Dumbo (2019) - Adventure, Family, Fantasy

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A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans a new venture, Dumbo and his friends discover dark secrets beneath its shiny veneer.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Tim Burton
Stars: Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton
Length: 112 Minutes
PG Rating: PG
Reviews: 89 out of 437 found boring (20.36%)

One-line Reviews (254)

Movie moves at a slow pace and lacks any real story.

It's a Tim Burton film so it isn't going to appeal to everyone, but I enjoyed it.

Boring, Disney stop making these movies please.

Fascinating amazing flawless .

There are a few moments of wonder, but they are far too few in between predictable tropes.

Visually stunning, well acted and emotional.

There was something about that scene in this one that felt so awkward and just confusing on what was even happening.

If something has Tim Burton, is that he knows how to build sequences that culminate with an exciting event.

I even enjoyed it more than the original film that I watched the other day.

Also, I hate hating on kid actors because they're kids but the daughter in this film was just bland.

A dull dose of Burton magic .

My clever 5yr old couldn't stay with it after Michael Keaton arrived (and I have to say that that IS when the movie went downhill) No fault of Keaton or Arkin, but the script was mediocre, all characters two-dimensional and the story changes were uninspiring - the whole thing was run of the mill.

Tries to be magical but is just empty .

Dumbo doesn't quite soar as high as it wants to, and isn't as fresh as it thinks it is, but it is an entertaining ride, and provides just the right amount of emotion and setup for you to care about just what you came here for; a magical flying elephant.

I highly recommend it.

Once the third act comes around, there is little investment to continue on as everything becomes lazy and predictable.

At first it is slow and boring, and I almost fell asleep; at 35 minutes it takes off and it gets a little bit interesting.

This film was, for the most part, dark and somber from beginning to end, the plot development dull and predictable, and the acting awkward, wooden versions of characters we've seen in hundreds of other films.

Except when Dumbo is in the mix, Ehren Kruger's screenplay is lifeless and, on occasion, logic-free - possibly a holdover from his similarly bland work on three of the Transformers franchise's worst and most bloated films.

This movie is nothing like the original story, it is boring and bland, my daughter fell asleep it was so dull.

" He's one of those directors where you can tell when he's feeling it and when he isn't, and this is definitely one where he was fully invested in the production of it and you can tell he enjoyed it.

But overall it's quite boring and unoriginal.

Why is Timothy the Mouse replaced with two bland kids who have some of the worst acting ever?


I literally just walked out of this movie with about ten minutes left to go.

That was a little too cliche and did nothing to boost the story.

And, for better or worse, his re-imagined version of this classic story does have several entertaining moments of pure wonder and joy that prevents it from being bad.

What is so EXCITING about your life that you find this boring?

Tim Burton movies can be magical, or they can be tedious.

The original Disney cartoon Dumbo is without a doubt a classic, it's a tear jerker, thought provoker, enjoyable and very memorable.

My 7 year old enjoyed it and he couldn't even sit through star wars.

Save your money and watch the original Dumbo instead.

Definitely miss Timothy in the film However, I still enjoyed it.

Due to that extensive runtime, several scenes felt repetitive and acted as filler.

This film deserves an 8/10 and I highly recommend it.

Little slow for me liking.

They're just visually imaginative and stunning!

Exhibition moments can be a little dull.

Zzzzzzz .

Dull additional narrative, dull wooden acting.

It was amazing me and my daughter went on mother's day poor lass did cry a few times but we both enjoyed it.

I could go on for days but I'll wrap up with - Don't waste you money guys; stay at home and watch the original!

HOWEVER, it's also one that doesn't quite blend CGI and live-action well, okay sometimes it can work, but sometimes it doesn't feel like they are in a real world, which is pretty weird and as much as Dumbo is adorable, he can get somewhat creepy when close up and some of the other CGI animals look quite standard, but with Tim Burton, most of his films are stunning and this is one of them, so with all the flaws in the visuals, it's still a stunning and somewhat impressive looking film, complete with a cute looking elephant.

