The Secret of Kells - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Secret of Kells Reviews

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April 23, 2010
The herky-jerky storytelling is unsatisfying, and the characters may not even be vivid enough to qualify for two-dimensional.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
March 2, 2010
Majestic animation fails to conjure a sense of enchantment in The Secret of Kells, a beautiful two-dimensional work devoid of dramatic vigor.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 1, 2010
Wants to be old-fashioned but it just seems outdated, with an ugly, herky-jerky style that recalls the animated Clerks series.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
April 23, 2010
In the end, the film is about a magical book, but you never really have a sense of what makes the book magical.
Full Review | Original Score: C
March 18, 2010
has a pungent nostalgia for the stories told to us before we drift off and dream.
| Original Score: 3/5
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
March 10, 2010
Regrettably, the film's story is so busy yet flat that the effect isn't magical -- it's more like watching the tale of some very enchanted wallpaper.
Full Review | Original Score: C
September 30, 2010
The look of the film is simply ravishing.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
March 26, 2010
A surprise Oscar nominee, Kells is a 2-D, hand-drawn throwback. That it's even in the mix shows that story and artistry, no matter what tools are used, are the things.
August 25, 2010
A gorgeous blend of the magical and the gloriously trippy.
Read More | Original Score: 4/4
April 26, 2010
Beautifully crafted and empathetic animation is brilliant - and a shortfall
Full Review | Original Score: B
September 30, 2010
A feast for the eyes that manages to be both whimsical and sinister.
Read More | Original Score: 4/5
April 1, 2010
I think it will appeal to children young enough to be untutored in boredom, and to anyone old enough to be drawn in, or to appreciate the artistry.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 2, 2010
Flowery meadows, wafting dandelion clocks, packs of baying wolves -- all are grist for the film's palette of beauty.
April 2, 2010
The soul of the film lies in its ravishing colors, and in exuberantly stylized images that pay homage to Celtic culture and design, together with techniques and motifs that evoke Matisse, Miyazaki and the minimalist cartoons of UPA.
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.
April 6, 2010
Intricate, elaborate, mind-blowing visuals are only part of the spectacle in this animated fairy tale/history lesson.
May 28, 2010
Colorful and imaginative, it's a visual treat. Where the story comes in, however, it loses it's footing.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
April 9, 2010
Its hand-drawn two-dimensional animation springs to life with color and meticulous technique, filigreed and curlicued like the luminous book at its center.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 6, 2010
A picture that relies on a potpourri of cubist and impressionistic sensibilities to tell a standard coming-of-age story in a way it's not been told before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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