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The Secret of Kells Reviews

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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
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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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John Hartl
Seattle Times
May 13, 2010
A breathtaking mixture of Celtic mythology and creative animation.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 6, 2010
The Secret of Kells has elements of a quest adventure and a coming-of-age story, but it's more beautifully stylized and astutely abstracted than the average kiddie cartoon.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Rene Rodriguez
Miami Herald
April 30, 2010
Just a couple of minutes into this beautifully drawn, intricately rendered Irish import, you understand why the movie earned the Academy's attention.
| Original Score: 3/4
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Tom Long
Detroit News
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
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Amy Biancolli
Houston Chronicle
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
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
April 2, 2010
If filmgoers ultimately feel bogged down in its densely layered fable and allegory, it's a spectacular thicket to get lost in.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
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.
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Claudia Puig
USA Today
April 1, 2010
The Secret of Kells is a magical adventure unlike anything we've seen on screen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Kenneth Turan
Los Angeles Times
April 1, 2010
A glorious throwback to the more stylized, painterly work of decades past, the kind of vividly colored, fanciful pictorials that are usually confined to the small-scale realm of animated shorts.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times
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
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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader
March 25, 2010
This Irish feature won't impress anyone with its character drawings, but the backgrounds remind us what stunning imagery once resulted from nothing more than a pen and all the time in the world.
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Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer
March 18, 2010
The Secret of Kells is gorgeous work, and its imagery and themes dovetail perfectly: a story about creating art, artfully created.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
March 18, 2010
A visually overwhelming labor of love, a hand-drawn medieval adventure tale that seeks and finds cosmic connections.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Owen Gleiberman
Entertainment Weekly
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
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
March 5, 2010
It is only fitting that a movie concerned with the power and beauty of drawing -- the almost sacred magic of color and line -- should be so gorgeously and intricately drawn.
| Original Score: 5/5
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March 5, 2010
There's something kind of captivating about a film that's been painstakingly drawn to glorify the craft of illustration — and that's comfortable using retro techniques.
Full Review | Original Score: 8.5/10
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Lou Lumenick
New York Post
March 5, 2010
It's easy to see how the animation nominators fell in love with this charmer based on Celtic mythology, which is quite unlike anything I've ever seen before.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
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Michael Rechtshaffen
Hollywood Reporter
March 4, 2010
A beguiling kaleidoscopic indulgence for the eyes and soul.
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 2, 2010
With its jewel-bright colors and intricate use of lines, the result is absolutely luscious to behold.