Ernest & Célestine Reviews

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June 19, 2014
From its opening credits, [it] proclaims its hand-drawn, delicate, watercolour aesthetic. But it's not all sweetness and light: there's a dark strand of humour and some sly visual gags in this clever tale of opposites.
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.
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.
March 28, 2014
Ernest & Celestine is a genuine charmer for kids, and for the parental units tagging alongside.
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.
March 27, 2014
A joyous rediscovery of hand-drawn animation, all witty and expressive lines, spare backgrounds and gorgeous, watery hues.
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.
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.
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.
March 14, 2014
It has things to say about the world, but it does so gracefully, without hitting you over the head with them.
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.
March 14, 2014
Every frame is suffused with a fireplace kind of warmth that, for me at least, cast an immediate spell that didn't let up.
March 13, 2014
The movie advances the art of animation without seeming to try.
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.
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 ...
March 12, 2014
Not just a positively charming movie, but an ode to the tactile pleasures of handcrafted artistry.
March 7, 2014
The images have a soft, inviting quality that befits the storybook narrative.
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.
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.
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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