Dave White
Tangled Review

Dave's Rating:

2.0

Smooth, silky, shiny, sleep-inducing...

Who's In It: The voices of Mandy Moore, Zachary Levi, Donna Murphy, Ron Perlman, Jeffrey Tambor, Brad Garrett

The Basics: Rapunzel is a princess kidnapped at birth by an old witch and locked up in a tall tower. The witch took her because Rapunzel's magical glow-in-the-dark hair has the power to heal illness and provide a major anti-aging boost to anyone who touches it. To activate the magic hair abilities, Rapunzel must first be singing her special hair song. It's complicated.

What's The Deal: You'd think that for their 50th animated feature, Disney would have hauled out the big guns. Something spectacular. Instead they've given us yet another princess story calculated to revive the public's cash-dispensing interest in that kneaded-to-death formula. It takes forever to pick up steam and, if you're still with it by the time it does, you'll wonder why you just spent money to see the same old tale retold in exactly the same way it was sold to you before.

Cue The Dishonest Marketing: The Princess and the Frog--a much better movie, by the way--didn't make hundreds of millions of dollars. In the Disney universe that's failure and a lot of dead stock merch unsold. That's why this one isn't called Rapunzel anymore and why the trailer features Rapunzel's male romantic interest and his horse instead. But guess who's not the star? And guess who doesn't sing the "I wish I could see the world/get out of this stupid tower/be something special" song? That's right, NOT THE GUY CHARACTER. Apparently little girls will willingly go see movies aimed at little boys, but little boys won't go see a princess movie. So it was only girls who made The Little Mermaid and Cinderella and Beauty and The Beast hits? Can someone explain this to me?

Most Memorable Cliché: The cute animals--you can't really have an animated Disney feature that's not already about animals without some comic relief critters--are better than the movie deserves. The prince/thief's is a disgruntled horse and Rapunzel's is a happily color-changing chameleon (quick, someone write a thesis on gender-typing about this), they're both mute and they both steal scene after scene from the Cream of Wheat-like main characters. In fact, I kept wishing I was watching a movie about just them. That's a problem.

Pointless Ticket-Raising-Feature: 3-D, of course. 3-D with no good reason to exist, nothing memorable about it, just an added glasses-wearing hassle, something to put on your face and take an extra three bucks from your wallet.

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Comments (35)

Kprl Kool - 11-24-2010 10:49 AM
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If Dave doesn't like it that means it is a good movie. Have to love the fact that everey review is backwards from the truth with this guy

Mike - 11-24-2010 11:30 AM
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Have to love the fact that opinions that disagree with Kprl Kool's are dismissed as wrong. I've liked films Dave recommended and I've disliked films Dave's recommended. So much for K. K.'s "fact".

Fred - 11-24-2010 12:44 PM
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FYI Mike is really Dave logged in a someone else. Agree with KK completely.

Kolphyre - 11-24-2010 6:29 PM
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I have to agree with Mike on this one - I usually like the film's that Dave does, but not always. That's the wonder of being individuals - everybody likes different things (being different is the one thing we all have in common - now there is a thesis for you). As for this particular movie - I will be avoiding it. Thanks Dave for always 'taking one' for the rest of us - it is appreciated!

Dennis - 11-24-2010 10:36 PM
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I have been looking forward to taking my daughters to this movie for a few weeks. I glanced at your review and was really disappointed. I thought maybe we should go and see megamind, or just stay home. Well we ended up going to see it. Your are way off base on this movie. My girls LOVED this movie. As a dad I would have to say out of all the "Princess" movies to date this would have to be my favorite. Even as a kid Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast etc. put me to sleep. Maybe you don't have kids or something, but seriously you should know better.

Abel - 11-24-2010 11:08 PM
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Totally disagree with the review. I usually agree with the critics, but not on this one. It was entertaining to me as an adult, not to mention the kids in our group. One of the BEST Disney flicks to date. Dave you couldn't be more wrong about this flick! I am definitely gonna read other reviews before depending on your word.

Star fire - 11-25-2010 7:51 AM
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He most definitely like it!....you know, to spend so much time and energy writing his opinion..

dar - 11-25-2010 11:01 PM
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I went into the movie theatre in a bad mood and left happy. I loved it!!! A must see this holiday season! I plan on buying this movie when it comes out.

danielle - 11-25-2010 11:45 PM
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i liked this movie better then princess and the frog.. but i agree on a few things in ur review..but i did love the movie and AM glad that i paid for it..and im going to see it again next week..

ratkellar - 11-26-2010 10:41 AM
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Thanks for the comments giving parents' side. It's a movie; Davie is not a kid. He does undertand (in other reviews) that parents take kids to movies and that the parents do not expect Ben Hur quality cinema.

