Isle of Dogs - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Isle of Dogs Reviews

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April 23, 2018
Isle of Dogs is ultimately a movie about a Japan contained within the American imagination, offering a cultural 'homage' that resembles something a white 18-year-old gamer with a poster of Sailor Moon in his room might produce.
May 3, 2018
Art should be about breaking down barriers, not putting up walls.
October 17, 2018
I think I'm more put off by how easily Anderson assumes an authoritative voice with regards to ethnocentric bigotry and its victims.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 12, 2018
A film about the relationship between mankind and man's best friend that feels oddly averse to showcasing any emotion of its own.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 19, 2018
Despite intriguing storytelling concepts and an excellent soundtrack by Alexandre Desplat, Wes Anderson's tale of a boy and his dog is set in a Japan plagued by old dated American notions, including a white savior complex.
Full Review | Original Score: C
August 28, 2018
The script is brisk, funny, and inventive. [But] it's easy to see the filmmakers didn't care how problematic their characters were as long as they served [that] narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
August 3, 2018
Isle of Dogs is a movie that is intensely enchanting, and easily one of the best-looking films of the year, but it doesn't fulfill its own purpose. Anderson can dream up better.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
April 11, 2018
An animated movie about talking dogs set in a not-so-real place gives a filmmaker plenty of leeway to craft a story not beholden to the same old rules, so it's a disappointment to see the female characters get typical short shrift.
May 15, 2018
What it does not have in great quantity is a story or characters worth remembering.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
May 3, 2018
Isle of Dogs is beautifully designed, but narrated poorly. It's a contradiction that pretends to talk about fidelity that only serves to inspire something so fickle. [Full Review in Spanish]
May 18, 2018
Sometimes it triumphs, other times it doesn't live up to expectations. Ultimately, Isle of Dogs doesn't satisfy. [Full Review in Spanish]
March 29, 2018
The main thing to know is that none of it works to the extent that you give any kind of a damn. It's so highly stylised that it all happens at a chilly remove, and we're not given reason to feel anything.
March 22, 2018
With this original story set in a dystopian Japan, the acclaimed filmmaker steps out of his comfort zone, creating an adventure that's whimsical, bittersweet, and uncomfortably problematic.
March 21, 2018
While the effect was surely unintentional, it's still problematic; you get the feeling that if this weren't an animated movie people would have been up in arms about it.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
March 31, 2018
Visually, Anderson's second foray into stop-motion animation is a mind-blowing marvel of wondrous imagination and ingenuity. But the story, best described as a hallucinatory version of "Lassie Come Home" in reverse, is deep in dog poo.
Full Review | Original Score: C
February 16, 2018
Isle of Dogs's invocations of corruption and militarism should leave a sour taste in the mouth of anyone unable to abandon the thought of the world outside of the film's perimeters.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 23, 2018
This is a film where a character is literally whitewashed, an act that makes him more agreeable afterwards. Isle of Dogs treats this as a sight gag. It plays more like a confession.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
April 19, 2018
Anderson's latest is nevertheless all a bit twee, and there's really something very dubious about the whole thing, no matter how glorious the voice cast might be, or how cute the dogs are.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/10
April 13, 2018
No Anderson film ever truly made the heart sing.
May 1, 2018
Even admiring, and often adoring, the craftsmanship on display couldn't overcome its meandering, surprisingly even managing to bore despite the plethora of interesting ideas at play.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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