Box art for The Road to El Dorado

The Road to El Dorado

anime & animation

Dreamworks SKG's second feature-length animated film blends comedy and drama in an unusual historical adventure.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 6
0 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
1 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
1 out of 5
Violence & scariness
3 out of 5

Outstanding family movie mixes comedy, action, romance.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Road to El Dorado is a DreamWorks animated film about two Spanish con artists from the early 16th century who discover the fabled lost "city of gold" in the New World and are treated as gods by the tribe who lives there. Some cartoonish violence -- sword fights between characters, a character cutting his hand with a knife, and characters nearly being crushed by a giant statue -- as well as brief, nonsexual nudity, and scenes where male and female characters kiss and lie next to each other. A scene in which a giant monster-dog goes after the main characters might be a bit much for younger viewers.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Tulio's statement: "You know that voice that tells people to quit when they're ahead? Miguel, you don't have one." What does that mean? Why does Miguel take risks that Tulio thinks are not wise?
  • How do you think The Road to El Dorado compares with other animated movies you've seen? Is it as funny an action-packed as others you've liked?
  • Ask kids if they understand what a con man is, and if they think Tulio and Miguel will continue to cheat people in the future.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Top Critic Reviews

Fresh: Though its tale of gold is not untarnished, The Road to El Dorado hits the buddy-movie mark.

- Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle, Saturday, January 1, 2000

Rotten: Katzenberg] has plainly and wholly succumbed to the familiarity of his former employer's trademark formula.

- Cody Clark, Mr. Showbiz, Saturday, January 1, 2000


- Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed, Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Audience Reviews

2 stars

Not a comedy, not a musical, and not a kids movie. The animation is beautiful in my opinion. The plot was pretty simple. The music was great.

- fb1526363679, Friday, December 2, 2011

2 stars

font=Arial]color=darkred]Tulio (Kevin Kline) and Miguel (Kenneth Branaugh) are two 16th Century Spanish con men who somehow speak in English accents and appear to have a secret gay relationship. I calls 'em as I see 'em people. Through a strange comedy of errors the boys end up marooned on a far off land with a horse in their posession as well as a mysterious map. The map leads to the unfold treasures of the mysterious fable of the city of El Dorado. They partner with a saucy native (Rosey Perez) with hips bigger than shoulders and a pining to be taken away./color]/font] font=Arial]color=darkred]Dreamworks has scored big with previous strong ink and paint outings, but 'El Dorado' seems to be a dissapointment. At times the banter between Kline and Branaugh is lively and humerous but the energy is never sustained for long. 'El Dorado' lulls unexpectadly quite often. Katzenberg created the very successful Disney animated formula, and still sticks by it regretably. 'The Iron Giant' showed originality can work, so why is no one listening?!/color]/font] font=Arial]color=darkred]The animation is surprisingly shoddy at times. The contrast between 3-D and 2-D animation is easily noticeable, unlike the work in 'Prince of Egypt'. Perez seems miscast, what with her Puerto Rican accent, and close to all the characters are poorly underwritten -- even the damn horse./color]/font] font=Arial]color=darkred]Elton John and Tim Rice buddy up after their successful pairing with the Diz' blockbuster 'The Lion King' to unlease wave after wave of senseless drivel. None of the monotonous songs are memorable, or even downright humable. After seeing these pop regurgitations it's easy to see that everyone makes a bad step. Consider this one./color]/font] font=Arial]color=darkred]'El Dorado' is an animated attempt toward the bumbling road pictures of Hope and Crosby, but this tank is too low on gas for the entire trip./color]/font] font=Arial]color=darkred]Nate's Grade: C+ /color]/font]

- mrbungle7821, Thursday, February 23, 2006

3 stars

Nicely done.

- dreamfaeries, Tuesday, November 7, 2006