‘Epic’ Reviews: Should We Bow Down To Beyonce’s Movie?

Sat, May 25, 2013 9:23am EDT by 26 Comments
Epic Movie Reviews
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Amidst all the fiery action of ‘Fast & Furious’ and ‘Star Trek’ movies is ‘Epic,’ the animated tale about a teenaged girl who finds herself in a whole new, magical world. The whimsical movie is chockfull of huge stars lending their voices to characters — but should you go see it?

The box offices are packed with the usual summer action blockbusters, but for those who aren’t looking to see something blow up every ten seconds, there’s Epic (out on May 24), a family-friendly animated fantasy tale. The movie, which certainly does promise to be “epic,” is a story of a young girl (voiced by Amanda Seyfried) who is transported to different land where a battle between good and evil is taking place. With voices by BeyonceJosh Hutcherson, and Colin Farrell, and an exciting storyline, Epic could be the first great animated flick of the year. But let’s see what the critics thought!

‘Epic’ Reviews

New York Times

As you watch its characters zoom through a lush forest on the backs of hummingbirds, the gorgeous 3-D adventure comedy Epic suggests a warmer, fuzzier Avatar, with a green heart. Directed by Chris Wedge, the movie is a hymn to nature rendered in phantasmagoric detail as refined as anything I’ve seen in a computer-animated family film. But as beautiful as it is, Epic is fatally lacking in visceral momentum and dramatic edge.

New York

At times, Epic seems to be trying to mimic Avatar, both in its action sequences and its attempts to tap into a we’re-all-connected-through-the-forest mysticism. There’s even a kind of Tree of Souls/Tree of Voices type place, where memories are stored. But the connection feels more generic than heartfelt, the need to scale everything up more dutiful than ambitious. (Whatever you may think of Avatar, it at least had a mad conviction that justified its awesome size and reach.) There is one genuinely delightful sequence, when the miniaturized M.K. and her companions find themselves trapped in her dad’s laboratory: Her beloved dog suddenly becomes a lumbering, terrifying monster, and the little people’s interactions with common household phenomena like lint and static cling produce fun results. But the charm of these scenes reminds us of the wasted opportunity the rest of the film represents. For all its attempts at wonder and spectacle and play, Epic is mostly a slog.

Los Angeles Times

When the movie should touch the heart, it just misses. When moments should produce gales of laughter, it struggles for a smile. When panic and fear should set the heart racing, it doesn’t. And when, in the midst of all the talking and fighting to save the forest, a caterpillar in a satin jacket breaks out in a bluesy song, you may wonder if Steven Tyler, yes that Steven Tyler, has jumped and jived into the wrong movie. The title itself only underscores the dissonance. Epic suggests bravado and swag when something along the lines of A Nice Little Adventure for Wee Ones would probably have been more on the mark.

New York Post

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.

New York Daily News

If you have a little one fascinated by the struggle between dung and mulch, “Epic” may briefly hold your child’s interest. Yet even young would-be botanists will find this charmless animated adventure as exciting as watching grass grow.

Oh, boy. Queen Bey will NOT be pleased with the critics. If we’re taking their words for it, maybe we should stick to the action movies on Memorial Day Weekend. But what do you think, HollywoodLifers? Is Epic worth seeing? Let us know!

WATCH: ‘Epic’ Trailer

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Peter

Posted at 12:47 PM on March 2, 2014  

The Movie was ok but Beyonces voice was quavery and made scenes with Queen Tara hard to endure.

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Alexis

Posted at 8:54 AM on March 2, 2014  

I loved this movie it was great *spolier although I wish the queen didnt die

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Matt

Posted at 1:25 AM on July 5, 2013  

The Queen”s voice doesn’t match the gracefullness of her movements. They should have a better actress with a beautiful voice.and charming voice. She doesn’t have beautiful voice.

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Anonymous

Posted at 11:31 PM on June 16, 2013  

I only saw this movie because the air-conditioning in my apartment wasn’t working and it was too hot. I hated it; it felt too generic, especially the plot (a teenage girl [who's an idiot] gets trapped in a world she thought wasn’t real. I thought this only existed in crappy fanfiction but apparently I was wrong). This movie lacked, well, “epicness” (WOW, NICE TITLE FILMMAKERS, IT *REALLY* FIT WELL WITH THIS DAMN MOVIE); characterization (the snail and the slug appear to be hilarious and a big part of the movie as you see in the trailer when they’re not); interest (kids seem to like it though); plot (as I said before); and overall, the key to making a great film. I have to agree with the critics; it really did suck. I’d give it a 1.5 out of 10 to be honest with you :/

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ltnybryn

Posted at 5:26 PM on June 10, 2013  

I will say that visually, it was a gorgeous film but the script was poorly written. Lacked true emotion. Who laughs and plays around in the face of adversity? Those characters did. It was just a silly movie. They had a good concept but the writers did a terrible job at seeing it thru. This movie could have truly been Epic but instead, it is a FAILURE. Should have went straight to dvd. Anyways, my child loved it. lol I guess that is all that matters.