Keaton to Keaton only has his own success as references with the best picture wins, the hamburger guy, Birdman, the Spider-Man villain; so the quotation is reflecting some psychosis megalomania of characters scheming and plotting from green screen environments, pointing out at empty fields and saying 'there is the future.

Too intense for small children.

Colin Farrell with a sweet performance, Eva Green stunning like always, Michael Keaton showing us his dark side and Danny DeVito stilling every single scene.

Watched it today and i like it story was good, specially effects were also good, i enjoyed it

I was depressed and bored watching this movie, and all I can say is tread lightly if you actually want to see this.

The children were great as well, and stunning visuals from the mind of Burton, without a doubt his best in years.

Surprisingly dull .

With a solid score by Danny Elfman and some unique flare brought by director Tim Burton, this is a film that has a lot of potential, but the script took this movie in many unnecessary directions, creating a very boring experience.

An exciting film for adults and children alike.

I was so excited to take my nieces to see this and it was so boring and a huge disappointment.

Though the director is known for a particular, and by now predictable, style, he manages to make the movie still look different from his other films.

It isn't Dumbo, it's a completely different movie and it's cliched and boring.

Which I don't blame them for because this film is so boring.

Only downfall was the child actors, very bland.

The movie is great, it's exciting.

Something being cliche just means we've seen that before a lot of times, it doesn't mean we've seen it performed better or worse.

Dumbo is literally adorable, and the movie was really enjoyable to watch!

" On the other hand, I highly recommend it to those who might find it pleasantly refreshing that the Medici Brothers Circus is not unfairly typecast as cruel to its animals!

It keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Watched with my daughter and we enjoyed it great film can't understand the negative reviews think some people just like being negative I know my films and this is a really good movie

Stunning visuals?

A Yawn Fest .

Okay so I went on buying tickets to see this quite unsure how I'd feel about it the movie made me smile laugh it moved me such a fun heart felt experience I highly recommend it

I often times felt myself getting bored and wishing it would end.

But SHE lost interest an hour in, and when she finally fell asleep, I called it quits.

Dull boring and would not recommend

It has almost nothing to do with the original (witch was so mutch better by the way), the characters are so bland and forgettable I'm almost unable to remember halv of them minutes after the movie ended and the plot requires coincidences and characters doing idiotic things to function.

It depends on each and everyone's review but for me it's an heart warming and entertaining movie.

Wow this film is dull.

It started off okay, and the ending was good, but overall just a snooze fest

The characters, despite acquiring some colourful attire, were abhorrently dull and one-dimensional.

I am an adult and enjoyed it very much.

This is a thoroughly enjoyable movie for all the family, and it was so refreshing to watch something a bit unique and different from the usual films that are released these days.

I actually found myself yawning and drifting off during what should've been the climax of the film.

However in my opinion the plot was very over stretched and actually got boring after a while.

Dumbo was so adorable, the effects were stunning and the cast was spot on.

3, we had no humour whether in the dialogue or situational, indeed there were no funny sections in the whole movie and this contributed to it becoming as times both heavy, dreary and even tedious.

Biggest regret ever but my cousins are here and we'd hate to make them leave early.

Disney believed that if you're only catering to children then you've already failed at entertaining.

A pointless rehash here with no discernible points at allmost of the money went on the stars and CGI.

I didn't, I thought this film was bland.

But the movie itself was slow, dark and in desperate need of life.

It was enjoyable.

But it was engrossing in a trainwreck kind of way.

Also if they were meant to be brother and sister they needed to slightly resemble each other so this added a layer of confusion that was unnecessary.

An Engaging Family Drama for Children .

With the live action DUMBO, you can add another word to describe a Tim Burton film: Bland.

Enjoyed it.

So slow we lost interest .

This was the most mf boring thing I have ever seen.

With this film, Tim Burton has created an entertaining family fantasy version of the classic Dumbo animation film.

Kids will fall asleep, not enough "magic".

Political, obvious and boring .

There's a wrong vibe surrounding the word "cliche", like it's a bad thing.

Also to see Dumbo gets risen up to perform his flying trick for like 4 times in a row got really boring at the end.

