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Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) Reviews

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Christopher Runyon
Movie Mezzanine
April 15, 2014
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 | Original Score: D
Jeffrey Chen
ReelTalk Movie Reviews
March 16, 2011
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 | Original Score: 6/10
Steven D. Greydanus
Decent Films Guide
September 5, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
Cole Smithey
August 29, 2010 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 | Original Score: D+
Todd Gilchrist
August 18, 2010
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.
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Amy Nicholson
Boxoffice Magazine
August 18, 2010
As dark as The Last Unicorn or The Dark Crystal, though a shade less lyrical.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International
August 17, 2010
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.
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
August 16, 2010
Stylish animation isn't enough to save violent adaptation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Kirk Honeycutt
Hollywood Reporter
August 13, 2010
A workmanlike, humorless cartoon.
August 13, 2010
I came in to Tales from Earthsea hoping to be wowed, and came out half-asleep.
| Original Score: C-
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Stephen Holden
New York Times
August 13, 2010
If this starchy, nearly two-hour allegory about human hubris bluntly addresses a historical moment when global warming threatens the planet and pollution is fouling the seas, its chilly, formal tone keeps you at an emotional distance.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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Kyle Smith
New York Post
August 13, 2010
The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Peter Hartlaub
San Francisco Chronicle
August 13, 2010
The themes and memorable imagery in Earthsea will be familiar to fans of Studio Ghibli, but the storytelling and animation are a step behind.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
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Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
August 13, 2010
There's a whole lot going on in the Japanese anime fantasy Tales From Earthsea, so why is it such a bore?
| Original Score: 2/5
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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times
August 13, 2010
Abstruse and confusing, Tales from Earthsea's story grows increasingly blurry the closer it gets to what should be a deeply satisfying conclusion.
| Original Score: 2/4
Geoff Berkshire
August 12, 2010
It's a long way from 'worst' anything, but the movie otherwise lives down to its not-so-great expectations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Marshall Fine
Hollywood & Fine
August 12, 2010
I'm sure it will entertain undiscriminating young viewers and will probably thrill anime lovers. It left me bored and impatient.
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
August 11, 2010
Soon sinks into a bog of overly murky narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Brian Orndorf
August 11, 2010
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 | Original Score: B-
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Keith Uhlich
Time Out
August 11, 2010
The sights and sounds are splendid...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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