A teenager is magically transported to a secret universe.
" [It] is certainly very pretty to look at, and has a general agreeability about it. But the movie would need to engage us far more powerfully for that hyperbolic title to fit. "
" With its array of goofy sidekicks (Aziz Ansari as a slug almost runs away with the whole picture) and carefully crafted relationships, Epic certainly manages to tell a compelling tale. "
" A 3D eco-fantasy whose mantra-like insistence that we're all connected by nature is one of the main things that underscores the abject insincerity of the sentiment as the movie articulates it, "Epic" is very nearly epic in its stifling mediocrity. "
" Generic entertainment with a brave heroine, cutesy-poo supporting characters, parental figures who are either absent or absent-minded, etcetera, etcetera. "
" It may not be epic, but it's eye-popping entertainment. "
" Children may enjoy it, but even they will be able to see all the boxes it systematically ticks. "
" 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? More like meh. "
" With its secret, magical worlds and legions of evil-battling leafy warriors, there's plenty here to engage young audiences of both genders. "
" Anyone over the age of 7 or so - not to mention their accompanying adults - isn't going to find too much here to truly engage them, let alone linger past the final fade out. "
" Even young would-be botanists will find this charmless animated adventure as exciting as watching grass grow. "
" As beautiful as it is, "Epic" is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge. "
" "Epic" may be the thinking family's best Saturday matinee of the summer. And the date movie of the season. "
" In the roll call of visually distinctive 'toons, "Epic" looms large. "
" Director Chris Wedge falls into the common animator's trap of making the "human" characters a lot duller than the nonhuman creepy-crawlies. "
" So generic it might as well come in a black-and-white box: Animated Adventure TBD. "
" Epic's visuals are enthralling enough for little and big folks to offset a predictable, albeit sweet, story. "
" The emotional connection that should have the crowd cheering wildly for the heroes and booing the villains never clicks in. "
" Although the basic story is too juvenile and simplistic to entertain anyone with an age in the double-digit range, the themes and underlying ideas are too complicated to capture the attention of someone younger. "
" It's difficult to keep its story and characters, or even its visual design, in your mind's eye, in part because the five credited screenwriters overload the narrative with incident and threatening complication. "
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