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ltnybryn

Posted at 5:23 PM on June 10, 2013  

Hated it!

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donal

Posted at 12:09 PM on June 10, 2013  

I just saw epic with a 9 year old and two 5 year olds in 3-D. We all loved it. It was a technological dream and the story was wonderful. Characters were funny and well developed for an animated action fantasy. I definitely want the CD. Although it is a must see on the big screen, especially in 3-D. Great fun.

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Vivisquaree

Posted at 9:59 PM on June 9, 2013  

I LOVED EPIC. I want the DVD. It doesn’t remind me at all of Avatar, more like Thumbelina!

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jgcrttgugf

Posted at 9:46 AM on July 1, 2013  

you rock ! i’ve been reading all these revews and they say that it was a bad movie but ithink it was the best movie on earth
p.s. i’m a kid so that kind of makes sence that i loved it

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Cammie

Posted at 4:36 PM on May 29, 2013  

As a fantasy geek and fan of movies with meaning I am very very pleased with Epic!! My nerd friends and I saw this movie today and came out crying our eyes off and reliving every beautiful moment together. The way that lines are delivered then brought back is one of the most appealing things that made this movie truly ‘epic’. Honestly, I would recommend this movie to any sword-slinging, laugh-bringing, tear-jerking movie fan!!!! I honestly am very shocked and sad to see what these critics are saying, but as an ordinary nerd GO SEE THAT MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Deb

Posted at 7:20 PM on May 28, 2013  

I saw the movie with my granddaughter, we both loved it. I never listen to a critic.

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Omolara Spencer

Posted at 2:32 PM on May 28, 2013  

It’s NOT Beyonce’s effing movie you remedial moron

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Taylor

Posted at 8:00 PM on May 27, 2013  

I’ve learned not to trust critics; they get more money if they give bad reviews! I would see it. Who cares if it’s similar to Avatar or it’s a kiddish movie?

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renee

Posted at 7:49 PM on May 27, 2013  

We just watched epic and my kids ages 7 and 8 loved it. The critics are nuts!

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Taylor

Posted at 7:27 PM on May 27, 2013  

I’ve learned not to trust critics; they get more money if they give bad reviews! I would see it. Who cares if it’s similar to Avatar? Avatar was a good movie and there should be more like it.

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Hugo Blanko

Posted at 1:38 PM on May 27, 2013  

Looks like avatar and a few other pictures Ive seen
Fell asleep twice.
Rent avatar and save your $$

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Sheila Mahoney

Posted at 11:38 PM on May 26, 2013  

Just got back and I loved It. I thought the critics were way too harsh!. Go see for yourselves. Great in 3D.

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banjo

Posted at 7:13 PM on May 26, 2013  

I enjoyed the movie. People need to stop looking for the negative of everything. Its a nice film and i know plenty of kids who would like it.

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Lilly

Posted at 12:17 AM on May 26, 2013  

I am surprised the critics are this harsh. I enjoyed it, but I admit it took a long time for my 8 yr old to be charmed. Half an hour into it he wanted to go home, but from the moment they go to the house, he was living it.

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Shannon

Posted at 11:33 PM on May 25, 2013  

Don’t listen to the critics… It’s a great family movie and a lot of fun! If u have young children…go! Now! If u don’t, go! Now!

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ROC B (@rocbeyonce)

Posted at 9:26 PM on May 25, 2013  

SLAYONCE!

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Ray

Posted at 11:50 AM on May 25, 2013  

I saw it yesterday, it surely wasn’t on par with the great Pixar films, an they shied away from real character depth or emotion, but it was cute nevertheless and visually stunning! These critics are harsh, the movie was average, not cringe-worthy.

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Wanda

Posted at 1:29 PM on May 25, 2013  

Thanks for the heads up.
I’ll wait for the DVD.
Red Box for $1.20.

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abe

Posted at 11:50 AM on May 25, 2013  

anyone who buy’s a ticket has a believe in a faker who steals your money and is of NO importance & meaning to the black society.
………………………………………………..OBAMA IS.

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Wanda

Posted at 11:09 AM on May 25, 2013  

I’ll wait for it to come to DVD and get it from the Red Box for $1.20.

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ltnybryn

Posted at 5:26 PM on June 10, 2013  

Great decision.

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