Gedo senki (Tales from Earthsea) Reviews

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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.
August 18, 2010
As dark as The Last Unicorn or The Dark Crystal, though a shade less lyrical.
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.
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.
August 13, 2010
The Miyazaki legacy is in good hands.
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.
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?
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.
August 12, 2010
Watching the film was at times like watching paint dry, beautiful, meticulously realized paint to be sure but still nothing more then drying paint all the same.
August 11, 2010
Soon sinks into a bog of overly murky narrative.
August 11, 2010
The sights and sounds are splendid...
August 10, 2010
Earthsea seems to be a stupendously dull place. It would try the patience of any kid.
August 3, 2007
Visual splendour but rather less narrative skill.
August 3, 2007
Like watching the back-story of Harry Potter's shy Japanese cousin.
August 3, 2007
An engaging piece of work.
August 3, 2007
It begins all at sea, and, figuratively speaking, pretty much stays there.
August 3, 2007
This is routine sword, sorcery and sea-monster stuff, concluding with some boom-channel bromides about how love can save the world.
August 3, 2007
Surprisingly dreary.
August 3, 2007
Hardly a groundbreaking work, but still a worthy addition to the singular Ghibli canon.
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