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Epic

9/10
Adventure . Animation . Fantasy . Family
 

A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.

 
Actors: Blake Anderson , Pitbull , Steven Tyler , Judah Friedlander , Beyoncé Knowles , Aziz Ansari , Jason Sudeikis , Colin Farrell , Amanda Seyfried , Josh Hutcherson
Directors: Chris Wedge
Country: USA
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Stephan Lee
Entertainment Weekly

Epic isn't quite destined for the “Again, again!” re-watchability of some of the Pixar classics, but for a satisfying explosion of color on a lazy summer day, it does the trick.


Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

In the roll call of visually distinctive ’toons, Epic looms large.


Zachary Wigon
Village Voice

Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale. Yet in a post-Up era where animated films can pulse with profound truths, the question remains: Is mere entertainment enough?


Michael Rechtshaffen
The Hollywood Reporter

While it might not amount to epic animated filmmaking in terms of scope and invention, Epic, a 3D, CG adventure-fantasy from Blue Sky Studios, nevertheless makes for pleasantly engaging viewing.


Louis Black
Austin Chronicle

Great voice work, stunning visuals, and a witty, full script make this entertaining for all ages.


Michael O'Sullivan
Washington Post

Enormously visually appealing, even if the story itself is almost unrecognizably bloated.


Claudia Puig
USA Today

The film's clever use of emerald-colored hummingbirds as transportation is a highlight.


Richard Roeper
Chicago Sun-Times

While never losing its visual dazzle-factor, Epic keeps returning to overly familiar themes and characters.


Roger Moore
McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Epic isn’t epic, but it isn’t half bad, either. It’s just that as high as the bar has been raised on this sort of animation, this is more evidence that a strong story is worth more than any next generation software.


R. Kurt Osenlund
Slant Magazine

And that's the thing with Epic: It's something close to an animated masterpiece, provided it's watched on mute.


Jenny McCartney
The Telegraph

The diminution works its appeal once again in Epic – the latest film from the creators of "Ice Age" and "Rio" – which is just as well, because the rest of the narrative follows a rather predictable route.


Steve Rose
The Guardian

What stands out is the animation. The microcosmic woodland world is luminous and detailed, and there's a nice disconnect of scale whereby humans appear as lumbering, slow-motion giants.


Mike Scott
New Orleans Times-Picayune

Although Epic isn't quite an animated masterpiece -- or as enchanting as the vastly underrated "Guardians" -- it's still a fun, sweet-hearted kid-pleaser that boasts some downright lovely animation.


Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic

The film looks terrific, with a fantastical forest coming to 3-D life. Swooping birds, flying arrows and more make good use of the technology. But the best films use technology as a storytelling device, not as a substitute for story itself.


Andrew Barker
Variety

A reasonably entertaining, adeptly crafted kidpic whose biggest crime is its near pathological reliance on overfamiliar tropes and trappings.


Josh Winning
Total Film

By no means an epic fail, but lacking the spry wit of more adult-friendly animations, this is big on action and small on originality. Gorgeous visuals aside, Epic is resolutely kiddie fare.


Anna Smith
Empire

While it’s not a crossover classic, this has enough wit and charm to entertain both big and little people.


Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor

Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator’s trap of making the “human” characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies.


Matt Zoller Seitz
RogerEbert.com

The ratio of humor and action and parent-child bonding is so formulaic, and the character design and molded-figurine-like animation so typical of the genre in the age of Pixar (and Pixar imitators), that Epic evaporates from the mind within minutes of leaving the theater.


James Berardinelli
ReelViews

Generic and forgettable.


Dave McGinn
The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

There’s a worrisome failure of imagination at work in the title of this movie. It’s actually hard to imagine a more generic title. But at least it’s succinct. It rolls off the tongue much better than Movie That Feels Not So Much Inspired As Engineered According to Conventional Animated Kids’ Genre Requirements.


Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times

When the movie should touch the heart, it just misses. When moments should produce gales of laughter, it struggles for a smile. When panic and fear should set the heart racing, it doesn't.


Stephen Holden
The New York Times

As beautiful as it is, Epic is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.


Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

The animated result isn't bad. It's an adequate baby sitter. But where's the allure in telling the truth? Twentieth Century Fox and Blue Sky Studios present "Adequate"?


Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
The A.V. Club

Epic is heavy on celebrity voices and light on imagination.


Kyle Smith
New York Post

I had the sensation of sitting through a fourth-grade school play that contained no children of my own: the very definition of a nightmare.


Laremy Legel
Film.com

Naming aside, Epic could have been good, except that it wasn’t, it was stone cold terrible, something even a six-year-old might scoff at. I know, I’m just as sad as you are about the whole thing.


Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine (Vulture)

For all its attempts at wonder and spectacle and play, Epic is mostly a slog.


Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News

Even young would-be botanists will find this charmless animated adventure as exciting as watching grass grow.


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2. In the Sweet Bye and Bye ( Performer: Magnificent Seventh's Brass Band )


3. Gonna Be Alright ( Performer: Steven Tyler )


4. Hell ( Performer: Squirrel Nut Zippers )


5. Rise Up ( Performer: Beyoncé Knowles (as Beyoncé) )


6. Leafmen ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


7. Epic Finale ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


8. Moonhaven Parade ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


9. Return ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


10. Small ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


11. The Selection ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


12. Tara's Gift ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


13. Pursuit ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


14. Ambush ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


15. Escape ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


16. Epic Final Confrontation ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


17. In the House ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


18. Tara's Chamber ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


19. Meet Dad ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


20. False Start ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


21. Girl Meets Boy ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


22. Kidnapped ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


23. Rings of Knowledge ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


24. Alarms ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


25. Antlers ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


26. Many Leaves ( Performer: Danny Elfman Itunes )


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