The visuals are easily the best thing about this movie, it's colourful, visually stunning, the effects and CGI are decent, Dumbo looks incredibly cute and I just want to pet him, and with the circus scenes it makes it so wonderful to watch, so this is easily the best looking Disney Live-Action film to date...

Went with children who found the sound effects scary and the movie boring.

However the last act of the movie was enjoyable.

Danny Elfman's over dramatic score, another predictable staple of Burton's films, doesn't help.

Dumbo is great for all ages, but I do feel that many adults, and even some children, will probably find themselves bored throughout the majority of this movie.

It's just an incredibly safe, predictable and one-dimensional approach for Burton, which occasionally forces Dumbo to fall from grace.

It had a fun cast and looks visually stunning.

If Danny DeVito figured this movie would recreate the magic of "Matilda", he was sadly mistaken; even his performance was subpar and bland.

I watched it with my granddaughter, aged 10, and we both enjoyed it.

DumboBurton's live action Disney take on an emotionally driven circus act is profoundly dull.

Enjoyable .

The formulaic Disney plot arc is here from joy to despair to joy at last, from motherless kids and ruthless showmen to home again and a prosperous circus.

I thought it was vety entertaining and would recommend.

Visually stunning and very well directed!

The worst movie directed by Burton.


Nico Parker who plays the young girl Millie is so bland and wooden through her role, that I thought she was just reading lines in a monotone voice instead of actually acting.

My whole familly enjoyed it, so if you are planning to watch a nice little movie, I really recomend this one!

They killed the oroginal animation with this movie, it's sad,boring & i almost fell asleep in the movie.

However, his character was pretty bland in the film and didn't provide that much depth to the film.

Quite boring and too dark.

An entertaining live action update of the 1941 animated classic, despite some missteps .

The girl speaks in monotone and never smiles!

The cinematography is absolutely stunning, some of the aerial shots are incredible and the acting is fantastic.

Burton, Disney and whoever else came up with this crap and allowed it to go ahead should be ashamed, it's just a money printing movie with no plot and this doesn't bode well for Aladdin and the lion king and based on the strength of this I won't bother with the latter two.

Each one of these characters are bland, bland, bland and you can see each actor trying harder and harder to push some sort of character to the screen, but never succeeding.

Dumbo is probably the most visually stunning and incredibly realistic live-action character Disney was able to produce so far.

Boring .

The familiar trappings put this squarely in the comfort zone of Burton fans, but this Dumbo retelling is plodding, bland and devoid of any memorable splendour.

In general I was entertained, but I found some parts slow.

Slow in Parts But Entertaining Seeing Dumbo Fly .

Terribly boring.

Personally I thought it was quite enjoyable.

It just got weird, there's was so much extra stuff to take out, and it was kind of boring.

this movie just dragged...

I love Tim Burton, but this movie was boring.

Save your money and watch the classic.

Dumbo is as boring as possible...

I'm not a big Disney fan-unlike my wife-and I thought it was a little slow in parts, but it was entertaining seeing Dumbo fly.

On some moments I even cried because of its heart-warming and exciting atmosphere.

The problem in some part is that it feels like it tries to be less of a Disney film and more like The Greatest Showman wannabe, but still an entertaining film.

The core story of the original is learning that this young elephant may have the ability to fly, but he can pretty much fly after birth here and the movie takes itself in a completely new direction, which also created a slow pace and an uneventful story.

This movie was stunning in every way possible.

Watching the audience falling asleep was more entertaining.

The cast(except for the girl who played Milly) did wonderful and is the main reason I enjoyed it.

This film was breathtaking both visually and emotionally!

Why did you replace good ole Timothy Mouse with these two boring kids?

This emotionally infused movie is delightful, exciting, and a worthy contribution to the stable of films.

Colin Farrell and Eva Green deliver good performances, and their character arcs, cliche as they may be, still carry some efficiency.

now I'm sure they'll be in better future projects, but in here, they are so bland, not a lot of energy or like-ability, they are the worst actors in the film and I know they are trying but it's not enough, with bland and forgettable characters, dull acting, a few stand out characters and some pretty good acting, the characters really don't offer a lot in quality.

