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The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) (2017)

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Critic Consensus: The Red Turtle adds to Studio Ghibli's estimable legacy with a beautifully animated effort whose deceptively simple story boasts narrative layers as richly absorbing as its lovely visuals.

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Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

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All Critics (51) | Top Critics (16)

The lack of dialogue may skew towards the experimental, but The Red Turtle's humanity is completely experiential in a way that matches the best Studio Ghibli joints.

January 23, 2017 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Rolling Stone
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The Red Turtle succeeds as both a sumptuous story of humanity's potential for unity with nature and an example of the unique human capacity for understanding through art.

January 23, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Observer
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A thoroughly disarming fairy tale, one that initially appears familiar, but eventually reveals itself to be something new, and altogether unexpected.

January 21, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…
RogerEbert.com
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The delicacy of the animated movie The Red Turtle... is so quietly breathtaking that to call it a tone poem doesn't quite do the film justice.

January 20, 2017 | Full Review…
Christian Science Monitor
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Should you see The Red Turtle? Yes, definitely if you're willing to take in the hypnotic images without worrying about the plot (which is almost as simple as it seems) or waiting for a telling piece of dialogue.

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…
Wall Street Journal
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"The Red Turtle" practices a minor, gentle magic. It wants you to smile and say, "Ahh," rather than gasp and say, "Wow."

January 19, 2017 | Full Review…
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge)

½

The story of life told in a beautiful and charming style. Another wonderful film from Studio Ghibli. Very touching and thought provoking.

Ian Walker
Ian Walker

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Superb and poetic look at humanity through the days of a soul shipwrecked alone on the proverbial deserted island. Very good stuff!

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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'The Red Turtle' is a French and Japanese co-production as the directorial feature debut of animator; Michael Dudok De Wit. Studio Ghibli on the other hand were the major studio in collaboration here, just when I thought the company was withering this incredibly impressive and beautifully animated film happens to pop out of nowhere from it's Cannes premiere. Do not doubt the fact that this is truly a tremendous work of genius, even as a silent film with hardly any dialogue but the enfolding events of what plays out on screen, flawlessly animated to the brim and accompanied by a great music score as well. An incredibly great start to the Melbourne International Film Festival of 2016, I look forward to seeing what more I can see.

Luke Eberhardt
Luke Eberhardt

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