The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) - Movie Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes

The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) Reviews

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March 26, 2017
Sumptuous, survivalist fable. Because of its leisurely, dreamlike pace, I suspect its appeal will be more to adults than children.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
March 4, 2017
Ultimately a mediation not only on what it means to be human but, more significantly, what it means to be as one with the natural order of the world.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
March 3, 2017
The Red Turtle is beautifully, brilliantly rendered and storyboarded by Dudok de Wit the old-fashioned way.
March 2, 2017
The Red Turtle more than merits that most overused of descriptors: It's enthrallingly, impressively and mind-blowingly one of a kind.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
March 1, 2017
Birth, survival, mating, death: The life experience is reduced to its essentials in this stripped-down, dialogue-free fable...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
February 25, 2017
If you're expecting "The Red Turtle" to be a raucous animated tale with anthropomorphic critters conversing in pop-culture cliches, you're in for an acute case of shell shock.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
February 24, 2017
It's about as beautifully simple and lithe as an epic visual feast can get, with Ghibli-esque themes about our spiritual connection to nature kept high in the mix, and an overarching bittersweetness that keeps the fantasy grounded in human emotion.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 24, 2017
Though Dudok de Wit's film is a nominee for Best Animated Feature, it says here it won't win ... Regardless, there are more taxing ways to spend 80 minutes than leisurely absorbing his gorgeously framed, often moving images.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
February 24, 2017
The unfussy, semi-realistic ligne claire (clear line) drawing style is a perfect match for the story, and color is used both expressively and symbolically...
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 24, 2017
Some films are a speeding train. This one is a hammock on a Saturday afternoon.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 23, 2017
As this gently powerful story proceeds through the cycle of life, one would have to have a heart harder than a turtle shell not to be moved.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2017
The first non-Japanese animation from Studio Ghibli is a simple fable on paper, but this heart-rending depiction of a man stranded on a desert island is a tour de force in visual storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
February 23, 2017
This gorgeously drawn movie is much more than a children's film. It's a meditation on the very meaning of existence, identity and love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
February 23, 2017
A magical and mystical animated film about an island, a castaway, a shapeshifting being, and dreams.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 23, 2017
The Red Turtle is a thoughtful piece of art and one worth your time. It's one of the best animated films in years.
February 23, 2017
A one-of-a-kind film that lingers long in the memory, "The Red Turtle" suggests that when it comes to animation, there are still whole new worlds to explore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2017
Every single shot in The Red Turtle is perfect.
February 23, 2017
There's no dialogue, the pace is quite slow and the meaning of the story is subject to interpretation. Yet once you're on its wavelength, the film is a mesmerizing experience.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 23, 2017
Few films have used color and light with such acuity - from the near monochrome of moonlight on a desolate beach to the infinite, illuminated shades of green in a bamboo forest.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 22, 2017
The conflicts presented are few, and the ravishingly beautiful tale is relatively safe for children, although they might miss much of its subtle commentary on accepting and pushing against our limitations.
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