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201 Ratings

Pete's Dragon

Directed by David Lowery
United States, 2016


The adventures of an orphaned boy named Pete and his best friend Elliot, who just so happens to be a dragon.

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Pete's Dragon Directed by David Lowery

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  • msmichel's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    A present day example of what we call Disney magic. David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints) makes the shift into family entertainment with this quite remarkable remake of a lesser 70's Disney entry. Old fashioned and manipulative in part...sure, but when the formula works. Well cast especially young Oakes Fegley who is aces throughout. Put the cynic inside you aside and enjoy.

  • HKFanatic's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    "Pete's Dragon" is a remake with its heart in the right place: "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" director David Lowery graduates to the Disney big leagues while still retaining some of the visual poetry of his earlier films, and it's clear he's a student of the Amblin tradition. But the characters here feel so underdeveloped that all the attempts at heart-tugging, "E.T"-style moments land with a thud rather than tears.

  • Steve Pulaski's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    Visually dazzling, as to be expected, but maybe if we didn't get Jungle Book the same year, this would be a more memorable film. Unlike Jungle Book, which had a ton of excellent characters and high-stakes adventure, this feels decidedly smaller scale in the respect that, rather than immerse you in a world, it's keen with trying to make you emotional. A lot of that took me out of the visual wonderment on display here.

  • Ethan's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    This is a solid family movie that delivers some pretty good action and is very touching in parts. Also whoever wrote the synopsis for this is way off base. Try knowing your movies more.

  • the_mentaculus's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    A brilliantly unpretentious family melodrama that, in so many ways, supersedes the original tale. Connects the age-old threads of belonging and childlike faith, while always looking at the world with wide-eyed wonder and an open heart. Faith in humanity: +1.

  • Kelvin Thompson's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    3-3.5. The climax is kinda messy, but the movie is all-around warm and meditative, leaning more on action and body language (and a bit of symbolism) than a complicated conflict. It fits together so well, and grabs at an unusually high number of nuances about the way people interact with the part of them that's connected to nature. A really pleasant surprise, all in all.

  • Diderot's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    One of the better children's movies I've seen in years. The soundtrack choices are inspired, and Bryce Dallas Howard is a brilliant stand-in for the Helen Reddy character. Generally, something's missing. And there doesn't seem to be much use for either Bentley or Urban (though in both cases their beauty calls attention to itself in ways that make them seem more important than they are).

  • Erica Narduzzi's rating of the film Pete's Dragon

    Niente di nuovo, un classico Disney. Un film d'animazione con una bella colonna sonora, un design innovativo per un drago, lontano dai soliti con scaglie e lunghe file di denti. La storia è facile da indovinare, ma emoziona comunque. Pete è un Mowgli 2.0 con denti perfetti e nemmeno un graffio nonostante la vita selvaggia nei boschi. Ha una morale e un lieto fine. Si lascia guardare così come Elliot si lascia amare.

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