman’s dream of summer. Child, teen or septuagenarian, you’ll warm to Frozen.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Richard Roeper

    Disney’s Frozen works beautifully as a timeless fairy tale with a modern twist.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Wintry Disney musical is fabulous celebration of sisterhood.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Frozen is a Disney animated musical that's likely to appeal to families with children of all ages. As in many Disney movies, the parents die, here leaving orphaned princesses who must find a way to survive. There are a few other violent scenes that involve men with weapons, snarling wolves, a scary snow monster, a severe storm, and a character who nearly freezes to death. A character falls in love -- twice -- and ends up sharing two kisses at the end of the story. Messages include unconditional love between sisters after a long estrangement, being true to yourself, recognizing your gifts, and not being afraid of your power.

  • Families can talk about Frozen's message. What do Anna and Elsa learn over the course of the movie? Kids: How can you apply the movie's lessons to your own life?
  • What do you think of the act of love that saves the kingdom?
  • There's more music in Frozen than in recent Disney films. How does the soundtrack compare to other Disney movies?

The good stuff
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    Messages: Positive messages about not being afraid of your power and talents, not letting people you love run away, and the importance of figuring out that love demands selflessness and generosity. The love and bonds of sisterhood are emphasized, and the idea of true love taking time to develop is stressed.

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    Role models: Anna is a brave, kind, and loving sister. She doesn't give up on her sister Elsa, even when everyone else deems her a danger to the kingdom. Elsa, in turn, finally discovers that her power doesn't have to be destructive; it can bring joy, too. Kristoff and Anna teach other that finding the person you love takes more than just one day -- it means overcoming obstacles and sticking by each other during tough times.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: When they're young, Elsa accidentally hits Anna with her freezing magic and ends up nearly killing her. Elsa and Anna's parents die in a shipwreck; the stormy sea/sinking boat and resulting mourning are briefly seen. Queen Elsa unleashes her magic on the kingdom and plunges it into eternal winter. Vicious wolves chase Anna and Kristoff on a sleigh. Elsa creates a very menacing snow monster and accidentally hurts Anna again. Men with guns and bows try to hurt Elsa. The queen is imprisoned and sentenced to be executed. Anna's heart begins to freeze, and it seems likely her whole body will turn to ice. A severe winter storm unleashed by Elsa's feelings could upset/alarm some younger kids.

  • sex false1

    Sexy stuff: Princess Anna thinks that she's fallen in love with Prince Hans in just a few hours (after some flirting and exchanging of favorite things) and ends up accepting his proposal. Then she spends time really getting to know Kristoff and actually falls in love. Two kisses at the end of the movie. Queen Elsa wears a tight sparkly dress with a high slit. The trolls want Anna and Kristoff to get married.

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    Language: The trolls call Kristoff a "fixer upper" and recount some of his flaws (like being "smelly" and his unnatural attachment to his reindeer). The visiting dignitaries call the Queen Elsa a "monster," an "evil sorceress," a "traitor," "murderer," etc.

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Nothing in the actual movie, but there are many merchandise tie-ins with the movie, from apparel and figurines to costumes, accessories, and games.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Champagne is served at a royal reception.

Fan Reviews provided by

5

This is the correct answer: Rate 97% Amazing animation and funny! by TheRightAnswer
The reason why I put in Must GO!, because the animation in the movie was amazing! 2. The movie was interesting to watch for most ages I took my friends & family to watch it, and they loved it . The movie was humorous and funny. The characters in the movie were fantastic (Olaf was my favorite). I the only issue is: Too much singing through certain parts of the movie. Fantastic Job Frozen and keep the movie going! P.S: I hope you guys make a second one!

5

Frozen is awsome by michaeldoesminecraft
I love this movie it is awesome it is like so funny ahh let me try dis O+carrot+three rocks+snow=OLAF the funniest snowman ever.This movie had great animation i liked how they didn't use Demi Lavatos version of the song Let it go was better in the movie and more fitting for the scene.You people should rate this MUST GO!. I was just asking but does anyone have a crush on Elsa ?

5

Best Family Movie for 2014! by Kelticcat
I've seen this movie twice now with my family and we absolutely love it! We laugh along with Olaf, cooed at Sven, and punched the air when Disney finally said, "You can't marry someone you've just met." We sing along with every song and cry at the ending! I can't wait for this to come out on Blu-Ray!

5

LOVE!!! by Alexandriamartinez
I loved this movie. My 2 year old and I have seen it many times already. She loves to sing the songs over and over again. Great movie, must see. Already pre-ordered it :)

5

Frozen by wendylothrop
I attended this movie because i was visiting a friend with a 10 year old son and I wished to take them to a kid-friendly show. The three of us were enthralled by the show. I would definitely recommend "FROZEN" to all my adult friends as well as kids. The adults will be dazzled by the special effects and the sheer beauty of the show. Animation continues to amaze and mesmerize audiences and if the story is a little thin , the visuals make up for it. Most enjoyable

5

frozen by annieseyes2
I loved this movie.... its for any age . i am over 50 and took my 11 year old and we both laughed cried and loved this movie from start to finish.

4

Frozen by terrymichaels530
Disney is definitely improving on its take on women and romance. Still the stars are princesses and still they are amazingly beautiful with huge eyes and tiny noses, but the girls didn't exactly need a prince to save the day and to overcome obstacles. Hats off. But don't get too comfortable. The writers still have some work to do in order to break the idea romance is the way to healthy relationships and that little girls need to be beautiful in order for their dreams to come true. The underlying message was the idea that love relationships with sisters is just important as love with the opposite sex. Still physical human beauty is way over-rated. Sigh...

5

Amazing Movie by andystinespring
This movie is amazing. The dynamic between fear and love is incredible. We are supposed to live a life based on LOVE not Fear. This movie is a great example of that. Also it is hilarious, and very well put together. The music alone in it is outstanding!

5

Happy viewers by mbrown55
This was the best movie I have seen in a long time. My granddaughters, my wife and me all laughed alot durning the movie. It was terriffic. I would recomend this movie as a great family movie. The acting was great.

5

Must See!!!!! by annellinas
loved it loved it loved it!!!! took my 8 and year old granddaughters it was a first for the five year old and I had worried about her sitting still that long but they were both mesmerized I will have to get the blue ray dvd as soon as it comes out

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