Unfortunately, it does so in what seems such a forced way and what's become such a cliche way in Burton films; and it doesn't even really fit the story line.

The feeling was monotone and even the so called exciting parts were flat.

Overall the picture is entertaining and fun with cute scenes watching this baby elephant fly with such big ears and the cast is in all pro form as the chemistry works and the film still sends a message like the classic that is love and connection is found things happen when one believes and it's okay to be different, well done live action take that soars high with fun loving entertainment.

Great breathtaking story .

Totally boring!

The story was pointless-muddled as to who the narrative is about.

bland .

it was very enjoyable.

So it is quite predictable plot for audience.

The first part of the movie is OK but a bit slow.

For everybody else though it's a slow burn at best.

Finley Robbins and Nico Parker are rather bland, with Parker being particularly one-note, while Michael Keaton is a one-dimensional cartoon.

The script managed to take everything special out of a Disney film and turn the movie into a bore at times.

Facing facts, this film is just boring.

There are some jump scares and intense images that might really frighten younger kids.

I really enjoyed it, I liked the style of the film and the performances.

I enjoyed it from beginning to end.

The children were engaging.

The human characters are filled with cliche storylines and child-written dialogues.

I found myself very bored most of the film.

As a result, there's little suspense involved, everything is very predictable and you also get a finale like every other Disney movie.

Burton's exciting set pieces and eye for gorgeous production value enable that famous Disney magic to come bursting off the screen.

Drags on for way too long and lacks any of the charm of the original.

The movie tell over the place and was such an utter bore.

He bore a striking resemblance to his portrayal of "Frank" in "Always Sunny".


He restrains himself to the bland middle and it shows.

The decorations, by the way, were stunning: the époque of after-World War 1 was catched well, and so were circuses and so on.

This technicolor pachyderm tries to soar, but Dumbo is filled with a jumbled and empty script that can't juggle .

The only emotions the kids showed were grinning but they just looked bored throughout.

Vandevere (a miscast Michael Keaton) who is ready to exploit our elephant hero and a beautiful aerialist named Colette (a bland Eva Green) into the story, doubling this movie's length and laboring its charm.

I fell asleep .

The potentially fascinating supportive characters (including ALL the circus artists) are wasted, the references towards the brilliant '41 original (the pink elephants sequence, the music and the little circus mouse) are seemingly thrown in because it was mandatory, and the primary moralizing messages (the ugly duckling variant and trust in oneself) have been replaced by imposed compulsory messages, like "Free all animals!

") and poor character development leads the modern take on Dumbo to be a boring and plain children's film.

They tricked me again, I thought "let's try again", but my conclusion is that almost all these Disney real life remakes are so boring, uninspiring and totally not magical...

And while Dumbo isn't quite as charmingly great as the original (or as racist), it's a sweet and exciting twist on the classic that shows plenty of soul and admiration without being panderingly reverent.

The whole film is an enjoyable nostalgia trip for us older generation and kids new to Dumbo (not having seen the original Disney animated film) will absolutely love this, or will they?

I found this movie a bit of a bore.

Let's hope "The Lion King," and my personal favorite "Aladdin" are more exciting.

It was kinda slow and a little boring.


A good kids movie but a slow burn for everybody else .

I thought "Dumbo" had terrific visual effects, it was full of heart and featured breathtaking scenes.

However the second half felt like a completely different movie and felt boring and slow.

Graphics were amazing, story line was new and entertaining.

Felt really predictable, and just really averahe cinematography and screenwriting.

So sad to see a classic remade into this CGI intensive train wreck.

There's a few little cutesy moments with Dumbo here and there, but it's all just dragged down with such mediocrity and lack of heart and emotion.

Don't waste your time with this one.

Unnecessary, and contrived subplots, including a little girl who "wants to be valued for her mind", and uses "the scientific method".

This 'new' message of 'large corporations bad/underdogs good', followed the cliché that all successful businessmen are greedy, heartless, power-hungry monsters who'll do anything to get what they want.

The story is pretty standard and a bit boring.

