The Secret of Kells Reviews

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Chris Hewitt (St. Paul)
St. Paul Pioneer Press
April 23, 2010
The herky-jerky storytelling is unsatisfying, and the characters may not even be vivid enough to qualify for two-dimensional.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Nick Schager
Slant Magazine
March 2, 2010
Majestic animation fails to conjure a sense of enchantment in The Secret of Kells, a beautiful two-dimensional work devoid of dramatic vigor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Matt Pais
Metromix.com
April 1, 2010
Wants to be old-fashioned but it just seems outdated, with an ugly, herky-jerky style that recalls the animated Clerks series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
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Tom Long
Detroit News
April 23, 2010
In the end, the film is about a magical book, but you never really have a sense of what makes the book magical.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Chris Cabin
Filmcritic.com
March 18, 2010
has a pungent nostalgia for the stories told to us before we drift off and dream.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 19, 2011
...there's never a point at which the viewer is wholeheartedly drawn into the admittedly simple narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
March 10, 2010
Regrettably, the film's story is so busy yet flat that the effect isn't magical -- it's more like watching the tale of some very enchanted wallpaper.
Full Review | Original Score: C
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph
September 30, 2010
The look of the film is simply ravishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Annlee Ellingson
Moving Pictures Magazine
March 26, 2010
A surprise Oscar nominee, Kells is a 2-D, hand-drawn throwback. That it's even in the mix shows that story and artistry, no matter what tools are used, are the things.
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Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 25, 2010
A gorgeous blend of the magical and the gloriously trippy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Jeff Meyers
Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
April 26, 2010
Beautifully crafted and empathetic animation is brilliant - and a shortfall
Full Review | Original Score: B
Alice Levick
Little White Lies
September 30, 2010
A feast for the eyes that manages to be both whimsical and sinister.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
April 1, 2010
I think it will appeal to children young enough to be untutored in boredom, and to anyone old enough to be drawn in, or to appreciate the artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Ella Taylor
City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
March 2, 2010
Flowery meadows, wafting dandelion clocks, packs of baying wolves -- all are grist for the film's palette of beauty.
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
April 2, 2010
The soul of the film lies in its ravishing colors, and in exuberantly stylized images that pay homage to Celtic culture and design, together with techniques and motifs that evoke Matisse, Miyazaki and the minimalist cartoons of UPA.
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
August 25, 2010
An undeniably gorgeous film... [that takes] some of the most unique pages in history and forces them into the unremarkable mold of every other heroic coming-of-age fantasy.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
April 6, 2010
Intricate, elaborate, mind-blowing visuals are only part of the spectacle in this animated fairy tale/history lesson.
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
May 28, 2010
Colorful and imaginative, it's a visual treat. Where the story comes in, however, it loses it's footing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
April 9, 2010
Its hand-drawn two-dimensional animation springs to life with color and meticulous technique, filigreed and curlicued like the luminous book at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Robert Levin
Critic's Notebook
March 6, 2010
A picture that relies on a potpourri of cubist and impressionistic sensibilities to tell a standard coming-of-age story in a way it's not been told before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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