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

4 stars

I absolutely adored Bolt. It's one of the few animated features I've seen lately that can actually boast the cliched line 'A film the whole family can enjoy'. It's not particularly predictable either, which is often the flaw of these films. The animation, story, script, voice talent and physical comedy are all very well done. It is one of the few really touching animated films out there, in fact only Toy Story 3 and Up have made me well up before this. I thoroughly love it, I'm perplexed as to why it isn't that popular!? http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/bolt-dir-byron-howard-chris-williams.html

- SirPant, Friday, August 22, 2014

4 stars

I absolutely adored Bolt. It's one of the few animated features I've seen lately that can actually boast the cliched line 'A film the whole family can enjoy'. It's not particularly predictable either, which is often the flaw of these films. The animation, story, script, voice talent and physical comedy are all very well done. It is one of the few really touching animated films out there, in fact only Toy Story 3 and Up have made me well up before this. I thoroughly love it, I'm perplexed as to why it isn't that popular!? http://cinephilecrocodile.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/bolt-dir-byron-howard-chris-williams.html

- SirPant, Friday, August 22, 2014

3 stars

My daughter loved this movie. it was cute and fun. We had a blast cuddled up on the couch laughing and enjoying this one.

- jmanard52, Sunday, November 22, 2009