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Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) Reviews

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Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

A passable piece from the junior Miyazaki, and one only hopes the reservation in voice felt here will be far more loosened in future projects.

Full Review Source: ReelTalk Movie Reviews | Original Score: 6/10

March 16, 2011
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide

A flawed but ambitious film, full of potent mythic images — battling dragons; a shadowy doppelganger — but one that fails ultimately to resolve those images in a satisfying way.

Full Review Source: Decent Films Guide | Original Score: B-

September 5, 2010
Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine

As dark as The Last Unicorn or The Dark Crystal, though a shade less lyrical.

Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine | Original Score: 3.5/5

August 18, 2010
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 3/4

August 13, 2010
Brian Orndorf

Perhaps a step down for the Studio Ghibli filmography in terms of elegance and overall abstract pleasures, the feature remains an intermittently beguiling creation. Just don't hold your breath for direct clarity.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: B-

August 11, 2010
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The sights and sounds are splendid...

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

August 11, 2010
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film

a seaworthy effort, both as an impressive debut from someone who has never previously worked in animation, and as a fine (if somewhat bewildering) piece of synoptic adaptation.

Full Review Source: Eye for Film

February 4, 2008
Derek Malcolm
This is London

Visual splendour but rather less narrative skill.

Full Review Source: This is London

August 3, 2007
Peter Bradshaw

An engaging piece of work.

Full Review Source: Guardian | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2007

Miyazaki Jr has a long way to go before he can hold a candle to his father's work, but Tales From Earthsea still carries the Ghibli mark of quality.

Full Review Source: Film4 | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2007
Jamie Russell

Surprisingly dreary.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2007
Neil Smith
Total Film

Though not yet up to Hayao Miyazaki's lofty standards, this sword-and-sorcery yarn at least shows his boy is on the right track. Makes you wonder what he'll do when not strait-jacketed by someones else mythology.

Full Review Source: Total Film | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2007
David Jenkins
Time Out
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Hardly a groundbreaking work, but still a worthy addition to the singular Ghibli canon.

Full Review Source: Time Out | Original Score: 3/6

August 3, 2007

Little White Lies

Flashes of beauty and a fascinating subtext let down by muddled plotting and uninspired design.

Full Review Source: Little White Lies | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2007
Helen OHara
Empire Magazine

The set pieces make this well worth watching while director Goro Miyazaki shows he's truly his father's son.

Full Review Source: Empire Magazine | Original Score: 3/5

August 3, 2007
Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine

An overly stoic, pretentious, boring, unimaginative trainwreck that just happens to have been made by some of the greatest animators in the history of Japanese anime.

Full Review Source: Movie Mezzanine | Original Score: D

April 15, 2014
Cole Smithey ill-conceived story for Western audiences who will blanch at its bizarre embrace of patricide that its young protagonist commits before escaping on a journey of guided self-discovery.

Full Review Source: | Original Score: D+

August 29, 2010
Todd Gilchrist

It's interesting that Tales From Earthsea was originally released in 2006... especially since it seems like in four years, someone could have found a way to make it more interesting.

Full Review Source: Cinematical

August 18, 2010
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

A wizard and his apprentice battle an evil necromancer who is searching for immortality in this animated adventure drawn from the writings of Ursula K. Le Guin.

Full Review Source: Film Journal International

August 17, 2010
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media

Stylish animation isn't enough to save violent adaptation.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 2/5

August 16, 2010
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