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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

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82% Certified Fresh Tomatometer Score82%
  • Led by a winning performance from Isabela Moner, Dora and the Lost City of Gold is a family-friendly adventure that retains its source material's youthful spirit.
  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Ed PottonTimes (UK)
    Suffice to say that this film is keenly aware of its origins and their essential absurdity.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Mike McCahillGuardian
    An appreciably peppy entertainment.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Katie WalshLos Angeles Times
    Moner's layered comedic performance, which at once nods at the "Dora" formula while acknowledging the conceit, is deceptively difficult and nuanced... delightfully dorky, a rare commodity in this day and age of sarcastic, wise-beyond-their-years teens.
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  • Rotten Tomatometer Score
    Scott MarksSan Diego Reader
    If by some chance the kids corral you into this Jumanji rip-off, at least see it all the way through the spirited, semi-reparative closing credits number.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kate ErblandindieWire
    If only every big screen adaptation of a beloved existing property could feel this funny and fresh, there'd be less to fear about an industry besieged by recycled material that never takes a risk.
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    Adam GrahamDetroit News
    A straightforward approach to a "Dora" movie would have played to a limited audience. This "Dora" is out to win over a much bigger audience, and what Dora sets her mind to, she achieves.
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    Matthew BondThe Mail on Sunday (UK)
    Despite the switch from animation to live action, this still feels like something you would see on TV, with over-the-top performances from the adults, some decidedly dodgy visual effects and a Scooby-Doo-like plot.
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  • Fresh Tomatometer Score
    Kate StablesTotal Film
    If it comes up short on the thrills and spills, Moner's hilariously upbeat Dora is downright delightful, especially when forced to school her cooler compadres in the jungle's secrets.
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    Edward PorterSunday Times (UK)
    In its action scenes - quicksand, caverns, booby traps and the rest - it's lively but rarely original: it's happy to appeal to viewers who haven't seen this stuff many times before.
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    Simran HansObserver (UK)
    Goofily charming and a rare, age-appropriate children's film in which the adults are silly and the kids, especially the girls, are smart.
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