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This animated adventure retells the story of the lost daughter of Russia's last czar. The evil Rasputin places a curse on the Romanov family, and Anastasia and her grandmother, Empress Maria, get separated. After growing up in an orphanage, Anastasia encounters two Russian men seeking a reward offered by Empress Maria for the return of her granddaughter. The trio travels to Paris, where they find that the empress has grown skeptical of imposters.

Actors: Meg Ryan , John Cusack , Christopher Lloyd , Angela Lansbury , Hank Azaria , Kelsey Grammer , Bernadette Peters , Kirsten Dunst , Andrea Martin , Glenn Walker Harris Jr.
Directors: Don Bluth , Gary Goldman
Country: USA
Release: 1997-11-21
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  • Peter Stack

    A gorgeous piece of work. It pulls every heartstring a good romance should, yet bursts with G-rated fun, wonderfully human characters and several solid and hummable songs.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Picks and chooses cleverly, skipping blithely past the entire Russian Revolution but lingering on mad monks, green goblins, storms at sea, train wrecks and youthful romance.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Easily the best non-Disney animated movie in recent memory, and it is good enough to rival such titles as “The Lion King” and “Aladdin.”

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Chris Gore

    With A+ voice talent provided by Meg Ryan (Anastasia) and John Cusack (Dimitri), Fox has a winner on its hands.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    Lavishly produced animation makes imaginative use of familiar formulas, filling the screen with handsome images accompanied by sprightly songs and lively voice-performances.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    Impressive, big-scale scenes, such as a train derailment from a snow-covered bridge. And the vocal performances of Ryan and Cusack give us a real sense of romance.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    This sumptuous-looking film clearly spared no expense in its visual rendering; its optical flourishes and attention to detail aim for the Disney gold standard and, for the most part, come pretty darn close.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Anastasia has the Disney house style down cold, yet the magic is missing. Perhaps that's because the story's somber emotional hook--Anastasia's thwarted desire for home--is asserted rather than dramatized.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Walter Addiego

    Lacks the spark of the best recent Disney spectaculars, like "Beauty and the Beast."

    San Francisco Examiner Full Review
  • Philip Thomas

    Manages to be a charming little movie, nothing to write home about but a perfectly acceptable way to while away a rainy Sunday afternoon with the child, or children, in your life.

    Empire Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    Though originality is not one of its accomplishments, Anastasia is generally pleasant, serviceable and eager to please.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Stephen Holden

    A deeply silly movie, but it is sumptuous to look at, and it never stands still. Its creators, Don Bluth and Gary Goldman, have given the story a lilting rhythm and glittering surface of the most extravagant jewel-encrusted fairy tale.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Yahlin Chang

    Meg Ryan lends her trademark feistiness to Anastasia, and John Cusack makes Dimitri eminently likable.

    Newsweek Full Review
  • Ken Fox

    Decent songs, an amusing script and some surprisingly imaginative animation.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Lacks the special creative spark needed to lift it to an uncommon imaginative level.

    Variety Full Review
  • Maria Schneider

    You can set your watch to the musical cues, and the songs themselves are forgettable at best, insipid at worst.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Lisa Alspector

    A story that holds little suspense; we know exactly how happily this animated musical will end--and the wait isn't very diverting.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Susan Wloszczyna

    Flawed but not fatally, this ambitious epic's strength lies not just with its haunting melodies, pretty pictures, star voices and kid-friendly sidekicks - the usual shtick that makes Disney tick. [14 Nov 1997, p.D6]

    USA Today Full Review
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  • 6. Learn to Do It Performer: Kelsey Grammer, Liz Callaway, and Jonathan Dokuchitz Stream Music Online
  • 8. Paris Holds the Key (To Your Heart) Performer: Bernadette Peters, Jonathan Dokuchitz, and Ensemble Stream Music Online