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The Tale of Despereaux
  • G
  • 1h 33m
  • 2008
Rotten57%
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Once upon a time... in the far away kingdom of Dor... lived a brave and virtuous mouse with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux sets off on an amazing adventure with his good-hearted rat friend Roscuro, who leads him, at long last, on a very noble quest to rescue an endangered princess and save an entire kingdom from darkness. Based on the heartwarming children's bestselling book and featuring the voice talents of an all-star cast, The Tale of Despereaux is a magical, modern fairytale that's destined to win the hearts of young and old alike.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten57%
Critics Consensus: Despite its striking visuals, The Tale of Despereaux as a story feels familiar and unimaginative.
Reviews
At the Movies
Ben Lyons
Rotten

It just tries to take a little bit from some of the things we've seen over the past few years that...

June 21, 2017
At the Movies
Ben Mankiewicz
Rotten

It's like Ratatouille meets Upstairs Downstairs to go sort of cross-generational but it didn't wor...

December 14, 2018
Toronto Star
Linda Barnard
Rotten

. The plot is too convoluted and there are too many characters to keep track of.

June 21, 2017
Seattle Times
Tom Keogh
Rotten

[The directors] can't quite locate a core of buoyant energy in the film as a whole.

December 14, 2018
San Francisco Chronicle
Peter Hartlaub
Fresh

The Tale of Despereaux may not be a classic, but it still has a lot of class.

June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Touching, beautiful tale is an excellent family film.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that although it's animated, this adaptation of Kate DiCamillo's popular Newbery-winning fantasy about a brave mouse tackles mature themes like longing, grief, loyalty, and hurt. There's nothing worrisome in the story aside from a relatively minor character's sudden heart attack and a few scenes of implied violence (there isn't any blood or guns, though Despereaux has a fascination with swords). But because the story's pacing is slower than most animated films and the themes could be difficult for preschool children to grasp, it may be hard for the family's littlest members to understand what some of the characters are feeling.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Kids, Animation, Comedy, Family
  • Release Date:December 19, 2008
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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