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The Secret of Kells Reviews

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine
November 13, 2013
Kells has a decidedly pleasing-to-the-eye, retro-cartoon vibe ( ... ) an intriguing and rare artistic subgenre
Josh Larsen
LarsenOnFilm
September 5, 2013
Very few animated films have had such a mesmerizing, puzzle-like quality.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
David Keyes
Cinemaphile.org
August 29, 2013
This is perhaps the most enchanting and zealous animated endeavor you will see this side of the Pixar lineup.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
March 19, 2011
...there's never a point at which the viewer is wholeheartedly drawn into the admittedly simple narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
Robert Roten
Laramie Movie Scope
December 31, 2010
A unique film visually, but the story and characters are a bit weak and the pacing is a bit slow.
Full Review | Original Score: C+
Allan Hunter
Daily Express (UK)
October 11, 2010
Steeped in both magic and mythology, The Secret Of Kells offers a refreshing alternative to Hollywood fare.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Sophie Ivan
Film4
October 6, 2010
Combining a classic fairytale trajectory with a singular aesthetic that fuses Celtic and Christian mythology, this stunning film is yet another example of the rude health of contemporary animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Derek Malcolm
London Evening Standard
October 6, 2010
Tomm Moore's Irish animation, drawn with painstaking reference to both Celtic myth and medieval manuscripts, possesses a lively originality that shows Europe's animators not far behind America's and in some ways in front of them.
| Original Score: 3/5
October 4, 2010
This understated Irish charmer deserves to reach a wider audience, if only to remind people that animation is a diverse medium that can be exploited in numerous ways to tell all sorts of stories.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Ellen E Jones
Total Film
September 30, 2010
Hand-drawn and watercoloured, the animation is as sublime as a stained-glass window.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Marc Lee
Daily Telegraph (UK)
September 30, 2010
The look of the film is simply ravishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Peter Bradshaw
Guardian
September 30, 2010
A low-key pleasure.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Alice Levick
Little White Lies
September 30, 2010
A feast for the eyes that manages to be both whimsical and sinister.
| Original Score: 4/5
David Parkinson
Radio Times
September 30, 2010
While this is a handsome picture that laudably avoids patronising its audience, it's not always as child-friendly as it might be.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Helen O'Hara
Empire Magazine
September 29, 2010
Unlike anything else you've seen, and very much worth seeking out, this is a unique and beautiful creation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Top Critic
Cath Clarke
Time Out
September 29, 2010
The story is a bit tangled, and there is too much of it packed into nearly 80 minutes, but little kids won't be bothered when the animation is so magical.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Robbie Collin
News of the World
September 29, 2010
The movie equivalent of Kim Kardashian - delightful to look at in motion, but after a while you realise there's not a lot going on.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
September 29, 2010
Engaging, beautifully animated drama that plays like a children's storybook come to life, with a strong message, appealing characters and a distinctive visual style.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
William Goss
Orlando Weekly
August 25, 2010
An undeniably gorgeous film... [that takes] some of the most unique pages in history and forces them into the unremarkable mold of every other heroic coming-of-age fantasy.
Top Critic
Roger Moore
Orlando Sentinel
August 25, 2010
A gorgeous blend of the magical and the gloriously trippy.
| Original Score: 4/4
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