Trolls World Tour is the first of a bold experiment Universal decided to undertake, whereupon former theatrical releases will instead be coming to Digital early, in an attempt to make money and entertain the public at home. While movies like Birds of Prey and Onward have jumped straight from theaters into homes, Universal and Dreamworks took this a step further, as Trolls World Tour has skipped its theatrical run and released on VOD instead.
The first Trolls movie was a massive hit, with Justin Timberlake's song "Can't Stop the Feeling" becoming an inescapable ear worm for years to follow. All eyes were on what director Walt Dohrn would do with the sequel, and the verdict is in. Critics have made their feelings about Trolls World Tour known, and you can see what they thought below.
CinemaBlend's Mike Reyes wasn't too fond of Trolls World Tour, rating it at two stars in his official review. While he thought the sequel had more of a story than its predecessor it still left much to be desired. In his words,
Trolls World Tour is obviously a movie for kids, all of whom are home from school indefinitely. Rolling Stone's Peter Travers applauded the timing of this groundbreaking new digital release in his review, saying:
It sounds like Trolls World Tour isn't exactly Shakespeare, but it gets the job done and is coming out at the perfect time for its biggest audience: families. And while these video on demand movies are more expensive than a traditional rental, it ends up being cheaper than bringing an entire family to the movies, especially when concessions are factored in. Forbes' Scott Mendelson spoke to this in its review, claiming it might actually make more money this way. As he said,
But despite the good timing of Trolls World Tour's release, critics are taking umbrage with the animated blockbuster's contents. Vanity Fair's Richard Lawson had a particular issue with the movie's dizzying pace, and its apparent lack of substance for both adults and kids watching. He said,
It's not all bad news though, as Trolls World Tour's visuals and music have been praised by critics. There is a stellar voice cast, who are contributing musical numbers as well as dialogue. Collider's Matt Goldberg particularly praised the visual language of the animated movie, saying:
CNN's review of Trolls World Tour echoed some of the previous concerns about its story. Brian Lowry's review criticized the movie to have enough material to properly engage kids or adults. In his words,
This sentiment of complaint was also shared by The Wrap critic Yolanda Machado. While the visuals were praised, she thought it failed to bring anything substantial to the table. As she put it,
Now that the critics have spoken, it should be interesting to see how the public embraces Trolls World Tour. The timing is certainly interesting. Because while it's release will give families something to do while at home, parents may get sick of the movie being played on loop. This dynamic was previously seen when Frozen II hit Disney+ early.
Trolls World Tour is available to watch via video on demand now. Be sure to check out our 2020 release list to plan your next trip to the movies once theaters reopen.
Corey was born and raised in New Jersey. Double majored in theater and literature during undergrad. After working in administrative theater for a year in New York, he started as the Weekend Editor at CinemaBend. He's since been able to work himself up to reviews, phoners, and press junkets-- and is now able to appear on camera with some of his famous actors... just not as he would have predicted as a kid.
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