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Pete's Dragon

Adventure . Family . Fantasy

Pete is a mysterious 10-year-old with no family and no home who claims to live in the woods with a giant, green dragon named Elliott. With the help of Natalie, an 11-year-old girl whose father Jack owns the local lumber mill, forest ranger Grace sets out to determine where Pete came from, where he belongs, and the truth about this dragon.

Actors: Bryce Dallas Howard , Oakes Fegley , Wes Bentley , Karl Urban , Oona Laurence , Robert Redford , Levi Alexander , Isiah Whitlock Jr. , Jim McLarty , Steve Barr
Directors: David Lowery
Country: USA
Release: 2016-08-10
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  • Kenneth Turan

    Experiencing Pete's Dragon is like seeing something thought to be extinct, a creation every bit as magical and mythical as the flying, fire-breathing beast its named after. That would be the straight ahead, unapologetic family film.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Peter Debruge

    One of the year’s most delightful moviegoing surprises, a quality family film that rewards young people’s imaginations and reminds us of a time when the term “Disney movie” meant something: namely, wholesome entertainment that inspired confidence in parents and reinforced solid American values.

    Variety Full Review
  • Matt Zoller Seitz

    Common wisdom says Hollywood doesn't make this kind of movie anymore. But it's not true. Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A cinematic enchantment, a low-key 1970s-style kids’ movie brimming with sincerity and heart. It’s one of the best films of the year.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    [Lowery] has made a larger, very different movie without losing his instincts, his directorial stealth or his ability to finesse his actors' performances, in this case in the vicinity of an achingly expressive and unexpectedly furry dragon with a little bit of bulldog in him.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Russ Fischer

    David Lowery‘s ease with actors and command of tone make Pete’s Dragon one of the best remakes in recent years.

    TheWrap Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    If your kids can get through the first five minutes of Pete’s Dragon (which rank right up there with the shooting of Bambi’s mother on the Disney trauma-o-meter), then you won’t find a sweeter family film for the waning days of summer.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    Looking for poetry in a live-action family film is usually about as futile as hunting for dragons in your backyard; the vast majority of them wager on the indiscriminate tastes of kids and their dutiful chaperons. But Pete’s Dragon has poetry in spades.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Blake Goble

    The way Lowery observes Pete and Elliot’s relationship with nominal dialogue is beautiful. While it’s easy to deride the remake as commercially conceived, the film still feels as rare as the dragon it depicts, wholesome and heartfelt.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Kevin Jagernauth

    It’s a lovely film that resonates all the more so in a summer of louder, more cluttered movies, and knowing that Disney had the confidence to allow Lowery’s vision to flourish is the icing on the cake.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Jordan Raup

    In capturing childlike wonder through Pete’s eyes, this film has more than a few heartbreaking moments regarding the definition of a home and the people (or fantastical creatures) that give it life. And by keeping things relatively small-scale, David Lowery’s studio debut retains a personal touch with an unceasing supply of magic running through its lovable, full-hearted soul.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • David Ehrlich

    There may be individual shots in this movie that cost more than the director’s entire pre-existing output, but make no mistake: This is a David Lowery movie — a movie imbued with the same tactile nature and uniquely American flair for myth-making that characterized his Sundance breakthrough, “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints.”

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Erin Whitney

    Lowery’s visual world essentially translates the movie’s message, that magic is everywhere if you allow yourself to see it. It may be a cliché and sappy sentiment, and one we’ve seen again and again in movies, but when done right it can be a beautiful one.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Bilge Ebiri

    More than anything, this is a slice-of-life tale, whisper-thin but still full of feeling and a generous sense of place. With the world's most adorable dragon at the center of it all.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Marjorie Baumgarten

    Pete’s Dragon has the power to breathe fire into the most tepid of souls.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Jimmy Geurts

    The movie is something of a shaggy dog hangout film, albeit one that literally features a shaggy dragon.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Barry Hertz

    A surprisingly effective work of family entertainment that hits all its marks, and then some.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Thanks to Lowery's humanizing magic, Pete's Dragon is that rare family film you really can take to heart.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Tom Russo

    Lowery’s update turns out to be one of the summer’s best surprises, a gorgeous, magical reworking that deftly strikes that once-elusive balance between contemporary and quaint.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    If the cast were less likeable, the predictability of the story might become wearisome. (Of course, it’s not likely to be predictable if you’re 9.) But all the actors, especially young Fegley and Laurence, engage us.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Peter Hartlaub

    There should be more American family movies like Pete’s Dragon. Since there aren’t, we should get behind this one.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Brian Truitt

    All one needs to grasp is the hope and inherent magic of a kid and a dragon being BFFs, then let the feels flow from there.

