Reviews of Disney’s live-action Pinocchio come slowly. There definitely seems to be a mixed response to the film, which released Thursday on Disney+. Pinocchio stars Tom Hanks, Cynthia Erivo, Luke Evans and Benjamin Evan Ainsworth.
Pinocchio is based on the 1940 classic of the same name. It stars Hanks as puppet maker Geppetto and Ainsworth as Pinocchio. The cast also includes Keegan-Michael Key, who plays Honest John, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Jiminy Cricket. The live-action adaptation of the Disney classic has been in the works for quite some time now, as the project was first announced in 2015.
Now, the movie has finally hit theaters. So what are the critics saying?
— Mariam Skywalker (@MariamSkywalker) September 8, 2022
Another fan was really high Pinocchio. They even called it “incredible”.
by Robert Zemeckis #PINOCCHIO is awful. An absolute low point for Disney’s CG remake roster. Messy, dull and aesthetically unappealing, it’s one of the worst films of the year and acts as an uninspired affront to what the animators created with the 1940 original. pic.twitter.com/nS2vzt9ppE
— Courtney Howard (@Lulamaybelle) September 8, 2022
VarietyCourtney Howard didn’t mince words about Pinocchio. She called the film “messy” and “aesthetically unattractive”.
#Pinocchio is adorable, with particularly sweet and heart-pounding moments. Tom Hanks and the rest of the voice cast are great fun. A few changes that I didn’t like, but overall I liked it. pic.twitter.com/CIldicPSAX
— Karen Peterson 😷 (@KarenMPeterson) September 8, 2022
It seems that the fans were more fond of the Pinocchio redo that reviews. As this Twitter user shared, they loved it overall.
I’m baffled by Robert Zemeckis #Pinocchio. The cast is great and there are some promising ideas, but that’s it. There’s not a single moment that feels as charming, scary, or treacherous as the original. And guys… you won’t believe what they did to Monstro the Whale. pic.twitter.com/fCfa00dc7L
—Kévin L. lee @ #TIFF22 (@Klee_FilmReview) September 8, 2022
Film critic Kevin Lee wasn’t too fond of Disney’s latest remake. While praising the cast, he also said the film paled in comparison to the original.
— 👑Robert Flores👑 (@bigbobber89) September 8, 2022
This fan disagrees with what the critics are saying. They liked the movie.
—Alaisdair (@alaisdair) September 8, 2022
alasdair of Novastream didn’t really like Pinocchio. It’s safe to say they give the movie a boost.
#Pinocchio is surprisingly large. The film manages to be faithful to the original while adding elements that enrich the narrative. Beautiful visuals and a great performance from Tom Hanks as Geppeto.
—Richard (@_richard_neto) September 8, 2022
Richard Neto of The Hollywood handle called the film “surprisingly great”. He specifically bragged about how faithfully it stays with the original.