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Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas Review

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

  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 30

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    What's missing is an emotional center. This Sinbad, with its flying ship and becalmed script, seems destined to be DreamWorks's version of Disney's "Treasure Planet."

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    This voyage is strictly one for the disposable present, however quaintly old-fashioned the hand-drawn work that the animators have blended with 3D effects. (Tots will twitch during the grown-up relationship parts, and teens will groan at the kiddie sops.)

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Good but not legendary.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Mark Caro

    Neither sinful nor particularly bad, the movie nonetheless diverts us when it should transport us. Its heroes' hearts may lie out at sea, but its soul never leaves dry land.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    That it works is because of the high-energy animation, some genuinely beautiful visual concepts and a story that's a little more sensuous than we expect in animation.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Kirk Honeycutt

    The hundreds of animation artists on this three-year project made enormous contributions to the final film. There is not an off-kilter moment nor awkward effect in the entire movie.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 7+

Fun, if standard, animated adventure with battles, innuendo.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this animated version of Sinbad contains the expected swashbuckling behavior, but it also contains some iffy content, including mild flirting, sexual innuendo, and even a partially animated bare bottom. Fights against men and monsters are fought with swords, daggers, and occasionally, punches. The threat of execution is also a theme. A martini and wine goblets are visible. Loyalty, friendship, and romance are all themes, and the female characters are very strong.

  • Families can talk about the bond of friendship and what it means to believe in someone, even when they do not believe in themselves.
  • What do you know about the legend of Sinbad? Go to the library or online to find out more about his story.

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Introduces kids to the legend of Sinbad.

  • message true3

    Messages: The importance of love, friendship, loyalty, and peace among people are all themes here. Traditional sexist attitudes about women are discussed.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Sinbad is a mercenary pirate, but proves that he has a heart; Proteus is caring, loyal, and duty-bound. The main female characters are strong and intelligent, but Eris, the goddess of strife and discord, is usually good at her job.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence and scariness: The crew fights lots of scary beasts from land, air, and sea. Fantasy sequences include lots of fighting with swords and daggers; people are sometimes punched in the face. A few cast members are in fear of being executed; references are also made to being violently killed. One cast member is bitten by his dog.

  • sex false2

    Sexy stuff: Some mild flirting and sexual innuendo. A quick reference is made to a brothel. Sirens (mermaids) use their sensuality to lure men towards trouble. Some of the crew go shirtless; in one scene a partially bare bottom is visible.

  • language false0

    Language: Not an issue

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Not an issue

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false1

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Eris likes the occasional martini. Wine goblets are visible at meals.