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The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) Reviews

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December 28, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 27, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
December 18, 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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
September 26, 2017
It tells a profound emotional story using only a few simple ingredients, and it only works in animation.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
September 26, 2017
Deceptively deep in both its sumptuous visual imagery and in its subtly moving themes, The Red Turtle is a transcendent little gem.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
August 29, 2017
This is a film to relax into, to enter as in a dream, and to relish for hours and days afterward.
August 23, 2017
[Michael] Dudok de Wit has made an absorbing and captivating little movie.
August 22, 2017
The Red Turtle is a nearly perfect movie for kids (and adults) of almost any age.
August 4, 2017
It is remarkable how seamless is the blend between de Wit's wry minimalist sensibility and Ghibli's penchant for evoking natural beauty in a style that looks like a water colour had life breathed into it.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
July 3, 2017
Although the protagonist never says a word, and although director MichaŽl Dudok de Wit doesn't explain the fantastic elements that are at the center of the story, The Red Turtle hooks from beginning to end. [Full review in Spanish]
June 23, 2017
Every scene is stunning to look at, and the experience of watching it is both calming and moving.
June 20, 2017
The latest movie from Japan's Studio Ghibli - a fresh take on Robinson Crusoe - breaks with the fantastical Miyazaki style, but sets a new standard for inspired minimalist animation.
June 19, 2017
Ghibli's first animated film directed by a foreigner is a wonder mixture of Japanese and Western sensibilities. [Full review in Spanish]
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 14, 2017
The Red Turtle is a truly delightful film that does its parent company proud. Hugely recommended.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
June 7, 2017
There's something essential, meditative and soul-soothingly simple about The Red Turtle.
June 5, 2017
The depth and texture on show here - conjured from a surge of pencil marks and watercolour washes - is remarkable. The film is a must for the big screen.
June 5, 2017
A precise and elegant fable, which uses magical realism to wind its elements together, The Red Turtle hints rather than hollers about the emotional bond between man and animal.
May 30, 2017
It's a simple and profound story that is both intimate and universal. This is a beautiful film that must be seen.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
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