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The Red Turtle (La tortue rouge) Reviews

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June 2, 2017
While admiring the atmospheric animation I was left a little underwhelmed by the ponderous narrative.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
November 21, 2016
Add The Red Turtle to the growing stack of largely disappointing films from Ghibli's new generation of untested directors.
October 7, 2016
There's no doubt that The Red Turtle is charming and enchanting, but it's muted tone, leisurely pace and jarring lack of dialogue in the last half make for a less emotive conclusion than the simple story could have earned.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
January 26, 2017
Though not a canonical Ghibli picture, the fact that their last two features The Tale of the Princess Kaguya and When Marnie Was There centered on well-conceived female characters makes the gender politics here doubly disappointing.
November 10, 2017
With nary a word, The Red Turtle manages to speak in lofty, unconvincing tones.
February 16, 2017
Lovely to look at, but lesser Ghibli.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 19, 2017
The hand-drawn animation is absolutely gorgeous... Yet I found The Red Turtle to be relentlessly depressing, tainted by cruelty.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
June 1, 2017
The images are tamely drawn; the tale is wanly evolved.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
September 21, 2016
To this viewer, too, The Red Turtle resembles a short film padded to feature length, and I confess that its 80 minutes felt very long.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
August 29, 2017
This is a film to relax into, to enter as in a dream, and to relish for hours and days afterward.
June 23, 2017
Every scene is stunning to look at, and the experience of watching it is both calming and moving.
March 23, 2017
So maybe the film tries too hard, and makes you try to think too hard. But there is no doubt that it is a great achievement in the genre, and the ending is truly touching. You may well walk out with a tear to accompany that sigh of relief.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
January 4, 2017
The Red Turtle is a wondrous work of animation, that will surprise with how it hides profundity within its seemingly simplistic narrative.
January 27, 2017
The animation of The Red Turtle is exquisite, making the film a visual splendor. But the story itself is almost simplistic to a fault, flirting with the fantastical but not going far enough.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
September 14, 2016
Dudok de Wit tells his tale in deft, economical strokes, without adding superfluous detail.
January 27, 2017
A hypnotic story, risky and overflowing with sensitivity that arouses curiosity, tension, surprise, admiration, empathy or emotion. [Full review in Spanish]
February 3, 2017
A calm, quietly touching beauty, a fable about man, nature, family, the environment -- I don't know, life itself.
June 7, 2017
There's something essential, meditative and soul-soothingly simple about The Red Turtle.
May 19, 2016
MichaŽl Dudok De Wit excels at producing compelling drama from such extreme self-imposed limitations.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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
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