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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.

  • rolemodels true3

    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

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

Back to Classic Disney by joycie31728
One of the best Disney movies I've seen in a long time. For the first time in a long they went back to their roots of fairy tales.

5

A truly great disney movie- will become one of the classics by ithedalek
I am a huge Disney fan and I say that this is one of the best. It is up there with The Lion King, Beauty And The Beast, and Alladin. Definitely see this movie while it's still in theaters!

5

Better than a MUST GO by slbean
FINALLY Disney is back on track! BEST movie since Beauty and the Beast and Lion King.. entertaining for adults and our 9 and 12 yr old boys. Have already reserved my copy on DVD. LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!!!

5

Loved it! by fireballmvp12
I only saw it this one time but I am still singing the songs and can't wait for it to come out on DVD so I can buy it and watch it over and over again!

5

Frozen will warm your heart! by casalinda
I took my grandsons to Frozen, and I was worried that it wouldn't hold their attention, but they loved it, and so did I. The plot is great, the songs are catchy, and Olaf's humor is so funny! I can't wait to see it again, and add it to my DVD collection. I highly recommend this film to people of all ages.

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Cute movie by travelyn
This movie was very sweet. The children in the audience had a lot of laughs -- they seemed to love it. The adults enjoyed it too. It was delightful and a fun thing for the kids. I have been to other children movies where there is a lot of loud chatter among the children all movie long; however. this one held their attention.

5

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5

Disneys' Frozen by dambrosiof
Went to see Frozen with my 13yr old and my husband thinking to myself "Okay this is just going to take a couple hours and then I can get on with my day". I loved it! We were giggling and enjoying all the characters through the entire movie! This is, in my opinion, one of Disneys' best movies in a while. Great for any age and a great family take in!

5

Cute movie!! by lkholmes80
I took my grandkids to see this movie and we had such a wonderful time. The movie was so entertaining..it was funny, sad, and not just for kids either..i really enjoy these types of movies and look forward to taking the grandkids to see them.

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