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Isle of Dogs Reviews

April 6, 2018
Anderson's projects have always had a meticulous quality to them, but "Isle of Dogs" is exacting to the point of alienation. Someone needs a leash.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 29, 2018
A delight, albeit one that is red in tooth and claw.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
March 28, 2018
It remains more a dazzling conceit or experiment rather than a realized whole. We stay on the outside, admiring its originality and all the talent that went into it, without ever really finding our way in.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 28, 2018
Isle of Dogs is in need of a stronger storyteller. And, yes, there are times when the cleverness starts to feel smug. I would have liked Isle of Dogs more if there had been less of it.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 28, 2018
Maybe I'm just a cat person.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 27, 2018
Even with a narrative that feels more like a diagram, even with some questionable decisions regarding cultural translation, Isle of Dogs bursts with its maker's drollery and contagious passion for the medium of film.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
March 27, 2018
Worth seeing and often very droll, as well as exactingly, rigorously, fastidiously composed, stop-motion frame by frame.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
With the dark and enchanting animated parable "Isle of Dogs," Wes Anderson raises his little personal world to new, finely detailed heights.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 27, 2018
Wes Anderson's latest stop-motion movie is another lovely, artful trifle.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
"Isle of Dogs" is a visual bento box assembled by a gifted dilettante, an outsider who loves the art of a place but seems much less interested in its meaning to the people and culture that created it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 27, 2018
There's so much going on in "Isle of Dogs" that it probably has to be seen at least twice to be properly appreciated. How many films can you say that about?
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 27, 2018
Wes Anderson "Isle of Dogs" is such a feast of illustrated imagination and subtle wit in its depiction of an exiled canine kingdom that the idea of a life lived under the heavy paw of our pooch overlords doesn't seem like such a bad one.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
March 27, 2018
Seriously, if I had a tail, I'd be wagging it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
March 25, 2018
It's true that Isle of Dogs is a film about scapegoating, political hysteria, and deportation. But it is also--and at its best--a film about dogs. May they never go unpetted.
March 23, 2018
While the film's pace is speedy to a fault, it pauses just long enough to ponder the emotional contract between master and pet.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 23, 2018
The multilayered, cross-cultural results, especially in the postapocalyptic, quasi-Rube Goldberg environment of Trash Island, are continually inventive and always delightful.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 23, 2018
I was transfixed. There is so much to look at in "Isle of Dogs" that a second viewing is almost mandatory. You can forgive its fetishism. Mania this dedicated deserves its due.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 23, 2018
This is a film where a character is literally whitewashed, an act that makes him more agreeable afterwards. Isle of Dogs treats this as a sight gag. It plays more like a confession.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Top Critic
March 22, 2018
By the time Anderson's animators show us a meal of sushi being prepared in meticulous close-up, I was ready for any trick Anderson wanted to perform for me. Isle of Dogs takes Best in Show.
March 22, 2018
Wes Anderson's joyous stop-motion feature looks and sounds like nothing we've encountered before, including his previous stop-motion feature, "Fantastic Mr. Fox," which was pretty wonderful too.
March 22, 2018
A dystopian fable pitting man's best friends against its worst fiends in a futuristic Japan, the writer-director proves again that in his hands, a bedtime story is more likely to be an over-stimulant than a narcotic.
March 22, 2018
Isle of Dogs puts form ahead of narrative, which is fine, because it's always a pleasure to observe the intricate affairs of Anderson's minimalist movie realm...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 22, 2018
This Fox Searchlight release is an admirably ambitious film, one whose appreciation for its mishmash of genres ultimately proves infectious and winning.
March 22, 2018
Anderson's gorgeous stop-motion animated film is much more than just a transdermal patch for America's cuteness addiction. Instead, he's crafted a wicked smart satire of moronic local politicians that fits in snuggly with his eclectic oeuvre.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 22, 2018
Isle of Dogs ... buckles under the weight of its own finicky whimsy.
March 22, 2018
Wes Anderson's animated feature Isle of Dogs might be the most lyrically disjunctive movie ever made: Nothing fits together and everything harmonizes, magically.
March 22, 2018
Time and again, Mr. Anderson pulls you hard into "Isle of Dogs."
Top Critic
March 21, 2018
A movie whose every image is a miniature triumph of imagination and execution.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 21, 2018
For better and for worse, it's Wes Anderson unleashed.
March 21, 2018
"Isle of Dogs" is positively littered with his signature banter, and it as quick and wry as ever, without a single hair out of place.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
March 21, 2018
A splendid jewel box of a movie about rather grisly matters, the filmmaker's latest represents another example of the clash between his playfully self-aware aesthetic and his growing obsession with our inhumanity.
March 21, 2018
"Isle of Dogs" bursts with color (including extravagant swaths of crimson) and precious detail, and is shot through with the filmmaker's reliably understated humor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 21, 2018
Wes Anderson's stop-motion canine fairy tale-with a timely political subtext-is a triumph of pure imagination. Expect to wag your metaphorical tail in delight,
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
March 20, 2018
The 48-year-old auteur proves that even the drollest dog can learn new tricks, plumbing fresh depths of feeling and tenderhearted eccentricity.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
March 19, 2018
Wes Anderson's unabashedly quirky, quasi-dystopian Isle of Dogs is a pleasing rub to our collective bellies.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 19, 2018
Nothing is open to accident. The director, no less than the mayor, is averse to things that stray. Still, what a result: a trash-trove of tiny details.
March 15, 2018
Isle of Dogs boils over, not just with kinesthetic fur, but with visual details, cinematic references, and, in a relatively new development for this filmmaker, topical political ideas.
February 15, 2018
Ultimately ... the most striking thing about Anderson's fastidiousness is that it's all in done in the service of chaos.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 15, 2018
The unique charm of Isle of Dogs is its bottomless vault of curios, its sly humor, playful graphic inserts and dexterous narrative detours.
Top Critic
February 15, 2018
Say "Isle of Dogs" fast and it comes out sounding an awful lot like "I Love Dogs" - which makes sense, since that's pretty much the chief takeaway from Wes Anderson's delightful new animated feature.