The CGI was great and Dumbo was cute, but taken as a whole I was bored through most of the movie.

He has assembled a strong ensemble of actors to populate this world - Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green, Michael Keaton and Alan Arkin are all in this film - and are all bland.

It's extremely slow moving.

bland and that makes for a lackluster film.

I loved it so much and highly recommend it.

Disney does engaging, colorful, thought provoking entertainment well.

Besides being pretty entertaining, Dumbo the character itself it beautifully utilized to pull at your heartstrings and the cgi is done quite well, along with the cgi of many other animal characters.

Even though it has a wide appeal for kids, I truly believe the majority of this movie would even bore them.

Boring .

One or two very fleeting moments of magic in an otherwise tedious.

The kids all fell asleep.

Snore inducing.

Bland to be honest.

In the end, cliche as it might be, 2019's Dumbo improves on a lot of aspects of its predecessor.

I found it touching, made me cry a couple of times, exciting, and well acted.

I agree, the story of dumbo is lost amidst the dull storyline of travelling circus vs corporation theme park.

In a cliche summary: this is two hours of my life I will not get back.

It was Ok it KIND of DRAGGED on a Bit.

Boring, dull, uninteresting...

Very cute elephant, the movie has entertaining actors, and a happy ending!

It's able to generate a good time in terms of entertainment but it lacks drama or suspense due to its predictable nature.

It's fascinating that this movie was directed by Tim Burton, I didn't peg him for a project like this.

Just don't waste time and money to see DUMBo

This is not a bad movie by any means, in fact there are many positives to be found, but this remake commits one unforgivable sin that trumps all else: it's boring.

The pacing in this film felt slow until the end where it picked up way too quickly that it felt rushed.

We all thoroughly enjoyed it.

not good either, Dumbo is spilt in the middle of all the Disney Live-Action movies, it's quite predicable, the effects don't quite blend in with the live-action scenes, the characters are boring and some acting is even more boring, but thanks to the enjoyable moments, it's heart, wonderful visuals, some stand out characters and pretty good acting, the film was watchable and pleasant to sit though, without them, this movie would be even worse, I mean it's not as amazing as the original movie but it's decent at least, so it's time to jump back into animation next time, with a certain stop-motion movie and a animated Nickelodeon Movie......

Disney movies are mainly for children and all movies are enjoyable...

The rest were bored to death.

The tone of the movie was too intense - hope Burton got paid up front.

The most entertaining scenes are the scenes where the viewer gets to see the circus performance.

Wasn't magical or entertaining or feel good, was self indulgent on burton's behalf and should not of been classed as a remake.

Our boys seemed thoroughly bored throughout.

There isn't any easier way to say it than, 2019's Dumbo is utterly dull and boring.

Despite the predictable and shallow plotline, still it gave me a few laughs, and I still enjoy the characters.

The said, being Dumbo it is pretty tame and all is well in the end - it was entertaining, and the 5 year old with me enjoyed it.

Nevertheless, just the opportunity to watch such a gorgeous, magnificent, and visually jaw-dropping live-action elephant come to life is absolutely delightful and entertaining as hell.

It was boring.

My kids (7 and 6) really enjoyed it.

Snooze fest .

He adds his own flair to it that makes it very visually compelling.

It's obviously for children, but it is enjoyable for adults too.

An intense Dumbo for a new generation...

This is just a borefest for both kids and adults.

After all the boring live action Disney cashcows, this is another low.

The story is very underwhelming, it just has very little to it and is pretty bland and generic.

The story is predictable but enjoyable.

I will admit the cgi was ok and dumbo and his mother were good but the human characters and the plot was total crap and a complete waste of time.

They're just boring.

My 2 and 4 year was sitting still and enjoyed it as much as me.

Suffice to say, it's as safe as you expected it to be, given the results of 'Alice in Wonderland', but an enjoyable flick for the entire family.

Starring Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton, and Eva Green, it is an entertaining live action update of the 1941 animated classic, despite some missteps.

The film is just kind of boring though.

With the exception of DeVito, the characters were dull, unlikeable and uninteresting.