Tales of the Night - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

Tales of the Night Reviews

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Chris Packham
Village Voice
September 25, 2012
Animated with fluidity and deliberateness that nearly excuses the film's slightness.
Elliott Noble
Sky Movies
May 23, 2012
While the youngsters to whom the stories are aimed won't take long to get the fidgets, older viewers will undoubtedly appreciate the scenery a tad longer before joining them.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
November 13, 2012
Has ... eye-bending backgrounds but a creatively monochromatic foreground that comes to feel like a limitation.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
November 21, 2012
The movie never comes close to replicating the spell that Reiniger was able to cast using much more primitive techniques, which underlines a chronic problem of computer animation: its very precision squeezes all the magic from the magic lantern.
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
September 25, 2012
The film feels naive for an audience that's ready for some harder truths.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
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Farran Smith Nehme
New York Post
September 28, 2012
More likely to play well with older children, due to its split-up story line, Ocelot's creation is like nothing else they are likely to see animating the multiplex.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
November 21, 2012
It is so gentle and whimsical that one wonders if American children, accustomed to the whiz-bang action of most animation, will accept it.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Henry Fitzherbert
Daily Express
May 24, 2012
The six folk-like tales featuring dragons, witch doctors and a talking horse have a whimsical charm and are beautifully designed but - watched all at once - may leave younger children fidgeting.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Adam Woodward
Little White Lies
May 24, 2012
A uniquely joyful experience from a true original.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Brett Michel
Boston Phoenix
November 8, 2012
The kaleidoscopic backgrounds offer a colorful counterpoint to the simple silhouettes that form the people, animals, and mythical beasts populating the six fables, each of which end with a ironic twist.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Joseph Jon Lanthier
Slant Magazine
September 23, 2012
The recent cartoons of Michel Ocelot cleverly advance Lotte Reiniger's prototypical stop-motion technique into the digital age.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
May 22, 2012
While some of them do drag, older kids could well fall for these magical, timeless tales.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Renee Schonfeld
Common Sense Media
February 6, 2013
Six stunningly animated fairy tales with a few mild scares
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Andrew Osmond
SFX Magazine
May 25, 2012
Tales Of The Night may be computer-animated, but its style is antique.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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Andy Webster
New York Times
September 26, 2012
The narratives - involving princesses, sorcerers, dragons, talking animals - are familiar. But Mr. Ocelot invigorates them with lyricism ...
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
Mike McCahill
Guardian
May 24, 2012
The pick-and-mix approach is limiting, but there's no denying these are gorgeous amuse-bouches, likely to be devoured by older, more discerning children and dyed-in-the-wool stoners alike.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Tim Robey
Daily Telegraph
May 25, 2012
It's sweet but earthbound.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film
February 3, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Philip French
Observer [UK]
May 28, 2012
It should please sensitive, well-brought-up children and nostalgists.
David Parkinson
Empire Magazine
May 20, 2012
Michel Ocelot's ravishing animation and magical storytelling is a delight from start to finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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