Box art for Bolt

Bolt

  • Rated G
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, children & family


From Walt Disney Pictures comes an animated comedy adventure featuring a super-dog named BOLT (voice of John Travolta), whose days are filled with danger and intrigue -at least until the cameras stop rolling.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    88%
  • Audience Score
    74%

common sense

ON for kids age 5
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
Language
1 out of 5
Positive messages
4 out of 5
Positive role models
3 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
0 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Super-dog adventure is fun, age-appropriate for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that kids are definitely going to want to see this animated adventure starring Miley Cyrus (well, her voice, anyway), even though it has nothing to do with Hannah Montana. There are some scenes of peril (explosions, hostage situations, evil cats) in the TV-show-within-a-movie, but after the first few action-packed minutes of the movie, it's made clear to the audience that it's all manufactured. There's also a tense, potentially scary fire during the movie's climax. But most of the movie's content is age-appropriate for its intended audience.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about what made kids want to see this movie -- was it the story or all of the advertising/marketing?
  • Do you prefer animated movies where the voices are done by celebrities? Why or why not? How is Miley Cyrus uniquely qualified to star in a movie about a celebrity who should be allowed to act normal?
  • What's the difference between reality and fiction? How was Bolt stuck in a fictional life? What does Penny think Bolt is missing by thinking he's actually a super dog? Why is Mittens skeptical about humans?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    88%
    reviews counted: 4
    see all Bolt reviews
  • Audience

    74%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's not a 'gourmet' banquet on the order of Ratatouille or the first Shrek, but this peppy picture is certainly more than a cinematic 'snack,' and for its 96-minute running time will not bore kids, the parents or other adults joining them.

- Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times, Friday, November 21, 2008

Fresh: The Disney animated blockbuster-to-be Bolt is a delightful family movie, and if I'd seen it as a kid I would have been deeply traumatized.

- David Edelstein, New York Magazine, Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Fresh: While it may lack a certain amount of bite, there's plenty of bark to recommend this winning animated adventure.

- Eddie Cockrell, Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Bolt never achieves the potential it's interesting and fresh story concept has. Directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard are far too interested in chases, explosions and slapstic to make it anything than mildly entertaing family film. Bolt only comes alive when it reaches it's more relaxed and sweet natured middle section where film's leading trio, dog, cat and hamster, travels across America to reach Hollywood. This roadtrip could and should have been expanded into a full lenght film. Now it is only a part of the bigger story. At times i kept thinking morality of this story which truly is odd when you think of it. After all the heroic moments and close call chases this film is aiming to be somekind of a morality play about dogs and their own best in film industry. Where ever writers Williams and Fogelman were heading with their story with message, is now buried under noisy chaos which only occasionally has patience to stay put. Bolt has ok animation and some nice momets in terms of pure entertainment but as a film it is flawed work that never really connects with audiences. What Bolt ultimately seems to be lacking is heart and soul. It just feels a technical feat.

- emilkakko, Saturday, August 18, 2012

2 stars

Bolt never achieves the potential it's interesting and fresh story concept has. Directors Chris Williams and Byron Howard are far too interested in chases, explosions and slapstic to make it anything than mildly entertaing family film. Bolt only comes alive when it reaches it's more relaxed and sweet natured middle section where film's leading trio, dog, cat and hamster, travels across America to reach Hollywood. This roadtrip could and should have been expanded into a full lenght film. Now it is only a part of the bigger story. At times i kept thinking morality of this story which truly is odd when you think of it. After all the heroic moments and close call chases this film is aiming to be somekind of a morality play about dogs and their own best in film industry. Where ever writers Williams and Fogelman were heading with their story with message, is now buried under noisy chaos which only occasionally has patience to stay put. Bolt has ok animation and some nice momets in terms of pure entertainment but as a film it is flawed work that never really connects with audiences. What Bolt ultimately seems to be lacking is heart and soul. It just feels a technical feat.

- emilkakko, Saturday, August 18, 2012

3 stars

Well I'm still yet to see an animated film that can topple the mighty 'Toy Story', 'TS' still sits on its throne with the number one spot. But Bolt is a nice film, very sweet, very nice, a touch of emotion and you have a good solid performance. The story is as usual pretty unoriginal but it still works well, it has a touch of 'Lassie' in there and 'Homeward Bound' with the cross country trek to find the owner but this does give it a soft touch that can pull at the heart strings in places. It starts off kinda weak, your not too such what the films tag is or where the plot is going but it soon starts to pick up when Bolt reaches NY. It looks great with some very detailed fur action going on and brilliant movement copying with other animals such as the pigeons. The funniest parts tend to be with the funniest character...that being 'Rhino the hamster', an almost Jack Black type rodent haha not an overdose of humour in the film but most comes from Rhino. Solid film for all but still cant compete with the mighty 'Toy Story' trilogy.

- phubbs1, Monday, May 7, 2012