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Robin Williams's dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie is the main attraction of Aladdin, the third in the series of modern Disney animated movies that began with 1989's The Little Mermaid and heralded a new age for the genre. After a sultan (Douglas Seale) gives his daughter, Jasmine (Linda Larkin), three days to find a husband, she escapes the palace and encounters the street-savvy urchin Aladdin (Scott Weinger), who charms his way into her heart. While the sultan's Vizier, Jafar (Jonathan Freeman), weaves a spell so that he may marry Jasmine and become sultan himself,… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 94%

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"Aladdin is a film of wonders. To see it is to be the smallest child, open-mouthed at the screen's sense of magic, as well as the most knowing adult, eager to laugh at some surprisingly sly humor."
‑ Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
"Disney's latest animated feature is a thoroughly satisfying musical-comedy romp."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"While there's no doubt Williams brings a new level of energy to the picture, I'm not sure this Middle-Eastern folk tale is enhanced by a Marlon Brando impersonation."
‑ Josh Larsen, LarsenOnFilm
"Sweetly spirited, brightly funny and forthrightly romantic, this variation on the classic myth would rank among the most enjoyable Disney animated features even without Robin Williams' contribution."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"Robin Williams's vocal performance as the Genie steals the show in this beautifully constructed Disney animation, his ad-libbing a perfect match for the wonderful visuals."
‑ Tom Hutchinson, Radio Times
"What makes this animated feature such intense, giddy fun is the eruption of uninhibited parody that Robin Williams provides as the voice of the Genie in Aladdin's lamp."
‑ Michael Sragow, New Yorker
"Forget about the lamp. Aladdin is all anyone could wish for in holiday entertainment."
‑ Desmond Ryan, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Aladdin also has an uncommonly bold color scheme -- neon shades of red, orange and blue give this picture a dazzling look not found in previous Disney cartoons."
‑ Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News
"An instant classic and a massive hit, it emboldened Michael Eisner's outfit to go further, weirder, darker."
‑ Neil Smith, Total Film
"Still one of the best Disney animated films ever made..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Aladdin is a marvel of the cartoonist's art."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Tribune
"This hilariously hip and thoroughly gorgeous motion picture is nothing less than the crowning achievement -- so far -- of Disney's revitalized animation department."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Aladdin manages to be spectacular without seeming gratuitous or pretentious."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"It's shallow as a puddle, but lots o' fun."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"A magic carpet ride of a movie from Disney."
‑ Common Sense Media Editors, Common Sense Media
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