HarryPink - 11-27-2010 8:39 AM
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This is a disney movie. And if anyone is a fan of the other disney princess movies, then they will like this movie. And they should go to it. And ignore your stupid review. It was cute and had all of the elements of the previous kid masterpieces. When I normally go to the movie theater, I leave a movie feeling like I should have just waited for the movie to come out on dvd instead of paying for a ticket. That was certainly not the case for this one and I was actually really glad I paid the extra money. I hope that Disney continues to make more films exactly like this one, and I hope that you will have to sit through it and suffer.

Jim (not Dave) - 11-27-2010 9:59 PM
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HarryPink: "I hope that Disney continues to make more films exactly like this one, and I hope that you will have to sit through it and suffer." Consider your hopes dashed; Disney announced prior to the film's release that they won't be making any more "princess" movies. And not to white-knight, but I've been reading Dave's reviews for years, and, whether I've agreed with them or not, they've always been concise, informative, and well-written. I'm impressed that a site as plebeian and lowest-com denom as movies.com has kept him on as long as they have. In a DIY world where anyone can offer criticism (see either below or, say, this very post), it's encouraging to see someone who is actually qualified to be a critic. Write on, Mr. W

Frankie - 11-29-2010 7:30 PM
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I agree that he just did not get it. If you know every single princess from the very begining, Snow White, this was fabulous and modern. Disney is just creative and growing into the times. I am a classics freak and found this one spectacular on a modern and new level.

Wtvr - 11-29-2010 9:07 PM
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@Jim (not Dave) "A site as plebeian and lowest-com denom as movies.com"? Maybe you'd be better off reading content over on NPR or somewhere more "worthy" of your highbrow taste.

Jim (not Dave) - 11-30-2010 3:42 PM
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But...that's the whole point. Dave doesn't write for a notoriously high-brow entity like NPR. He writes for a site with the most generic of monikers (movies.com), a site made for the general public with a URL that people who've never used a computer before could manage to navigate towards. It's not necessarily a bad thing that they cast such a wide net, you'd just expect Dave's thoroughly-entertaining-but-decidedly-niche reviews to be found on a more fringe-oriented site.

Itsme - 12-03-2010 5:55 PM
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Dave's movie reviews are the most honest reviews that I know about. I hated when he was not on this site for a while and I'm very glad he's back. Some of these comments left here seem to be from movie company shills. There's a huge amount of astroturfing on the web. Dave won't review every movie the way you would review it, but overall his reviews provide lots of insight into each the movies he reviews.

bubblezzz - 12-05-2010 7:26 PM
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THIS WAS THE BEST DISENY MOVIE WAS AWESOME!!:) i went to go see it with my sister and we both couldent stop talking about it although im 12 it was just great!!:)

Abby - 12-06-2010 4:14 PM
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I hope its a great movie because im going to ask my dad if we can see tangled or megamind! wish me good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Alena - 12-08-2010 9:20 AM
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Are you joking? This movie was great! Apparently, sometimes, becoming an adult means you no longer understand children properly. If it's so bad, then why has the movie become so popular? Read people's comments, they're a little more accurate. As for the criticism on this page, well, I guess that's just your opinion. I recommend this movie to anyone who wants to see it. It is definitely worth watching. :)

Laura - 12-21-2010 8:33 AM
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This is actually the very first time I've disagreed with one of Dave's reviews.. I'm not sure how he could have missed out on how this was such a great/fun film. I mean it's no Beauty and the Beast, and yes, the supporting characters do more than just "support" the main ones, but I think it deserves more than 2 stars of credit.

katherine - 12-29-2010 8:37 PM
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GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the movie was going to be called rapunzel but because of princess and the frog's dissapointing box office the changed it to tangled

Mac BN - 12-30-2010 10:32 PM
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To be honest, I am not familiar with Dave's reviews but after watching "Tangled" I wondered if we had seen the same film? I think Dave's review is over simplistic and misses the what makes the film really good. It comes down to the simple art of storytelling and this movie nailed it. A good movie is not always about the most innovative, original, or plot twisted story, but the nuances in telling it well. I went to the movie as a skeptic and came out pleasantly surprised and so happy I went to see it. This movie came back to the basics of great storytelling and fun animation which is what made the original Disney 2D animated films classics.

jonathan - 1-12-2011 8:20 PM
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wow review = fail, tangled is the best animation in a damn long time and thats comming from a 17 year old football playing, dude who is hard to win over when it comes to movies but this one did it for me big time

Brandon - 1-17-2011 11:58 PM
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Like everyone else has said i cant believe 2 stars, this is one of the best shows I've seen in awhile.

