By Adam Markovitz
Updated December 18, 2008 at 05:00 AM EST
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The Tale of Despereaux

type
  • Movie

Based on Kate DiCamillo’s children’s book about a chivalrous mouse, The Tale of Despereaux looks like an illuminated manuscript brought to life. The screen glows with Renaissance golds, mice dressed like serfs, and a princess with Botticelli hair draped over a permanently foreshortened face. Too bad the story’s such a mess. As Despereaux (Matthew Broderick) tries to foil a royal kidnapping, his tale snags on loose-knit subplots about a seafaring rat (Dustin Hoffman), and a kingdom-wide obsession with soup. The latter, involving a snooty French chef and visions of floating veggies, gives the movie a whiff of leftover Ratatouille. C+

The Tale of Despereaux

type
  • Movie
genre
mpaa
  • G
runtime
  • 87 minutes
director
  • Sam Fell
  • Robert Stevenhagen

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