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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  • Audience Score

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.

- DreamExtractor, Sunday, June 5, 2011

3 stars

When you hear that a movie you loved and grew up with when you were young sucks, it kinda hurts a bit. I saw this movie SO many times when i was younger, so after about 1 and half years, I finally watched it again. But during that period of time i kinda grew into more of a critic, so when i saw this again, my childhood ripped to shreds. But even with it's bland plot and characters, and a hurtful realization of my childhood stupidity, I'm still giving it 3 stars, since it still has nice visuals and colors, and about 12 years of love for this movie

- fb100000673345931, Wednesday, June 1, 2011

4 stars

I dont remember much about the movie i remember some of the comedy and i definitely remember the ending scene with the giant robot cat thing, from what i remember it was a good movie but ill probably have to watch it again to really get my results

- skeletonking101, Saturday, February 23, 2013