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Tangled Review

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2.0

Dave White Profile

Smooth, silky, shiny, sleep-inducing... Read full review

1.5

Jen Yamato Profile

A dainty step backward. Read full review

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

  • 4.0
    71

    out of 100

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

  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Todd McCarthy

    A passably entertaining hodgepodge of old and new animation techniques, mixed sensibilities and hedged commercial calculations.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    Though not exactly innovative, Tangled has a snappy pace and the Broadway-style appeal of classic Disney fare.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    There's also a Disney den of big, comically dumb-looking bad guys who turn sweet when Rapunzel sings to them. Because Happily Ever After never goes out of fashion

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  • 80

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    The film is picture-book pretty and fairly conventional, except for the 3-D, which is emerging as a convention in its own right. Still, the prettiness comes with brains, and the whole production, like those newly eye-catching models of American-made cars, bespeaks resurgent confidence.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 5+

Fantastic princess adventure is fun, with great messages.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this reimagining of the classic Rapunzel tale is one Disney "princess" movie that's sure to entertain both boys and girls. Rapunzel (voiced by Mandy Moore) isn't the typical princess in need of rescuing; she does her fair share of saving Flynn Rider (Zachary Levi) -- who's no Prince Charming. There's a lot of romantic chemistry between them (flirting, gazing, and eventually hand-holding, embracing, and a kiss or two), as well as a couple of creepy scenes in which the youthful-looking Mother Gothel uses her beauty to lure men to do what she wants. Expect some brief but memorable cartoon violence -- one character dies, another one nearly dies after being pierced by a knife, and there are plenty of last-minute escapes from arrows, horse-mounted soldiers, fire, etc. The movie's messages about girl power and seeing beyond appearances are positive and inspiring; kids will learn that we all have dreams, and we should do everything we can to make them come true.

  • Families can talk about the message that it's never too late to realize a dream -- whether it's seeing lanterns or becoming a pianist. Do you have any "someday" dreams?
  • How is Rapunzel similar to and different from other Disney princesses? Is she the typical damsel in distress?
  • Kids: What made you want to see this movie -- the story or all the ads and product tie-ins? Do you want a product because the movie characters are pictured on it?
  • Do you think Mother loved Rapunzel, or was she just using her? What about Rapunzel's feelings for Mother? Why did Rapunzel think Flynn wouldn't love her if she didn't have her magical blond hair anymore?

The good stuff
  • educationalvalue true1

    Educational value: Kids learn the importance of seeing beyond appearances -- all those "thugs" in the pub had sweet, generous dreams "deep down inside."

  • message true1

    Messages: The movie has sweet messages about honesty, friendship, and love. Rapunzel did love Mother, even though Mother never truly loved her, and Rapunzel's own parents loved her so much that they never gave up looking for her. Rapunzel sees past Flynn's reputation as a thief to the brave, kind-hearted man she eventually falls in love with, while Flynn realizes that Rapunzel's naive optimism is good and inspiring. She sees the best in people, including him, and that helps him act like the best man he can be. There's also an empowering message for girls: They'll learn that it's not just the boys who save princesses; princesses can do the rescuing as well.

  • rolemodels true1

    Role models: Even though Mother isn't a positive role model -- she's the epitome of selfishness and cruelty -- Rapunzel is quite the opposite. She's perpetually optimistic, looking for the good in any situation. She feels guilty when she thinks she's broken Mother's rules, she gives everyone a chance, and she inspires those around her to act more righteously. She's kind, loving, and selfless.

What to watch for
  • violence false2

    Violence and scariness: Cartoonish action violence includes chases, close calls, and a lot of escapes -- evading arrows, steadily rising water, fire, and a big group of the king's soldiers. Mother comes across as creepy and is mean to Rapunzel; she also tries to kill Flynn (he's pierced with a knife and appears dead). A character falls to her death but sort of vanishes before she hits the ground. Some kids may be disturbed by Mother's transformation and her eventual demise.

  • sex false0

    Sexy stuff: Rapunzel and Flynn flirt, exchange longing looks, and eventually hold hands and kiss. Mother uses her youthful appearance to lure men to do her bidding.

  • language false0

    Language: Infrequent rude language like "stupid" and "dumb."

  • consumerism false2

    Consumerism: Even before the movie registered on kids' radar, Disney had licensed dolls, books, and toys that are constantly promoted.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters go to a restaurant where tough-looking characters are eating and drinking, and one character slurs his speech a bit and acts "drunk," but young kids probably won't pick up on that -- to them it will seem as though he just looks and acts silly.

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