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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.
Animated Adventure Fantasy - While there is comedy in this 3D animated feature, despite the light ad
campaign this is more of an adventure film. Some images and
sequences may be too intense for young children. The adventure angle
and a young female heroine gives this appeal to both boys and girls.
Roger EbertFull Review Average The only reason this isn't a one-star review is that it would not be fair to blame "Epic" for failures of imagination that seem systemic. The movie is one more example of post-"Toy Story" bet-hedging by studios that want cartoon features to be different enough from other cartoon features to justify their existence, but not so different that they can't be used to sell Happy Meals and T-shirts and video games — and certainly not so original that audiences might have to come to terms with the shock of the new.
Washington PostFull Review Above Average It's a little unfortunate that the plot has to turn decay into the bad guy, instead of teaching children that decomposition is part of the cycle of life. Still, if "Epic's" plot is less than wholly original — not to mention more than a little unscientific — the visual design is fairly stunning, underscored by an effective use of 3-D.
NY PostFull Review Below Average 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.
"Epic" sprang from a book by William Joyce, whose imagination also powered last fall's (epic) failure "Rise of the Guardians." The two films share a penchant for terrible jokes, characters who are weird without being interesting and muddled storytelling.
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Based on a theater exit polling of 34 moviegoers:
CHILDREN:All of them loved "Epic."
TEENS:The one female loved it.
TWENTYSOMETHINGS:One of the ladies loved it and one rated it average.
ADULTS:Three of the males loved it, two enjoyed it very much and two rated it average. Six of the eight ladies loved it, one rated it above average and one rated it average.