Rio (2011)

6.5/10 by 2578 users

Captured by smugglers when he was just a hatchling, a macaw named Blu never learned to fly and lives a happily domesticated life in Minnesota with his human friend, Linda. Blu is thought to be the last of his kind, but when word comes that Jewel, a lone female, lives in Rio de Janeiro, Blu and Linda go to meet her. Animal smugglers kidnap Blu and Jewel, but the pair soon escape and begin a perilous adventure back to freedom -- and Linda.

Release Date:April 3, 2011
MPAA Rating:G
Genres:Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Production Company:Blue Sky Studios, Twentieth Century Fox Animation
Production Countries:United States of America
Director:Carlos Saldanha
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Plot Keywords:brazil, pet, bird, musical, adventure, canary, jungle, samba, city, animal, duringcreditsstinger, rio 1, río 1
  • Fun, but didn't quite hit the mark...
    June 1, 2012

    A film clearly made for 3D (I saw it in 2D) and so the animation is very well done with pin sharp images. I can't say the film was groundbreaking at all, but I guess the filmmakers were happy enough as I see a sequel is already in the pipeline.

    Although I found it a little formulaic and a tad too predictable I found I did engage with the characters eventually. To be honest, I found the human characters more interesting than the animals. The songs were not to my taste, but I will say they fitted the mood of the piece pretty well. I guess at the end of the day the film will be entertaining enough for the younger audience but I can't see it being stuck in the DVD player too many times.

    My score: 6.4/10

    IMDb Score: 7.0/10 (based on 58,702 votes at the time of going to press).

    MetaScore: 63/100: (Based on 29 critic reviews provided by at the time of going to press).

    Rotten Tomatoes 'Tomatometer' Score: 72/100 (based on 141 reviews counted at the time of going to press).

    Rotten Tomatoes 'Audience' Score: 72/100 'Liked It' (based on 73,872 user ratings counted at the time of going to press).

    You can find an expanded version of this review on my blog: Thoughts of a SteelMonster.