    USA Today Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    After half an hour or so of ... stutter steps, Pete's Dragon starts working on you, much like those gold standards of the boy-and-his-otherworldly-friend genre, "E.T." and "The Iron Giant."

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    Pete's Dragon is a gentle, understated family adventure, one that feels notably unlike the simplistically sentimental product the Disney imprimatur might lead you to expect.

    Slate Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    Mr. Lowery is very good with actors, and he lets much of his film unfold at a pace that may, in these frenzied times, seem rather leisurely. I thought the pace was fine, and admired him for giving his characters time to breathe. Elliott breathes fire, and the film around him breathes humanity.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Pete’s Dragon sports an undeniably old-fashioned, even slightly square demeanour, but even when that aura feels a tad forced, Lowery’s loving care gives the movie a likeable, small-scale charm.

    Screen International Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    It’s a lovely film, stately, sylvan and slow. It would take an insensate child and a very cynical adult to not fall for at least some of its charms.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • Bill Goodykoontz

    Pete’s Dragon is a good movie. But it could have used a little more of the magic its characters are searching for.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Mike Scott

    Where the original was a goofy, campy bit of stylized storytelling, Lowery's becomes a nicely realized, feel-good love song to fantasy and magic, buoyed by solid, updated visual effects, a strong cast (including two wonderful child actors) and a throwback sense of wide-eyed wonder.

    New Orleans Times-Picayune Full Review
  • Cath Clarke

    This being a kids film, there is a ‘message’ – about the destruction of nature. But the eco theme genuinely works with the film’s wonder at nature.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Raakhee Mirchandani

    What Pete's Dragon lacks in original plot, it makes up for in heart

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Neil Smith

    Those with fond memories of a gentler era of boy-and-his-insert-critter-here heartwarmers are bound to welcome Dragon’s old-fashioned vibe. But it still feels almost perverse to place all of Weta’s hi-tech wizardry at the disposal of a film so stubbornly, studiously lo-fi.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Olly Richards

    Strong performances and direction make the most of a lightweight tale.

    Empire Full Review
  • Glenn Kenny

    This sentimental, nearly genteel movie demonstrates there’s a world of difference between invoking magic and conjuring it.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Michael O'Sullivan

    Despite the vastly improved visuals, the new film is just as soft-hearted — and, unfortunately, just as mush-headed — as the earlier one.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Richard Scott Larson

    It abandons its subtlety en route to becoming a moralistic screed about the preservation of the nuclear family.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Michael Rechtshaffen

    Haphazard plotting and seriously undernourished character development aside, none of the emotional stakes have been planted deeply enough to elicit audience involvement in young Pete’s plight.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Drew McWeeny

    Our best fables and fairy tales are the ones that speak truth, and this version of Pete’s Dragon easily takes its place on any short list of the great films for young audiences as a result.

    Hitfix Full Review
  • Moira Macdonald

    For me, a grown-up spoiled by Pixar, Pete’s Dragon seemed sweet but slow and a little bland. My guests, entranced by the friendly dragon and the film’s 3D depictions of flight, thought otherwise.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Lowery stumbles, working too hard to squeeze a response from us.

    Time Full Review
  • Amy Nicholson

    Fegley’s heartbreaking performance is fused onto a marshmallow. Lowery overcompensates for the darkness in the script by making everything else soft and squishy.

    MTV News Full Review
  • Oliver Jones

    The battle here is between the sincerity of the filmmakers’ intentions and the cynicism driving the film’s creation.

    New York Observer Full Review
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