The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) Reviews

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May 1, 2020
Dudok de Wit manages to find wonderful drama and humor in the island's smallest details.
August 5, 2019
The simple but spectacular beauty of 'The Red Turtle', also resides in its spectacular artistic zone, which accentuates the emotions that the film raises. [Full Review in Spanish]
April 4, 2019
Without the help of dialog, musical numbers or flashy visuals - indeed, the entire effort borders on the monochromatic - THE RED TURTLE becomes a hypnotic experience.
March 4, 2019
Dudok de Wit doesn't just know how to create beautiful images, he knows how to pull them together for tension and heartbreak as well. Sadly the story he's illustrating isn't anything like as inspiring as his animation.
February 22, 2019
It's just a gorgeous lovely film.
December 10, 2018
Visual splendor without a narrative shell.
November 3, 2018
A beautifully crafted epic from Studio Ghibli that takes a simple story and expands it with superb visuals and unexpected power and grace.
October 10, 2018
At times it felt almost transcendental, what with its focus on being dutiful stewards of nature and finding a way of honoring the life force embedded within every granule and fabric of creation.
October 10, 2018
The finest love letter imaginable to what is quickly becoming an obsolete art.
August 29, 2018
The touch of magic realism doesn't help you escape the feeling that this arthouse Fantasy Island is a feature-length inspirational poster.
August 24, 2018
It's an admirable film and beautiful and entertaining but you feel the weight of the world in it, a sense of gloom that doesn't lift.
August 24, 2018
Though the tone of "Turtle" is very adult - the younger set may squirm despite its very lean 80-minute run time - it is perfectly family friendly. It's a thing of quiet beauty that is exceptionally rare in the world of animation.
August 21, 2018
It's like a minimalist watercolor version of a Pixar silent where monsters and villains are entirely absent, replaced by the inevitable ebb and flow of seasons and time passing.
August 7, 2018
Animation, handmade, is highly creative and, above all, functional to the story that is told. [Full Review in Spanish]
December 29, 2017
The Red Turtle is a work of art as universal in theme and reach as diverse as the French, Japanese and Dutch influences of its production. It delights in the symbiosis of man and nature, and the circle of life we all share.
December 28, 2017
"The Red Turtle" is a rare creature, an 80-minute animated film with no dialogue (unless "Hey!" counts) that is both beautiful and harrowing, joyful and melancholy.
December 19, 2017
There is not a lot of plot -- lest we forget that simply living is its own story -- with the film instead growing increasingly existential and even experiential (the exquisite animation and sound design is quite transporting).
November 12, 2017
Leaves it up to use to find metaphoric meaning.
November 10, 2017
With nary a word, The Red Turtle manages to speak in lofty, unconvincing tones.
September 28, 2017
The Red Turtle is perhaps too serene, overall, to capture the mood of many modern filmgoers, but it has a grace and poetry about it which, together with its charming animation, are bound to win it a dedicated legion of fans.
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