The Black Cauldron 1985

Critics score:
55 / 100

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Walter Goodman, New York Times: This is the 25th full-length animated feature from Walt Disney studios, and professionally put together as it is, many of the ingredients may seem programmed to those who have seen some of the others. Read more

Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader: It's quite good, though by the impossible standards the film sets for itself it inevitably falls short. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: The backgrounds are as richly textured and detailed as in any other Disney film. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: By the end of The Black Cauldron I was remembering, with something of a shock of nostalgia, the strength and utter storytelling conviction of the early Disney animators. The Black Cauldron is a return to the tradition. Read more

Time Out: As usual it is technically excellent, but the charm, characterisation and sheer good humour that made features like Pinocchio and Jungle Book so enjoyable are sadly absent. Read more

Variety Staff, Variety: The characters, though cute and cuddly and sweet and mean and ugly and simply awful, don't really have much to do that would remain of interest to any but the youngest minds. Read more