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Ernest & CÚlestine Reviews

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 10, 2014
Ernest learns to share, Celestine learns to a paint - and the audience learns that in a Disney-dominated marketplace, kids are still free to choose their own mini mouse.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune
April 3, 2014
The unlikely cross-species friendship of Celestine the mouse and Ernest the bear teaches a gentle lesson about irrational intolerance in this French animated charmer.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Bill Goodykoontz
Arizona Republic
April 3, 2014
"Ernest & Celestine" draws on plenty of classics, animated and otherwise, for inspiration, but the film manages to be delightful on its own offbeat terms.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 28, 2014
Ernest & Celestine is a genuine charmer for kids, and for the parental units tagging alongside.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
March 27, 2014
A sweet-natured tale of an unlikely friendship between a burly bear and a plucky mouse. It's also decidedly offbeat with an emphasis on animal dentistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
March 27, 2014
A joyous rediscovery of hand-drawn animation, all witty and expressive lines, spare backgrounds and gorgeous, watery hues.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 27, 2014
It moves with the rhythms and emotions of classic kids' literature, possesses elegance and belly laughs in equal measure, and is almost magically beautiful to look at. And, like bears, it has bite.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
March 27, 2014
The message is simple, the ending earthshaking and a few scenes border on overly precious. But as the stakes are raised for the pair, a surprising depth of character emerges.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Rafer Guzman
Newsday
March 20, 2014
Delicate animation and a charming score may be why this Belgian film earned an Oscar nomination. Its story, however, makes no sense whatsoever.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Bilge Ebiri
New York Magazine/Vulture
March 14, 2014
It has things to say about the world, but it does so gracefully, without hitting you over the head with them.
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Peter Rainer
Christian Science Monitor
March 14, 2014
The enchanting French-Belgian animated feature Ernest & Celestine is so liltingly sweet and graceful that, a day or two after I saw it, it seemed almost as if I had dreamed it.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
March 13, 2014
The movie advances the art of animation without seeming to try.
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
March 13, 2014
There isn't much of a moral to this story, but it does put a premium on individuality and pluck. Mostly, "Ernest & Celestine" is an ode to the happiness that comes from being with those different from us.
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Sara Stewart
New York Post
March 13, 2014
There's a truly original beauty in "Ernest & Celestine," from its delicate, pastel-hued animation to the look and sound of its inhabitants ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Jake Coyle
Associated Press
March 12, 2014
Not just a positively charming movie, but an ode to the tactile pleasures of handcrafted artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Ben Sachs
Chicago Reader
March 7, 2014
The images have a soft, inviting quality that befits the storybook narrative.
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Michael Sragow
Orange County Register
March 6, 2014
A delicate portrait of a mouse as an artist meets a scruffy portrait of a bear as an all-out entertainer in this witty and imaginative cartoon feature.
Full Review | Original Score: A
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Alonso Duralde
TheWrap
February 28, 2014
Plays out like the kind of picture book that you love as a child and still treasure as an adult. It's a subtle creation, offering the perfect mix of whimsy for kids and wit for grown-ups.
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Betsy Sharkey
Los Angeles Times
February 28, 2014
Marked as outsiders by their respective societies, an unlikely friendship is forged, an ill-tempered uproar unleashed, and a delightful movie is the result.
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February 27, 2014
The characters are computer-rendered, but the watercolor environments they move in are expressive and detail-rich.
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Mike D'Angelo
AV Club
February 27, 2014
Kids will enjoy it for its sheer loopiness, while adult fans of animation can revel in its divergence from every other 'toon in town.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
February 25, 2014
The film's gorgeous, hand-drawn animation is as lovingly detailed as the drawings a girl mouse named Celestine is secretly making about an imaginary mouse and bear friendship.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
June 7, 2013
Ernest and Celestine is a charming animated feature inspired by Belgium writer-illustrator Gabrielle Vincent's wholesome children's books of the same name
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Jordan Mintzer
Hollywood Reporter
May 24, 2012
A bear and a mouse cause a major ruckus in this charming Franco-Belgian animated film.