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Rio Review Critics


Dave White Profile

Tastes like chicken. Read full review


Grae Drake Profile

Same old (bird) song. Read full review

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

  • 4.0

    out of 100

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

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    The soundtrack, overseen by Sergio Mendes, has a few lively bossa nova moments, but not nearly enough.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    For its stunning iridescent look and infectious music, Rio is a refreshing adventure worth taking.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    Voice work across the board is top-notch, with the Black Eyed Peas' and Jamie Foxx adding sass to their smooth-talking bird buddies, and comic George Lopez solid as a party-loving toucan named Rafael.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The production eventually succumbs to motion overload-so many characters darting off in so many directions that the ending turns unfocused, even flat. But watching them go by is great fun, and there are worse things than a movie that can't stop moving.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 6+

Vibrant bird tale is part adventure, part love story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated adventure is colorful, musical, and romantic. There are a couple of frightening characters -- most notably a scary white cockatoo who relishes harming his fellow birds -- and a few bird smugglers (though most of them are dimwitted and not nearly as cold-blooded as their hench-bird). A couple of birds try to give the main character advice on how to attract his potential mate, and there are many sightings of men and women in skimpy/skin-tight Carnival costumes. Both the main lovebirds and their owners fall in love, so there are a few scenes of flirting and embracing, plus one brief kiss or nuzzle. Characters also use some insulting words, such as "idiots," "stupid," "losers," and "shut up." Linda and Jewel are strong, selfless female characters who are willing to put themselves at risk for freedom (and their loved ones), and kids and parents will learn a good bit about Brazilian customs, particularly Carnival, and what makes Rio such a unique place. Note: The movie is playing in 3-D in some theaters, which makes some scenes more vivid/intense.

  • Families can talk about the movie's characters and messages. Which of the characters are role models? How can you tell? What do they learn over the course of the movie?
  • What makes animal adventures so appealing? Why do filmmakers -- and families -- gravitate toward movies that have animals as their main characters?
  • The movie's location, Rio de Janeiro, is as much of a character as Linda and Blu. What did you learn about Rio, Brazilian customs, and cultural traditions?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true2

    Educational value: There are environmental lessons about the importance of wild birds and about trying to keep animals safe from smuggling. Kids will also learn about Brazil, especially the Rio Carnival.

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    Messages: The movie has plenty of positive messages about broadening your horizons, believing in yourself, helping others even when it's dangerous, and caring for the beautiful animals in our midst instead of stealing and selling them for profit. The subplot with Fernando also teaches viewers that no matter how difficult your life is, you can still make good choices and turn your life around.

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    Role models: Despite the presence of the smugglers and their evil hench-bird, Nigel, most of the movie's role models are positive. Tulio and Linda both love birds and tirelessly work to find Blu and Jewel and provide them with a sanctuary. Blu puts his fears behind him to help save Jewel, and Jewel is a strong female character who isn't afraid or a stereotypical damsel in distress. Young Fernando shows remorse for having helped the bird smugglers and teams up with Tulio and Linda to rescue the blue macaws.

What to watch for
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    Violence and scariness: Human smugglers trap and steal various exotic birds (chaining them together in cages), but it's white cockatoo Nigel who's most likely to upset kids. He's very mean and nasty, getting a group of small monkeys to help him by threatening to throw them from great heights and watch them plunge to their deaths (he drops one as an example but saves him at the last minute). The monkeys and birds fight at a party, but no weapons are used. Nigel also chases the macaws and their friends, and he squeezes or stamps on other birds. He sings a scary song about being evil, and he's called a cannibal for eating a chicken wing in front of the other birds.

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    Sexy stuff: Many animated women (and men) are scantily and provocatively dressed in Carnival costumes (bikini-clad bottoms are prominent in some scenes). Tulio and Linda flirt with each other and eventually hug and kiss (once, briefly). Same for Jewel and Blu, who spend most of the movie chained together but grow to have feelings for each other. There are a couple of jokes about mating and continuing the species, but younger kids won't get them. There are also jokes about how everyone in Rio dresses in barely there costumes. Nico and Pedro try to give Blu advice about how to seem attractive to Jewel.

  • language false1

    Language: Occasional use of insulting language like "idiots," "stupid," "useless," "dumb," "losers," "butt," and "shut up."

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Not an issue