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Mia et le Migou (Mia and the Migoo) Reviews

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Rachel Saslow
Washington Post
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What kind of kid will be able to appreciate this serious plot, which involves investors pulling out of a land-development deal and a scary, knife-wielding witch?

Full Review Source: Washington Post | Original Score: 1.5/4

April 22, 2011
Nell Minow
Chicago Sun-Times
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Distracting flashes of crude humor dissipate any connection to the characters and odd encounters derail the momentum. And the climax muddles the film's eco message.

Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Original Score: 2/4

May 12, 2011
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune

The influence of Japanese animation master Hayao Miyazaki is obvious here, and it's a comparison that doesn't flatter French filmmaker Jacques-Remy Girerd's movie.

Full Review Source: Times-Picayune | Original Score: 2/4

May 13, 2011
Nick Schager
Village Voice
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Regrettably, both the condemnation of capitalist avarice and violence and the sanctification of nature and youthful innocence are dramatized only in simplistic black-and-white terms.

Full Review Source: Village Voice

March 22, 2011
Simon Abrams
Slant Magazine

A cliché-riddled kid's film whose sole inventive hook is its hand-painted, Cray-Pas-by-way-of-water-colors animation style.

Full Review Source: Slant Magazine | Original Score: 1.5/4

March 27, 2011
Joe Neumaier
New York Daily News
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Shares a spiritual link to the Japanese works of Hayao Miyazaki but lacks his films' narrative drive and magical overlay.

Full Review Source: New York Daily News | Original Score: 2/5

March 25, 2011
Kyle Smith
New York Post
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Far too childish to intrigue adults yet too slow and dull for kids.

Full Review Source: New York Post | Original Score: 1/4

March 25, 2011
Ty Burr
Boston Globe
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So heavy-handed that only the youngest audiences won't feel talked down to. Instead, they're likely to be freaked out.

Full Review Source: Boston Globe | Original Score: 2/4

June 15, 2011
Ronnie Scheib
Variety
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Mia and the Migoo boasts a handsome, folkloric look that is often undermined by a ham-handed script.

Full Review Source: Variety

March 24, 2011
Shawn Levy
Oregonian

It's lovely, truly, but so heavy-handed and slipshod that it's probably best enjoyed with the sound off -- an option they're not likely to offer at the movie theater.

Full Review Source: Oregonian | Original Score: C+

May 12, 2011
Manohla Dargis
New York Times
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Trying to parse meaning in "Mia" is secondary to its main point, which is its look, created with 500,000 hand-drawn frames.

Full Review Source: New York Times | Original Score: 3/5

March 24, 2011
Sandie Angulo Chen
Common Sense Media

Magical realism adventure promotes family, environmentalism.

Full Review Source: Common Sense Media | Original Score: 3/5

April 22, 2011
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews

...it is not the words nor the acting that matter here as much as the beautiful visuals which wear the influence of Japanese master Hayao Miyazaki on its sleeve.

Full Review Source: Reeling Reviews | Original Score: B-

June 6, 2011
Keith Uhlich
Time Out New York
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The toke-tastic visuals are an endless delight, especially the Migoo themselves, who look like the offspring of McDonald's Grimace and Calvin and Hobbes' killer monster snow goons.

Full Review Source: Time Out New York | Original Score: 3/5

April 25, 2011
Gary Goldstein
Los Angeles Times
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This generally involving film is gorgeous to watch thanks to its 500,000 hand-painted frames of vibrantly colored, enormously artistic animation.

Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times | Original Score: 3/5

May 5, 2011
Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times
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The story's serviceable, if unexciting, with themes of child-parent love and the importance of peaceful interactions.

Full Review Source: Seattle Times | Original Score: 3/4

June 2, 2011
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