Gina - 8-26-2011 3:00 PM
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I can't believe anyone is actually disagreeing with this review. I saw this movie last night, am a huge Disney and animation fan, and could not have been more disappointed. The "plot" was contrived, the characters and costumes completely unremarkable, the music was lousy...the horse, on the other hand, was awesome. And the animation was gorgeous. Overall, it seemed like nothing more than a scheme to add some more merch to the Disney princess line.

Mark - 8-30-2011 6:01 PM
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Tangles isn't a perfect movie, and Disney has certainly done better. But it's beautifully animated, has some great action scenes, and it's funny. Sure, it's formula, but since when have Disney animated fairy tales not been formula? Besides, it's the first time the formula has been done with CGI, and it looks great.

Raleigh - 9-11-2011 3:38 PM
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This review is pretty much on point. Disney went too far trying to please everyone- I totally agree with the poor choice to put the male lead on the poster and that the animals were the best part (the horse WAS amazing). I don't understand how no one is commenting about the horrible ending! They made the 'evil hag' was to likable to just kill her with no thought. Seriously, they just turned on her and killed her (the guy and the chameleon), with little moral deliberation. C'mon Disney! Did she really do anything *that* bad? I mean, the queen did steal the old hag's flower, so it kind of makes since that she'd need the kid to survive and she was actually taking pretty good care of Rapunzel... the ending really disturbed me!

Anonymous - 10-24-2011 2:34 AM
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This movie was aimed to attract men and boys so that they could be entertained as well going with their wives, girlfriends and sisters. I personally know of three straight men in their twenties who went to see this movie by themselves and loved every second of it.

Terry - 11-02-2011 6:57 PM
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I am really shocked that Tangled has an 89% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It tries to copy the style of Dreamworks' latest fair without capturing any of the substance. And I feel like it has really weird messages peppered through out. "If you cut my hair, it turns brown and loses it's magic." LOL, WUT?

Ryebread - 12-12-2011 4:51 PM
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I think this reveiw is way off. This is the best movie I have seen in a while, and is in my top 5 favorite movies for sure. it was wonderful storytelling and I found myself laughing out loud at a few points. The songs were amazing, and I would gladly wath this movie many times. As in ALOT of times. I would recomend it to anyone. :-)

Bill - 5-09-2013 5:37 PM
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Humph... sounds like a lot of complaining, yet I don't see anything specifically he noted about the movie that he disliked. I think he was ordered by his boss at movies.com to give a bad review just for the heck of it, so the movie wouldn't have a 100% rating, because heaven forbid that should ever happen. Now, I am not the biggest Disney film fan, never really have been as a kid either. But THIS movie I adored, and it really opened my eyes to the magic feeling that Disney tries to invoke in all their movies. There's really not much you can do with a girl that has been locked in a tower her whole life, so you have to change some things and add some things if you want a movie out of it. Disney turned one of the saddest fairy tales into

Bill - 5-09-2013 5:40 PM
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one of the greatest animated movies ever written.

ruby - 10-21-2013 11:55 AM
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I love disney movies and i've memorized most of them. Tangled had the disney sparkle but it didn't have the heart that always was there in its predecessors. tangled was fun loving and vibrant but the moral was a little off base. for example, Flynn Rider is a thief and yet he is depicted as a dashing hero and the villians and terrorizers congregated in a pub are seen as child like dreamers. do not mistake me, i have watched and re-watched tangled numerous times and i love it, however it is just more modern then i'd like.

ruby williams - 10-21-2013 11:56 AM
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I love disney movies and i've memorized most of them. Tangled had the disney sparkle but it didn't have the heart that always was there in its predecessors. tangled was fun loving and vibrant but the moral was a little off base. for example, Flynn Rider is a thief and yet he is depicted as a dashing hero and the villians and terrorizers congregated in a pub are seen as child like dreamers. do not mistake me, i have watched and re-watched tangled numerous times and i love it, however it is just more modern then i'd like.

Brandon - 12-06-2013 1:37 PM
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This is a terrible review. Most of the people who agree with the review are people who say things like, "well they did steal the old hags flower(which was obviously not hers), so kidnapping is justified, and I mean she did treat her alright by manipulating her thoughts and emotions her whole life" What?

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