Ethel & Ernest Reviews

December 18, 2017
The care and affection with which Mainwood and his collaborators (notably animation director Peter Dodd and art director Robin Shaw) adapt already endearing material carries the day.
December 14, 2017
Their unassuming story speaks volumes about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.
December 7, 2017
Butter a crumpet and snuggle down with this affectionate animation about illustrator Raymond Briggs's parents.
December 7, 2017
If you're a fan of Spirited Away's Chihiro, you will be enchanted by gentle Ethel.
December 7, 2017
... a deeply affecting feature-length animated film...
June 15, 2017
Suggesting a matchup between Archie Bunker and Gracie Allen, Ethel & Ernest is a sweet British memoir/cartoon about an ordinary couple who survive the Blitz along with their growing son.
March 16, 2017
At times the movie threatens to melt into a pool of bulldog nostalgia, but it's rescued by a wealth of authentic social detail, especially as the young couple keep a stiff upper lip during World War II.
October 27, 2016
Ethel & Ernest is the kind of contemplative grown-up animation that the Japanese have been making for decades but the British have never fully embraced. That's our loss because the format can make for deceptively powerful filmmaking.
October 27, 2016
Something about the familiarity of these voices, and their inescapable Mike Leigh-ishness in this setting, turns out to be exactly what the roles need.
October 27, 2016
It's an engaging film, but it leaves you with a feeling that there might be a deeper, darker, more specific story yet to be told.
October 27, 2016
This is a wonderfully evocative and well observed animated feature that plays like a cartoon equivalent of Noel Coward's This Happy Breed.