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Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) Reviews

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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-
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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.
Read More | Original Score: 3.5/5
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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
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
Anton Bitel
Eye for Film
February 4, 2008
a seaworthy effort, both as an impressive debut from someone who has never previously worked in animation, and as a fine (if somewhat bewildering) piece of synoptic adaptation.
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
August 3, 2007
Visual splendour but rather less narrative skill.
Peter Bradshaw
August 3, 2007
An engaging piece of work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
August 3, 2007
Miyazaki Jr has a long way to go before he can hold a candle to his father's work, but Tales From Earthsea still carries the Ghibli mark of quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
August 3, 2007
Surprisingly dreary.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Neil Smith
Total Film
August 3, 2007
Though not yet up to Hayao Miyazaki's lofty standards, this sword-and-sorcery yarn at least shows his boy is on the right track. Makes you wonder what he'll do when not strait-jacketed by someones else mythology.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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David Jenkins
Time Out
August 3, 2007
Hardly a groundbreaking work, but still a worthy addition to the singular Ghibli canon.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/6

Little White Lies
August 3, 2007
Flashes of beauty and a fascinating subtext let down by muddled plotting and uninspired design.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
August 3, 2007
The set pieces make this well worth watching while director Goro Miyazaki shows he's truly his father's son.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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
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.
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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