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Fantasy . Family . Adventure . Animation

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 , Jim Conroy , Allison Bills , Judah Friedlander , Beyoncé Knowles , Aziz Ansari , Jason Sudeikis , Colin Farrell , Amanda Seyfried , Josh Hutcherson
Directors: Chris Wedge
Country: USA
Release: 2013-05-24
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  • Stephan Lee

    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.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Joe Williams

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

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Zachary Wigon

    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?

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    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.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Louis Black

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

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

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

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

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

    USA Today Full Review
  • Richard Roeper

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

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    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.

    McClatchy-Tribune News Service Full Review
  • R. Kurt Osenlund

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

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Jenny McCartney

    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.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Steve Rose

    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.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    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.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    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.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Andrew Barker

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

    Variety Full Review
  • Josh Winning

    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.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Anna Smith

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

    Empire Full Review
  • Peter Rainer

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

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    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. Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Generic and forgettable.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Dave McGinn

    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.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Betsy Sharkey

    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.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

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

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    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"?

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Ignatiy Vishnevetsky

    Epic is heavy on celebrity voices and light on imagination.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    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.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Laremy Legel

    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. Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

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

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

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

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    Well-polished and well-intentioned, this human-among-the-fairies adventure is filled with plenty of rousing action for short attention spans. But the beautiful visuals are paired with a mediocre script. The pacing is off and scenes become repetitive. While Epic has broad appeal, it's hard to imagine this will be anyone's favorite movie in 5 or 10 or 20 years.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
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