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1,004 Ratings


United States, 2016
Animation, Adventure


A young woman uses her navigational talents to set sail for a fabled island. Joining her on the adventure is her hero, the legendary demi-god Maui.

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Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Achievement in Music Written for Motion Pictures (Original Song)

BAFTA Awards

2017 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature Film

Golden Globes (USA)

2017 | 2 nominations including: Best Original Song - Motion Picture

San Francisco Film Critics Circle

2016 | Nominee: Best Animated Feature

All of these affirmational bromides are a regrettable staple of the late Disney corpus, and while they coincide nicely with the recent boom in self-proclaimed ‘empowerment ballads’, they do little to actually raise the spirits. . . . Disney addicts (they exist!) will be satisfied, and the film is, overall, harmless. But for all the technical skill on display, this feels as inessential and disposable as any Shrek or Ice Age, only with ostensibly loftier pretensions.
December 01, 2016
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The narrative is a fairly predictable hero’s journey—Maui even calls her “The Chosen One”—but the movie is refreshing for its lack of a love interest; instead Moana learns how to chart her own course. Dynamic CGI and robust songs from Lin-Manuel Miranda of Hamilton further enhance the experience.
November 24, 2016
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Lyrically, the songs largely consist of the usual anthems about self-actualization, but they vibrantly draw from Samoan and Maori musical history, incorporating tribal dance rhythms into the orchestration. This is the finest collection of songs for a Disney film since Howard Ashman’s run with the studio, and it’s fitting that they should score the most elegant animated feature that the company has released in years.
November 22, 2016
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What are people saying?

  • anarresti's rating of the film Moana

    A Disney musical princess update on something that Miyazaki did 20 years ago with Princess Mononoke. For me, the singing sometimes gets on my nerves and is a big reason I don't watch most of these movies. But the animation is quite good. The polynesian expansion across the pacific produces a nice background context. Disney princesses are just getting interesting. Again, Miyazaki's female characters have always been.

  • Alcock Hitchfred's rating of the film Moana

    I really liked this movie, even though it is far from perfect. The story was messy, but strangely emotional and the songs -that can make or break a Disney film- are just ok, except for Moana's great catchy solo. Also, I wish the cute pig was her sidekick and not the annoying rooster. Nonetheless, Moana is strong female character and I was moved by her story.

  • Huey McEvoy's rating of the film Moana

    One to test your cinecism (sorry): personally, not only do I have no problem with the idea of recycling every clichéd plot beat imaginable into shiny new packaging, I actually *enjoy* watching these exercises to see if they can pull it off. A tale well told, some spunky songcraft and a powerful heroine make for a stronger Disney effort. Worth a second viewing just to marvel at the physics behind Moana's digital hair.

  • HenriqueA's rating of the film Moana

    This might be the first Disney feature (animation or otherwise) I really really like since The Lion King. It's like Princess Mononoke meets Lilo & Stich with pinches of Mad Max, Evangelion and The Abyss. The action was great, the comedy was actually funny, the characters (and the actors who voiced them) were exciting and the story was engaging (tears, yeah). I don't care about the songs but they weren't annoying.

  • smndvdcl's rating of the film Moana

    Pleased to see Disney grapple with Maui mythology in an endearing tale of destiny and resilience. There are flourishes including a song by Jermaine 'Flight of the Conchords' Clement which almost steals the show.

  • msmichel's rating of the film Moana

    Solid entertainment from the mouse house excelling in animation, characterization and song. Moana in the new tradition of Disney princesses needs no prince to save her; she is her own saviour and hero. Voice casting is quite well assembled.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Moana

    If the hearty, important themes of cultural resonance, leadership, and learning to love and understand yourself and your homeland aren't too lofty or "liberal" for you, then you should look no further than the dazzling, layered animation that serves as the most impressive in an exceptional year for American animation nonetheless. A great story told with an evident love and respect for hand-drawn animation, as well.

  • Kelley Dong's rating of the film Moana

    it was really beautiful, but i have this recurring concern about disney movies about 'tradition versus individuality' irt stories about young people of color (mulan, pocahontas, et cetera)

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