‘Pete’s Dragon’

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Love dragons? How about furry green dragons? If so, then today is your day! Disney’s remake of Pete’s Dragon is making its way to theaters offering the touching story of a small boy’s friendship with a dragon named Elliott. It’s got plenty of familiar faces and a lovable, beautifully-crafted creature at its center, but is this new movie worth seeing opening weekend? Here’s what the critics have to say;

  • “Thanks to director David Lowery’s humanizing magic, this tale of an orphan boy and a dragon is that rare family film you really can take to heart.”
    -Peter Travers [Rolling Stone]
  • “While Pete’s Dragon does a fine job of evoking the delight one might feel at flying over hill and dale on the back of a mythological creature, it is less successful in rendering real human emotion.”
    -Michael O’Sullivan [Washington Post]
  • “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.”
    -Kyle Smith [New York Post]
  • “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 it’s named after. That would be the straight ahead, unapologetic family film.”
    -Kenneth Turan [Los Angeles Times]
  • “The Mouse House has skillfully rummaged through its mothballed back catalog and given a 21st-century makeover to one of its lesser, goofier titles, with magical results.”
    -Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]
  • “It may seem absurd that a creature from the Dark Ages could be hiding out just a quick car ride from Portland. But then Lowery takes you into the green hush of those dark woods and you believe.”
    -Stephen Whitty [Newark Star-Ledger]

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